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Vojvoda
Thursday, October 23rd, 2003, 09:33 PM
Got 20 minutes? We'll show you how to lose the lumps and get thinner thighs in weeks
by Selene Yeager


Cottage cheese thighs. Seems that no matter how much you diet or how much money you spend on products and potions, those ugly, orange-peel bumps are still there, stuck to your bottom half and impossible to conquer.

Well, get ready to win! We're going to show you how to shed cellulite without expensive wraps, creams, or supplements. The best part: It takes only 20 minutes, 3 days a week.

"With the right exercise plan, you can reduce cellulite and make your lower body look smoother and firmer," says Prevention advisor Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, who recently developed the Cellulite Solution Exercise Plan. "When we put 16 women ages 26 to 66 on our program for 8 weeks, all of them reported less cellulite in their lower body. And 70% of them reported a lot less."

It wasn't just wishful thinking. On average, the women lost just over 3 lb of fat, added 21/2 lb of muscle, and shed almost 11/2 inches from their hips. What's more, ultrasound tests confirmed it. Overall, the women shrank the lumpy fat layer on their thighs by 1.3 millimeters (mm) and increased smooth muscle tissue in the same area by 1.8 mm. It doesn't sound like much, but it definitely made their legs look smoother and firmer.


The Truth About Cellulite

The best part of this program is that it puts to rest the mistaken notion that cellulite is some mysterious condition. Despite what you've heard about trapped toxins or poor circulation being to blame, cellulite is one thing-fat. It just looks different because of how it's arranged.

Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat tissue to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-like pattern, so any increase of fat in a given area tends to bulge. You don't see cellulite in men because their fibers run in a horizontal, criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.

So why does cellulite seem to appear out of nowhere and get worse as we get older? There are two reasons. First, it's because tissue changes. Those strands of connective tissue thicken with age, and our skin gets thinner, says Katie Rodan, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University. "The combined effect is more pronounced cellulite," she explains.

Second, and more important, the average woman loses 5 lb of muscle and replaces it with about 15 lb of fat every decade of her adult life, says Dr. Westcott. "Because fat is exceptionally soft, it doesn't keep our skin taut like muscle does. It also takes up more space, so it bulges out."

To get rid of cellulite, you have to reduce the underlying fat stores and replace lost muscle tissue. "You won't find a cellulite cure in cosmetic products or procedures," says Jeffrey Sklar, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University in New York City. "But the more muscle tone you have, the less of a problem it will be."

Find out more here:

http://fitness.msn.com/articles/feeds/?dept=exercise&article=et_pv_101003_banishcellulite

OnionPeeler
Friday, October 24th, 2003, 04:57 AM
Doesn't the board have a policy against advocating the banishment of Cellulites, Israelites and Stalagmites?