Combating cellulite is not just about exercising and eating healthy but it's also about breaking some bad habits that most people don't associate with cellulite appearing. Here are 3 common everyday bad habits that help cause cellulite:
Gone are the days of smoking being associated with glamour and being “cool”. With rampant anti-smoking laws in effect, and the interminable list of health risks linked to it, it is a wonder anyone even smokes anymore. But sadly, the industry is still thriving, despite restrictions on designated smoking areas and advertising across the country. In a time where information and warnings on the dangers of smoking abound, it is hard to believe how many smokers still exist. Cellulite is one of the risks due to smoking, and although hardly the most concerning of health issues associated with it, it is nevertheless a real byproduct of the nasty habit. Cigarettes are mainly made up of many toxins that affect the circulation of the blood, and affect how much blood successfully gets to your skin. These toxins will affect the composition of the skin, by breaking down collagen. This ends up loosening the skin, allowing fat cells to penetrate it, causing cellulite. Continuing to smoke will only counteract any positive methods you use to attempt to banish cellulite – polluting the body and negating any attempts at detoxification.
Aside from the obvious fact that alcohol contains excess calories that, when trying to maintain a caloric regime appropriate to weight loss or weight maintenance, the problem lies in the fact that these calories go straight into the fat cells. This happens because the body prefers to use alcohol metabolites as a source of fuel, which forces the calories in the carbohydrates and fats to be stored as fat in the fat cells. Drinking often leads to eating more, adding insult to injury with increased caloric consumption – usually at night – the most precarious time of day to be eating. Alcohol harms the liver’s ability to function and detoxify, lessens overall energy in the body, and over time, causes water retention. When served in cocktails or in beer, with sugars / refined carbs, the effects are worse. And let’s not kid ourselves: a night of drinking will more than likely lead to a day of less activity, more overeating, and possibly more smoking. Young women often keep social agendas that include frequent alcohol consumption, and they are at a higher risk for developing cellulite if these habits are not kept in check.
The trend coffee has taken in the last few decades seems to have gone the opposite way from that of smoking. In metropolitan areas there are coffee houses nearly every few shops, and the scene isn’t much different in smaller urban areas. Coffee fanaticism has reached nearly epidemic proportions and shows no signs of stopping. With no restrictions or government health warnings on consumption, the attempt to curb coffee drinking might become that much trickier. How does one start the day without that beloved cuppa-cuppa? To successfully lessen our coffee consumption we will need to look at our coffee differently, and see it for its’ potentially harmful effects. The effort this will take will vary greatly on an individual basis, depending on how much coffee you drink in an average day. If you cannot completely quit your morning fix, one coffee per day should be ideally the max. Again depending on how you take your coffee, or what variation of caffeinated beverage you choose – the most glaring of facts is again, the extra calories consumed. Cream, sugar, whipped cream, flavoured syrups – are all added calories that could be avoided. And the caffeine itself has been proven to store fat. How so, you ask? Caffeine raises the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and insulin in our bodies. And when insulin levels change and blood sugar levels increase, we may be tempted to add sugary treats to our beverage. Although topical application of caffeine has been found to stimulate skin and is in cellulite treatment, caffeine over-consumption is skin’s enemy because it lowers with your blood circulation. Skin requires a regular blood supply to stay looking young and healthy. A lack of oxygen leads to dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. The same effects too many late nights and morning espressos have on our face… can be seen in the lower area of the body as well. When skin is being robbed of vital nutrients, it’s going to look dry and dehydrated—and that will make your cellulite worse.