Cellulite is the term used for areas of hypodermic fat that cause dimpling of the skin. In this article, we will debunk three of the most common myths surrounding this condition. Continue reading to find out more!
Myth #1: Cellulite only happens to out-of-shape people
Being overweight does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable; the more fat you have underneath your skin, the more it’s likely to put stress on your connective tissue and bulge out of its weak spots. But cellulite also happens to women of all shapes and sizes, says Shira Ein-Dor, owner of the American Cellulite Reduction Center in New York City. “I even treat Victoria’s Secret models,” she says. “They’re very lean, they work out and eat well, they do everything right but they still have cellulite.” Source: Health
Myth #2: Cellulite is just excess fat
Nope. It actually has more to do with the structure of your skin, says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in New York City. Regardless of your weight, there’s a protective layer of fat between the surface of your skin and your muscle. Typically, tissues connect the muscle and skin to keep the fat under wraps for smooth look on the outside. When factors such as age, weight change, or stress weaken those connective tissues, irregular fat cells protrude though the skin, which makes the skin pucker and look dimply. Source: Cosmopolitan
Myth #3: You can remove cellulite by working out a certain area
Cellulite-targeting exercises are a fiction, but it is true that toning your muscles overall can reduce the cottage-cheese effect. Building muscle in your thighs, for example, can plump the muscle there and reduce cellulite somewhat, but “your body burns fat at the same exact rate all over your body,” says Allen. “This means cellulite or fat on your thighs will burn at the same rate as your belly. So, while you are helping the area you’re working appear more toned, you’re not burning fat there any quicker than you are on the rest of your body.” Dr. Lucas agrees: “The more physically fit you are, the less susceptible you’ll be to cellulite,” she says. Source: HuffingtonPost
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