What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a skin condition, which affects about 90% of women. Cellulite is the “fat” you just can’t seem to lose. While normal fat can be lost with the usual regimen of diet and exercise, cellulite cannot. This is because cellulite is more than simple fat. Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes, which is trapped in lumpy, immovable pockets just beneath the skin. These pockets of “fat” act like sponges that can absorb large amounts of water, blow up and bulge out, resulting in the ripples and flabby looking skin you see.

Cellulite is not regular fat, so even the stingiest diet fails. When the normal intake of food is cut down, the body automatically burns its own reservoir of stored fat. On a low-calorie diet, fat will come off in many areas, but the cellulite bulges will remain. They do not burn up like normal fat. The cellulite diet is one that purifies the body of excess water and toxic wastes without forcing it to burn fat in unnecessary areas. This diet avoids those foods that tax an already over-burdened system, as they contribute to cellulite formation.

How is cellulite formed?

All the muscles of the body are wrapped in a padding of fatty, connective tissue. This padding, with its varying thickness, gives the female figure its roundness and soft contour. The round fatty cells of the padding, are held in place by a network of fibers. Constantly circulating through these are the nourishing liquids-water, blood and lymphatic fluid. These liquids carry oxygen and nutrients through the tissues and also cleanse them of wastes. The free flow of the liquids assures this process.

A change occurs when the waste removal process is slowed down in cellulite-prone areas. As a result, the connective tissue, saturated with water and wastes- thickens, hardens and forms immovable pockets. These bulges then puff up to produce the “orange peel” texture characteristic of cellulite

Causes of cellulite

Our lifestyles play the key role in the cause of cellulite. Some other factors that contribute to cellulite are:

  • Tension
  • Fatigue
  • Poor eating habits
  • Insufficient water intake
  • Poor breathing
  • Sedentary living
  • Lack of proper exercise

How to recognize cellulite

Visually, fat and cellulite are very different. Regular fat, when squeezed, is smooth in texture. In appearance it does not show any ripples or lumps. To discover if you have a cellulite problem, there is one simple test that cannot fail. Here is how you can test for it:

  • Press or squeeze the tissues between the thumb and index finger or between the palms of both hands. if cellulite is present, the skin ripples and looks like an orange peel. There is also a characteristic sensitivity, not present when you squeeze a non-cellulite or simple fat area.
  • At a more advanced stage, the ripples will be noticeable without applying any pressure. Tissues will be flabby.
Specific areas that you have cellulite
While regular fat can be found anywhere on the body, cellulite seems to “prefer” the following areas:

  • inner, upper and back parts of the thighs
  • inside of the knees
  • stomach
  • hops
  • buttocks
  • lower back
  • inside and back of upper arms
  • ankles
  • upper back, just below the shoulder blades