Saturday, May 8, 2010

15 Ways to Fight, Fix and Minimize Cellulite

Cellulite is a glorified term for collections of fat that expand and push against the connective tissue of your skin, creating the infamous dimpled "cottage cheese" appearance.

Cellulite is the result of excess body fat that usually collects in the highest fat prone areas of your body, such as the buttocks, thighs and stomach -- all those places that are put on display when you're in a bathing suit. Because women generally have a higher amount of healthy and unhealthy body fat than men, women have a higher occurrence of cellulite. In fact, research indicates that up to 90 percent of women have some cellulite! But don't worry -- this summer you won't have hide that cottage cheese behind a sarong. Here are 15 surefire fixes for zapping this frustrating flab.

Shape Up with Galvanic Gels

The appearance of cellulite worsens as we age because skin becomes thinner and we lose collagen, which leads to less immune power but more inflammation. When enough collagen is destroyed to weaken the dermis, fat moves between the structural fibers and the dermal capillary networks. This loss of capillary network is due to engorged fat cells clumping together and inhibiting blood return. Nuskin's Galvanic Spa II Body Shaping Gel used with NuSkin's Galvanic Spa System II instrument delivers significant improvements. In a 30-day study, participants used topical creams as well as a galvanized metallic massager. Results showed 35 percent of participants experienced a one-inch reduction in thigh circumference with either the cream or the massager, and 73 percent of participants saw significant topical improvements when using both the cream and the massager.

Even some of the fittest celebrities have cellulite! Find out what activities they do to keep it at bay.
Fitness expert Nicole Dorsey Straff is a Los Angeles-based exercise physiologist and author, and frequently writes about diet, health and wellness.

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