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By Lisa Shaker-Knopp (

Cellulite is one of the most undesirable curses of mostly women. I use the word “curse” because it is a condition that is hard to treat, and is strongly related to genetics.  Cellulite is described as pockets of fat which are trapped and cause dimpling in the skin.

It is most commonly found on legs, hips and buttocks. Sometimes it is compared to the look of an orange peel. Cellulite is not a medical term, and it is not pathological, but women hate the look!

There has been much research done on the exact cause of cellulite. Most experts agree on some common factors which contribute to cellulite. One is hormones. Estrogen is thought to be involved because this condition mainly affects women, and usually occurs after puberty.

As well, it seems as if the appearance of cellulite becomes aggravated during pregnancy, menstruation, nursing and estrogen therapy. Other hormones that may be involved are insulin, cortisol and thyroid hormones.

Then there is the factor of diet. For sure dehydration, and a diet high in carbohydrates, fats and sodium seem to exacerbate the appearance of cellulite. When you have a diet with excess carbohydrates and fats that can lead to an increase in fat production and storage. However, thin people can also have cellulite.

So how can we attack this look? If we can control the release of insulin, we control fat storage, namely in the abdominal region where estrogen is stored.  If we follow a low-fat, low-carb lifestyle and start to lose weight, we will eliminate the extra hormones that are trapped in our fat cells, thus aid in reducing cellulite.

If we force our bodies to burn out the stored fat, and maintain our muscle by eating a good amount of lean proteins, we will have a reduction of fat cells and that will result in a reduction of cellulite. I am taught that over all, the human body needs a minimum of ½ gram of protein per pound of lean body mass per day to function properly. Skin, organs, muscles, hair, teeth, nails are all made of proteins.

Women have tried for years to get rid of this pesky issue by using lotions, creams and other advanced treatments like liposuction and other invasive surgical techniques. Although this is a hard condition to treat, using can help you feed yourself to a thinner you, and help you take off that cover up at the beach this summer!

What have you done to reduce cellulite?

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