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How To Get Rid Of Cellulite | Tips & Tricks

For many men and women around the world, the issue surrounding cellulite is fairly common. For those who have it, they usually tend to feel ashamed or embarrassed by it, and for those who do not have it, they usually don’t care about it at all. Cellulite is a condition of the skin in which the skin itself has a bumpy and dimpled appearance to its epidermal layer (outer layer). This is visible to the eye and how greatly dimpled the skin may be will vary from person to person. Some people will refer to cellulite as having a cottage cheese like appearance, hence its nickname of “cottage cheese skin”.

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What causes cellulite?

However, cellulite is merely caused by the distribution of fat, muscle and connective tissue within the body appearing through the skin.Cellulite is fairly common among women that upwards of 80% and even higher of all women will at one point have issues dealing with cellulite from minor to major conditions. Although numerous treatments are available to help combat cellulite, removing cellulite without the use of surgery is almost impossible. The reason why it is almost impossible to remove cellulite is that even if you do manage to remove it without the use of surgery, the probability of cellulite returning, later on, is extremely high for all.

When the dermal layer becomes very thin and the fat underneath begins to become exposed or rise to the surface, this is what creates the bumpy look of cellulite. The reason why it appears differently in men vs women is that in women, fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically, while in men these same tissues are arranged in a criss-cross structure. This arrangement of cells is what prevents the appearance of cellulite from being visible in males as it is in females.

When the fat that lies beneath the skin becomes more visible, this increases the appearance of cellulite. The first step in getting rid of cellulite would be to combat encountering it and having more of it show up. To do this, one must focus on lowering their body fat throughout the body. Since it is impossible to spot reduce fat from an area, I recommend incorporating a diet that is lower in calories by cutting down on either carbohydrates or fats. This will be the first step to go about losing weight to make the skin decrease in stretching. The next step is to increase your overall energy expenditure per day by increasing your exercise.

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How to reduce cellulite

Begin to move more by walking to places close by instead of driving. Avoid sitting down to watch tv and use the computer and try standing and doing more activities outside. The more you can begin moving per day the lower the chances of increasing fat in the body will be, which lowers the chances of increases the appearance of cellulite.

Many people claim that cellulite can be a cause for cellulite, however, this is mistaken. We do not have a genetic code to increase the appearance of cellulite, what we do have, is genetic factors that can be related to issues causing cellulite such as metabolism, fat distribution, and even skin conditions such as thinner skin cells. An increase in fat within the body can prevent proper blood flow, which can lead to the formation of cellulite. Do to the reduction of blood flow being a factor that contributes to cellulite, this is why many women who are not obese or overweight may sometimes develop cellulite at one point.

Although treatment for cellulite is still being researched and there’s no treatment available thus far, some options such as laser treatment and radiotherapy are available. It’s important to note though that these treatments are temporary and may only remove cellulite appearance for a year or 2 before it becomes visible again. Instead of trying medical practices to remove cellulite, I recommend changing up your diet and exercise routine to increase movement and calorie expenditure to help prevent future cellulite from being visible. Although it cannot be removed, you can reduce the chances of it increasing and getting worse by becoming more active and eating a healthier, lower calorie diet. The less fat within the body to push through the skin, the less cellulite you will have visible on your body.

As of right now, there are no available medical treatments, medications or surgeries that can permanently remove cellulite, so it’s important to focus on preventing an increase in cellulite appearance instead of trying to remove it. Be happy with your body and understand upwards of 80% of all women have some cellulite on their body and it’s fairly common amongst all adults.

 

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has an MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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