You might feel like you’re the only one suffering from cellulite, but you’re not. Cottage cheese, orange peel-whatever you call it, cellulite affects between 80 and 90 percent of women. And despite the age-old myth that just overweight women get cellulite, it doesn’t matter what your weight is-you’re either predisposed or not.
So, why do we get it-and how come so few men have it?
For one thing, women’s connective tissues are vertical, while men’s are angled. The female hormones contribute to making up our hips, thighs and buttocks (where a large amount of fat cells live in our bodies). Our fat cells are not very flexible, so when they expand (from waste and water), the connective tissues swell and bloat up the fat cells. In women, the outer skin on places like the thigh is not very thick, so these swollen, verticle tissues bulge up toward the surface and appear lumpy. In men, the outer skin is thicker, and they don’t have as much fat there to begin with.
Diet, exercise and consistent massage using a good cellulite cream can improve the appearance over time. The massage technique has to be regular, vigorous, and applied in a circular motion. (Using a brush will help.) Don’t expect any overnight cure-it takes time, patience, and acceptance. Keep reminding yourself that almost all women have it!
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