Tropical Creams and Why Diets Fail
Justin Harris & Tasia Blaesser
The skin is semi-permeable, meaning that the skin will not absorb what it does not want to, or any more than it wants to; otherwise, we would be poisoned every time chemicals came in contact with our skin. To make the skin more permeable, the local blood vessels must dilate and create an inflammation response. Inflammation is a necessary byproduct of topical creams getting absorbed. This response triggers the area to turn red, water being pulled to the area, and a burning sensation, it is the body’s natural response to help “heal” the inflammation. The process increases the permeability of the skin and lets more of the supplement into the blood stream.
An opposite effect may happen as well. When creating a localized vasoconstriction, water is pulled out of the area, and blood vessels and capillary beds are constricted and smaller, making the area look tighter and leaner. The problem with this is that the effect is only temporary, and in the long run reduces fat loss in the area due to the vasoconstriction; it is less likely that fat from the area will be oxidized and taken into the blood stream.
Why Diets Fail
There is an unfortunate thing that happens in almost all situations: things that make you look better in the short-term make you look worse long-term, and vice versa. For example, the average person starts a diet. They cut Calories and carbohydrates, and their food tastes bad, so they add more seasoning. They think that they are hungry so they drink more water in order to not intake more Calories, which leads to getting bloated. They think, “I’m gaining weight! My body refuses to lose weight!”, then give up on the diet because the initial water retention makes them think that they are gaining weight, when in reality they have not dieted long enough to see the benefits yet.
Another example is when people who want to lose weight cut out all salt and drink less water so that they lose a significant amount of water weight right away, and trick themselves into thinking that that is the only way they can lose weight, without realizing that they are actually making it harder for their body to burn fat. They are just seeing a short-term diuretic effect that is going to bite them in the ass when they return to normal eating and get extremely bloated. At that point, they will think that they have gained the rest of the weight they lost and more once they break their diet.