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Dermatologist

What is the most efficient way to eliminate cellulite?
Did you know? 

Today, many women are preoccupied by this unattractive aspect of their skin commonly known as “peau d’orange” (or orange peel). When the body accumulates more fat than it is capable of using, the fat cells (called adipocytes) can swell and become up to 60 times bigger than their normal size. This is what creates that irregular padded texture on the surface of the skin.
However, cellulite is not only the result of a diet problem. In fact, in most cases, the change in the skin’s texture is caused by three types of cellulite. The first one is adipose cellulite, caused by excess lipid volume. The second is aqueous cellulite, caused by swelling produced by water retention. And the third one is fibrous cellulite, caused by hardened collagen fibers that surround the adipocytes. 

What to do: 

Make sure you have a balanced diet and exercise regularly. These two factors are essential to help you fight cellulite. You can also use body care products that will provide pleasant and efficient support. Choose lotions and creams that contain caffeine since this substance has been proven to reduce the size of the adipocytes and lessen the appearance of orange peel skin. Massaging the skin when applying the product also stimulates the lymph-drainage, it improves water circulation throughout the body and limits swelling. Finally, exfoliate your skin regularly to eliminate irregularities on the surface and smooth it out.
Do slimming products also hydrate the skin?
Did you know? 

When the skin is dry, irregularities and surface roughness can appear, which accentuates the padded texture of the orange peel skin. Therefore, it is important to hydrate and smooth the skin. 

To do on a daily basis: 

Hydrate your skin while improving the cellulite; choose a slimming product with real hydration power. In addition to having a texture that is both pleasant to apply and comfortable all year long, this type of product is also more efficient to visibly smooth the skin. For best results, apply your slimming product for several weeks each month.
What should I do so that my slimming product is really efficient?
Did you know? 

You don’t need a miracle to be slimmer and get rid of your cellulite. If you want your slimming treatment to be really efficient, it must first and foremost be applied on a regular basis and be part of a global healthy life hygiene routine (balanced diet, regular exercise).


To do on a daily basis: 

If you only apply your slimming product once or twice, and leave it in your cupboard for the next two weeks, you will get very disappointing results. Apply your treatment regularly, once or twice a day. By being more rigorous, you will get faster results, which will motivate you to pursue your slimming process until you have obtained the desired results!

Gynecologist

Does my appetite vary during the menstrual cycle, or is it just a feeling?
Did you know? 

A recent scientific study has shown that for 85% of women, calorific consumption increases on average by
160 kcal/day during and just after ovulation (mid-cycle, about two weeks before the period starts). This natural phenomenon, linked to hormonal variations, can explain the feeling of increased appetite during certain periods of the menstrual cycle.

To do on a daily basis: 

If you’re slightly hungry, go for a large glass of water, seasonal fruits (except raisins and cherries), a yogurt or raw vegetables that will help balance your diet while providing a few calories. If your occasional monthly lapses eventually affect the appearance and the texture of your skin, use a slimming product until you’re back on track.
Is it normal to gain weight during pregnancy and how do I go back to my initial weight after the baby is born?
Did you know? 

It is normal to gain when you’re pregnant, and it’s healthy. Don’t be frightened by this weight gain, it won’t show during the first trimester (a slight weight loss is even possible if you’re very nauseous). During the second trimester, the weight gain will really start to show, and by the third trimester you’ll be gaining about 1 kilogram per month. Instead of eating more, a pregnant woman should eat better (the additional daily nutritional needs should not exceed 350 calories), which will make the weight easier to lose after the baby’s birth. 

To do on a daily basis: 

After a pregnancy, most mothers want to lose the weight they’ve put on. Don’t rush into a weight loss program because your body needs time to adjust to its new condition. Work at it progressively: eat a well balanced diet, and reasonable portions during the first three months, and slowly start exercising again. Keep in mind that if you hydrate your skin properly while you’re pregnant, it will regain its firmness and tone faster. After the baby’s birth, you can add a thinning product to your daily skin care routine.
Can the pill cause the development of cellulite?
Did you know? 

Several factors are involved in the appearance of cellulite. Hormones seem to play an important role but nothing has been proven about the birth control pill. Today, it’s important to choose the right type of birth control pill!

What to do: 

If you notice that you’re gaining weight while on the pill, talk to your gynecologist. He will prescribe the type of contraceptive pill that is most adapted to your needs.

Nutritionist

I often crave sweets. How do I satisfy my cravings without gaining weight?
Did you know? 

There are two different female dietary profiles – those who like sweets and those who prefer salty foods. When they have a craving, these two types of women react very differently – those who like sweets will grab a box of cookies or a chocolate bar, and the others will take a piece of cheese or pizza. You don’t have to eliminate all cravings to remain slim. On the contrary, it’s a question of being smart about it.

