How to fight cellulite and what causes it
Cellulite is the eternal enemy of women. Millions of women around the world undress in front of their partner just in the dark, some hate to wear bikini and clothes that show more skin only because they have cellulite on their thighs, buttocks and legs.
Cellulite, also called ‘orange skin’, appears in 90% of women, and rarely in men. It usually appears on the buttocks, thighs and legs, it can also appear on the abdomen and arms and it is a reason for a low self-esteem in most women.
Causes of cellulite
Women are the primary victim of cellulite. It usually appears with puberty and unfortunately the situation is getting worse over time. Some of the main causes of cellulite are:
Cellulite cause #1 – Genes
Cellulite can be inherited, and if one or more of your family members had it, chances are that you’ll have it too. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle with the fact that you have cellulite. You can do much to fight it.
Cellulite cause #2 – Unhealthy diet
Fast food rich in saturated fats, and consumption of alcohol and caffeine, contribute to the formation of cellulite because the toxins they contain remain trapped in the adipose tissue. Although many believe that strict diets can help tho reduce cellulite, it’s just a myth, because diets that ‘starve’ your body will make it to compensate fat and it’ll start to support the formation of cellulite. Salty foods are another ally of cellulite. Salt retains fluids in the body and it causes cellulite to be accentuated.
Cellulite cause #3 – Smoking
Smoking is not only bad for your health but also for your appearance. The skin loses its elasticity, the aging process is accelerated, plus it increases the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite cause #4 – Dehydration
Drinking enough water is especially important. Water helps the body to flush the accumulated toxins. But that doesn’t mean that drinking plenty of water itself will reduce cellulite.
Cellulite cause #5 – Hormones
Hormones play a major role in the development of cellulite. Estrogen and progesterone stimulate the creation of cellulite. Estrogen affects the number and the location of fat cells in the body. It encourages the growth and development of fat cells around the chest, thighs and buttocks. Progesterone can lead to fluid retention in the body. Changes in levels of hormones, especially in puberty and pregnancy, contribute to the appearance of unwanted cellulite. Also, women who take oral contraceptive pills are more exposed to the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite cause #6 – Stress and anxiety
You may be surprised, but stress and anxiety contribute to the formation of cellulite. They make the muscles of your body to tense up, thus slowing the process of detoxification of the body. Meditation and yoga are excellent ways to reduce stress.
Cellulite cause #7 – Low physical activity
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and appearance and you should never overlook it. It improves the blood circulation, strengthens the muscles, helps to accelerate the metabolism and also helps with body detoxification. It reduces stress also. It is no secret that sitting causes cellulite and accumulation of fat in the buttocks, thighs and stomach.
Cellulite cause #8 – Tight clothes
Tight clothing reduces blood circulation and may be the reason for the creation of cellulite or to increase its visibility.
How to fight cellulite
When it comes to cellulite, you shouldn’t expect miracles, but you should fight it. By combining several ways of reducing cellulite, you can have visible improvement. Make changes in your diet, increase your physical activity, massage the affected areas and drink enough water.
There are hundreds of treatments and products that promise to be most effective treatment for cellulite. And while some of them really help, others are just a marketing scam, so you can never be sure which of them will help you, because everyone reacts differently to different treatments.
When choosing anti-cellulite cream, be sure that it contains a substance from the group of xantines i.e caffeine, theophylline and aminophylline, because research shows that they help to remove the excess water and break down the fat.
Cellulite doesn’t disappear overnight. It’s hard to be cured, but if you ignore the problem it will become increasingly more visible. Begin to take measures in time so you can be proud of your skin.