The weather is getting warmer, and that means a lot of us moms find we’re self conscious about cellulite. The formation of cellulite can be attributed to four things: fat deposits, connective tissue, genes and lifestyle. Unfortunately for us, women are predisposed to all of those. We consulted the team of experts at Saint Mary’s Fitness Center to get their advice on dealing with cellulite.
A nutritious diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight cannot cure cellulite, but can reduce its appearance. People of all shapes and sizes have cellulite; however being overweight makes the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. This is because the more fat there is underneath the skin, the more stress it places on the connective tissue causing it to bulge out in weak areas. Regular cardio exercise helps in losing weight and keeping it off. Strength training will help to improve your muscle tone, tighten skin and make cellulite less noticeable. There is no magic way to target certain areas. A well balanced exercise regimen that includes cardio, strength training and stretching will help to lose fat, increase muscles mass, improve body composition and reduce the amount of “dimpling” throughout the body. Other factors that affect the appearance of cellulite are smoking and hydration. Cigarette smoke has been shown to weaken the formation of collagen, which is the main component of connective tissue. Therefore, weakened connective tissue may allow for easier protrusion of fat causing the skin to dimple and pucker. Staying hydrated will help to improve and maintain the skin’s elasticity and help to reduce or prevent the appearance of cellulite.
Diet alone does not determine your chances for developing cellulite, but it is suggested that consuming a primarily plant-based diet and staying adequately hydrated may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Plant foods may help reduce inflammation in the body, and higher vegetable consumption is tied to a healthier body weight. Additionally, staying adequately hydrated helps maintain skin elasticity, helping improve the appearance of skin. Women should aim for 8-10 large glasses (2.2 liters) of water per day, men 12-13 (3 liters). Also, consume a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in water content such as melons, berries, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, and radishes.
The Mayo Clinic states that cellulite is caused by fat cells pushing on the fibrous connective cords under the skin. Therefore weight loss can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, as we age our skin looses elasticity and can cause the appearance of cellulite. Studies are finding that the most common determining factor of cellulite is genetics but that an active lifestyle and good nutrition can help combat the appearance.
This post is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Fitness Center. Saint Mary’s Fitness Center is owned by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and is made up of a variety of experts, who provide members with personalized care that is unmatched. Our experts range from Health Coaches, Personal Trainers, Medical exercise, and a Dietitian specializing in weight loss. They provide a safe, clean and friendly environment to anyone who walks through our doors. Saint Mary’s Fitness Center holds a high level of professionalism, sense of community, love and passion for empowering healthy lifestyles for all our members. They also feature complimentary child care so that you can focus on your health while you’re at the center!
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