Cellulite is caused by pockets of fat, under the skin. The skin is connected to underlying tissue by fibrous, connective cords. As fat collects under the skin, these cords stretch and pull at the skin forming an indentation or pucker.
Cellulite usually appears around the thighs and buttocks but can appear anywhere that fat collects under the skin, including the breasts and arms. Cellulite is more common in women than men and is also more common as we age and the skin loses elasticity. Genetics and fat distribution both play a large role in cellulite production. As does stress, lifestyle and the use of hormonal contraceptives.
Getting Rid of Cellulite
Weight loss is the most effective and beneficial way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cut back on calories and consume a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.
Do cardiovascular exercises a minimum of 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. The cardiovascular exercise will help you burn fat and tone up the lower body.
Firm the buttocks and things by doing moderate resistance exercises at least three days a week. Resistance exercise not only firms the muscles but increases lean muscle mass -- helping you burn more calories at rest.
Consider surgical options
Laser and radiofrequency treatments both show promising results. However, these treatments can be expensive and the results may only last a few months.
Cellulite creams work, topically, to shrink tissues and reduce the appearance of cellulite. These treatments usually last a day and may be expensive over time.
Liposuction can remove unwanted fat and contour the body but it does not remove the fibrous connections that cause the cellulite in the first place. In many cases, liposuction can actually make cellulite worse.