What are the factors that cause cellulite?
As you've figured out by now, we're all trying here to solve an unsettling skin problem: cellulite. Let's get back to basics a bit and try to find out what actually causes it. The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories so let's explore them.
What causes cellulite?
- Diet – people who eat too many fatty foods (the bad types of fat, that is), simple carbs, or salty foods and eat too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Worst foods to eat for good skin, that cause cellulite: deep fried food, salt, saturated fat, trans fat, refined white sugar and white flour products. You probably know the bad food types by now.
- Alcohol is another culprit when it comes to getting cellulite. I'm guessing it doesn't come as a surprise. Since alcohol is not readily digested by the body, having more than one serving can cause the body to store the alcohol as fat and cellulite. Alcohol is high in calories and toxins that are unhealthy for the body. Alcohol can dehydrate the body and cause skin to lose elasticity, which makes cellulite more visible. It also increases the fat levels in blood and can cause circulation problems.
- Hormonal factors – hormones are likely to play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. Given that our hormonal system plays a role in just about everything that happens to us, inside and out, it's not a bad theory.
- Our genes – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, a slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
- Lifestyle factors – it's said that cellulite may be more prevalent for those who smoke, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time. Stress can cause appearance of cellulite as well.
- Clothing – it's a well known fact that wearing tight clothes can affect your circulation and thus your skin is affected and that may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
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