By now you are well aware that cellulite is caused by quite a number of factors. It is therefore one of those conditions that can only be addressed effectively from several angles. In this post I’d like to talk about another cellulite risk factor that I’m pretty sure you weren’t aware of, insulin. So what’s the cellulite-insulin connection, you ask?.
Now first and foremost I would like you to understand that insulin isn’t a bad hormone just because it can increase your risk of getting cellulite. In fact I’m sure you know that it plays a vital role in your body, that of regulating blood sugar. So really it is us humans who turn insulin into a cellulite risk factor.
This is how it works: Carbohydrates, as you know, contain glucose. When you consume carbs , your body releases insulin whose purpose, as mentioned, is to regulate blood sugar – just in case you are wondering, glucose is a sugar, a monosaccharide to be more specific. If you are an active person, insulin will send this glucose to your muscles where it will be used for energy production with any excess being converted into glycogen. Glycogen acts as a fuel reserve for the body and is used when glucose runs out. This is why runners, cyclists and weightlifters do what is called ‘carb-loading’ prior to engaging in their respective sporting activities.
If on the other hand, you choose to live an inactive life, insulin and cellulite will become the best of buddies. So basically what happens is that, when a couch potato consumes carbs, insulin doesn’t even bother to supply the muscles with glucose; after all they aren’t exactly being used. Instead the carbohydrates are sent directly to the body’s fat cells where they are converted into even more fat and stored within the same cells. This process is referred to as lipogenesis.
The above process causes fat cells located in the lower layer of the skin to expand which in turn push out the fat cells located right below the skin. The final result is dimpling of the skin which is what you and I call cellulite.
So it’s pretty simple what you need to do; get off your office chair, couch or wherever else you like to spend the whole day and start moving. You need to make sure that most of the carbs you consume get to do do what they are supposed to do i.e. fuel your body and not converted into fat.
The type of carbohydrates you eat will also determine whether cellulite and insulin gang up against you to wreak havoc with your bum, middle section and thighs. Try as much as possible to avoid simple carbs; these are found in table sugar, pastries made from white flour, sodas and sweets. What your body needs are complex carbs which are found in okra, celery, brocolli, spinach, brown flour, oatmeal, brown rice, low-fat yoghurt, potatoes, apples, pears and yams among other natural and unprocessed foods.
It’s not rocket science; the cellulite-insulin connection is quite clear. Insulin is the hormone that’s responsible for storing fat in the body: fat = cellulite. The good news is that it is entirely up to you to decide just how much fat actually ends up being stored. So eat right and stay active!