What Is Cellulite and Why Do I Have It

If you are noticing changes to your body due to the birth of a new baby, or weight gain due to medications that you are taking, you may also notice folds of skin or cottage cheese like collections on your skin. This is known as cellulite which is a term used to describe excess fat that is deposited just below the surface of the epidermis. It typically appears either on the hips, buttocks or abdomen.

While cellulite is usually not preventable, it can be kept low-level with strict control of your diet and lifestyle. Cellulite can vary in intensity from very mild to severe, but it is not a medical condition and is much more common in women than in men.

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What is Cellulite Fat

Cellulite is actually a technical name for the collection of fat that is often found on the stomach, buttocks, and thighs. The fat pushes against the skin’s tissue, which is why the lumpiness occurs. If you are noticing that your skin is looking different, you can check to see if you have this skin condition by pinching the skin on your thigh and checking for bumps or lumps.

What Causes Cellulite

Cellulite does not become a concern until puberty, when hormones are on the rise and the body is undergoing changes. One such change is that a layer of fat begins to be laid down inside the deepest layer of skin, the subcutaneous layer of fat.

As this layer is being formed, a regular structure is formed at the same time inside it for the sole purpose of storing the new fat. It is in fact this structure that creates the characteristic dimples when too much fat is put in.

In men, the structure is shaped differently so that even if too much fat gets laid down, it is usually invisible. There is space for all the normal amount of fat to be laid down, and normal levels will not lead to the dimpling effects of cellulite because space is there for this amount. It is only when excess fat begins to build up that you will see signs of cellulite.

Unfortunately, all women have the same chance of getting cellulite. Be aware that just because you may not be fat does not mean that you can’t end up with cellulite.

Is it possible to get rid of Cellulite

While doctors do not fully understand where cellulite comes from, and some of them are still wondering what is cellulite, much like their patients. Many professionals recommend some form of liposuction, which removes the fat from under the skin, or mesotherapy, which is a series of injections that are deposited directly into the skin.

However, these treatments may only be temporary for some patients. Moreover, some of these treatments do not work the way they promise, because no two folks body is the same and the reasons for fatty deposits may be different for everybody. If you are getting injections, you may want to pay for the injections per session, so that you can keep track of your progress.

There are some impractical money grabbing ways of dealing with cellulite problems, like buying lots of new long clothes so that you can cover it up, or getting treatment products, which will invariably result in the problem remaining.

The best way to go is to treat cellulite naturally — with a healthy diet, exercise and positive lifestyle changes. This will result in the reduction of fat levels in the skin, and cellulite will disappear.

Most importantly, a diet that does not contain a lot of sodium or saturated fat, but more of healthy things like fruit and vegetables, protein and wholegrain can put you on the road towards cellulite recovery.

Creams, pills, lotions, wraps or whatever other odd pots and tubes that claim to melt away cellulite hardly ever work. Combine a healthy diet with moderate exercise, concentrated on the cellulite-ridden areas, the odd massage on the same parts, and within as little as a few months, your awkward skin problem will be under control.