Cellulite is the expression used to describe pockets of fat, which are trapped and cause dimpling in the skin. This dimpling is irregular and patchy and has been identified with orange peel and cottage cheese. It is not a medical or scientific term, its just normal fat beneath the skin. But, we just don’t like the way it looks. Cellulite occurs mostly on the thighs, hips, buttocks and knees. It is in no way pathological, and it is not inflammatory, infectious, or water-filled. It can affect men, but it’s mostly women who typically are prone to it. It usually shows up after puberty.
There are many factors that determine the formation of cellulite:
Hormones play a dominant role in the formation of cellulite. Estrogen may be the important hormone to contribute to the appearance of cellulite. But, some other hormones, including insulin may also contribute to the development of the dimpling appearance.
Important hereditary factors include, the distribution of fat, insulin and cortisol levels and gender.
A high-stress lifestyle will cause an increase in certain hormones, which have also been associated with the development of cellulite. Those hormones are the fight or flight hormones, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
A diet with excessive intake of carbohydrates and fats provokes hyperinsulunemia and an increase in lipogenesis (storage/creation of fat cells). Hyperinsulinemia is a condition caused by a high level of insulin in the blood; it is almost always caused by an individual’s diet. Lipogenisis is the sequence of biological reactions involved in the storage of lipids (fats). The body can only use so much fat for energy and the excess is stored in fat cells (adipocytes), which leads to obesity and more cellulite.
What I have learned is that cellulite is very stubborn and does not always respond to the various types of “treatments” that have been developed, such as creams, massage, laser therapy, liposuction etc… However, controlling the release of insulin, through your diet can really make a difference in the appearance of cellulite. When you restrict your carbohydrate intake you are also forcing your body to turn to your lipid (fat) and protein reserve for energy. If you incorporate good amino acid proteins, you will never lose your muscle mass and your body will have no choice but to exhaust the adipocytes (fat cells). Reduction of fat cells results in reduction of cellulite. Adding collagen to your daily diet may also help.
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