According to the Oxford dictionary, Cellulite is the persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin, especially on women's hips and thighs. There are two types of fats: Visceral and subcutaneous fat - they are the two types of adipose tissue (fat tissue) that are found in the human body. While both types of fat are used for energy storage and insulation, they have different functions and health implications.
Subcutaneous fat is the fat that is found just beneath the skin. It is the most visible type of fat in the body and is responsible for the "pinchable" areas on the body, such as love handles, belly fat, and thigh fat. Subcutaneous fat is relatively harmless and plays a role in regulating body temperature, cushioning internal organs, and providing energy during periods of starvation.
Visceral fat, on the other hand, is the fat that surrounds the internal organs, such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines. Unlike subcutaneous fat, visceral fat is not visible from the outside and can only be detected through medical imaging techniques such as MRI or CT scans. Visceral fat is considered more dangerous than subcutaneous fat because it is metabolically active and can release hormones and other molecules that contribute to inflammation and insulin resistance.
Visceral fat has been linked to an increased risk of several health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. In addition, visceral fat has been shown to increase levels of LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) and decrease levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol), which further increases the risk of heart disease.
While both types of fat can be reduced through a combination of diet and exercise, reducing visceral fat is particularly important for overall health. Eating a healthy diet, especially eating at the right time, getting regular exercise, and managing stress can all help reduce visceral fat levels and improve health outcomes. Ayurveda plays a significant role in helping us follow a seasonal habit when eating. If you would like a free consult with Shilpi on ayurvedic clean eating for your dosha, you can book an appointment by emailing Shilpi@skinveda.com. This free service is being offered to the first 10 subscribers. Our Skinveda line has a great product for cellulite called the Ayurvedic Body Sculpting cream that has been tested for its efficacy by doctors and customers. Association of three actives of vegetal origin: extract of Glaucium flavum, extract of Euglena gracilis and caffeine facilitates the gentle and selective shedding of adipocytes. The combination of medicinal extracts from Ayurveda namely Santalbic acid or Xymeninic acid from Red sandalwood has been proven through in vitro tests to selectively shed hyper-trophied adipocytes from their substrate without destroying them and to help reduce subchronic inflammation. The Artichoke extract helps facilitate the reduction of water retention. Finally, Levan is obtained from sugarcane that helps smooth out visceral fat.