Whether we like it or not, each of us has cellulite. And it’s even good! Indeed, from a medical point of view, the appearance of an “orange peel” is a sign of good health. A kind of reminder from nature that we are really women!

The main purpose of the fair sex is to procreate. Nature has thought of everything to the smallest detail! Small fat deposits on the thighs and buttocks are reserves for a «rainy day», insurance to preserve the look. It is necessary so that a woman can bear and give birth to a child in unforeseen situations — illness, hunger. Few people know that 1 kilogram of fat is almost 900 kilocalories, which means a supply of energy!

When does cellulite appear?

When does cellulite appear?

An “orange peel” appears, as a rule, during puberty, when a surge in the activity of estrogens, the female sex hormones, is observed in a woman’s body. They influence the activity of lipoprotein lipase (LPL). Acting in tandem, they create favorable conditions for the deposition of fat on the lady’s body.

But cellulite cellulite strife! Its «natural» form — small tubercles and dimples, imperceptible to the eye, can turn into clearly visible, sometimes painful deposits.

This does not happen by itself, but as a result of a woman ignoring the rules of a healthy life. Improper diet, low activity, bad habits — there are 1000 and one reason for the rebirth of cellulite. As a result, «natural» irregularities acquire serious outlines, which, moreover, are associated with the risk of unpleasant consequences.

What are the types of cellulite? And is it possible to fight them?

In the image and likeness: 3 types of «orange peel»

With a «natural» form of cellulite due to genetic and physiological causes, there are approximately 95% of women. Even very thin women have such cellulite and it is impossible to “defeat” it. Yes, and it is not necessary — it does not cause problems, it does not catch the eye!

But with such forms as fatty, fibrous and edematous cellulite — it is necessary to fight. And not only in the name of beauty! In some cases, cellulite causes pain, significantly impairs the quality of life.

You can get rid of all the excess with the help of a healthy balanced diet, moderate physical activity and the use of cosmetics.

What and when to eat and what means to use — all this later!

Cellulite Types

Cellulite Types

Where did the division of cellulite into types come from and why should it be done? The thing is that the transformation of the «orange peel» is always the result of the influence of three main factors: water, fat and changes in the structure of the skin.

To plan an effective anti-cellulite regimen, you need to determine your type of cellulite and minimize the influence of a provoking agent. Only in this case, pronounced fat deposits can be left in the past, choosing the beauty and health of smooth body skin.

Fat cellulite

This type of cellulite is the most common. It is not associated with circulatory problems, but rather is the result of poor diet and low physical activity. The diet of a woman is replete with high-calorie foods, it contains a lot of fat. Due to the fact that the activity is low and the calories supplied with food are not consumed, the layer of subcutaneous tissue increases, which means that the appearance of the skin changes.

How to recognize? Such cellulite is usually located on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. The skin looks flabby, and the deposits themselves look jelly-like. The tubercles and dimples are soft to the touch, the skin is loose.

Are you in the zone

If you have a “chubby” family, you will have a couple of extra pounds and you often have to experience the effects of stress.

Fight plan: To get rid of the fatty type of cellulite, you must first normalize the diet. To do this, limit sugar in the diet and flour products, exclude saturated fats — fast food, margarine, fried and fatty foods, convenience foods.

The only source of fat in the body should be healthy species — from natural products — for example, fish, vegetable oil, poultry, beef, etc. Be sure to include in the diet foods rich in fiber — fresh berries, fruits, vegetables.

Make sure that every day of your life is active! Pay attention to endurance exercises, cardio loads. You can dedicate 30 minutes a day to brisk walking, cycling, running on a treadmill. Separately, you need to work on strengthening muscle mass, because muscles are the main resources that burn fat. By the way, muscles work not only during training, but also for several hours after it ends.

Try an anti-cellulite massage. To do this, apply a massage agent — choose products based on caffeine, green tea and carnitine. They break down fat well. After applying cosmetics, actively massage the problem area with pressure and rubbing movements.

edematous cellulitis

This type of cellulite is most often caused by circulatory (lymphatic or venous) problems. If the outflow of fluid is disturbed, water and toxins are retained in the body. Due to the large amount of excess fluid, the skin looks edematous, when you press it in the places of cellulite localization, a hole is formed, which does not straighten immediately.

How to recognize? Slender women are more susceptible to the edematous type of cellulite than others. In addition to the cosmetic defect — the actual manifestations of cellulite, they may also suffer from the effect of heaviness in the legs and varicose veins. After all, all of the above are links in the same chain. The «orange peel» itself can «decorate» almost any part of the body — buttocks, thighs, abdomen, legs and arms.

Are you in the zone

If from time to time you have to deal with heavy legs syndrome, you sometimes experience cramps at night, your limbs get cold, and your ankles and fingers are prone to swelling.

Fight plan: Your main task is to improve blood circulation, which means, bet on active sports — swimming, walking, practice Pilates, yoga. At the same time, attention should be paid to the fight against swelling of the legs, compression stockings can help you, nightly dousing the limbs alternately with tolerably hot and cold water. The doctor may recommend special supplements that help strengthen the walls of the veins.

Limit foods in the diet that can provoke fluid retention, these are salty foods, as well as carbonated drinks. Love green tea and any herbal teas that have a diuretic effect.

Practice lymphatic drainage massage. Complement home beauty rituals with the application of modeling creams based on ivy, cypress, red grapes — active ingredients that remove excess water.

fibrous cellulitis

fibrous cellulitis

This form of cellulite is the most complex and it is simply impossible to confuse it with other types. As a rule, it is hard cellulite (due to hardened elastin and collagen fibers surrounding fat cells). It cannot be moved from its «familiar» place by all the methods listed above. It is localized most often on the inner side of the thighs and knees.

How to recognize? The skin is hard to the touch, pain occurs when pressed. The effect of «orange peel» is clearly visible, skin tissues sag a little.

Are you in the zone

If during the diet you mostly lose weight in the upper body, not the lower, and the skin usually looks pale, dry and thin.

Fight plan: To defeat this type of cellulite you need movement. There is nothing better than a combination of cardio and strength training. You should consistently work out the legs, buttocks and abs, for example, in Pilates classes. Choose circuit workouts such as zumba, aerodance, spinning. You can also try to join the high art, considering the ballet.

As for the diet, exclude fast carbohydrates, foods high in sugar at night. Avoid the use of products «light», dietary and fat-free. Fill your diet with complete protein, it is needed to maintain the structural fibers of the skin — these are fish, seafood, eggs, meat (turkey, chicken). Focus on foods rich in antioxidants — vitamins C and E, selenium, beta-carotene and zinc. These are fruits — oranges, apples, red berries, fresh vegetables — celery, zucchini, carrots, broccoli and legumes — beans, lentils, peas.

Among the cosmetic procedures effective against fibrous cellulite, one can single out mesotherapy, injections based on vitamins and natural plant extracts.

Expert comment

Dr. Ariel House, dermatologist

About 95% of women of all weight categories have cellulite. He is subject to both full ladies and thin ones. In addition to different types of cellulite — fatty, edematous and fibrous, doctors distinguish between classes (stages).

Grade 1 — no visible manifestations of cellulite even when pinched. Cellulite is determined exclusively by devices.

Grade 2 — no visible manifestations in the standing and lying position, but the «orange peel» is visible when pinched.

Grade 3 — cellulite is visible when a woman is standing, but may disappear when lying down.

Grade 4 — cellulite is visible to the naked eye.

Depending on the type and class of cellulite, the doctor prescribes treatment and prescribes measures to get rid of.

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