I decided to write this after many of you asking me in despair how to get rid of the cellulite, also seeing myself getting older and my body not being like it used to be was an extra motivation to find the answers. So after thorough research and after seeing and trying a lot on the market I collected the most updated elements.
Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance and occurs when fat deposits pushed through the connective tissue beneath the skin. Basically there is an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it.
Unfortunately in women fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically whereas in men there is a criss-cross structure. That’s why men do not have cellulite and we hate them for that!
As you can see cellulite is not related to size however the more fat there is available to be pushed out the more cellulite appears.
What are the real factors who cause cellulite?
Of course first and very important factor are the genes who determine this connection between fat cells and connective tissue and unfortunately there is nothing anybody can do about it. What we can do is to try and eliminate the factors which cause this effect or enhance the factors which prevent it.
Nutrition has a crucial role in cellulite creation. A diet of low fat, low carbohydrates and low salt can decrease the cellulite dramatically, however a nutritional plan needs to meet your needs. Needles to mention the consumption of adequate water. Do you know how much that is?
In Body Evolution we provide an individual nutritional plan.
Smoking has been proved to increase the cellulite production for various reasons. What we can offer is an anti-smoking therapy with biofeedback to help you quit and believe me is not only going to be good for your cellulite.
Exercising is the most important factor for the reduction of cellulite, with EMS (electro muscular stimulation ) to be the number one most effective work out of the century. In Body Evolution we do EMS personal trainings with Miha Bodytec. Further more we provide a cellulite treatment with EMS frequencies different to the ones suitable for exercise which dissolves this superficial fat that has been pushed just under the skin and by improving the cellular function(metabolism) and by increasing the blood flow and lymph drainage makes cellulite disappear while you are having fun. What you actually do is to wear a costume provided by us and you can dance with the music and have fun while you actually burn cellulite. We can do groups of two so you can have fun with your bestie.
Hormones like estrogen, insulin, cortisole, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are part of the cellulite production. Unfortunately there is not always much we can do about them though we offer biofeedback stress release sessions that can help you get rid of your excess cortisole and balance the rest of your hormones.
Blood flow is another factor. Poor blood flow can increase cellulite so we suggest adequate exercise and the use of stockings or specific tights that enhances the blood flow.
Collagen helps to maintain this connection between the tissues so we definitely recommend the consumption of collagen supplements.
Age is another inevitable factor. The amount of cellulite has been proven to increase after the age of 25 with a dramatically increase after 30. Body evolution offers an anti-aging non invasive therapy with biofeedback
What else can we do?
Before we get depressed that we are all doomed to have cellulite at one point of our lives let’s see what else we can do on top of the fundamental mentioned above.
Cutting edge technology, Biofeedback treatment with probe helps with specialized frequencies to hit the fat cells and help the adipose tissue break down and dissolve.
Taking supplements of ginkgo biloba and greapseed extra will help, as well as treatment with retinol, caffeine or seaweed body creams.
Some claim that treatments like acoustic wave therapy, laser treatment, subcision, vacuum-assisted precise release, carboxytherapy, ionithermie, radiotherapy, laser-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction might help but there is no evidence base and most of them have side effects or are invasive or simply are not effective. I would prefer not to spend time to describe them but please feel free to do your own research. From all this my understanding was that only the laser treatment had some evidence of effectiveness however you need to insert a laser probe under your skin for results that are not guaranteed. Would you do that because I wouldn’t.
As cellulite is a fat above the connective tissue some massage therapies has proven to help it be dissolved and moved. The best lipomassage therapy is Endermology as is the first and only technique approved by the FDA, a non-invasive method that reduces the appearance of cellulite, and stubborn fat only if combined with appropriate exercise.
The secret is that you cannot only pick one treatment of the above mentioned. Cellulite as you can see is multifactorial and we need to act for each and everyone of the factors that cause it and have a holistic approach. Also please don’t forget that time is needed until you see results.
To sum up, if you have cellulite you need to change your nutrition, exercise regularly, try the EMS cellulite treatment, quit smoking, take some supplements, try biofeedback, put on your creams, drink water, have no stress or if this is inevitable try to find ways to reduce it, take care of your health, wear stockings try biofeedback with probe, be HAPPY, be patient and last but not least make all these part of your daily life!
I am going to be very honest with you, no one can promise you anything. Whoever promises that your cellulite will disappear for ever is a lier. What I can promise to you is that in Body Evolution we will do our best to create the best edition of yourself by using a combination of methods and target all cellulite factors.
By Niki Tzika BScN, RN
Health and fitness consultant
Miha Bodytec Instructor
Acute Medicine Nurse
General Director of Body Evolution Ltd