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Guide to Reducing Cellulite Naturally

How to Prevent Cellulite Naturally With Food

While there is no miracle treatment that would make all those unsightly cellulite bumps and lumps disappear for good, there are numerous medical and natural treatments that can bring some relief and prevent new cellulite from forming. In this online guide, you'll learn nutrition-related tips and tricks that can help keep cellulite at bay.

Cellulite (colloquially known as orange peel skin or cottage cheese skin) is the appearance of dimply skin mainly on the hips, thighs, and buttocks. While not a pathologic condition, it is a cause of cosmetic concern to many people. It affects an estimated 85-90% of women but very few men.

To understand how cellulite develops, it is important to have a quick anatomy lesson: Beneath the skin there are three layers of fat. The uppermost layer is referred to as subcutaneous fat, and it is enclosed in little pockets which are hold in place by connective tissue. Connective tissue, or septa, is made of collagen, elastin, and other proteins. When the fat compartments grow due to excess fat, water, and toxins, they can bulge between the connective tissue towards the surface of the skin. This irregularity of subcutaneous fat gives skin the dimply appearance known as cellulite.

One reason cellulite is rarely found in men is because men have thicker skin layers in thighs and buttocks. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, the subcutaneous fat cells and the connective tissue have a different structure in men than in women. Women are also more efficient at storing energy in the form of fat, particularly in the thighs and buttocks.

While there are no truly effective treatments that would make all the cellulite bumps and lumps vanish for good, one can try to attenuate factors that make cellulite worse such as a weak lymphatic system, excess estrogen, weakened connective tissue, water retention and excess body weight. Use the following resources to learn how the food choices you make can have an impact on these cellulite-aggravating factors: