Where Does Cellulite Come From?

Outline of Cellulite on Woman's Arm

Cellulite sounds like a medical condition, but it’s actually just a term referring to the appearance of bumpy fat beneath the skin. Its bumpy appearance pushes against your connective tissue, resulting in puckering skin. It’s a normal issue that occurs in most women, and it commonly appears on the abdomen, thighs, arms, and buttocks. Many people think that cellulite only occurs in overweight individuals, but it actually can occur in skinny individuals and some obese individuals never deal with cellulite.

The dimpled appearance of cellulite occurs due to subcutaneous fat pushing against the connective tissue in the body. Since women naturally have more body fat than men do, they are more likely to deal with cellulite. Women are more commonly affected by cellulite than men. That's because men have thicker layers of dermis and epidermis tissue in the areas where cellulite commonly appears. 

Of course, many factors can affect how much cellulite you may have and how visible your cellulite is, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Your diet
  • Color and thickness of your skin
  • Fad diets
  • Changes in hormones
  • Total percentage of body fat
  • Slow metabolism
  • Not engaging in physical activity

Overeating definitely results in the production of more subcutaneous fat. However, dieting alone will not eliminate your cellulite. It is important to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet. This will help you keep your connective tissue supple and strong, reducing your chances of developing cellulite.

While many products and treatments are available that claim they will eliminate cellulite, exercise, drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet are still the most effective ways to prevent or treat problems with cellulite.


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