Understanding Cellulite And Ways to Eliminate It

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Cellulite is the dimpling of the skin due to underlying fat deposits that adhere to the underside of the skin, pulling it down in an uneven pattern. It is most often found on the backs of the thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Cellulite is more common in women than in men and it usually appears after puberty.

The causes are not entirely known but there are several theories:

  • Heredity – Cellulite tends to run in families and even women who are not overweight will usually have cellulite if their family members have it.
  • Hormones – Many scientists think that naturally-produced hormones are to blame. Suspected culprits include noradrenaline, insulin, estrogen, thyroid hormones, and prolactin.
  • Genetic Factors – Doctors have determined that cellulite depends on the presence of certain genes. The genes associated with gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency are all probable contributors to cellulite production.
  • Restrictive Clothing – Tight clothing that limits blood flow might also contribute to cellulite.
  • Weight & Nutrition – People who are overweight and who maintain a diet high in carbohydrates, fat and salt are more likely to have more cellulite. Eating a fiber-rich diet may actually contribute to less cellulite.
  • Lifestyle – Cellulite may be more prevalent in people who stand on their feet or sit in one position for long periods of time. Smokers are also more likely to have more cellulite.

Cellulite Treatments
Why Women Are More Likely to Have Cellulite

Lucky us! Not. When it comes to cellulite in women vs. men, women seem to have drawn the short straw. There are several reasons for this:

  • Women produce more estrogen, which causes fat cells to clump together
  • Women have thinner skin than men, making fat more visible
  • Men mostly develop fat in the abdomen and belly and women mostly develop fat near the skin

Cellulite Prevention

Doctors disagree on ways to prevent cellulite, with many believing that prevention is not possible without getting different parents. Some put the genetic and hereditary factors that contribute to cellulite as high at 85-90%. Still, employing any or all of the following tactics can’t hurt. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy better health!

  • Eat a diet rich in fiber and restrict carbohydrates, sugar and fat.
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week with vigorous cardio. Weight resistance training will also increase the size of the underlying muscle while reducing the amount of fat under the skin.
  • Drink 64 ounces of fluid (not alcohol or soda) per day.

Cellulite Treatment Options

There are countless products and procedures that all promise to banish cellulite. Some work. Some don’t. Some sort of work. Here are a few of the more popular treatment options:

  • Endermologie – This method uses a combination of rolling and suction on the skin to break up underlying fat deposits.
  • Lasers – Lasers have grown in popularity as a way to break up fat deposits using heat energy. Massage and smoothing the treated area follows most laser treatments.
  • Liposuction/Liposculpting – Although a more invasive surgical technique, targeted liposuction and body sculpting is a highly effective treatment for stubborn areas of cellulite.
  • Velashape – Velashape uses bi-polar radiofrequency and infrared light, along with vacuum and mechanical massage. It is a temporary solution that lasts several months.
  • Zeltiq – Uses extreme cold to freeze fat cells, which causes them to die and be reabsorbed by the body.
  • Mesotherapy – Injecting chemicals into the fat layer to reduce the size of the fat cells.
  • Topical Creams – There are hundreds of creams that market themselves as cellulite reducers. Patients report varying levels of success.

Cellulite is about as popular as mosquitoes. But with a healthy diet and lifestyle combined with the latest treatment techniques, women have more tools than ever for fighting the cellulite pest.

Ways to Eliminate Cellulite


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