Fight back against the lumpy appearance of Cellulite  - West Wood Club

Fight back against the lumpy appearance of Cellulite 

Cellulite

Cellulite is an extremely common skin condition. If you’re one of many who have puckered areas on your hips, thighs, buttocks or even arms… You’re not alone.

Up to 90% of women (and 10% of men) are estimated to have some level of cellulite. Millions of euros are spent every year on anti-cellulite treatments ranging from magic creams, pills, surgery and laser treatments.  

So what causes Cellulite?

The lumpy and bumpy appearance of cellulite occurs due to the structure of the connective tissue, known as collagen. It lies right under the surface of the skin. When the underlying fat deposits begin to push against the layers of the connective tissue, it gives a dimpled appearance to the skin.  

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Body Fat
  • Skin thickness

These are factors that determine how much cellulite we have and how visible it is.  

While it’s difficult to completely eliminate, you can certainly reduce the appearance of cellulite. There are some simple, smart changes to your diet and exercise routine that can help.

So here are three simple habits that will keep the connective tissue below the skin’s surface strong and supple. It will also strengthen and tone muscles and boost circulation & skin health. The perfect combination to fight back against cellulite! 

Regular effective exercise

Increases muscle mass, improves blood flow and reduces body fat, all of which will give you a stronger, firmer body and help with the appearance of cellulite. Working with a fitness professional to find a tailored weekly routine combining aerobic and strength training will improve body composition. In turn, can help reduce the appearance of cellulite 

Good Hydration

Will avoid the skin and connective tissue below it becoming dehydrated and less elasticated. Thinner, weaker skin due to dehydration can make cellulite seem more noticeable. So why not try increasing your water intake to the recommended 6-8 glasses a day? Maybe some extra to replace sweat if exercising and reducing alcohol and soft drinks Not a big fan of water? Swap out coffee or tea for herbal tea. This not only boosts hydration but also gives the body a good injection of antioxidants and health-promoting compounds! 

Whole food diet rich in plants, proteins & omega 3 fats

Diet alone can’t determine whether you will or will not get cellulite. Indeed, a well-balanced, plant-based diet will decrease inflammation in the body. It will also boost antioxidants, flush out toxins, aid blood circulation and help with weight management. Perfect ingredients to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. 

Say bye to Cellulite

It doesn’t happen like magic but you can start by reducing your daily intake of highly processed and high-sugar foods. Try swapping them for brightly coloured vegetables & fruits, lean protein, foods high in omega 3 fats and whole grains. This won’t just significantly improve the appearance of your skin. You will also feel the benefits of improved body composition, energy, well-being and confidence! 

Alva O’Sullivan ( BSc. H DBS. MSc. CBT Dip. )

Alva is a qualified Nutritionist and Health Coach with over 12 years of experience working with groups and individuals. Alva is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Weight Loss and is an Advanced Mat Pilates Instructor. www.alvaosullivan.com

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