There are a ton of myths circulating about the mysteries of cellulite: What causes it? Is it permanent? Does diet affect it? It is estimated that about 95 percent of women have cellulite at some point in their lives, so just remember you're not alone. Don't despair, ladies! We're here to answer all your questions. Before you give up for good on getting those tight and smooth legs back, take a look at the information below to learn more about what you can do to treat that cellulite.
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What it is: Contrary to popular belief, cellulite isn't actually a medical condition caused by obesity or poor diet. Both of those things can definitely contribute to the appearance of cellulite, but generally speaking, "cottage cheese thighs" affect people of all different body types. Cellulite is simply fat that has bundled up against the connective tissue in our legs, which causes those unappealing dimples. Specialists believe that there are a variety of elements that cause cellulitis, and WebMD suggests that the following factors probably play a significant role:
- Poor diets or fad diets
- Slow metabolism
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormone changes
- Total body fat
- Thickness and color of your skin
Unfortunately, cellulite is more common in women than in men. Before you resign yourself to years of self-deprecation, take a look below to see what is to be done!
How to prevent it: If you have yet to fall prey to those surplus dimples, there are a couple things you can do to keep those common spots nice and toned.
- Natural remedies: Let's be clear — there probably is no miracle cream out there that's going to completely obliterate those lumps. However, some treatments are great for temporary relief. They can help smooth the skin and dispense the congealed fat. You can check out this FDA-approved treatment, but keep in mind that more permanent solutions stem from hard work and eating right. You can also brush your skin with a loofah or skin brush to help disperse the fat deposits. Finally, regular massages can help with circulation and smooth out those unsightly lumps.
- Diet: We know you've probably heard this a thousand times, but eating clean is absolutely essential to staying healthy and keeping that cellulite at bay. We're talking about the whole shebang — fresh fruits and veggies, and NO refined foods (foods that are high in sodium, sugar, cholesterol, or bad fats, and overly-caffeinated beverages like soda). Drugs and alcohol are also a big no-no, so steer clear of that extra glass or two of wine! Also, staying hydrated will help with your circulation.
- Exercises: Exercise, especially, will help keep your problems with cellulite to a minimum. We recommend regular workouts to burn through fat that would otherwise form those bumps. Exercise helps keep your body tight and toned, which also reduces the appearance of cellulite.