What Is Cellulite?

by Randell Allen on January 27, 2011

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Weight Loss Los Angeles: What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a described as pockets of subcutaneous fat (fat layer underneath the skin), which has protruded into the dermis (skin), creating an “orange peel”, or “dimpling” appearance. Cellulite is usually found around the hips, thighs, and buttocks primarily of women. Approximately 90% of women after puberty experience some form of cellulite.

Why Women Get Cellulite More Than Men

Men generally do not experience cellulite. Evidently, the main reason is in the connective difference between men and women. Research shows that men have more of a crisscross connective tissue (collagen) pattern, which does not allow fat deposits to protrude into the dermis creating the appearance of cellulite. Men, generally have lower body fat and thicker dermis, which also contributes to cellulite prevention. Worth noting is some men with higher estrogen levels may experience cellulite.

Women naturally carry more body fat due to hormonal factors (estrogen), but also have a more of a horizontal type connective tissue pattern, which allows for fat deposits to bypass connective tissue, and enter the dermis.

No Proven Topical Treatment

Although there are no proven topical treatments for cellulite, the business of cellulite creams and potions is expected to rise to a 62 million dollar business by 2013. Liposuction, herbal treatments, injectables, and massage all appear to have little to no effect in permanently reducing cellulite.

New Treatments On The Horizon

According to research, there have been some purported success with both laser therapy and shock wave therapy.

“The new frontier in the treatment of cellulite appears to be with laser therapy and potentially with low-energy shock wave therapy. Laser therapy is non-invasive, has little side effects, and shows great promise for appreciably reducing the appearance of cellulite.2”

Both therapies appear to work by promoting remodeling or strengthening of the connect tissue under the skin, which reduces the appearance of cellulite. Still, more research needs to be done to determine how successful these treatments will be long term.

NutritionX Los Angeles Commentary

Fat cells can either grow, as you gain body fat or diminish in size by reducing your body fat level. The frustration around diet and exercise, perhaps not proving and absolute solution to cellulite, is due to the fact that most people are not sure of their body fat level, or have had an erroneous body fat test done.

There are many erroneous methods for body fat testing; moreover the inexperience of the person testing you can reduce accuracy considerably. I often test people who believe their body fat level is much lower than it is, due to a previous erroneous test received.

The average percent body fat levels for men and women (18 to 34 years) are 13% for men and 28% for women. 28% is considered average or fair on the body fat charts.2

The closer you are to 30% body fat, the better your chance for developing cellulite.

Most people are surprised that even women with a slender appearance may have cellulite. It is important to remember that body fat parentage is based on the ratio of muscle mass compared to body fat. A person with a slender appearance can be “skinny fat” and actually still be carrying a body fat percentage near 30%.
32% is considered obese.

As you get closer to 20% (female) percent body fat, cellulite appearance will diminish considerably. A body at level under 20% for a woman may diminish signs of cellulite completely.

Cleary, cellulite is a problem of connective tissue, however a high body fat percentage makes one more susceptible to enlarged fat pockets protruding though the dermis.

An efficient weight loss program tailored for your body type, including aerobic exercise, and resistance training is the best weapon for reducing your body fat level and banishing cellulite. Click here to read: What Happens to Lost Body Fat.

Don’t fall prey to claims to exercise and proper diet is not the optimal solution. Obtaining an accurate body fat measurement and a tailored designed program for YOU is the first step in the right direction.

1. Skin Deep: Treating Cellulite? It’s Still There By Catherine Saint Louise Published: June 24, 2009 retrieved January 25, 2011

2. Cellulite: A Review of its Anatomy, Physiology and Treatment
Len Kravitz, Ph.D. and Nicole J. Achenbach, B.S.


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Chris Vanzanten April 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Many women are constantly searching for the best and quick way to get rid of cellulite. Cellulite affects most women, irrespective of their age, race or weight. The search for natural cellulite remedy or home cellulite treatment continues as women want to get rid of the unpleasant cellulite’s dimple and orange peel look on their stomach, butt, thighs and legs.


Titus Escher May 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

Drink More Water – By itself water really won’t help much. But in combination with all the other steps in this article, it can help you flush out wastes and toxins that may be trapped in your system. Remember water is a natural diuretic.


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