Losing weight is rarely a bad thing. Losing those unwanted pounds can have a significant impact on how you look and feel. You’ll have more energy, be less prone to illness, and feel better about yourself. However, and even if you lose weight, you may still experience cellulite or lipedema.
What is cellulite?
Do you have lumpy, uneven skin on your thighs, hips, or buttocks? Does your skin have an orange peel appearance? Despite having lost weight, do these symptoms persist? You may be suffering from cellulite.
Cellulite is caused by an accumulation of fat directly under the skin. It occurs when the skin is pulled downward toward the fat cells, which produces that very recognizable dimpled appearance.
Factors that may trigger cellulite or make it worse include:
- Hormones – estrogen, the primary female hormone, promotes fat storage around the hips and thighs, the very areas most susceptible to cellulite. Because of this, cellulite affects 80-90 percent of women and rarely affects men.
- Poor diet – an unhealthy diet contains a lot of toxins. Many of those toxins end up being stored within your body fat. Accumulated toxins may affect the appearance of fat cells.
- Smoking – like an unhealthy diet, smoking overloads your body with toxins. Those toxins can accumulate in your fat cells.
- Genetics – some women, and a small number of men are genetically predisposed to cellulite.
- Weight gain – gaining weight is often accompanied by an increase in cellulite.
- Sedentary lifestyle – general inactivity and a lack of exercise may increase the chances of developing cellulite. This is mainly due to sluggish circulation, poor muscle tone, and lack of lymphatic drainage. This is especially true for people who spend a lot of time sat down.
- Pregnancy – pregnancy is accompanied by weight gain, hormone fluctuations, and changes in activity levels, all of which can contribute to cellulite.
- Aging – cellulite often gets worse with age. This is due to a reduction in the elasticity of the skin. Less elastic skin is more easily pulled inward toward the fat cells.Open Next Page To See More