Cellulite can be a highly frustrating form of fat because it collects quite easily, it is not a look that the majority of people like on themselves, and it can be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to eliminate. This type of fat is close to the surface of the skin and its look often gives the skin the look of a dimply orange peel, or like cottage cheese. It is more common among women than men, and it typically collects most readily around the area of the thighs and the buttocks. Still, about 10 percent of men and women have cellulite on other areas of the body, as well, such as arms, abdomen, and calves.
One of the best things to try to minimize cellulite is to keep up a healthy diet and exercise program and maintain a proper normal body weight. This helps the body to function at its best and will reduce the visible subcutaneous (which means: below the skin) fat cells that lead the skin to bulge out in lumpy patterns.
Many people feel self conscious about their cellulite and try many different techniques to try to get rid of it. The problem is that cellulite is often wrongly associated with being overweight. The truth of the matter is that fit, thin people who maintain a healthy (or even quite low) body weight can still have cellulite. Similarly, some people who are overweight may not even have an inch of it. Recent statistics show that at least 90 percent of all women have it somewhere on their bodies. The reason is that the female body stores more fat than the male body. The causes of cellulite range from hormones to genetics, but are not necessarily a reflection of body weight.
Since cellulite is actually a type of fat, losing weight if you are obese or overweight can help to shrink its appearance because fat cells will shrink. However, there is no way to target an area with exercises nor is it possible to use a topical lotion to get rid of it. At best, you can aim to achieve overall health and a healthy body weight to keep the cells as small as possible so that they will be less visible, even if they are still there.
So it’s clear that when it comes to cellulite, the majority of people have it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Treat your body right and embrace the look. Accept it and live with it, knowing that you’re eating right and exercising to look and feel your best.