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Secret Weapon #1 in the Battle Against Cellulite: Nutrition

Posted by Nima Rafizadeh on
We just did a quick internet search for “cellulite” and here are lines from some of the results we found:
  • Cellulite-Busting Body Scrub
  • DIY Intensive Cellulite Cream
  • I Dry-Brushed for a Month to Get Rid of Cellulite
  • Banishing Cellulite: The Foam Roller Detox
  • The Cellulite Cure You’ve Never Heard About
There’s one thing that all of these results have in common. Unfortunately, that commonality isn’t what you would hope it to be. No, despite the amazing claims they make, none of these products eliminate cellulite. Instead, the only thing they have in common is that none of them will “cure”, “bust”, “banish”, “brush”, “roll”, “detox”, or in any other way get rid of cellulite.

Why These Sorts of Products Don’t Work as Promised

The fat in your body is really stored energy. You eat to give your body the energy it needs to function and that energy is measured in calories. Your body has a powerful survival mode. In history, we humans didn’t always have a fridge full of food waiting to be raided any time we get peckish. Back then, we might feast after a good hunt, or during a harvest, but starve at other times. As our bodies evolved, they developed the defense mechanism of storing any excess energy consumed when food was plentiful. Then, if and when food became scarce, the body could use the stored energy to stay alive. So the only way to get rid of that extra energy, which is stored as fat, is for the body to use it up. And that’s why creams, rollers, scrubs, etc., don’t really work on your cellulite. Cellulite is caused by fat.

Limited Cellulite Reduction

With all that said, some cellulite treatments similar to those listed above can produce limited results in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Massaging the skin, especially in areas where cellulite is most prevalent, helps improve blood and lymph flow and can increase local skin temperatures. The improved flow of fluids helps to maintain a more even layer of fat beneath the skin, which can somewhat reduce the appearance of cellulite. The heat produced can also help burn off some calories and reduce fat. But with only temporary rubbing, rollering and massage, the results are limited at best.

How Nutrition Helps You Reduce Cellulite

In the end, the best way to reduce cellulite significantly is through the ongoing burning of excess calories to reduce fat deposits. In other words, a healthy diet and exercise will work as well or better than any cellulite treatment out there. But, unfortunately, too many people feel that using a crash diet is the best way to lose weight. But study after study shows that weight loss diets do not produce long-lasting results. Nearly two-thirds of dieters regain all the weight they lose within three years. And only 5% of crash-dieters keep the weight off permanently. Crash diets don’t work because your body likes to keep things the way they are. It’s called homeostasis, which refers to the body’s tendency to maintain an internal equilibrium. It’s why you get a “high” fever if your temperature goes up just one or two degrees. Crash diets disturb your body’s homeostasis by quickly and drastically reducing your calorie – or energy – intake. When your body detects a threat to the energy it needs each day, it can trigger a number of powerful defense mechanisms that can work against your efforts to lose weight.

1. Reduced metabolism

Basically, when you cut calories, your body slows down to conserve energy. It can slow down so much that you might still gain weight on a calorie-reduced diet.

2. Less Energy

With less energy intake, your body simply doesn’t have the energy it needs to function at the accustomed level each day, which further counteracts the effect of weight loss.

3.You Could Lose Muscle Mass

Your body needs energy from three macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. During a crash diet, in addition to conserving fat to maintain minimal energy levels, your body takes the protein it needs from your muscles.

4. Nutrition to The Rescue

If, instead on depending on a crash diets to get quick results, you focus on maintaining your body’s nutrition levels, you greatly improve your chances of not disturbing your body’s homeostasis. Instead of simply cutting calories, you should try to add healthier, more nutrient-rich foods to your diet. That way, you get more energy from the foods you eat, while consuming similar or fewer calories.

But don’t forget the other ways you can help your body to maximize the reduction of cellulite. Mass & Slim shapewear constantly massages your skin as you wear it. The increased heat, blood and lymph flow all contribute to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Stay tuned for our next blog post to find out what the Secret Weapon #2 is in the Battle Against Cellulite.

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