Ever notice how even your fittest friends still have some cellulite?
Do you ever wonder how in the heck that is possible?
Well, it is because it is not all about how much you work out or even what you eat; obviously having extra weight on your body is going to impact the amount and appearance but losing fat alone will not get rid of your cellulite.
So, what is the main culprit behind cellulite?
The lumpy, clumpy, cottage-cheese textured appearance on your thighs is primarily due to dehydrated connective tissue (the collagen-based tissue that supports everything from your skin to your bones and everything in between).
In between your skin and muscles, there’s a layer of connective tissue. Think of it like a sponge around your muscles. If the sponge is hydrated, it stays supple and juicy and moves well with changes in your body. However, if it becomes dehydrated, the fat cells in your body can expand and multiply. When this happens, your fat cells start to put pressure on your connective tissue and bulge through the openings rather than force the tissue to stretch and flex. This damages the collagen fibers in your thighs and stretches them out like an old pair of pants that have lost their shape and never quite fit right again, creating the appearance of cellulite on your skin. That’s why, even when you lose weight and work to reduce body fat, you can still see cellulite—the collagen-based tissue is still damaged. Losing weight can certainly help, but the real way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is to get to the root of the problem and rehydrate the tissue.
Your first call to action: MOVE MORE!
Sitting all day chronically compresses the backs of your legs so simply standing up for five minutes every hour can help keep the connective tissue hydrated and your lymphatic system flowing so that toxins and internal debris don’t accumulate.
Here are some of my other great Daily Tips to start doing now!
These Yoga Tune Up Massage Balls are a creation from heaven I swear! They travel with me everywhere and I use them every single day. I also teach with them and use them all over the body from your feet to back, neck and jaw BUT one of the best spots to work with them is your hips, gluteus and thighs to break up the fascia and smooth out your cellulite.
Jill Miller, the creator of these wonder balls has a fabulous book to go along with them and countless videos on how to use them.
Join me for my full hour spree cast on July 3oth at 1pm EST all about Cellulite and ditching it for GOOD!
Have a super smooth day
Cottage cheese, hail damage, orange peel, whatever you want to call it, the majority of women have cellulite of some degree.
Cellulite is a layer of fat under your skin that is pushing up through connective tissue. It is more noticeable in women because our skin is thinner than males. It can be made appear worse by varying factors such as hormones, excess body fat, genetic factors, body composition, low metabolism and your lifestyle.
Whilst we all may want to get rid of it completely we need to remember that it is perfectly normal to have some cellulite and that its healthy to have some body fat. It’s easy to be so critical of our appearance all the time and while its ok to want to improve our appearance we should learn to love ourselves and not constantly try to be perfect. Lets concentrate on being fit and healthy and the physical pay offs will come anyway.
There are some things you can do however to reduce the appearance of cellulite (and improve your health)
Reduce body fat. This is may not be the case for everyone but if you do have excess body fat, reducing the amount will certainly lessen the appearance of it. Reducing body fat to be within the healthy range will also improve your health and reduce your risk of many lifestyle diseases.
2) Increase lean muscle mass. By building muscle you will increase your metabolism and burn more fat. Incorporating resistance training/weight training 3 or more times per week will increase muscle tone and improve your connective tissue, thus reducing cellulite. I can speak from my own experience here, that weight training has made a significant difference to my cellulite. I still have it, but its only noticeable when I squeeze my glutes together. If you would like some guidance on how to start resistance training or what to do you can download my programs from www.tenilleduncan.com
3) Balance your hormones. Living a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet full of clean whole foods may help balance your hormones. Although estrogen has copped the blame for cellulite in the past, the claims have not been scientifically proven. Other hormones including insulin, adrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are all believed to participate in the development of cellulite. So ensure you try to reduce your stress levels and sugar intake and get adequate sleep every night, it will go a long way to not only improve your cellulite but your health as well.
4) Drink more water. Our body is made up of up to 70% water and we need water to perform just about every function in the human body. We also can’t metabolise fat if we are dehydrated. If we are dehydrated it can impair the function of our kidneys. If the kidneys aren’t doing their job properly it will call on the liver to help do its job. Since the liver is responsible for metabolising fats, this job gets put on hold while the liver works over time to help the kidneys. So if you are wanting to burn some stored fat, ensure you are drinking the required 1.5 – 2 litres a day, more if exercising and in the warmer months.
5) Need an instant result? Fake tan! Cellulite is far less noticeable on tanned skin than skins of a lighter shade. Fake tans have come a long way and you can find some really nice, natural looking tans on the market. Be sure to check the ingredients for any nasty chemicals before you make your purchase.
