Have you stood in the bright lights of a department store fitting room and looked in horror at your butt and thighs while trying on bathing suits? If so, you may be one of the millions of women who is affected by cellulite.
Cellulite isn’t pretty – and it’s pretty hard to eliminate completely. But where there’s a will there’s a way. If you’re genetically predisposed to this lumpy, bumpy skin (take a look at your mom’s legs), then you might have a harder time trying to make it disappear.
Worry not however, I’m going to show you exactly how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, starting today. With these tips and tricks, your next trip to the department store won’t be so terrifying.
After reading this post you’ll be ready to bring on the bright lights and bathing suits before the end of summer. Before we get to the solutions, let’s take a quick minute to talk about why and how we get cellulite in the first place.
What is Cellulite?
Aside from being unsightly and the reason you might miss your friend’s summer pool party, cellulite isn’t anything that can hurt you. It’s literally just the protrusion of fat through your connective tissue causing lumpy or dimpled flesh on your skin.
At first I didn’t know that there are actually different grades of cellulite. These grades can help you understand the severity of your condition. The different grades of cellulite include:
- Grade 1: Cellulite is not visible, even when you pinch your skin
- Grade 2: Cellulite is not visible when you lay down or stand. If pinching your skin, an “orange peel texture” can be seen
- Grade 3: You have visible cellulite when standing but it goes away when lying down.
- Grade 4: Cellulite is visible when standing or lying down.
Which grade do you fall into? If you’re embarrassed to say, remember you aren’t alone. Over 90% of women deal with cellulite sometime in their lifetime which means you’d likely be hard-pressed to find a friend who doesn’t have cellulite.
What Causes Cellulite?
People almost always associate cellulite with being overweight but that’s not the only reason you can have it. Thin people can get cellulite too. Cellulite is mainly the product of genetics and more commonly, unhealthy lifestyle habits.
Cellulite can affect anyone, male or female, though women are more prone due to our tendency to carry more weight in our butt, hips and thighs.
If you want to know if your genetics make you prone to cellulite, take a look at the older men or women in your family. Naturally, you likely haven’t noticed cellulite on your male counterparts since they are normally wearing pants or shorts. However if you’ve been to the pool with your mom, aunts or grandmother, you have probably noticed if they suffer from cellulite.
According to Fitness Magazine, “Genetics definitely plays a role, both in how likely your body is to store fat and how much the bands of tissue pull down on the fat.”
The good news is that your genes only play a small and singular role in the development of cellulite. Sometimes leading an unhealthy lifestyle in terms of weight management can be a bigger root of the issue.
On an unfortunate note, your gender might have something to do with your cellulite development as well. Most women tend to carry more fat around their hips, thighs and butt, and therefore are more likely than men to deal with cellulite. Lucky us, eh?
Leading an Unhealthy Lifestyle
Genetics aside, the main thing you need to analyze when dealing with cellulite is the type of lifestyle you are leading. Are you active or mostly sedentary? Do you tend to overeat? Do you smoke or drink in excess? Do you keep yourself hydrated well enough? All these factors can play a role in the development of cellulite.
The good news is you can keep cellulite at bay through some simple