Are you bothered by the appearance of cellulite? You’re certainly not alone, as cellulite is a very widespread skin problem that affects countless women, both young and old. Cellulite itself manifests primarily as small to large sized bulges, dimples and dents on the hips, buttocks and thighs. While it’s painless and harmless, the presence of cellulite can put a real hurt on your confidence and psyche.
In many cases, the general appearance of cellulite can be reduced and, in some cases, even prevented with targeted dietary strategies and persistent exercise training. But before I get into that, let me pause for a minute to explain what actually causes cellulite in the first place.
Cellulite most commonly results from excess fat accumulation and often, although not always, occurs during weight gain. There are several different layers of fat housed beneath the skin. The first is a subcutaneous layer, which is located just underneath the skin. Situated under that are two additional reserve layers of fat.
These reserve fat layers are primary culprits in the development of cellulite.
When extreme calorie surpluses result from overeating and/or a lack of exercise, excess calories are generally stored as adipocytes (fat cells) within reserve layers. When these fat cells grow and push up against the subcutaneous layer, the appearance of cellulite becomes evident.
Although cellulite is closely linked to what you eat (diet) and what you do (exercise or lack thereof), it’s also linked to uncontrollable factors like genetics, hormonal levels, and inherent body fat distribution (apple shape versus pear shape). But, as I stated, targeted dietary strategies and persistent exercise training can make a real difference. So, if you’re trying to rid your body of unsightly cellulite, here are five things you can do today!