Cellulite Causes, Tips and Prevention

In today’s times, looking for faster and easier options rather than opting for lengthy ones that require a considerable amount of work is a common habit of people. After all, who would want to do anything time-consuming rather than saving time for himself?

The biggest example of this is the increased human-dependence on machines and technology. Most of the people cannot even imagine making their coffee manually without a coffee machine nowadays which is fine given the amount of free time they have.

However, this has given rise to a number of problems including health problems as well the conventional ‘quicker’ treatments to them. One of such issues is the problem of being overweight or obese.

You are at a high risk of gaining more than needed pounds especially if your job involves a lot of sitting and office work. In addition, many of the people in such a field of work are unable to find time for gym and are usually not concerned about their diet.

What Is The Quick-fix For Weight?

In accordance to the statistics, obesity is one of the fastest rising problems in the United States, seen not only in middle-aged people but also in young adults between the ages of 13-24 as well as children between the ages of 3-8.

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Obesity can be extremely dangerous for overall health and mental health. It paves the way for much more complicated and dangerous health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart diseases.

To tackle this issue, people are also looking for faster working options. Where many people choose to change their lifestyle and diet to get rid of obesity, others can be dependent on surgeons to remove the excess fat from the body.

In accordance with American Society of Plastic Surgeons, millions of cosmetic surgeries are performed in the United States every year. In 2015, over 1.7 million surgeries have been reportedly performed including 222,000 liposuctions.

One of the types of surgeries that are also included is the removal of cellulite. Since maintaining or losing weight can require a lot of effort especially for someone with a busy lifestyle, more and more people are choosing to undergo liposuction surgeries.

Though cellulite removal is becoming common day by day, majority of the people do not have a clear understanding of how the process is done. It is certainly not an instant procedure which can help you go down from a size 16 to size 2 in one day.

As simple as it might look, cellulite removal procedures are actually very complicated and are not usually recommended by any doctors unless there is an exception. Even the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that such processes are not an alternative for exercise or healthy diet.

It is also a prevalent belief that cellulite cannot be removed without a surgical procedure which is not true at all. There are a number of natural ways to help improve the appearance of cellulite instead of going for drastic ‘quick-fix’ weight loss solutions.


What Is Cellulite?

You will often hear the world cellulite in discussions regarding weight loss. Cellulite is the dimpled or sort of lumpy skin that is usually seen under the back of the arms on the triceps, on the thighs, stomach area, and the back.

This typically happens when globules of fat around the mentioned areas in your body are pushed upwards against the connective tissues resulting in an uneven appearance. This can happen when you do not have a healthy weight or simply just with age.

The main causes behind these are diet and exercise. You are more likely to have cottage cheese skin or cellulite if you do not give the body the exercise it needs along with a diet loaded with everything but healthy. In some people, it can be due to hormonal changes too.

Cellulite also happens during the process of aging because of the uneven adipose tissues under the skin and is usually accompanied by loose skin. Typically, it happens to women more often than men. About 80% of the women have a bit of cellulite or more as they age.

However, this does not mean cellulite can only happen to people who have crossed the age of thirsty. Anyone undergoing hormonal changes can also sometimes have areas with cellulite under the skin. Teenagers undergoing puberty is a good example.

Considering cellulite a serious problem is a common misconception. In fact, there is nothing serious about having cellulite and you can actually choose to do nothing about it if you are not bothered and have a healthy weight.

For some people, it can be harming to their self-confidence and make them feel uncomfortable specifically when they have to wear something that reveals the area of cellulite.

What Are The Causes Of Cellulite?

The reasons behind development of cellulite in people can be different. The most common reasons to have cellulite in certain areas of the body are:

  • Poor Blood Flow (lack of circulation)
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Poor Diet
  • Uneven Collagen Structure (of the skin)
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Higher Percentage of Body fat
  • Obesity
  • Fluid Retention (which is also accompanied by bloating)
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Dehydration

 

In addition to these common reasons, a number of other health conditions as well as daily habits can cause wrinkles, cellulite, loose skin, and faster aging.

Autoimmune diseases, taking a lot of stress, allergies, hormonal imbalance, toxicity, smoking, and overexposure to the sun can also be some of the factors that can lead to early signs of aging and cellulite.

How To Treat Cellulite Naturally?

Since there are a lot of dangers linked with liposuctions and cellulite removal surgeries in accordance with the latest studies, treating cellulite naturally is the best option. Changing some of the habits for good can help with cellulite and overall health.

Natural treatments for cellulite at home include:

Taking a Healthy Diet

Extra percentage of the fat in the body is linked with some of the most dangerous health conditions. Studies have shown that taking a healthy diet and reducing the amount of fat can improve the appearance of cellulite significantly.

Try avoiding high-sugar or salty food along with high calories trans fat, processed and ultra-processed foods. Instead, add the following to your diet:

  • High fiber foods
  • Flaxseeds
  • Protein-rich foods
  • Hydrating foods
  • Kelp
  • Potassium-rich food
  • Healthy Fats

 

Consuming more Collagen

According to a study published in Journal of Food found that people who took 2.5 grams of Bioactive Collagen Peptides showed a significant improvement of cellulite within a period of 4-6 months. Collagen is needed for strength, texture, and elasticity of the skin.

Taking healthy amounts of collagen can, therefore, help in improving the uneven texture of skin. The best source of collagen so far is bone broth. The collagen in bone broth can help get rid of collagen in a faster way.

Exercise

In most of the cases, a healthy diet alone is not enough to shed off the extra pounds especially if you have been overweight for a long time. Exercising regularly can effectively improve the appearance of cellulite as it doubles the speed of fat burning.

Whereas most exercises are healthy and can help with losing weight, according to the Journal of Obesity, high intensity interval training has been proven to be the most effective.


Using Essential Oils

One of the many benefits of using essential oils is that they can improve the appearance of skin and cellulite. For example, grapefruit oil has been shown to help break down the cellulite in the skin due to the abundance of antioxidants in it.

A combination of coconut oil or any other carrier oil with grapefruit oil can help with cellulite specifically in the thighs and arms areas as well as prevent any future buildup of fats.

 

SOURCES:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17615482
https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20143292