Busting the cellulite myths - what's fact and what's fiction
I always try to give the best pieces of advice on what works to reduce cellulite and what doesn't so today I'm going to eliminate some common myths on this topic. Some of them might just blow my previous arguments out the door but let's not forget that nothing is permanent when it comes to wellness nowadays and we are free to choose any healthy mean that might help us lead a healthy, happy life.
The truth about fighting cellulite
So read these cellulite busting myths bearing in mind that most of the cellulite remedies that I've written in time do have the potential of helping you reduce cellulite. As long as they are harmless for your health and don't cost loads of money, I see no reason why not to try them out.
1. Drinking water eliminates cellulite
If water could change skin structure and reduce fat I assure you no one would have cellulite, or would be overweight for that matter. Drinking water probably is beneficial (although there is really no research showing how much is healthy versus unhealthy) but there is no research showing water consumption will impact fat anywhere on your body, let alone the dimples on your thighs.
Arguments for high water intake are generally based on the assumption that because our bodies consist mostly of water (50-70% of body weight, about forty-two liters) and our blood, muscles, brain, and bones are made up mainly of water (85%, 80%, 75%, and 25%, respectively), thus the assumption that we need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
The problem with that is that science tells us that hydration is just another personal need. Of course the water we drink depends on our weight, physical exercise and other things that usually come into our bodily equations. You don't NEED to drink a certain amount of water, you should drink as much water as your body tells you to.
2. Water retention causes cellulite
This seems like a curious situation, right? Low water intake can cause cellulite, while retaining too much water could also lead to cellulite.
Although there's a lot of speculation going about on how water retention can affect cellulite but there is no actual research supporting this notion. Fact is that fat cells actually contain only about 10% water, so claiming to eliminate excess water won't make a difference and any measurable result wouldn't exactly be extremely accurate.
It is true that water retention can make you look bloated and feel like you've gained weight, but water itself doesn't impact fat or the appearance of cellulite.
3. Eating anti cellulite foods can reduce cellulite
There is no reason to believe that eating healthy foods is useless. Healthy foods are effective at making our skin look better, also they make us feel a lot better.
That being said, because extra pounds are not necessarily a cause of cellulite, dieting won't change the skin structure of your thighs, which causes the dimpled contours to show. For some people cellulite is made worse by the accumulation of extra fat.
In those cases, weight reduction may decrease the total area and depth of cellulite.
4. The fat that produces cellulite is different from the one on the rest of our body
All sorts of theories thrive about how cellulite differs from regular body fat. However, few studies show how cellulite clumps differently than other fat on your body. But overall, most researchers feel cellulite is just fat, plain and simple. Besides, even if cellulite is different in how it congregates, what you can and can't do about fat on any part of the body remains the same.
5. Cellulite burning exercises work
This advice falls into the category of: doesn't matter, do it anyway! Physical activity improves our whole system and just because it may not have a super effective outcome on our cellulite doesn't mean that you shouldn't do it.
Just keep in mind that you can't spot reduce fat.
6. Detox diets and cleanses burn cellulite
Detoxifying the body for consumers has taken on the meaning of disposing of the pollutants or any other problem substances in the environment or in the foods we eat absorbed by our bodies. In terms of the way this concept has been mass marketed, there is little research showing credible efficacy as to whether or not detoxification of the body is even possible.
However, "detoxifying" the body as it is used in the scientific community describes the process of reducing cellular damage primarily by antioxidants or enzymes that prevent certain abnormal or undesirable cell functions from taking place. This is extremely useful for the body, but there isn't sufficient scientific data that tells us that this actually reduces cellulite. As mentioned skin structure and fat accumulation are not caused by toxins in the environment.
7. Men don't have cellulite
This one is partially true. Physiologically, women are far more prone to accumulating fat on the thighs and hips while men gain weight in the abdominal area. Plus, for women, the connective tissue beneath the skin has more stretch and is vulnerable to disruption, which is the perfect environment for developing cellulite.
There are some men that deal with this feminine problem just not as much as us women do.