5 Popular myths about cellulite

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Cellulite is just a cosmetic problem and even though more than 85% of adult women have it to one degree or another, it doesn’t pose a threat to our health in any way. As harmless as it is, women hate it and they would do just about anything to get rid of it. Sadly, most treatments are ineffective, or at least the results fail to make a significant difference.

1 – Cellulite is fat

False! Cellulite is not just fat. Cellulite is actually a way that fat stores within fibrous connective tissue resulting in those unaesthetic-looking dimples.

Woman doing squats2 – If you lose weight you will also get rid of cellulite

It’s true that cellulite is just another form of stored fat, but it really doesn’t need a lot of fat to form, and everyone has some fat in the body. That’s why you can often see skinny women with cellulite. For some women, losing weight can significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite, but for others things can get worse.

Cellulite can occur based on genetic heritage, aging and hormonal changes, but also your lifestyle. Did you know that medical conditions such as varicose veins and cellulite basically don’t exist in non-industrialized countries? So yes, the truth is, cellulite’s top contributing factors are our modern sedentary lifestyles, the foods we eat and the chemicals we are exposed to.

3 – You can get rid of cellulite with cardio exercise

Cardio workouts do burn fat, and consume calories, just like any other type of exercise. Sadly, cellulite is an extremely resilient fat deposit, that doesn’t want to disappear as easily as regular fat. As a result, it’s very hard to get rid of cellulite through exercise alone. While the causes can vary, cellulite is a result of a congested lymph circulation. To make the lymphatic system function properly you’d also have to adopt a proper eating regimen.

young woman drinking with waterglass4 – Drinking lots of water can help reduce cellulite

Water is a bit over-advertised these days. There’s no real evidence that drinking lots of water can improve the appearance of cellulite, wrinkles, acne and other skin conditions. This doesn’t mean that water is not important. We always need to stay hydrated, just like we need to eat.

There’s just one small problem. The “8×8 rule” (8, 8-ounce glasses of water every day) is still a frequent recommendation from many doctors and nutritionists. There have been several studies, which haven’t found any real benefit of drinking more water than you need. Also, water intake derived from foods and other drinks besides plain water does count. To keep things simple, trust your thirst and learn to never ignore it.

5 – Men don’t get cellulite

This is true, to some extent. Compared to women, very few men tend to develop cellulite. This is closely related to the differences between men and women’s structure of collagen in the connective tissue. Women have a stripe-like structure, while men have a cross-like structure which makes it harder for cellulite to develop.

Also, men naturally have a lower body fat percentage compared to women, and cellulite is also related to estrogen level which is significantly higher for women.