Monday, June 3, 2013

What Is Cellulite And What Causes It?

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Of all of the body issues women face, cellulite is one of the most common, as well as one of the most annoying to deal with.

What Exactly Is Cellulite?

Cellulite refers to dimpled and rippled flesh most commonly found on the abdominal region, buttocks, and thighs, although it can be found anywhere with significant fat deposits. Most adult women, as high as 80-90%, will experience cellulite at some point in their lives, usually after puberty, while it is rarely found in men.

The severity of the condition can vary greatly from mild dimpling to severe rippling, commonly referred to as "cottage cheese."

As so many women experience or will experience cellulite, it is usually thought of as simply a normal fact of life, although it is considered unsightly and many treatments have emerged seeking to cure the condition or at least improve its appearance.

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite is caused when subcutaneous fat and water deposits burst through the connective tissue that typically provides structure to the region, causing small pockets of fat to protrude and cause an uneven texture and appearance to the skin. This can happen due to several factors.

  • As cellulite is most often seen in women, it is believed that hormones like estrogen are responsi­ble for the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen causes weakening of the connective tissues like collagen that normally provide good support for the muscles, fat, and skin. 
  • There is also a genetic component to cellulite. Certain genes have been identified that predispose individuals to the condition. 
  • Obesity
  • Toxin buildup
  • Exess water retention
  • High levels of stress
  • Excess dieting and the so called Yo-Yo dieting effect
  • Race
  • The particular distribution of fat on an individual can also determine if he/she will develop cellulite and how severe it is. Deep pockets of fat are more likely to show the herniation of subcutaneous fat that leads to cellulite than areas that are relatively lean. 
  • Age can also exacerbate the condition, as people naturally lose connective tissue as they age, and what remains loses elasticity as well.

What Can Be Done?

Cellulite is often considered unsightly and its appearance is usually bemoaned. Women with the condition often go to great lengths to hide it, which can cause a serious impact on lifestyle as trips to the beach or pool or even wearing shorts or skirts in summer can pose a challenge. In response to the huge demand, products designed to treat or improve the appearance of cellulite have been on the market for decades. Unfortunately, many of the treatments have shown very unconvincing results or truth to be told are scams.

There are several surgical treatments available to curb cellulite. Mesotherapy, in which a multitude of injections of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes are injected into areas affected by cellulite, has been shown to break up fat deposits and can lead to a slight improvement in cellulite. Various laser therapies are being tested now that are designed to melt subcutaneous fat and strengthen the fibrous connective tissue in affected areas, and are showing much promise.

However, the essentials of treating cellulite at home include a healthy diet, specific exercises which both target the affected areas and are overall good fat burners, and optionally you can add a natural cellulite cream for faster results. I personally believe that taking these 3 steps is far better than any surgical treatments. I have actually discussed some great natural ways to get rid of cellulite in this blog, so feel free to read more about it at the following posts:

The 3 Crucial Steps That Truly Get Rid of Cellulite

5 Cellulite Reducing Exercises

Get Rid Of Cellulite and Detox Your Body With This Healthy Diet

10 Plant Extracts That Cure Cellulite

Revitol Natural Cellulite Treatment Review

Cellulite-Get rid of it!

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