Welcome to Getting Rid of Cellulite! This site was created as an information portal for all things pertaining to cellulite, including treatments and exercises to aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite, as well as different types of therapy for cellulite reduction and removal...hey, the list goes on & on. The primary purpose of the site is to provide as much "ammunition" as possible to help anyone who's interested in achieving a better look in those problem areas where the dreaded "C" can appear.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is basically pockets of fat separated by the connective tissue that resides under the surface of the skin, causing the skin to look dimpled or pitted in appearance. The primary places that cellulite is seen in the body is around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Some of the (somewhat crude) informal terms for cellulite include the following:
- Orange peel skin
- Cottage cheese thighs
- The mattress effect
- Hail damage
- Dimple skin
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is still somewhat of an enigma, even in scientific circles. Several factors are considered to be contributors to the creation of cellulite, including metabolism, hereditary conditions, and the presence of various hormones that can foster the production of cellulite. Some of these hormones include the following:
- Adrenaline (believe it or not)
- Various thyroid hormones
Many scientists and nutritionists believe that diet has a lot to do with the development of cellulite. While the jury is still out on this point, it is a known factor that part of the cause of cellulite is the presence of waste and toxins below the epidural layer of the skin, which can sometimes be caused by improper diet. These wastes and toxins can get trapped within the connective tissue beneath the surface of the skin, and when this happens, the tissue can harden, contributing to the dimpled look of cellulite.
Cellulite is traditionally a concern for women more than men, although men can also get cellulite. It is a common assertion that basically all females display some form of cellulite after they reach puberty. As a matter of fact, women comprise over 95% of all cellulite cases. This is mainly due to the fact that the physiological make-up of women is just different than men, especially in the area of body fat percentage; it's normally higher in women than in men. The primary hormone that is believed to be a major contributor to the development of cellulite is estrogen. Other hormones play a part as well (see the previous list of hormones).
An often overlooked contributor to the problem is simply the process of aging. As we get older, the body slows its production of collagen, which is what our connective tissue is made of. Once this happens, the subcutaneous (or, beneath-the-skin) fat cells begin to put more of a "squeeze" on the connective tissue, creating an even more pronounced appearance of the dreaded "dimpled look". Although the science behind this is fascinating, the results in the human body can simply be aggravating.
The "Quick Pinch" Test
The fastest way to tell if you have cellulite is to simply pinch the skin in your upper thigh area. If it looks dimpled or pitted, chances are you have cellulite. But don't depair, however...there are several tips and techniques you can utilize to reduce the appearance of cellulite; this is what we will focus on with this blog. One word of caution: Avoid the "quick fix" mentality that would tempt you to do something drastic, like crash dieting, to achieve speedy results. These types of hasty actions are hardly ever productive, and most of the time they do more damage than good.
There are basically two primary "schools" of treatment for cellulite: medical treatments and spa treatments. Medical treatments are just as the name implies; they are facilitated by a doctor while spa treatments are less technically complex and can be performed by a more general health care professional. Some examples of medical treatments are liposuction and mesotherapy, while endermologie is a popular spa treatment. We will be explaining these procedures in greater detail in future posts.
In summary, I hope you have a better feel for what to look forward to with Getting Rid of Cellulite. Remember to bookmark this page as we will be adding new content on a regular basis. Until we meet again...have a great one!