The Truth About Cellulite

Ever wonder what to do for cellulite deposits you may have on your thighs, rear and hips? Cellulite is part of nearly every woman’s life, including women who are skinny, young, and active. Research shows that 90 percent of all women have cellulite, so it is important to know what cellulite is and what causes it. Here is the truth about cellulite.

What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the name for collections of fat formed under a person’s skin, causing the surface to look lumpy.
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What causes cellulite to form?
Cellulite is caused by the accumulation of asymmetrical (or dimply) fat underneath your skin. Cellulite affects mostly women. The fatty deposits that cause cellulite look different because of how they are arranged. We all have strands of connective tissue (collagen fibers) that separate fat cells into compartments and connects fatty tissue to our skin.

20140604-061855-22735050.jpgCompared to men, women have collagen fibers in their lower body that run vertically (up and down) like a picket fence. This straight up and down distribution of collagen fibers is the major reason females get cellulite and men don’t. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-like pattern, so any increase of fat in a given area tends to bulge. You don’t see cellulite as much in men because their fibers tend to run in a horizontal, criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.

20140604-061944-22784702.jpgYou don’t have to be overweight or obese to experience cellulite. Even women that are considered thin and in shape can fall victim to this persistent skin problem.

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So why does cellulite seem to appear out of nowhere & get worse as we age?
Mainly because of tissue changes. Connective tissue strands tend to thicken with age and and our skin also gets thinner.

Can cellulite be prevented?
An important part of cellulite prevention is to understand what it is and what you’re dealing with. While fat is one of the main causes for cellulite, there are several other factors that should be considered, these include:

Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory problems.

Hormones– hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.

Diet– people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.

Lifestyle factors– cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.

Others factors to consider include:
Aging / Loss of Skin Elasticity
Use of Hormonal Contraceptives
Skin thickness
Alcohol Consumption
Poor functioning lymphatic system

How can cellulite be prevented?
Eating a healthy, low fat diet that includes foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber can help to prevent cellulite. Similarly exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing stress are also important factors for cellulite prevention.

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What can I do to get rid of my cellulite, or at least make it less visible?

Unfortunately, there’s no “magic” workout or “secret” diet that makes cellulite permanently disappear. As you are well aware, cellulite is fat that pushes against the connective tissue just beneath the skin, usually on your butt and upper thighs, which makes these areas appear bumpy and puckered. How much you have depends a lot on genetics. But generally speaking, the less fat you have, the less pushing and puckering there is—and the less visible your cellulite will be!

While you may not be able to completely get rid of cellulite, there are things that can be done to help reduce it and keep at bay for as long as possible. With this in mind, the trick to reducing it or making it a lot less obvious is to start doing a workout that burns lots of calories so you reduce body fat.

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One of the most effective ways to do this is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) routine. A routine that alternates between short bursts of intense activity, and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest.
Interval training keeps your metabolism high while you’re working out and then afterward, too, so you burn fat even at rest.

So, if your goal is to burn fat ( and reduce the appearance of cellulite) intervals should be part of your program. Besides being a quick method of getting in a great workout, intervals are extremely effective for transforming your physique!

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