It's time to talk about the myths associated with cellulitis, the "female problem”. Many believe in them, while other are fighting to get the facts straight.
Sad as it may sound, about 90% of women on the planet Earth have cellulitis. We may know a million ways to get rid of it, but it would never hurt to understand why it occurs, and whether or not we can get rid of it. Familiarize yourself with the cellulitis-related myths - and stop believing in them, of course.
Myth #1. Cellulitis is only a problem for overweight people
Not true. Cellulitis is an inflammation of the subcutaneous fat: the fat is unevenly distributed in the subcutaneous layer and leads to a disruption of the microcirculation of the blood, which in turn leads to stagnation in adipose tissue. Cellulitis can occur even in adolescence.
Yes, excess weight can make cellulite more obviously visible, but it occurs due to the aging of skin cells, genetics, weight fluctuations, and even the harmful effects of sunlight. Women of any weight, shape and form can have cellulitis.
Myth #2. Weight loss helps get rid of cellulite
Did you know that constant weight fluctuations is one of the main reasons why we have cellulite? Any diets that lead to a sharp loss of weight have the worst effect on skin condition and rather make cellulitis more visible. This is because, due to rapid loss of weight, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes decrepit, so cellulite becomes only more noticeable.
Myth #3. Cardio is the best cure for cellulite
Running and other forms of cardio exercises can help lose weight. But you’d also need some strength training to really smooth out your skin and make it resemble an "orange peel" less.
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Massachusetts researchers have conducted an experiment and found out that a group of adults had 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each week, lost 4 pounds in 8 weeks but did not increase their muscle mass, only slightly changing their physical appearance.
When they added the same amount of power training and trained 3 times a week, they lost 10 pounds and gained 2 pounds of muscle mass. Participants noted that their bodies became more toned, and the skin became more elastic.
Myth #4. Liposuction eliminates cellulitis
Liposuction does not solve the problem of orange peel-like skin. Moreover, this cosmetic procedure can lead to uneven fat distribution, and the problem will become even more noticeable than it was before. Another popular procedure is vacuum massaging. Unlike liposuction, this does not require surgical intervention. Such type of massage gives the desired effect, but you’d need to have at least 10 costly procedures.
Myth #5. A miracle cream that eliminates cellulitis
Sounds cool, but it is only a marketing trick. Any cream only works on the surface of the skin, and cellulite goes much deeper. You will notice the effect and may even think that the problem is melting away right before your eyes, but the cream will only smooth out the surface of your skin. Typically, cellulite creams contain caffeine or some alternatives that temporarily tighten the skin.
Now you know which myths about cellulite you shouldn’t trust. The only formula that really relieves cellulite is sports, proper nutrition and proper caring for the problem area.
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