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The Facts About Cellulite

Cellulite is an unsightly condition that is often blamed on fat, but in actuality, cellulite is a little more complicated.  Find out more about what cellulite is, what it isn’t, and why some people have more of it than others.

Although fat is part of what causes the appearance of cellulite, the presence of fat alone is not enough to create the dimpled appearance that is often compared to cottage cheese or an orange peel.  In fact, fat injections are often used to smooth the skin.

Where cellulite is present, there are fibrous connective tissues that hold your skin onto your muscle.  The fat that lies between your skin and muscle pushes up on your skin, and the connective tissues pull your skin down, creating a puckering effect similar to that found on upholstered furniture.  You’re more likely to have cellulite in areas where the connective tissue has lost some of it’s elasticity or where the tissues run perpendicular to the skin instead of diagonally underneath it.  People who have thin skin are also more likely to have cellulite, which is one reason men are less likely to have cellulite than women.

How can you reduce the appearance of cellulite?

Reducing the amount of fat that is stored under your skin will help reduce the appearance of cellulite.  You should also stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and exercise to improve the condition of your muscles and the connective tissue.

Ways To Cut Calories And Lose Weight

Having trouble sticking to your diet?  Follow there tips to keep your calorie count down and lose weight more easily.

5 Ways To Cut Calories And Lose Weight

1.  Treat yourself with low-calorie indulgences: Not everything that tastes good is loaded with calories.  Lobster, which you may     not  be able to afford every night, has just 83 calories in a 3 ounce serving.  Adding a tablespoon of whipped cream to your fruit instead of ice cream adds just 8 calories to your bowl.

2.  Eat 6 times a day: eating smaller meals more frequently can actually help you cut calories because you’re more likely to practice proper portion control if you’re not overly hungry.

3.  Go Blue: The color blue seems to serve as an appetite suppressant, whereas red, yellow and orange can encourage eating.  Try using blue plates and tablecloths during your meals.

4.  Eat off smaller plates: A great way to practice portion control without feeling hungry is to serve yourself less food, but use a smaller plate so it appears you’re getting plenty.

5.  Add vegetables to your recipes: Putting chopped vegetables in casseroles, salads, and sauces will help fill you up without needing to add more high-calorie ingredients.  Try adding more onions, peppers and tomatoes to your omelet instead of another egg.

Exercise Myths Busted

Are you ready to shed those unwanted pounds with exercise?  Before you get started with exercising for weight loss, get the truth about these common exercise myths.

Myth 1.  Doing crunches will get rid of belly fat.

Crunches are a type of resistance training for your abdominal muscles, which means that they help build and strengthen the muscles in your stomach.  They won’t, however, get rid of the fat on top of the muscle.  Unfortunately, there’s no way to target one specific area of your body for fat loss.  If you want to lose belly fat, you need to get id of the fat all over your body and you’ll see your results proportionately.

Myth 2.  Doing more rep with lighter weights is the fastest way to build muscle.

The reality is, lifting heavier weights that you can only lift 8 times or less will create larger, stronger muscles in a shorter amount of time.  Using lighter weights to complete more reps will help you improve your muscular endurance.  Most exercise experts recommend chaging up your routine to avoid your body acclimating to a routine and slowing progress.

Myth 3.  Men don’t take exercise classes.

One of the number one reasons that men or women stop exercising is boredom.  Taking fitness classes can help you stay exciting about working out, which may prevent you from quitting your fitness routine entirely.  It’s a good idea for everyone, regardless of sex, to consider adding some variety to their exercise routine with new aerobics or yoga classes that work your body in different ways.