With the continual improvement and increasingly viable methods of technology, media, marketing & photography being offered over the last 70 years, and the often-idealized image of a woman that is portrayed among them, it is no wonder the Anti-Cellulite “revolution” has come to the forefront. It can arguably be said that the battle to reduce or get rid of cellulite is a higher topic on women’s list of health concerns than general weight loss – as cellulite affects women of all shapes and sizes, and you don’t necessarily need to be overweight to acquire it. Special treatments such as injections, radio frequency, lasers and CO2 therapy are all the rage in spas and surgeons offices around the world. Although clients report initial improvement with these methods, the results are usually only temporary and require ongoing maintenance, which can be costly. Overall, the war against cellulite can be won by establishing a conscious, consistent healthy lifestyle – and this involves many plans of attack – as we will illustrate below.
Above all else, a well-rounded diet is key – one that includes mainly a LOT of vegetables and fruits, good fats found in fish oils, beans and nuts, and as little processed food as possible. In another article we outline 8 specific foods that help reduce cellulite. You can find it here.
Flushing the body of toxins with an abundant daily intake of water is paramount.
Less Salt, Less Sugar
Also mentioned in our article on Cellulite-Reducing Foods, we address the fact that if you must add salt to your diet, the easiest switch you can make is from using Iodized Salt to Celtic Sea Salt. Consuming less sugar helps to regulate insulin levels, causing less spikes and dips in cortisol. Too much cortisol variance sends the body – and more specifically, the fat cells – into protection mode and these cells hang on to fat. Therefore, eating less sugar will result in a more stable cortisol environment, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Exercise - Lots of It
The old adage “exercise at least 3x a week” you’ve been hearing from your mom and the family doctor are pretty on-point. We would like to put the emphasis on the AT LEAST part of that recommendation, and even suggest increasing the frequency to 5 or 6 times a week. Keeping a steady cardio schedule throughout the week aids in the flushing of toxins from the body – the toxins which build up in our fat cells and contribute to the “cottage cheese” look of cellulite. There are also specific toning and muscle-building exercises that will target the thigh and buttock areas, and they mainly involve doing squats and lunges. We also like Prevention’s recent list of simple do-at-home moves.
Much research and trials have been done with the use of supplements in order to reduce cellulite, but there are two that are believed to be more effective than the rest.
An ancient herb well-known for helping to increase circulation, which in turn flushes out toxins from cells, thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite. It is helpful in stimulating production of the protein molecules from which collagen is formed, tightens loose skin after weight loss, and promotes tissue healing.
Glucosamine is known to help arthritis; as it restores moisture to joints and keeps cell tissues well hydrated; this in turn has a positive, plumping effect on the cells, thus reducing the dimpled, “orange peel” look of the skin.
Skincare and Special Techniques
The beauty and skincare industries are awash with countless anti-cellulite creams, all to varying degrees of efficacy. Mainly you want to look for products with caffeine and / or retinol, as research has proven them to be the most beneficial in the treatment of cellulite. Other tricks include regular dry skin brushing, and coffee scrubs. The main drawback with investing in expensive products or trying new techniques is that in their application they require the one thing most women lack most: TIME. And this brings us to our final point, the “Missing Link” in the Anti-Cellulite Movement….
The Final Ingredient: Slimming Shapewear by Lanaform
Lanaform anti-cellulite shapewear products use innovative slimming fabrics made from Bamboo Viscose, Tourmaline and bio-ceramic crystals. These revolutionary, intelligent fibres have a highly-targeted, unique massaging action that helps to correct and slim difficult zones for good. The ceramic releases negative ions and emits long, infra-red waves, increasing surface skin temperature ever so slightly. Blood flow is improved, and the body in turn burns more calories. The beads massage the thighs, buttocks and tummy constantly, reducing the “orange peel” look. Laboratory studies over a period of 30 day use show proven inches lost and women who use Lanaform Mass & Slim Shorts, Belt, or Leggings have been overwhelmingly happy with the results. Long only available in Europe, Lanaform Mass & Slim and Cosmetex products have been a well-kept secret in the fight against cellulite – but not anymore. As an informed, conscious consumer, and Lanaform products included in your arsenal, you are now fully equipped and well on your way to winning the cellulite battle forever.