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What is Cellulite?

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What do 90% of women all ages’ shapes and sizes have in common? Cellulite. Cellulite is basically deposits of fat found under the skin. It is created when estrogen works on subcutaneous (under the skin) fat tissue causing it to degrade which decreases circulation and builds up excess toxins. The connective tissue that surrounds the cells in this tissue stiffen and swell, pulling the skin down at its points of attachment so some skin is held down while other sections of skin pucker outwards. This gives the skin the appearance of an orange peel. When these fatty deposits stick together they create a dimpled surface as cellulite alters the skins contours. The bad news is that these fat cells can increase up to 300 times their original size.


What causes cellulite?

Cellulite is a 100% natural occurrence and is predominantly found on the thighs, buttocks, breasts and abdomens of women everywhere. Although rarely found in men because cellulite originates in the female estrogen hormones, cellulite in men will be typically seen on their abdomen and neck. There are no health concerns connected with cellulite but most ladies would do anything to get rid of it for its unsightly appearance.


Relationship between Body Weight and Cellulite

Most surprisingly there is absolutely no relation between body weight and the development of cellulite. So regardless of how overweight you may be, you can’t blame your girth for cellulite. The variables that determine cellulite candidates are lifestyle, genes and hormones. Race plays a minor role in that higher instances are reported among Caucasian women. Diet and exercise will not rid you of this unwanted fatty tissue and rippled skin, but as good nutrition and fitness practices improve circulation and decrease fat levels they are affective in preventing further deposits from developing.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for-what is the secret to getting rid of it. Sorry ladies, there is no magic cure. A healthy lifestyle is your best defense against cellulite moving into a thigh near you but some success has been reported by women employing topical agents such as creams when combined with a decent diet and exercise. Look for topicals that contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties or that stimulate blood flow. Cellulite affected cells are dry and damaged needing moisture, protection and an increased supply of blood. Other options are trying a lymphatic draining massage or more radically, surgery. Medical procedures like liposuction that do successfully remove fatty deposits have not proven effective on dermal fat and the results have been mixed with surgery outcomes sometimes making it even worse.


So women of the world unite – learn to embrace your cellulite because it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.