– by Joey Atlas, M.S., Exe. Physio., Womens Body Enhancement Specialist
Cellulite isn’t real.
In fact, Cellulite doesn’t even exist – at least not in the way you’re used to thinking about it.
You’ve mostly heard “cellulite” used as if it’s a diagnosis or a disease – something which can be cured by the application of a cream or a treatment – or some other crazy method…
Most “cures” of this nature talk about cellulite as if it’s a problem inflicted on your body from the outside, like a rash or a virus. And thinking about cellulite in this way makes it very, very easy for them to sell you “cures” – because after all, if it’s a disease, then there’s a treatment, right?
Cellulite isn’t a disease. In fact, it’s not even a real phenomenon.
Would it shock you to know that there’s no difference at all in the skin of a woman who has cellulite and one who doesn’t – other than its external appearance?
It’s not that one has “bad” skin and the other one doesn’t. It isn’t even that one of them has cellulite and the other doesn’t. They have exactly, exactly the same skin, and they are both equally healthy.
The only difference between these two women? Is the firmness of the muscles beneath the skin.
What Does Muscle Tissue Have to Do With Cellulite?
If you’ve never heard of muscle tissue in relation to your cellulite before, that’s not surprising – because most companies trying to scam you with “cures” would rather you know as little as possible about what’s going on beneath the surface of your skin.
Here’s what creates the dimpled and shadowy skin surface we call “cellulite” – and what you really need to do to create a smoother surface.
Below the surface, your skin looks like this:
You have several layers of epidermis. Underneath the skin layers is a coating of fat – which all people have, no matter how thin they appear. This fat layer is critical to protect our insides. Under the fat layer, we have a layer of muscle.
As you can see in the picture, your muscle and skin layers are connected by connective tissue that runs through the fat.
When your muscle tissue isn’t toned and firm, it “sags,” pulling at the connective tissue. That connective tissue can’t stretch as far as your muscle mass can deflate, which means that in order to keep from snapping it has to pull down on the surface of your skin.
Wait – But Doesn’t Fat Cause Cellulite?
Short answer? Not really.
Since your fat layer is less dense than your skin, it offers almost no resistance to the pull of the connective tissue. And if you have a high body fat content, your fat layer presses up against your skin, pushing it out further away from your muscle layer.
The connective tissue between your muscle layer and your skin can’t stretch that far, so higher body fat often causes an even more exaggerated dimple. The fat pushes the skin outward, and the deflated muscle tissue pulls downward – which causes resistance two different ways.
This is why the most common advice to reduce cellulite is simply to reduce your body fat overall. It does work to an extent, because less body fat means less pressure on your skin layer, and less distance for your connective tissue to cover.
But that doesn’t really explain why skinny people get “cellulite”, does it?
Of course not. It also doesn’t explain why some overweight people don’t get cellulite at all.
Body fat can exaggerate the problem, for sure, and reducing your body fat overall will likely help reduce the appearance of dimples on your skin. (Although some women do make the dimples and shadows of cellulite worse after losing weight, WITHOUT doing any type of proper toning exercises for the trouble zones).
However, body fat is not really the culprit here. It’s just an accomplice.
As I’ve said, you need a certain amount of fat between your muscle and skin. It’s important for your health and your survival. You’ll never, ever get rid of that fat layer completely – and you wouldn’t want to.
The real problem here? Is the muscle tissue.
When muscles become atrophied, they lose their density and volume, in essence – they become deflated. And anything sitting on top of those muscles has less support. Hence those layers go limp and they sag, showing the dimples and shadows we call “cellulite”.
But when those muscles become firmly toned and regain healthy density, they push outward on the epidermis, connective tissue and the outermost layer of skin – to give it a tighter, smoother and healthier looking appearance. So…
“Fat” Is Not The Problem
I can’t tell you how many women come to me saying, “I have cellulite, but I swear I’m not fat.” They think that cellulite only happens if you have weight to lose, because they’re under the impression that the dimples on their skin are caused by pockets of fat.
In their minds, cellulite looks something like “blobs” of fat floating just under the surface of the skin – which is COMICALLY inaccurate when compared to actual anatomy, especially in contrast to what we’ve just learned above.
And that’s the point – it’s weird how women think of their cellulite as little pockets of fat floating just beneath the surface.
They think that if they could just find a way to get those little blobs of fat to go away – maybe with massage? or a cream? or an electrolysis treatment? – their cellulite would disappear.
But that’s not what cellulite is. Cellulite is not fat. Cellulite is not a skin problem. What we call “cellulite” is simply the way your body is supposed to behave. But, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it.
Cellulite Is Not a Diagnosis or a Permanent Condition
You aren’t stuck with cellulite the way you’re stuck with your blue eyes or your big feet. You can be predisposed to cellulite, the way that you could be predisposed to having skinny legs, but you’re not stuck with it.
If you don’t like your skinny legs? You can absolutely change them. You might have to work harder than someone whose genetics predispose them to shapely, sculpted legs, but with a targeted toning program and some consistency? You could have legs like those too.
Same goes for cellulite. If your mother didn’t have much muscle mass in her thighs, you may be genetically predisposed to the same problem. If you go about your life as normal, that muscle tissue might never get toned enough to decrease the appearance of cellulite.
But it can absolutely be changed. In fact, I’ve developed a unique method specifically designed to do exactly that.
What Have We Learned?
Cellulite, as you’ve been taught to perceive it, simply does not exist.
You can’t “cure” it with creams or potions or surgery or massage. You wouldn’t be able to “cure” skinny legs with those tactics, would you? If someone said, “Just rub this cream on your legs every night and you’ll magically put on muscle,” you’d think they were nuts.
I need you to understand that it is just as crazy to think you could “cure” cellulite with a cream.
The appearance of dimples on your skin has nothing to do with a disease – it has to do with the way your body is made. And if you want to change it, you have to work with the actual tissues of your body – you can’t rub a magic lotion on and make the problem disappear.
In fact, you can’t make ANY of the components of “cellulite” disappear. But what you can do is change the underlying anatomy. You can change your actual muscle structure – which changes everything sitting on top of it – which means the layers of the skin.
Are you going to make your skin disappear? Your fat? Your muscle? Your connective tissue? Of course not. They’re all essential components of your anatomy. You need all of them. You can’t “vanish” them. However…
What you can do is change their appearance.
Your muscle tissue can become stronger and bigger and more toned, giving the connective tissue less distance to cover between your skin and your muscle layer. Your fat cells can be less enlarged, which will make them push less against your skin. Your skin can be more hydrated, which will keep it nice and elastic.
But you’re not “getting rid” of cellulite.
You’re simply taking care of your body, and doing focused body movements to shape it into the image you have in your mind’s eye. The image you desire.
At this point, you might be wondering “Why don’t men get cellulite?” And that is a good question, but one we will answer in a future article. So for now – if you want to change how you look in a swimsuit, then you can do this in a healthy, caring way – and in fact, I insist you do.
Remember, there’s nothing wrong with your body.
But if you’d rather have smoothly toned skin instead of dimpled, shadowy skin, then I can show you a method that will get those results for you, just as I’ve developed programs for women to help them get a tighter figure, rounder glutes, or more shapely legs.
Are you ready to stop buying phony magic potions and start working with your real physiology?
Then your next move is to take a look at The 5 Keys to Kill Cellulite article
…or just go straight to the cellulite removal method video while it’s still online.
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