To do on a daily basis: 

You like sweets. To satisfy your cravings, eat a yogurt with a fruit rich in vitamin C (kiwi or strawberry), or a slice of whole wheat bread with 2 pieces of dark chocolate (70% cocoa). To keep you going until lunch time, make sure you always have a piece of whole wheat bread on hand.
I often crave salty foods. How do I satisfy my cravings without gaining weight?
Did you know? 

There are two different female dietary profiles – those who like sweets and those who prefer salty foods. When they have a craving, these two types of women react very differently – those who like sweets will grab a box of cookies or a chocolate bar, and the others will take a piece of cheese or pizza. You don’t have to eliminate all cravings to remain slim. On the contrary, it’s a question of being smart about it.

To do on a daily basis: 

You prefer salty foods. To satisfy your craving for cold cuts, always eat them with raw vegetables, fruits or a salad. Choose cheeses that contain the most calcium and the least salt and fat (Gruyere, Beaufort, Edam, Blue) instead of process cheese or cheese spread.
What kind of diet should I follow to prevent cellulite?
Did you know?

An uneven diet can worsen cellulite problems. If you don’t eat well, adipocytes can become bigger, and the skin’s surface takes on a padded look like that of an orange peel. However, diet is not the only cause of this condition and some slim women also have cellulite. There are three types of cellulite. Adipose cellulite is caused by excess lipid volume. But aqueous cellulite is caused by water retention and fibrous cellulite is caused by hardened collagen fibers that surround the adipocytes. Our physiology also depends on our genetic background.

To do on a daily basis:

You must make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. Changing a few of your eating habits can help reduce adipose cellulite, but it’s important to avoid being sedentary. Practicing a physical activity regularly helps to reduce cellulite and to maintain a healthy weight that makes you feel good.

What is the ideal diet to be slimmer without gaining weight as soon as I stop following it ?
Did you know? 

The secret to remaining thin on a long term basis is not to follow a drastic hypocaloric diet. This type of attitude can have a negative impact on your body and your skin as well as on your hair. A diet that is too restrictive is difficult to follow and more often than not, the person gains all the weight back as soon as she starts eating normally again.

To do on a daily basis: 

Make sure you have a varied and balanced diet combined to a healthy lifestyle: be active physically, get enough sleep… It’s really a question of “paying attention” to what you eat and the way that you eat. Take your meals in a calm environment and take your time to eat properly. The time of day and the nutritional sources are fundamental factors that are as important as the calorific value of a meal.
Do certain foods encourage water retention?
Did you know? 

Water retention happens when the body accumulates more water than what it actually eliminates. This imbalance causes certain parts of the body to swell, especially the legs, the ankles and the feet (because of gravity).

To do on a daily basis: 

In addition to its negative impact on blood pressure, too much salt also causes water retention. Therefore, try to limit the salt intake in your diet. Try seasoning with lemon juice, a bit of vinegar or aromatic herbs to give some flavor to your meals. Avoid already prepared dishes that often contain too much salt, and drink a lot of water to ensure better elimination.
Beware of coffee – too much caffeine can dehydrate the body that will compensate by accumulating more water. Moderation always tastes better!
How can I remain slim during menopause?
Did you know? 

The body’s morphology is partly dependant on hormonal activity. From a certain age, the menstrual cycle becomes irregular and eventually stops completely, indicating a decrease in the ovaries’ activity and in the production of estrogen. These changes are often accompanied by a change in the figure. Feminine curves are modified: hips become thinner and fats are increasingly stored in the abdomen. However, weight gain is not a calamity.

To do on a daily basis: 

Adapt your diet to the changes in your body. Eat lighter meals at night. Eat more fruits and vegetables but don’t neglect your protein intake to avoid the loss of muscle mass. Calcium intake is also essential to maintain your bone mass. But the most important thing is to move! Walk 30 minutes every day to help limit the accumulation of fat and to keep a well-toned and well-proportioned figure.

Psychologist

How do I follow a diet without it becoming a nightmare?
Did you know? 

The psychological dimension is an important factor to be taken into consideration when there is a weight gain. It can be both a cause and a consequence. Stress and anxiety can cause an increase in appetite for certain people and a decrease for others. If you start a weight-loss diet without understanding why you have gained weight, chances are you will fail.

What to do: 

If you want to lose weight, you have to have a balanced diet. But you must also be ready to remove the stressors in your life. You have to learn to relax. Before going on a weight-loss diet, get to know yourself better, try to understand your motivation, to get rid of the guilt, and to question your habits. You will learn to eat differently while holding on to that enjoyable feeling that comes from eating a delicious meal.