Fats are complicated. Some are good, like the fatty acids found in fish and avocados, while others can lead to heart disease and clogged arteries. Do you know what those fats look like? One form of this bodily substance that many people have seen, and even have on their own bodies, is cellulite. "Chicken skin" as it is sometimes called, can be the bane of your existence, especially if you just recently lost weight and are trying to gain confidence in your new body. Here is some information to help you understand what cellulite is and how to get rid of it:
What is cellulite?
ABC news reported that up to 90 percent of women have cellulite. This dimpling of the skin is caused by fat deposits that press up against the skin. People who have extra fat or do not partake in muscle-toning exercises are more prone to having cellulite. Hormonal imbalances may also increase a person's likelihood of having the condition. For example, estrogen, which helps women's bodies circulate blood, dips in women who are older. This is why many middle-aged ladies experience an increase in cellulite.
Cellulite is also related to the connective tissues that keep the skin and fat in place. The condition tends to become apparent in areas where there is less connective tissue to hold the fat in place away from the skin. Common areas women have cellulite include the hips, thighs and back of the arms.
"It is less common for men to have cellulite."
Men, too, may have cellulite but it is less common. Plus, because of the societal expectations for women to shave their legs, it's often more obviously visible on women as, unlike men, they do not have ample hair to conceal skin imperfections.
Tips to eradicate cellulite
The good news for people with cellulite is that you're not alone. Even people who have a healthy body mass index and are considered "skinny" can have cellulite. It is, after all, genetic - having direct family members with cellulite can affect your chances of developing this bumpy skin.
There are many products on the market that claim to help rid the body of cellulite, like creams, lotions and ointments. Rubbing a salve on the skin does not penetrate deeply enough to actually affect the fat layer underneath that causes the appearance of cellulite. In fact, these over-the-counter quick-fixes are often made of harsh chemicals that may cause dry skin and otherwise irritate the outer layer of the epidermis. They also tend to have a high price tag for a small amount of product, which is just another reason to avoid such "miracle products."
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Instead of wasting money on these products, people should consider exercising regularly through strength training to firm up and tone their muscles. Not only will this help them lose weight, but the growth of muscles can stretch the skin and improve the connective tissues that reduce the appearance of cellulite. If you have particular areas that have problematic cellulite, focus your workouts around these areas. Gaining strength will improve your confidence in yourself and can help your skin - the perfect combination!
A healthy diet is another major way to avoid and address cellulite. The Food Lovers Fat Loss program offers comprehensive learning opportunities for people to understand how to lose weight without having to give up any of their favorite foods. Through understanding how their bodies respond to various foods and by learning how to create fat-loss plates using the right proportions of fast and slow carbohydrates and proteins, people can work toward their weight-loss goals without feeling deprived or overwhelmed.