Cellulite: Causes

Cellulite is the lumpy substance resembling cottage cheese that is commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and butt. Cellulite is more than just fat. Cellulite is caused by a buildup of toxic waste in the body. Not knowing what to do with this waste, the body stores it where circulation is slow. The most stubborn types of cellulite are caused by hormonal influences, pregnancy, puberty, menopause, oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy. As time goes on, the skin becomes less efficient in eliminating toxins, the process of burning fat slows down tremendously, and a loss of firmness occurs, along with a dimpled 'orange peel appearance. This cycle happens in four stages.

The Four Stages of Cellulite
  • STAGE 1: Fat Storage: Healthy cells begin to fill with fat which then transform into adipocytes (fat cells).
  • STAGE 2: Fatty Deposit Buildup: The lipolysis process of converting fat cells into energy decreases, resulting in an increase in the size and number of these cells.
  • STAGE 3: Toxic Buildup: As the size and number of fat cells increase and compact, micro-circulation slows; therefore, lymphatic drainage isnot as efficient at eliminating toxins.
  • STAGE 4: Loss of Elasticity: Connective tissue becomes distorted, resulting in loss of elasticity, firmness and a dimpled "orange peel" appearance. Many believe that cellulite is caused by being overweight, but the truth of the matter is that even fit, lean and thin women get cellulite. That's because our hormones are primarily responsible for that unsightly, dimply, "orangepeel" textured skin and play a significant role in the formulation of cellulite. They are responsible for regulating changes in blood flow, fat, connective tissue and the lymphatic system. The result is more visible sagging cellulite.
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