Chicago Personal Trainer Tip: Understanding Cellulite and How to Fight It
By Jaymeson Anderson, Owner, Form & Function Training
You’ll likely recognize cellulite as dimpled skin on the lower body, most common among post-pubescent women.
With swimsuit season on its way, many want to rid themselves of this unsightly condition, but don’t necessarily understand just what it is.
Out of all those affected by cellulite, 90% are women (because of the difference in testosterone/estrogen levels). Women have three distinct layers of fat in cellulite-afflicted areas, while men only have one, which is why it’s typically less visible on a man’s body. That’s not to say it’s not visible on some men’s bodies.
As Chicago’s #1 personal trainers, we can help you determine the extent of your cellulite and how to combat it.
Cellulite is commonly mistaken for a muscular condition. It affects the subcutaneous fat layer, which lies below the skin/dermis and above the muscular tissue. A drop in the hormonal levels of estrogen (which men store at lower levels) ultimately leads to the appearance of cellulite.
Women tend to acquire cellulite in places a man wouldn’t, such as:
- Love handles
- Buttocks and upper thighs
When estrogen decreases, a person loses receptors in their blood vessels, which leads to poor blood circulation. With decreased circulation, a person receives less oxygen and nutrients to their fat cells, causing decreased tension in the skin.
You can fight cellulite if you follow these steps to reduce body fat and slow age-related decreases in hormones.
The cellulite sufferer should eat very healthy. Certain foods may reverse inflammation of connective tissues and boost collagen formation that can minimize the appearance of cellulite. These include:
- Walnuts and almonds
- Olive oil
- Soy milk
- Soy-based cheeses
The second “combat step” is regular, intensive exercise. This includes time spent on a foam roller. Rolling the various areas of the thighs/buttocks will open muscle fascia, which causes more nutrient-rich blood to circulate through the fiber, breaking up fatty tissue. Rolling the entire thigh (not just the IT band) for 20 minutes a week should do the trick.
Of course, there are other methods to fight cellulite, such as caffeine-based skin creams and laser mesotherapy, but chances are there isn’t any need for a person with cellulite to go that far.
Most people should be able to lose the cellulite naturally, if they follow the two simple steps outlined above. These will help immensely in losing existing cellulite, as well as prevent the onset of more in the future.
If you want help fighting cellulite, contact one of our Chicago fitness trainers today to learn more.