Cellulite on the Legs – National Cellulite Organization

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The summer is upon us. That being said, terms like ‘fat-free’ and ‘figure-friendly’ are apt to be tossed around poolsides and ocean fronts. Most of us will be examining our bodies for imperfections (something that we probably should have done in the spring), little areas of extra padding, the sizes and shapes of our breasts and thighs…even maybe a little Cellulite on the back of the legs.

Cellulite on the Legs

Yes, cellulite. The term is so intricately tied in with obesity that most people would have no idea what it was if they ever came across it. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not just fat. Cellulite is nothing more than hardened fat clusters that sit right below the surface of the skin and push against it, giving the skin a bumpy look and feel whether it’s cellulite on the legs, buttocks, breats, or underarms… it’s dreadful.

What Causes Cellulite?

Genes

Cellulite is predominantly hereditary. If your mother had it, you will probably have it, though there have been cases where sisters shared the allele when it was absent in the mother. Cellulite most commonly manifests itself in the legs, and usually only shows up in conjunction with swelling. Swelling of the legs is most common among those who are so obese that their legs cannot bear the weight of their torso without running into circulation problems. Most individuals of such stature are not at fault. They suffer from grave emotional disorders, like food addiction, or diseases such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which causes the metabolism to slow down drastically.

Diet

Those who enjoy an abnormally high metabolism are usually genetically predisposed to it. To this extent, genetics play an even bigger role in cellulite manifestation than whether or not a sufferer carries the expressive allele. Proper diet and regular exercise can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. When we ingest more than we can burn off in a day, our bodies the excess as fat. The more fat we have, and the more compact it is, the more likely it is that cellulite will appear.

Dehydration

When we don’t get enough water, our bodies go into survival mode, storing fluids that we obtain from food in fat cells until it ‘really needs it.’ This causes fat cells to swell, and the swelling pushes the cellulite closer to the surface. When we do start drinking enough, our bodies slowly expel the unneeded fluids. This, in turn, causes the fat cells to shrink.

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Those who start drinking more water than needed after long periods of dehydration may lose up to 15 pounds of ‘water weight’ in the first week. Many people use diuretics to expel fluid deposits in much the same manner. Diuretics are extremely dangerous, as they yield not only the potential for addiction, but a way to drop weight very quickly. Many users restrict their fluid intake in the aftermath to keep the weight off, but with the reserves depleted, all they’re doing is racking up a future hospital bill.

Diet and exercise are really the only two things that will help long-term, but there are over-the-counter topical ointments that may reduce the appearance of cellulite. Before committing to anything, have a look at our Product Comparison for reviews and ratings on the most effective cellulite reduction products as reviewed by people like you.

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