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Cellulite - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled, lumpy appearance of skin caused by fat deposits commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and buttocks.

Who gets Cellulite?
 Statistics show that 90 percent of women cellulitedevelop cellulite at some point in their lives.  Cellulite can affect even the thinnest women.  Factors that influence how much cellulite you have include: gender, age, the amount of fat on your body, the thickness of your skin, and heredity.
  
What causes cellulite?
Cellulite is not caused by excess weight.  Cellulite often develops with hormonal changes such as adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause.  The skin looses elasticity with age and heightens the cellulites appearance.  Most cellulite is seen on the legs and buttocks because that is where most women store fat. 

Can cellulite be affected by lifestyle choices?
Yes.  Smoking, drinking, and the number of calories you consume, and even certain medications do affect cellulite.  Binge drinking, being sedentary, smoking, drinking excessive caffeine, and eating poor quality foods all make it easier for cellulite to appear and stay in problem areas.  Making healthy changes in all of these areas will not only improve your overall quality of life, but reduce the chances of stubborn cellulite surfacing.

What are some simple changes I can make to reduce the chance of cellulite?

  • Try to be active through the day. Go for an evening walk, hike on the weekends, swim or do aerobics.  Being active drastically reduces your risk of cellulite! 

  • Sleep!  Try to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.  Come up with a bedtime routine and stick with it, even on the weekends.

  • Do not skip meals or yo-yo diet.  Avoid fried foods and cut back on desserts.  Eat your fruits and vegetables!  Buy fresh foods and cook meals at home, make a night out of it!