Okay, I never defend a single person in the Kardashian-Jenner clan, but this morning I stumbled upon a tabloid magazine cover blasting Kendall Jenner for being “too fat” for runway modeling, and it really got under my skin – sorry for the pun.
There is a huge misconception about cellulite. Most people connect it to being overweight or fat, but the truth is — I don’t know one woman who doesn’t have cellulite somewhere on her body– this is a fact! I know women of all shapes, sizes, ages, heights, and races and regardless of how fit they are, they still have cellulite somewhere. Do you want to know why? Cellulite happens to everyone and here’s what I wish every single person could know and remember about this topic! What is cellulite? Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to appear lumpy. However, having cellulite does not mean you’re fat! What causes cellulite?
First off, as with pretty much everything, cellulite is more common among women than men. Boo! Here are some key factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is:
- Genetics (if your Mama’s got it, chances are you do too…)
- Poor diet (processed foods, excessive alcohol, and even smoking can exacerbate existing cellulite)
- Slow metabolism (again, this can be genetic, but you can work on it – see below)
- Lack of physical activity (be sure to get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week)
- Hormone changes (pregnancy, menopause, life, ugh)
- Dehydration (aim to drink 80% of your body weight in ounces; ex. 120 lbs would require 96 ounces (or 12 8 oz servings)
- Total body fat (even a “thin” person can have higher body fat than a noticeably heavier individual – which is precisely my point!)
- Thickness and color of your skin (lighter skin shows, darker skin conceals – sunless tan, anyone?)
Is there really a way to get rid of cellulite?
In short, no, however, there’s no lack of products and procedures out there promising you the moon. Here’s the lowdown on the most popular methods out there claiming to reduce cellulite.
Cellulite creams. The claim? Cellulite creams help to reduce cellulite under the skin over time by absorbing in the skin and changing its elasticity and texture. The truth? Cellulite creams are really a waste of your money. Most creams contain sometimes dangerous stimulants that only work to reduce the appearance of cellulite but not treat it – nothing that a good exfoliating sponge and some sunless tanner can’t do.
Liposuction. The claim? Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove fat deposits from the body. The truth? Liposuction only removes deep fat, not cellulite, and actually the American Academy of Dermatology warns that liposuction can actually enhance the appearance of cellulite by creating more depressions on the skin.
Mesotherapy. The claim? Mesotherapy is a therapy originally developed to relieve the pain of inflammatory skin conditions. It involves injecting substances such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes into the tissue just beneath the skin. The truth? Mesotherapy may break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite, however, it also can also cause swelling, infection, and irregular contours.
Massage and spa treatments. The claim? Massage and spa treatments may have a temporary effect on the dimpling appearance of skin. The truth? Any effect is short-lived and probably due to the removal of excess fluid.
What can you really do about cellulite? In short? Not much. As I mentioned earlier, most women have it, even if they are a size 2 and work out five days a week (Kendall Jenner is proof of this). I’m not saying that if you are carrying extra weight that this isn’t contributing to the appearance of your cellulite, because it certainly is, but you need to remember that once the weight goes, the cellulite will still be there in one form or another. Adopting an exercise regimen that includes both cardio and resitance training accompanied by a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fiber, protein, and healthy fats is your best bet for helping you lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight.
However, and you might not want to hear it, the best way to deal with cellulite is to accept that it is there, and be honest with yourself about it. As you can clearly see from what I’ve stated above, not much can be done about the cellulite you already have; most of the “soloutions” out there offer nothing more than a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite The bottom line is, the people out there judging you for your body are unhappy with their own, and that’s their problem, not yours. Be confident about your body no matter what, because no cream or treatment can deliver better results than loving the skin you’re in!
Have you ever tried a cellulite “remedy”?