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Exercise doesn’t cure Cellulite

By on April 25, 2008

Dear Rocco,

I have been running on the treadmill and fast-walking on the beach. I weigh 197 pounds. When I first started the treadmill, I could only do 13 minutes, and now I can do 32 minutes. I will not give up, I will lose pounds and get toned up! My question is, when I start dropping some weight, will the cellulite on my thighs disappear?

—Patti

The problem with cellulite is that it has nothing to do with losing weight or losing fat. It has everything to do with the structural integrity of your fat cells.

We all have fat cells — actually we have a predetermined amount. Each fat cell is supposed to be strong and smooth, not lumpy and bumpy, and they certainly shouldn’t have that orange-peel look — gross! Most of the time, we actually get cellulite by doing the very thing we want to take it away … dieting.

Most diets are the restrictive kind, and when you restrict your body of nutrients, you begin to tear it down at the cellular level. When you weaken the walls of your fat cells, they begin to “sag” and take on a dimpled appearance. Usually, this occurs because your diet is lacking EFAs, or Essential Fatty Acids.

Although I’m not a nutritionist, I do know a little something about EFAs. I had to do tons of research when I decided to launch my nutritional product brand, askROCCO Balance, and wanted to include an omega-3 complex in my line.

EFAs are the primary building blocks of most of the cells in your body, especially fat cells. Just like a house or building needs a strong framework to maintain its shape and size, fat cells need a strong structure to maintain their shape and function. EFAs keep the cells flexible, rather than coarse and ridged, providing the smoothness and suppleness of healthy skin.

So when you’re training or dieting, make sure you’re maintaining a proper balance of fatty acids — omega-3s, omega-6s and omega-9s. Omega-3s are found in oily fish (like salmon), eggs and flaxseed. Omega-6s come from palm, soybean and vegetable oils, while omega-9s are found in olive oil. The appropriate balance is usually 4:1 omega-3s to omega-6s and -9s.

If you would like to try askROCCO BALANCE Omega-3 Complex go to askROCCO.com

Colleen says:

That was really helpful. I never had it broken down so clearly but also so simple I could actually see it.
I know I can be more diligent about what exactly i am taking in as far as my omega’s and continue with exercise but is it realistic to think it could be flawless? Is there any other adjuncts that can be helpful to give the best success?
Thanks 🙂