Cellulite is one of the many cursed and persistent conditions that you eventually have to deal with. The hated cottage cheese-like appearance often found at the back of your thighs or on your buttocks are the bane of any woman’s existence and are a glaring testament of imperfection.
You just can’t feel sexy in a bikini when the dimples on your thighs seem to be screaming at you.
Fat deposits found just below the surface of your skin cause the dimpled appearance of cellulite. They generally appear on your abdomen, lower limbs, and the pelvic region after puberty. Cellulite occurs in both men and women, although women tend to carry them more often because of their predisposition to carry fat around the lower half of their bodies.
There are several theories about the causes of cellulite, although no one has definitively put a finger on it. Some factors are:
- Diet – Naturally, the more fat you consume, the more you store in your fat deposits. People who eat salty foods rich in carbohydrates and lacking in fiber will likely develop greater amounts of cellulite.
- Lifestyle – Combined with a poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle does not make use of the calories you ingest to perform exercise and simply hoard the fat for a famine that will probably never come. Studies have shown that smokers are also more susceptible to developing cellulite.
- Genetics – Gender, race, metabolism, distribution of fat, and other factors determined by genes are the building blocks for cellulite development. Some people are just more prone to the condition regardless of lifestyle or diet.
- Hormones – Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are believed to be part of the process when producing cellulite in the body.
- Clothing – Tight clothing tends to limit blood flow in certain areas of the body and promote cellulite development.