Cellulite pops up unexpectedly around the hips, buttocks, stomach, thighs and arms, and can be spotted as dimples or lumps just under the skin’s surface. It is often associated with overweight women, but the truth is that anyone can develop cellulite – no mater their gender or weight. However, it’s no surprise that cellulite and obesity are often associated together because many of the same bad habits can lead to these two problems. Speaking of which, let’s discuss some of the habits that can cause it, in addition to exercises that will help you blast cellulite away.
There are three stages of cellulite:
- The first stage shows no visible symptoms of cellulite until you pinch your skin.
- Stage two causes your skin to lose elasticity, and in some cases, the areas of concern become a lower temperature than the rest of your body.
- Stage three offers the most visible symptoms with rough or bumpy-looking skin, along with symptoms from stage two.
There are a lot of causes of cellulite, and some are easily managed while others are not. It can be caused or intensified due to genetics, diet, lack of exercise or issues with hormones and insulin. Hormones are oftentimes the first to be blamed due to the changes your body goes through during puberty and pregnancy.
The way your body distributes fat determines how much, and where cellulite develops. If you have poor circulation or slow metabolism, this will play a part in creating cellulite on your body. Your gender and race can also have a negative effect on this unsightly problem.
Everything you eat contributes in some way to the amount of cellulite your body develops. If you’re consuming too much unhealthy fat, salt or carbohydrates, you are more at risk of developing the lumpy fat pockets on your thighs, butt, arms and other areas of your body. Be sure to eat plenty of fiber because not eating enough will also contribute to the development of cellulite.
Some minor lifestyle changes that you might want to consider are exercising more, not smoking, and not drinking too much. This all helps you maintain the cellulite you currently have, while keeping more from forming. You should also keep from wearing undergarments that have tight elastic bands, which can limit or constrict your blood flow.
Your age is an important aspect of the appearance of cellulite on your body too. As you age, your body’s diminishing ability to maintain muscle mass inevitably causes you to gain weight and develop these fatty pockets.