By Gavin Walsh
Cellulite...a womans worse nightmare, but what the hell is it? Well you might know it as orange peel, lumpy mattress, golf ball, dimples or even craters!
Currently Cellulite is said to be caused by connective tissue weakening between the skin and underlying fat. Therefore, fat beneath pushes out slighlty causing the orange peel look.
It's not just you that Cellulite affects. Models, athletes, office workers, mothers are all at risk. There are many factors which contribute and aggravate Cellulite some of which are stress, weight gain, a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal contraceptives and inflamation. While Cellulite affects all shapes and sizes, body fat levels play a large role in worsening the appearance of it.
Have you entered grade 2?! Grade 2 Cellulite is the first stage where the condition is visible. It usually starts on the glutes or on the back of the thighs. What can you do about it? The best form of treatment is to reduce the factors that contribute such as those mentioned above. However the main foundation for any treatment rests with diet and exercise...eat healthy and be active!
Are you overweight? If so the appearance of cellulite can look even worse. There are many pills, creams and oitments offering magical cures. However, most of these products either produce short term or disappointing results.
It is widely accepted that by lowering your body fat and toning your muscles cellulite can be lessened or even correct the appearance. Therefore, its time to begin exercising and start eating that little bit healthier.
Well done, you've decided to make the commitment to exercise but what do you do now? Which exercises, how long for?
The plan...you want to lose weight and tone up. The most important cause of fat gain and losses is your resting metabolic rate, this is the rate at which you burn calories while resting. Its all very well going to the gym and burning calories when you are there but what happens when you're at home? You need to rev up your resting metabolic rate so that you burn more calories when you are sitting at home watching TV. After all, to lose weights all you have to do is burn more calories than you are taking in.
The exercises that you need to know! First off cardio, idealy 5 times a week for 60 mins. Good forms of cardio include, fast walking, running, cycling, elliptical, etc. However, if you really want to rev your metabolism up you need to do some interval training as this willenable you to burn a faster rate of calories after the exercise is finished. Interval training is repeated bouts of high intensity exercise interupted by short rest periods. Once again, any of the exercises above can be used. An example would be to run for 1 minute at 90-100% of maximum effort, followed by 2-3 mins rest. Repeating this 10-15 times. You should try to interval train twice a week.
Weight Training...you will not get bulky! No! Never! Women simply don't have enough testosterone in their body to get big like men do. Weight training is the core of your cellulite management program. Why i hear you ask. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body. Weight training helps people lose fat because it burns calories, increases muscle mass which consequently helps increase the amount of calories you burn over a 24 hour period. 2-3 weight training sessions per week is sufficient enough to add muscle mass.
Finally, remember there are many treatments out there offering fantastic results but the true cure lies with eating healthily and exercising. This way you can eliminate excess fat and the appearance of cellulite, even to a point where the cellulite is no longer visible.
About The Author
Gavin Walsh is a Fitness Expert and runs a Personal Training and Fitness Consultancy in London. www.gavinwalsh.co.uk
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