9 Cellulite Myths and Facts Debunked

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1. Only women get cellulite

Myth!

It is known that women tend to carry more fat around their hips and thighs. We also have less supportive connective tissue to keep it all in place, compared to men. It is estimated though that around 10% of men do suffer from cellulite.

2. Only a dermatologist should perform cellulite treatments

Myth!

A dermatologist is a good place to start for advice and potential treatments but cellulite is not a medical condition and therefore does not require a visit to the doctor to be checked. Many ‘medi-spas’ do however offer treatments such as Endermologie and non-invasive laser procedures. However these procedures are often very expensive, in excess of $4000 per leg and require multiple visits, often as long as you want it to remain invisible.

3. There’s no permanent cellulite solution

True! Well, sort of

There is no hard evidence that this one is true or not but innovation and technology is advancing quite rapidly and more long-term solutions are becoming available.

4. Cellulite can be genetic

True!

It’s true that cellulite can be genetic! If your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it. Genetics however is only one small part of the of the complete picture. Factors like diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a role.

5. Cardio Is The Best way of reducing Cellulite

Myth!

Running or other forms of cardio can help you maintain a lower fat percentage, which as a result may reduce the appearance of dimples and dents. But to smooth out your skin and see notable change, strength training is essential. But exercise alone will not rid you of cellulite forever.

6. Cellulite only happens to out-of-shape people

Myth!

It is known that having a higher fat percentage does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. This is because the more fat you have underneath your skin, the more it’s likely to put stress on your connective tissue and create a bulge in its weak spots. Cellulite also occurs with women of all shapes and sizes, even many models that are very lean, work out and eat well still have it.

7. Skin firming creams can cure cellulite

Myth!

First of all cellulite is not a disease or virus. Secondly, what you might read and be told on the labels, no prescription or over-the-counter creams have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. There is also very limited evidence that creams or scrubs with stimulant ingredients, like caffeine, ginger, and green or black tea, may help with the reduction of cellulite. Avoid!

8. Certain foods can help reduce Cellulite

True!

It has been proven that your diet alone can’t determine whether you will or will not get cellulite, but it is known that eating a well-balanced, plant-heavy diet can reduce inflammation throughout your body and help you maintain a lower body fat percentage. Staying hydrated is also essential to keep your connective tissue strong and supple, and may even help you slim down by removing excess toxins.

9. Cellulite is just fat

Myth!

When people talk about fat, they are generally referring to subcutaneous adipose tissue. This is fat that lies under the skin and does not effect the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite however is referred to as hypodermal fat. This is the fat within the skin and can cause the unsightly small and large bumps. With this been said it can be clearly shown that generally referred to fat and cellulite are two different things.

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