We may try to deny it, but as women, much of our self-esteem is often dependent on how comfortable we are in our own skin. Have you ever said, “If only I could get rid of that bulge…” or thought, “If only my skin were tighter?” Pesky thoughts like these threaten to damage personal self-confidence. For many of us, cellulite ranks high on our list of image- related woes.

In the WebMD article, “Can You Beat Cellulite?” medical reporter, Colette Bouchez reminds us that cellulite is primarily an issue for women over the age of 35. Even a petite and slim frame is at risk of developing cellulite.

PlumbTalk Women had the opportunity to sit down with anti-aging specialist, Dr. Daniela Dadurian M.D., to chat about the common fears, causes, and remedies surrounding cellulite related self-esteem issues. For more than ten years Dr. Dadurian has sought out safe and innovative methods for reducing cellulite. Her exceptional personal care approach is testament to her passion for liberating women from the plague of feeling negatively about their bodies.

Fear of the Unknown

Cellulite can be troubling to many of us because we simply do not understand what it is or why we have it. This alone can cause our self-esteem to spiral downward. Understanding our anxiety is the first step in boosting our emotional wellbeing.

As Dr. Dadurian explains it, “cellulite is surface dimpling of the skin. It is caused by subcutaneous fat pockets bulging through fibrous connective tissue.” You may have noticed these dimples in “the pelvic region, abdomen, buttocks, and lower limbs,” as these are the most common areas for cellulite to emerge.

Colette Bouchez, a WebMD medical reporter, is in agreement with Dr. Dadurian and urges women to realize how the fat that causes cellulite is not the same fat that causes us to gain weight. Cellulite is skin fat that cannot be used by the body for energy.

Who Battles Cellulite

PlumbTalk Women was curious to know why some women battle cellulite and others do not. Dr. Dadurian reveals that cellulite is caused by both genetic and dietary factors.

Dietary Factors:

The buildup of toxins in the body can contribute to cellulite. Attempting to reduce certain dietary intake can combat the buildup of toxins. Avoid:

  • Foods rich in fat
  • Excessive salt intake
  • A high carbohydrate diet
  • Eating foods without fiber

Genetic Factors:

“Genetics [and] hormonal… factors all contribute to cellulite. It occurs in 80-90% of post pubertal females,” says Dr. Dadurian. While it is possible to inherit cellulite from your mother, it can also be the result of age- related hormonal changes. The truth is that the vast majority of woman battle cellulite sometime after going through puberty.

What Does the Doctor Recommend?

Healthy habits breed healthy emotions. One of the best ways to elevate your self-esteem and prevent cellulite at the same time is to practice healthy eating habits and incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Dr. Dadurian suggests that it is “mainly by dietary change” that cellulite causing toxins can be eliminated in the body.

Women’s Health Magazine supports Dr. Dadurian’s claims and suggests that yoga is a great exercise for reducing cellulite. Here is why:

  • Yoga allows lymph (body fluid containing white blood cells) flow
  • Yoga flushes out toxins that cause cellulite (Get Rid of Cellulite, 2012)

Dr. Dadurian is leery of over-the-counter remedies that make big promises but fail to give customers the results they seek. PlumbTalk Women agrees that the right product is far better than the product that is easiest to acquire. When we fall prey to the quick fix solutions that do not pan out, we put ourselves in the position to be even more disappointed with our body image.

Dr. Dadurian recommends combinations of the following cellulite reduction options and products:

Dr. Dadurain also mentions www.Medicinenet.com and www.medicalnewstoday.com to readers who wants to know more about cellulite.

The Perfect Body

In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with images of the perfect body. These images are often unattainable. Striving to mimic what we see has “show[n] a decline in self-esteem and overall mood,” said Meg Kramer in a 2011 Livestrong article.

Instead of buying into the idea that we need to get rid of physical traits like cellulite as quick as possible, PlumbTalk Women encourages all women to embrace a lifestyle that promotes health inside and out and to enjoy the journey of becoming a healthier you.

For more information please feel free to contact Dr. Daniela Dadurian at:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (561) 655-6325

Bouchez, Colette. (2005). Can you Beat Cellulite? WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/can-you-beat-cellulite?page=4

Get Rid of Cellulite. (2012). Women’s Health Magazine. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/yoga/cellulite

Kramer, Meg. (2011). The Effects of Women’s Magazines on Body Image. Livestrong. http://www.livestrong.com/article/548072-the-effects-of-womens-magazines-on-body-image/

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