Cellulite is a curse to millions of women as they get older. It can appear anywhere, but generally shows up first and most noticeably on the thighs and buttocks. Some describe it as looking like there is cottage cheese under the skin or that their skin looks as rough and dimply as an orange or grapefruit.
So, what is it, what causes it and more importantly, how does one get rid of it.
The ugly truth about cellulite is that it’s fat that accumulates under the skin. As described in the video below, as you age, fat cells under the skin begin to accumulate more and more fat, which causes them to swell bigger and bigger. There is a layer of connective tissue that lies between the fat cells and your skin, but as you age, that layer connective tissue gets stretched, making it look like a fishing net. As the fat cells swell, they bugle through the holes or gaps in the netting of connective tissue. This is what gives it the cottage cheese or citrus peel look.
Is cellulite an indication of a weight problem – getting overweight?
No. Most experts believe that the appearance of cellulite has nothing to do with your actual weight, although it tends to show more on heavier people. In fact, you can blame part of your cellulite on your parents, grandparents, great grandparents on up the line as genetics is believed to be one of the main causes of cellulite.
Another cause of cellulite is hormones, and face it ladies, you have more hormonal issues than men do, which is why more women suffer from the unpleasant curse of cellulite. Hormonal changes in the woman’s body during puberty, pregnancy, post pregnancy and menopause all tend to contribute to the build-up of cellulite.
The four leading factors for the accumulation of cellulite are your gender, age, genetics and hormones. With that said, note that some men also accumulate cellulite, however, it is a lot more prevalent in women, especially older women.
Is there anything you can do to prevent the build-up of cellulite? Other than watching what you eat and staying active, there isn’t a whole lot that can be done to prevent it happening to you. Eating a healthy diet that is not conducive to building fat, can be a big help, but it’s not enough on its own. Exercising and staying fit and toned also helps, but like eating a healthy diet, it’s not enough by itself to prevent cellulite.
Are there any remedies to help get rid of cellulite? If you look on the internet, you will find a multitude of products and activities that all claim to get rid of cellulite. Knowing the vanity of many women and how much they hate the look of cellulite thighs and butts, fighting cellulite is a multi-million-dollar industry.
However, don’t get duped or waste your money on many of the alleged claims. According to Dr. Oz in the video below, there is not a single crème or product that will magically get rid of your cellulite.
Strenuous exercises like jogging, running and swimming may help reduce the amount of cellulite and tone up the muscles around the cellulite, it won’t get rid of it all. Exercising, coupled with a really stringent low-fat and low-calorie diet, help some see improvement, but again, it won’t make it all go away.
Some see some success in getting rid of cellulite through invasive procedures like liposuction, but sometimes, it’s only a temporary solution as the genetic and hormonal propensity to build cellulite does not go away and will eventually build up another supply.
Sorry ladies, but cellulite is a curse you will most likely have to learn to live with for the rest of your days.