However many of us find them in a much lower spot. Cellulite. Those dimples that appear on your buns, thighs, lower abdomen and upper arms. Mostly this effects women (lucky us) but why must we bare yet another burden?? (I just gave birth 2 weeks ago and am in that place where I wonder why women have to do it all – forgive me).
What is it? You have the epidermis (outer layer of skin), then the dermis and then subcutaneous fat. Cellulite is the small bulges of fat pushing into the dermis.
Why? Subcutaneous fat is layered on top of muscle. If the muscle is soft or weak, the skin surface will appear uneven and dimply. The reason we see cellulite more in the bum and thighs is because there are 5 times more fat cells back there than in other parts of your body. Women also have a higher % of body fat than men.
Can you blame your parents? Yep. Studies show that some of us are genetically predispositioned to develop cellulite. Also, skinny people can get cellulite too. Being skinny doesn’t mean you have low body fat.
P.S. Cigarette smoking has been shown to weaken connective tissue which more easily allows the protrusion of fat.
What can I do? If you’ve got more dimples than a golf ball, healthy eating and exercise is a good place to start. Resistance training will strengthen the muscles and reduce some of that fat. Some people have found success with laser therapy. Do not waste your money on liposuction, creams, ointments, etc. Creams and ointments are supposed to tighten the skin but that is not the problem. As I’ve mentioned, it is the underlying fat and no cream or ointment is going to get rid of that. There is little evidence that liposuction is an effective way to get rid of cellulite.
A resistance training program is easy to implement. You can start with no equipment and perform exercises like push-ups or modified push-ups, triceps dips, squats, lunges and ab exercises including reverse crunches and leg drops.