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Orange peel thighs. Cottage cheese arms. Pin cushion butts. Sounds attractive, right? It’s all jesting jargon for the unflattering look of cellulite that can unfortunately appear on one’s body. It can be a person’s worst nightmares, especially for women. Unsightly, not-so-cute dimples that can emerge out of nowhere on one’s upper arms, legs, butt or even the stomach area. And with no magic wand or secret remedy to diminish (Diminish? I meant to say annihilate!), there is unfortunately a limited of tactics that can be taken to reduce and ideally eliminate.

Cellulite does not favor a race or recognize age once one enters puberty, but it does prefer women over men (90% of all women have some level of cellulite) and, like it or not, heredity plays a role. Another cause is inactivity; when our food intake becomes greater than energy output, then body fat levels rise, especially with age. Women who experienced pregnancy and lactation may also see more cellulite on their bodies since the body uses the fatty tissue as insulation, structural support and cushioning. Impaired blood flow and lymph circulation are other causes in developing cellulite as are female hormones (estrogen and progesterone).

If and when cellulite will appear on your body also depends on the strength and flexibility of your fat cells and the thickness of your underlying fat layer in your skin. Cellulite develops in the topmost layers of the skin, resting on top of a layer of firm collagen connective tissue. But cellulite can be avoided altogether. Below are preventative steps to take to help manage and prevent cellulite from making an appearance.

Ways to Prevent:

1.       Lose the extra unnecessary body fat through safe and permanent weight loss methods and exercise programs.

2.       Avoid all commercial baked goods, processed food, and fried foods which are loaded with unhealthy hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

3.       Reduce your foods and beverages that are high in sugar or are highly processed carbohydrates as they stimulate excess insulin in your blood causing your body to make and store extra fat.

4.       Incorporate the best anti-cellulite foods into your diet, such as beans, legumes, fresh fish, white meats, fruits and vegetables.

5.       Drink lots of water which will help flush toxins out your body and diminish cellulite.

6.       Supplement your diet with a good, balanced blend of the healthy essential fatty acids (Omega 3s, 6s, 9s), including seafood, fish, cantaloupes, papayas, walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds.

7.       Get out there and exercise! Lack of exercise hardens the connective tissue in the skin.

8.       Stop smoking which fast forwards the development of cellulite by constricting your blood vessels and damaging the connective tissue and avoid alcohol which has toxins and calories that get stored in your body as fat, contributing to the cellulite problem.

9.       Avoid diet pills, sleeping pills and diuretics which all lead to cellulite. So do most birth control pills due to high levels of estrogen.

10.    Stop crash dieting which causes your body to think it’s starving and begins to consume saturated fats which builds cellulite.

Cellulite is the result of several factors, but while it is perceived as unsightly, it can be reduced and all together eliminated. The best way to manage cellulite is through exercise and watching your diet . Keep in mind that your daily diet is most crucial in the development and avoidance of cellulite as what you eat can cause toxic build-up and poor circulation. Just follow the methods above and you will be on your way to having smooth skin once again.

Be Fit. Be Strong. Be Well.