What is Cellulite?

Cellulite appears in the subcutaneous layer of the skin underneath the dermis and epidermis. It is made up of fat cells that are interlaced with collagen and other fibres that protrude to the skin’s surface, producing a puckered look.

What is Cellulite?The areas which tend to be most affected are where stubborn fatty pockets tend to accumulate such as around the hips, thighs and inside of the knee, buttocks, abdomen and upper arms.

Cellulite is a condition which affects women more than men. Around 80 -90% of women suffer from cellulite. This is because men and women store fat differently. In women, fat is stored in large upright chambers in the subcutaneous layers of the skin, whereas men’s fat is stored in small slanting units which store less fat so they are less likely to form cellulite.

Other factors which are believed to play a role in the formation of cellulite in women are:

Oestrogen – the female hormone oestrogen is responsible for regulating blood flow, fat, connective tissue and lymphatic drainage. Oestrogen actually encourages the laying down of fat cells in the body which is why women are predisposed to the formation of cellulite at times of hormonal changes such as: puberty, when taking an oral contraceptive, pregnancy and menopause.

Stress – can prevent many of the normal functions of the body from performing. Stress can affect the digestive system and circulatory system which slows down the body’s ability to eliminate waste products. Stress can also disturb our normal breathing pattern altering our lymphatic flow and the amount of oxygen our body receives. When the body’s functionality is impaired when under stress the body cannot deal with the build-up of the by-products of congestion and waste products. Excess fluid and waste will tend to accumulate in areas of fatty tissue which leads to the cellulite condition.

Diet – eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, protein and carbohydrates such as wholegrains or legumes. Reduce the amount of sugar, salt and processed foods from your diet and increase your fluid intake by consuming 2 – 3 litres of water (filtered) a day. This will help flush out toxins, aid digestion, prevent fluid retention and increase metabolism and decrease the characteristics of cellulite.

Exercise – reduces your body fat levels and causes fat cells to shrink, improving the shape of your body and the appearance of cellulite at the same time. If you are prone to cellulite in your lower half, then concentrate your exercise by using your biggest muscle groups working the leg and glute muscles. Try lunges, step ups and squats to activate glutes, thighs and hamstrings to tone your buttocks and thighs and increase your fitness levels too.

Making some lifestyle changes, following a sensible diet and exercise regime will all help decrease excess body fat. If you are looking for some of the more natural methods to treat existing cellulite you may like to read my previous article Natural Cellulite Treatments

 

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