What is Cellulite
Cellulite is a series of ripples of fat cells and subcutaneous connective tissue under the skin. Usually found on the thighs and butt, especially in women, it has a characteristic 'orange peel' appearance. It affects women but very few men, probably because of a difference in cell structure between men and women.
What Causes Cellulite?
We don't know why cellulite is caused. Some experts believe it is caused by a problem in the fat cells. Others believe toxins in the system are responsible for cellulite. Other experts think hormones cause cellulite. As yet, no consensus has emerged as to the root cause of cellulite.
One Plausible Cause of Cellulite
One plausible explanation - which also explains why very few men suffer from cellulite - is based on the composition and behavior of women's fat cells and the connective tissue that holds them in place. Very simply, a woman's connective tissue is very inflexible, so as she gains weight and her fat cells expand, they tend to bulge upwards towards the surface of the skin, giving the classic orange-peel appearance of cellulite. In men, not only is there generally less fat on the thighs, but also the outer skin is thicker and thus obscures what is happening to any surplus fat below.
Does Being Overweight Cause Cellulite
By itself, being overweight does not automatically cause cellulite. True, many people with obesity do have cellulite, but some don't. Also, some people with cellulite have slim figures and an ideal weight. Post menopausal women tend to have more cellulite than younger people, although it's also prevalent in adolescents.
Excess Fat and Cellulite
However, there is a clear association between
excess fat and cellulite. The enlarged fat cells put pressure on connective
tissue which affects the skin's smoothness and tautness. To keep the layer
of connective tissue between the fat cells supple, eat foods rich in bioflavonoids
and vitamin C.
Is There a Cure for Cellulite
Bottom line - despite intensive research, there is no non-surgical cure for cellulite.
Does Dieting Help to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?
Does dieting help reduce cellulite? Like any other fat or fat cells, cellulite fat responds to calorie-restriction and is burned off by calorie-deficit, but it is the stored fat that goes away - the fat cell is still present and can refill if calorie excess resumes. That is why many treatments of cellulite are directed at the surgical removal of the fat cells themselves.
Which Products Help to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?
As stated, there is no non-surgical cure for cellulite, although certain products may help alleviate symptoms. The herb Gota kola seems to help relieve symptoms of cellulite: so does a good quality Aloe Vera cream. But no product offers a complete cure for cellulite.
How to Cope with Cellulite
As I say, there is no cure for cellulite. But this doesn't mean you have to sit on your butt waiting for scientists to come up with the answer! If you don't fancy the idea of liposuction weight loss surgery, you can still help matters by cleansing your system, reducing your weight abd fat and getting active.
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