Cellulite is an annoying problem that affects millions of women at some point in their life. They spend tens of millions of dollar per year on all kinds of totally ineffective treatments and useless products. That happens because most people don’t know what cellulite is and what causes it.
Cellulite is the bumpy fat deposits that often appear on the legs, buttocks, and thighs and they also can appear on the hips, stomach and arms. According to some research, the percentage of women with cellulite is between 85-98%. Cellulite is often classified into four stages:
Stage 0: There isn’t and dimples while standing or lying, and the pinch test shows folds and furrows.
Stage 1: No dimpling while standing or lying down and the pinch test shows mattress-like appearance.
Stage 2: Cellulite requires the skin to show pallor, be low temperature, and have decreased elasticity. Spontaneous dimpling when standing, but not when lying down.
Stage 3: Cellulite has a visible roughness of the skin and spontaneous dimpling when standing and when lying down.
Causes of Cellulite:
– Hormonal Factors: Hormones play a great role in cellulite development. Many believe that estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of cellulite production process. As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing. From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. So when it starts to decrease, this causes a loss of blood vessel receptors in the thigh and hip regions and less circulation. With decreased circulation, you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, which blunts collagen production resulting in weaker skin and connective tissues.
– 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 insufficiency.
– Lifestyle: People who consume foods that are rich in fat, carbohydrates, or salt are likely to have cellulite. Also, people who tend to spend much time sleeping or sitting and they don’t regularly exercise are more prone to have cellulite.
There are many products and treatments claim that they treat cellulite, but they are totally ineffective. The best way to get rid of cellulite is to reduce your body fat percentage especially the stubborn fat because if you are not overweight but you have accumulated fats in some areas, you are prone to have cellulite. Exercise regularly is a must to get rid of cellulite and especially the exercises that target the muscles in the cellulite area. They focus on lifting, toning and shaping the muscle layers, pushing them towards the skin and getting rid of the dimpled appearance.