Friends! In reference to my post last week, January 2018 is all about LOVING ourselves and prioritizing health & wellness as we step into this new year! So today, we are going to dive into one of the most FRUSTRATING yet simultaneously ultra common issues for women: CELLULITE. Ugh… WHAT?!?
Truth be told, I never realized cellulite was a “thing” for allll women until I turned 25. Before that age, everything kind of just stayed in place. But alas, add a crazy stressful career schedule, changing hormones, an aging body and ZING there comes the lovely cottage cheese. It started in my behind first [which is pretty common!], then it went to the upper back of my legs. Sigh. I didn’t truly make notice of it as offensive though, until it started appearing on my front thighs. Gasp. It was as though the front of my legs were starting to sag, and it was all because of this lovely thing called cellulite. OH JOY!
I will be honest with you all that I was not in the best place in terms of knowing LOVE for myself when my cellulite starting suddenly appearing. My thoughts downward spiraled as I looked at girls older than me and start comparing. Thoughts of “I AM YOUNG! Why is this happening to me?!” filling my head as I started thinking it just wasn’t fair. I quite honestly began getting pretty embarrassed about the amount of cellulite that I found on my body… so much so that I started to refuse to wear anything that wasn’t to my knees. Shorts in the summertime were completely “ex-nayed”, because they showed far too much upper thigh life.
PS. Quick side note. ALL of these bathing suit photos are fully untouched*, meaning absolutely zero retouching to my body AT ALL after my Endermologie treatments. HEYYO!
The first and most obvious issue with this way of thinking was that I needed to see myself as BEAUTIFUL, cellulite and all. My mind needed to be transformed to truly understand the depth of my worth past my physical appearance. I needed to embrace a love so deep for myself that I realized my body was beautiful at any shape, size, or bump.
What was NOT okay was that it was all developing due to health problems. The truth of the matter, is that I was so overly stressed and sleep deprived that it was causing an imbalance of hormones and build up of toxins in and through my entire body. I could tell this was happening for a plethora of reasons: weight gain, constant fatigue, chronic sickness, brain fog and MORE. But what I didn’t realize was that this stress was building up toxins that was also a HUGE contributing factor in my cellulite!
ALAS! That is where I come to you with a treatment I discovered that has been revolutionary for me in terms of my overall health and wellbeing to DETOX my body from toxic build up and in essence HELP reduce and eliminate my cellulite! That’s right!!! CELLULITE BE GONE!!!!
SO because I love you, I want to first and foremost encourage you today that YOU are beautiful, no matter what physical imperfection you may see you on your body. You are PERFECTLY crafted in the eyes of the Lord. Repeat that to yourself. You are perfectly crafted. You are perfectly crafted. You are perfectly crafted.
Secondly, because Endermologie has truly played a hugeeeee role in my health and wellness, I want to introduce you to my lovelier than lovely BECKY from Bare Bunny Aesthetics in Huntington Beach California. Becky is not only a good friend, but an amazingly talented Medical Eesthetician! She and her team have been treating me since July and it has truly been TRANSFORMATIVE. I can confidently tell you that I have actually LOST WEIGHT while it has also helped me sleep better, reduced brain fog, helped me detox from harmful toxin build up, reduced inflammation, smooth my skin… AND reduced overall cellulite!
So, instead of me fully explaining what the lovely Endermologie process is, I have to turn to the expert for the ultimate source of knowledge… the lovely Becca Elisabeth from the amazing Bare Bunny Aesthetics! Let’s dive right in shall we?
Endermologie is based on a technique founded in the mid-1980s by Louis Paul Guitay in Valence, France. Mr. Guitay invented a method to help rehabilitate damaged muscle tissue and standardize physical therapy by providing precisely calibrated and consistent massage treatments. Over time, patients noticed an interesting side effect: an improvement in the dimpled appearance of the skin!
Endermologie is the world’s first patented technology to assist in the reduction of cellulite and free localized fat that is trapped below the skin. It is now internationally established with over 20,000 Endermologie centers around the world! It’s been called Hollywood’s best kept secret!
Well girl, only the best of the best here!!!Using LPGs latest technology from the only machine that’s FDA approved for cellulite in the US of corse! LPG Endermologie treatments are done by a massaging device consisting of vacuums and rollers, used to manipulate the tissue beneath the skin. It also combines a motorized roll and flap yet pleasant stimulation to the skin surface in order to reactivate natural physiological process.
