16 Cellulite Myths Exposed, Part III: Total Cellulite "Removal", Squats and Lunges For Cellulite reduction, Anti-Cellulite Trainers, Pants, Tights and Patches...

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Cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos some of the many cellulite "urban myths": cellulite reduction with special exercises (such as squats and lunges), trainers, caffeine enriched jeans, stockings and compression underwear, and diet/exercise alone.

Certain trainers can indeed help strengthen specific small muscles of the foot, but it is beyond me how this can affect cellulite on the buttocks, when training much larger muscles with intensive squats and lunges does nothing to reduce cellulite.

On the first two parts of this series cellulite specialist Georgios Tzenichristos has exposed nice of the most common cellulite "urban myths".

On this third part of the series Georgios exposes the myths regarding total cellulite removal, cellulite exercises and diets and anti-cellulite trainers, pants and patches.

Cellulite Myth #10: Cellulite can be completely removed, regardless of age or severity
Despite what ignorant/insincere treatment providers and advertisers want women to believe, in most cases cellulite cannot be completely eliminated, by any method, regardless of how expensive or hyped up that method is.

This is because permanent deformity occurs in the collagen fibre network that connects the fat globules underneath the skin after a few months of cellulite forms. Although it is possible to iron-out these discrepancies in collagen fibre length and thickness, they can not be perfectly homogenised. Therefore, some cellulite is prone to remain even after a comprehensive course of the best anti-cellulite treatment.

Only very recently developed cellulite (less than 6 months old) can be completely eliminated, and this is because in very “fresh” cellulite, the subdermal connective tissue network has not had a chance to get significantly distorted. Therefore, misleading claims of “complete cellulite removal” should be replaced by more honest claims for “cellulite reduction” or “partial cellulite removal”, if women are to become less skeptical about cellulite treatments or creams.

Cellulite Myth #11: Cellulite on the thighs and buttocks can be reduced with exercises specific to these areas, such as squats, lunges etc.
It has been known for decades that exercise cannot induce spot fat reduction, i.e. exercising a specific muscle cannot burn fat adjacent to that muscle. For example, you cannot burn fat and cellulite in your bottom by exercising your "glutes" with squats or lunges. Yet, there are still thousands of website, newspaper and magazine articles describing exercises that are claimed to do just that: burn fat found directly underneath a specific muscle by exercising that muscle.

"Squats, lunges, hip extensions, leg abductions and adductions etc. are all great in toning up the muscles above the cellulite-afflicted skin, but they will never do anything to remove cellulite in those parts of the body - this is physiologically impossible", Georgios exercise and cellulite specialist Georgios Tzenichristos claims.

So instead of wasting time doing specific cellulite-busting exercises for specific muscles, it is better to invest time in performing the right “types” of whole body training that can burn fat and cellulite throughout the body - and then use a good cellulite treatment to focus the fat loss in a specific area.

Cellulite Myth #12: Diet and exercise are enough to reduce cellulite
Healthy eating and exercise do help reduce cellulite and are an indispensable part of any cellulite reduction effort. However, the effects of diet and exercise cannot be pinpointed to any specific area of the body, and for this reason they cannot provide fast enough or satisfactory enough results on their own.

In contrast, vigorous cellulite treatments and concentrated cellulite creams have a more localised effect, helping focus the results of exercise and diet on a specific area.

In some cases diet and exercise alone are sufficient to reduce cellulite to a low enough level in typically young women, but for the majority of women a combination of diet, exercise, an effective anti-cellulite treatment and a quality cellulite cream are recommended for best results achieved in a reasonable amount of time.

Cellulite Myth #13: Cellulite trainers can reduce cellulite
This is yet another preposterous myth, and unfortunately one that most women believe in. “Certain trainers can indeed help strengthen specific small muscles of the foot - and to a much lesser extent tone up calf muscles - but it is beyond me how this can affect cellulite on the buttocks, when training much larger muscles with much stronger exercises such as lunges and squats does nothing to reduce cellulite”.

As mentioned above, exercising specific muscles does not have the slightest effect on cellulite directly above those muscles, and the same applies to muscles “toned up” by such trainers. Unfortunately, common sense and science are sacrificed by deceptive marketers trying to find a different marketing angle in order to sell their products.

Cellulite Myth #14: Cellulite pants/patches/tights/jeans reduce cellulite
“The notion that tight underwear, hosiery that contains caffeine and artichoke extract, special fitting jeans or detox foot patches can reduce cellulite is even barmier than the idea that trainers can smoothen up women thighs and buttocks”, states Georgios Tzenichristos, a cellulite therapist with 10 years experience. Georgios adds that: “Cellulite to be significantly reduced needs a series of several vigorous treatments, the daily application of highly concentrated anti-cellulite creams and a disciplined diet and exercise regime. So the idea that foot patches and tight panties will reduce cellulite to any degree is absurd”.

It is unfortunate that even big, otherwise ethical and responsible retailers stock such products, with marketing claims along the lines of ‘the far-infrared rays produced by the underwear melt the body fat which is then naturally removed by the circulation’. “Such claims are not just deceptive and irresponsible, they smack of medieval ignorance”, Georgios wryly comments.

Georgios has been treating, researching and writing about cellulite for the past 10+ years. At the LipoTherapeia clinic Georgios provides his customers with intensive cellulite-specific massage, pressotherapy, radiofrequency, ultrasound and concentrated anti-cellulite creams. But most importantly Georgios tirelessly educates his clients with the most up-to-date information on cellulite, water retention, skin firming and diet, exercise in general.

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