Cellulite

Cellulite forms due to the accumulation of excess fat cells, water and unwanted toxins forcing themselves into the pockets inside the skin, thus affecting blood and lymphatic circulation, causing the affected area to harden and have an uneven and dimpled appearance.

Varying degrees of cellulite usually appears on the thigh and buttock areas; and it is more common among women. About 95% of women in their 20s experience the first signs of cellulite, including slim women who are well within their ideal weight range.

Cellulite forms due to the accumulation of excess fat cells, water and unwanted toxins forcing themselves into the pockets inside the skin, thus affecting blood and lymphatic circulation, causing the affected area to harden and have an uneven and dimpled appearance.

Varying degrees of cellulite usually appears on the thigh and buttock areas; and it is more common among women. About 95% of women in their 20s experience the first signs of cellulite, including slim women who are well within their ideal weight range.

Causes
  • Genetics - If you have one family member who suffers from cellulite, the chances of you having cellulite too are very high.
  • Poor diets (rich in fat, carbohydrates and/or salt)  Refined carbohydrates like white rice, pasta and bread will cause a spike in the blood sugar levels, which signals the body to store more fat, leading to the formation of cellulite. High intake of salt causes the body to retain water, thus leaving toxins in the body system.
  • Hormonal imbalance - When the estrogen level drops and the progesterone level increases, the fat-storing hormone called cortisol increases and causes cellulite to form. Stress hormone glands also produce cortisol.
  • Slow metabolism - Instead of burning fat, the body stores them. As more fat accumulates, cellulite will be pushed outward the subcutaneous layer, thereby worsening the appearance of the skin.
  • Lack of physical activity - When the blood and lymphatic systems are clogged, toxins are not efficiently flushed out of the body. Therefore, exercising can help to eliminate both fat and toxins from the body by stimulating blood circulation.
Consequences
  • Cellulite can cause the skin to lose its elasticity, causing stretch marks to appear as well, and further worsening the appearance of one's skin.
  • Cellulite can also clog blood circulation, resulting in water retention in the lower half of the body.
Treatment
  • While lifestyle changes such as keeping a healthy diet, drinking more water and wearing looser clothing can help to prevent the formation of cellulite, professional treatments are required to significantly reduce the appearance of existing cellulite.
  • Seeking proper treatment early while in the 20's will ensure a higher recovery rate.
  • Seeking treatment only after stubborn fat have hardened will reduce the chance of eliminating cellulite to only 80%.
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