*Friends speaking from experience, the machine literally feels kinda GOOD! It is like a deep stimulation to your skin, I have become obsessed!
The mechanical massage helps produce collagen, stimulates the lymphatic system and breaks up fat deposits in areas that develop pockets of fat, like saddlebags and love handles and is flushed out of the body with the help of the improved circulation. An endermologie treatment can also be used to diminish swelling and even out skin texture. Which releases the septa band that causes cellulite.
As if all that wasn’t good enough… there are so many other benefits to our bodies! LPG systems is recognized world wide for providing men and women of all ages with natural cell, tissue, joint and muscle treatments to improve their health and well-being. Aches and pains, inflammation, water retention, naturally speeds up you metabolism while detoxing your body. Overall Endermologie promotes total health and wellness which equals happiness to me!
It’s the only natural FDA approved treatment with time after time proven results. “Slow and steady wins the race!” Same with these treatments! Every time you come in, you are benefiting your body! You may not see the instant gratification you want on the first few treatments but you’ll certainly feel it! I wouldn’t say the same for any other treatment in comparison out there. However, Endermologie works great in combination to anybody that had liposuction, or any fat loss treatment like cool sculpt. It helps smooth the skin from the unpredictable lumps and bumps that come along with those treatments and helps your body flush out those dead fat cells faster for the quicker results we all want!
During an Endermologie treatment, clients wear a white specialized body suit. We call ours the “Bunny Suit”… unless of corse your male or modest! We have a special dark grey suit for you that keeps it all held down if you know what I mean! 😉 A single treatment can take anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes, depending on the area(s) being treated. Most clients will need to have one to two treatments a week. After treatment, clients can go back to their normal activities immediately. With endermologie, there’s no downtime and treatments are painless. The level of massage during treatment can be adjusted if the client experiences any sort of discomfort.
To maintain results, we recommend a minimum of six to ten treatments for noticeable, dramatic results. The results from these sessions will usually last a few months. To maintain results, one endermologie treatment is recommended every month after the initial series of treatments. The actual number of treatments and any further maintenance sessions will be based on the client’s desired outcome and discussed during the complimentary consultation, before treatment begins.
For more questions or to book and appointment, call us or hop online at www.barebunny.net or 714-472-1178
Oh my goodness! You guys that was just a WEALTH of amazing knowledge about this beautiful treatment that is a personal BEST kept secret for me. I want to make a note for you again that all my photos today were not retouched at all, and are my body in full, raw, form after months of Endermologie treatment. [They are in fact so natural, that my skin was so pale & I didn’t touch that at all either- hello ghostie!]
So to recap all of today… the first step in thinking about cellulite is to LOVE yourself and see yourself as beautiful no matter what outward appearance you want to hide. YOU are perfectly crafted no matter what the world says. You are not defined by the lumps on your body!
And secondly, if you want to experience an amazingly healthy treatment to revolutionize your health and wellness AND help you reduce cellulite in the process… endermologie is for you! I am excited to announce that you can get 3 treatments for $100 at Bare Bunny Aesthetics ! Their staff is the most lovely & wonderful. I am constantly jumping at the bit for my next appointment because we always have such amazing conversations AND I feel amazing! Make sure to tell them I sent you 😉
So now that we have found a way to embrace our bodies and increase our health & wellness in the process …are YOU ready to try this life changing treatment that I swear by? You won’t regret it. Promise.
Bathing Suit: Summer Salt | Sunnies: Perverse Sunglasses
Photos by Stef Marie
Oh how we hate cellulite!
Those ugly deposits of fat that most of us see on our bodies at some point or another (even if you’re skinny.)What is Cellulite?
The term “Cellulite” is used to describe a cosmetic imperfection that causes distress to millions of women. On the surface, cellulite is lumpy, bumpy, rippled skin that first appears, most commonly, on the thighs and buttocks. Cellulite is more commonly found in women and is indiscriminate of size, shape or weight.What causes cellulite?
The storage of fat in the adipocytes (fat cells in the dermis) as well as water in the dermis and hypodermis contribute to the visibility of cellulite. As the adipocytes increases in size, their membranes become distorted and place strain on their points of fixation within the skin resulting in the unsightly lumpy appearance (orange peel effect). This process is then aggravated by a slowing down of circulation resulting in the stagnation of toxin and the reduction of nutrients within the structures. Congestion of the connective tissue also occurs which results in the loss of elasticity.
I know what you’re thinking, is there a fast way to get rid of cellulite for good?The answer is yes!