If you’re battling the bulgy, dimpled lumps on your thighs, arms or stomach, you’re not alone. In fact, anyone can develop cellulite, the pesky condition in which the skin appears to have areas of underlying fatty deposits. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not associated to weight gain although it can make it more noticeable. Even very thin people can develop cellulite. But just what causes cellulite?
Common Causes of Cellulite
The causes of cellulite are not clearly defined, but there are several risk factors that have been put forth as explanation for what causes cellulite. Among these are:
▪ Hormonal Factors– Hormones play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. When your bodies start producing less estrogen, it leads to poorer circulation, a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
▪ Genetics– Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race and slow metabolism.
▪ Diet– Poor nutrition can increase the likelihood of cellulite production. People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, salt, or refined and processed foods are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
▪ Dehydration– Not getting enough water can cause toxic buildup in the fat cells that’s difficult for the body to metabolize. Dehydration also causes thinner, weaker skin – and when skin is weakened, it has a much greater tendency to show cellulite. So, increasing your intake of water can aid your body in metabolizing fat, ridding itself of toxins and hiding cellulite via thicker, healthier skin.
▪ Lifestyle– Cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in idle positions for long periods of time. If you’re chained to a desk all day, spend a portion of your day standing up at your desk or simply take small breaks to walk around the office.
▪ Smoking Cigarettes– Cigarette smoke can reduce blood vessel flow and circulation, which weakens and disrupts the formation of collagen. This causes the connective tissue to stretch, weaken and become damaged more easily. As a result, more cellulite will show through.
▪ Clothing– Clothing with tight elastic restricting blood flow may contribute to the formation of cellulite. Compression-style apparel may temporarily “suck it all in” but it won’t make a lasting change to the appearance of cellulite. In fact, tight fitting clothing can reverse the effect if they cut off circulation and limit blood circulation.
▪ Lack of Muscle– Building up muscle will help decrease the appearance of cellulite. For the back of your legs, try hamstring curls or single leg deadlift. The purpose of increasing lean muscle mass is to decrease the appearance of cellulite.
A healthy lifestyle can go a long way to reduce cellulite production. Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables and fiber can help. Similarly exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing stress are recommended to prevent cellulite.
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