Cellulite is fat that is caught between bands of connective tissue. The fat globules caught underneath the skin tend to create the appearance of bumps and ridges. It is difficult to get rid of, but not impossible. Every woman can reduce the appearance of cellulite if she gets on and sticks to a cellulite reduction program.
The following checklist is a list of things that people can do to treat cellulite. Sometimes it’s hard to stick to a program, but if a person gets organized and has a clear plan, then at least they have the tools to get started. The cellulite treatment checklist will provide a plan to reduce cellulite.
Cellulite is fat that is caught between bands of connective tissue directly beneath the skin that creates a lumpy, bumpy orange peel appearance mostly on the hips, thighs, and backsides of most women. While not life threatening, it is ugly, unsightly and embarrassing if you’re the one that has it.
Because cellulite is primarily caused by fat, reducing the body’s fat content by creating a caloric deficit either by eating less or exercising is the first step in reducing cellulite. However, diet and exercise do not always give women (and some men) the results that they’re looking for. This is where treatment options come in.
Cellulite is located right beneath the skin which is why many treatment options involve -treating the fat, -relaxing the bands of connective tissue and -proper skincare. Treating the fat involves both aerobic and anaerobic (muscle conditioning) exercises and proper diet with some caloric restrictions as mentioned above.
There are two treatments that are purported to minimize cellulite by relaxing the bands of connective tissue that “hold” the fat. One is called Endermologie and the other is called VelaSmooth. Endermologie is usually performed by a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist’s office. It uses a motorized device that that has 2 adjustable rollers with suction that creates smooth and regulated deep tissue mobilization. In order for it to be effective, the client must have several consecutive treatments and then follow up treatments for maintenance. The results are often visible somewhat quickly but are temporary if maintenance isn’t done.
VelaSmooth is the newest technology in the realm of cellulite treatments. It uses both infrared red light and radio frequency waves to relax the bands of connective tissue that trap fat and make it appear bumpy. It’s non-invasive and must be done twice a week for 5 weeks and then monthly. The initial results of VelaSmooth are very promising.
Proper skincare in the cellulite prone areas can reduce its appearance. There are a number of cellulite creams, gels, and lotions that work temporarily to varying degrees. It’s important to use these topical treatments as directed. It’s also important to make sure that the cream or gel is massaged in well in order to stimulate circulation. Some of these products work better than others so it’s a matter of trial and error as well as persistence for topical treatments to work effectively.
Make a checkmark next to every item below on a weekly basis.
1. Cardiovascular Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise is essential in any cellulite reduction plan. It will help you to lose fat and increase circulation which also helps in the reduction of cellulite. You can do just two 10 minute bouts of cardiovascular exercise per day to get you started on the fat burning path. Just be sure that you get your heart rate high enough so that you are in the training zone. You can monitor your exercise intensity by being aware of your breathing rate. You should be breathing hard enough so that you can’t sing but you should have enough breath so that you can carry on a conversation. Try to fit in as much cardiovascular exercise as you can every week.
2. Find one thing in your diet that you will cut out or substitute with a lower or no calorie substitution. Here are some examples:
-diet soda or water for regular soda,
-non-caloric butter spray for butter or margarine,
-mustard mixed with nonfat mayo instead of full-fat mayo for a spread,
-carrot sticks instead of potato chips for a snack.
3. Keeping in mind your budget and accessibility, explore some of the various external treatment options. This may include topical treatments, Endermologie, massage, and Velasmooth. When picking a topical treatment, it’s a good idea to review the list of ingredients to make sure that you aren’t allergic to any of them. Velasmooth is the first cellulite reduction treatment to be approved by the FDA. It’s relatively new, so you may have to investigate whether it’s available in your area.
4. Use your Secret Weapon, your mind and visualize your body beautiful and cellulite free. This may sound very simplistic but it really works. Try closing your eyes and putting yourself into a relaxed state of mind. Slow your breathing rate down. Now focus and picture your body toned up with no cellulite. If this doesn’t suit you, then use visualization to picture yourself taking the steps to implement your plan to reduce cellulite. Many of us have trouble staying disciplined so you may want to use this space to “see” yourself exercising and eating right.