If you surveyed a cross section of people I think most would know that there is a fat cellulite link. But, if the same people were then asked to explain the difference between fat and cellulite I think the answers would be less forthcoming. It’s interesting to note that cellulite is not solely a by-product of being fat, cellulite can appear on large or skinny thighs. Cellulite is not a discriminatory condition when it comes to size although it does effect women more than men.
Many people mistakenly think that the dimpled skin is cellulite. This isn’t the case – skin is just skin, its what’s going on underneath that determines whether cellulite is present or not.
Cellulite is just fat, however it is the way that it is stored in the body that gives it its telltale cottage cheese like appearance on the skin. Cellulite is the fat that is stored in the layer of subcutaneous fat just below the skin. It is stored in chambers of fibrous connective tissues that hold it in place.
Hormones can heavily influence this type of fat and most deposits are made during puberty and will depend on our body shape. Once out of puberty we don’t tend to increase the number of these fat cells, rather our existing ones swell as we put on weight. Its this swelling of fat cells along with the introduction of toxins and other fluids that causes the connective tissues to become stretched and hardened. This then has the knock on effect of pulling on the layers of skin and so creating the dimpled appearance.
The other common causes of cellulite besides hormonal influences include among others, a lack of exercise, poor circulation, increase in toxins, a bad diet and lack of water
There are also environmental factors like smoking, drinking too much alcohol and taking on board high levels of caffeine. These can introduce free radicals to our body, which can be very damaging and impair circulation.
The best way to reduce cellulite deposits is to adopt a healthy eating plan which restricts processed foods, sugar salt, swapping them instead for fresh whole foods like fruits, vegetables, fish and organic lean meats. Get plenty of aerobic exercise and swap sodas and other drinks with colorings and flavorings for pure water.
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Hopefully from this article you will understand the fat cellulite link and realize that although there are steps you can take to minimize cellulite you are unlikely to totally eradicate it.