The LipoTherapeia Update: 5 Things You Did Not Know About Cellulite: Paleolithic Diet, Pressotherapy, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals And More...

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Cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos looks at the combined effect that increased sugar intake, the contraceptive pill and inactivity has on cellulite, and also explains the reasons why many women are disappointed by their cellulite treatments. Endocrine disrupting chemicals, the Paleolithic Diet, and pressotherapy treatments are also analysed.

I have treated more than a thousand women, and have noticed that the women who seem to be addicted to sweets, are on the contraceptive pill and have extremely sedentary jobs seem to be the worse affected by cellulite, even very young or slim women

Through the LipoTherapeia Update, every month cellulite guru Georgios Tzenichristos will publish a summary of his recent lectures on cellulite, lymphatic drainage, skin firming and cosmetic surgery aftercare. This month the subjects are the Paleolithic Diet’s effect on cellulite, pressotherapy, endocrine disrupting chemicals, the main reasons behind the prevalence of cellulite today and the reasons why most cellulite treatments “don’t work”.

Georgios Tzenichristos specialises in cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage, skin firming and post-cosmetic surgery treatments since 2000. In addition to running his busy cellulite clinic in South Kensington, London, Georgios has developed his own range or anti-cellulite creams and regularly lectures and writes about cellulite and related subjects.

Why is cellulite on the increase these days? The effect of the pill, sugar and ...computers
There is no doubt that cellulite affects more women than ever before, including very young and slim women that rarely suffered from cellulite before. The reasons behind today’s cellulite “epidemic”, Georgios argues, are the increase in sugar consumption (mainly due to the stress, boredom or depression that our modern lifestyle causes), inactivity caused by the ever-growing use of computers for work and social interaction, the use of hormonal contraception, and the prevalence of xenoestrogens, i.e. endocrine disrupting toxins that mimic estrogen in a women’s bodies.

“I have treated more than a thousand women, and have noticed that the women who seem to be addicted to sweets, are on the contraceptive pill and have extremely sedentary jobs seem to be the worse affected by cellulite, even very young or slim women”, Georgios states and goes on to explain: “This of course makes sense, since both sugar and estrogen (artificial or natural) stimulate fat cell proliferation, whilst inactivity negatively affects collagen cell function and circulation, all causative factors of cellulite”.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and cellulite
As the name suggests, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) tend to impair endocrine function, affecting hormones such as estrogen and thyroid hormone by either mimicking them or disrupting the relevant glands. Xenoestrogens, a special class of EDCs that act as “deformed” estrogens in the body, are more well known about their effect on breast and prostate cancer. However, given that cellulite is to a large extent estrogen-driven and that it is also a storage site of fat-soluble toxins (such as most EDCs) we can fairly assume that the abundance of xenoestrogens and other EDCs play an important role in the prevalence of cellulite today.

Paleolithic Diet and Cellulite
The Paleolithic Diet describes the diet of the human being during it’s evolution from 2.5 million years ago until the advent of agriculture, 12,000 years ago. The Paleolithic Diet is the natural diet of the human being and involves eating fish, lean meat, berries and other fruits and an abundance vegetables, while it excludes cellulite-producing foods such as starches, sugars and saturated fats. The Paleo Diet is the ultimate anti-cellulite diet and, if combined with vigorous exercise and good cellulite treatments/creams, it can lead to significant cellulite reduction.

“Apparently cave women did not have cellulite”, Georgios claims and and adds that “there are a of lessons we can learn from them, especially with regards to our diet!”

Why most cellulite treatments do not work?
Cellulite is notoriously difficult treat and most cellulite treatments do not seem to really work. Once established, cellulite can only be reduced (not eliminated) with a personalised plan including a course of regular vigorous treatments (usually 10-20 sessions, taken once or twice a week), healthy diet, regular exercise and the use of anti-cellulite creams.

There are several reasons why a cellulite treatment fails to give results, some having to do with the quality of the treatment and some with the attitude and expectations of the client. These reasons are summarised below:

  • The treatment plan is very simplistic and not personalised, quite often involving treatment irrelevant to the client’s needs, Such approaches have no chance of success for a complicated aesthetic condition like cellulite.
  • The treatment itself is ineffective, i.e it does not work at all, works very slowly or only offers very temporary results.
  • The treatment is overly expensive, making a course of 10-20 sessions unaffordable and forcing women to expect good results in 2-3 sessions. However, no cellulite treatment can offer satisfactory results in 2-3 sessions, regardless of how expensive it is.
  • The client has unrealistic expectations fuelled by dishonest marketing hype. This can only lead to disappointment.
  • The treatment works perfectly well but the client does not exercise or eat healthily, or even worse continues to indulge in the very lifestyle that led to the development of cellulite. Obviously, in that case no treatment is good enough...

Pressotherapy and cellulite
Pressotherapy is a usually overlooked anti-cellulite treatment that can provide significant results, either on it’s own or in combination with other, more vigorous treatments. Pressotherapy involves the rhythmical compression and decompression of inflatable garments that pump lymph and venous blood from the legs or arms towards the heart, thereby aiding circulation, lymphatic drainage and detoxification and reducing water retention and cellulite. Pressotherapy is much more effective and can replace traditional manual lymphatic massage in 90% of water retention cases, or it can be used in combination with it.
Furthermore, If used immediately before or after with exercise, pressotherapy can maximise fat loss from a specific body area, something which is impossible with exercise alone.

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