Cellulite…a girl’s worst enemy. That moment you put on your hot pink shorts as soon as the weather gets warmer and are crushed when you turn around and see the appearance of your thighs. When your legs look like they have little dimples peaking through…that’s cellulite. We do everything we can do to lose weight, tone those legs and it’s still there. No one likes you, cellulite…go away!
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is when the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, which makes the skin appear to be dimpled or lumpy. The most common areas to see cellulite are on the buttocks and thighs. Cellulite can be found on men and women, however it is much more common in females. The type of fat and connective tissue that women have is more susceptible to cellulite than the tissue found in men.
“Cellulite is also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field and as orange peel syndrome, cottage cheese skin, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon in colloquial language.”(Source)
What causes cellulite?
First off, let me say that if you have cellulite, it does NOT automatically mean you’re overweight. Thin people can also be seen with it who have a high body fat percentage. Losing weight WILL help to diminish the appearance, but don’t think that since you spotted some cellulite on your legs, you need to drop some weight.
The main cause of cellulite is a layer of fat beneath the skin. When the fat pushes against the connective tissues, it causes your skin to dimple.
Other factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting (Losing too much weight fast, avoiding food groups..)
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormone changes (always starts after puberty)
- Total body fat
- Thickness and color of your skin
“Imagine several layers of tissue. At the base we have a layer of muscle. At the top we have the layer of skin. In between we have a layer of subcutaneous fat. Connective tissue anchors the skin to muscles. The structure of this connective tissue is different for women and men.
The connective tissue for women forms in vertical columns. Men’s connective tissue looks more like a net or crisscross pattern. That’s why more women have to deal with cellulite than men — their connective tissue is partly to blame.
Normally, fat cells nestle between the columns of connective tissue. But as these cells grow larger (or more fat cells are added to the bunch), they press against the skin. Because the connective tissue attaches the skin to the muscle in vertical columns for women, the skin bulges as the fat cells grow or accumulate. With men, the connective tissue holds a tighter grip on the skin. That minimizes the conditions for cellulite.” (Source)
Check out this image here that shows the difference in skin tissue from men and women. We really are very different!!! Look at the patterns of the white lines.
What can I do to get rid of cellulite?
I feel that cellulite is all based around body fat percentage. The more fat you have on your body, the more your skin will pull against the tissues below your skin. If you have less body fat, your skin will appear to be smoother with less cellulite.
There are things on the market targeted to combat cellulite but I have never tried them (and YES, I do battle cellulite too as my weight fluctuates. You are definitely NOT alone). There are cellulite creams, liposuction (to remove the fat), massage and spa treatments and laser treatments available. I say avoid all these costly and risky approaches and do it the healthy way….
My #1 recommendation for getting rid of cellulite is by lifting weights. Strengthen your muscles and you will watch your cellulite disappear before your eyes. Don’t think this will happen overnight because it won’t. Like anything, healthy results take time. Oh…and get a nice spray tan..that always helps 🙂
I have found that when my body fat percentage lowers, my cellulite disappears! The key to success is by lifting heavy weights and staying pretty clean with your diet. Stay consistent and you will see results.
One thing you need to understand is that cellulite is more common than you think. It’s just the way our beautiful female bodies were created!
Even celebrities have cellulite..yes it’s true. When the hottest celebs aren’t Photoshopped from every angle, you can see that they, too, are rocking some good old leg dimples. I’m not trying to call out celebrities or anything, but I just wanted to show you, the NORMAL female, a few pictures so that you know that you’re not alone.
Don’t get fooled by the media in thinking that you are inadequate because your body doesn’t look like every celeb in every magazine. We sometimes forget the power of Photoshop so I hope these pictures helped to put things into perspective.
ALL women can relate. Feel free to share this post with other beautiful women who may enjoy it 🙂
Love your body, Love yourself!