Cellulite (also known as orange peel syndrome) is a type of fat that some people get below their skin, which stops the surface of the skin looking smooth.
Are you a “cellulite victim” too?
You’re not alone: The cosmetic condition affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives, even women who are otherwise slender and fit. It’s a fact that women get more cellulite than men do. Women tend to carry more fat around their hips and thighs. We also have less supportive connective tissue to keep it all in place.
“If you think of a scaffolding outside a building that has those X crosses on them, that is sort of what men’s fat chambers have,” says David McDaniel, MD, director of the Institute for Anti-Aging and assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. It is estimated, however, that about 10% of men suffer from cellulite, as well.
Myth busted: Cellulite is caused by toxins in your body
Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots). Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation, says New York City-based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD. But the condition is not caused by “toxins.”
Hormones also seem to play a major role in the appearance of the frustrating dimples on your skin:
As some women reach their discrete age, their bodies produce less estrogen—a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and a breakdown of older connective tissue.
Do you really want to smash those lumpy fat deposits under your skin?
When it comes to treating cellulite, miracle cures, pricy cosmetic treatments, and pseudoscience abound. Many cellulite treatments, including massages or cellulite creams, advertise remarkable results. But we know all too good that most of these glamorous treatments don’t live up to their claims! Because fat- burning must start inside you!
Grapefruit juice is one of the best-known “cellulite terminators”
How does it do it? Here are some of its known pathways:
- This citrus fruit helps improve blood circulation
- It burns excess fats effectively
- It helps metabolize sugar in the blood
- It helps produce collagen to firm up the skin
- It reduces fluid retention which also contributes to formation of cellulite
Juice recipe (makes one serving):
- 1 large grapefruit
- 2 oranges
- 1/4 lime
- 1/2 inch ginger root piece
- decorate with slices of oranges or lime
Process all ingredients in a juicer and serve.
Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach and between meals and watch your cellulite melt away!
This drink works more efficiently when you are on a healthy low-fat diet. Eliminate processed and deep-fried foods, flour and sugar, gravies and coffee from your menu and enjoy the results!