Did you know that there are different types of cellulite? But... Why does it appear and how to reduce it? Find out
What is cellulite and why does it appear?
What types of cellulite are there?
Did you know that 9 out of 10 women have cellulite? It's natural, you're not alone. We have a certain predisposition to its appearance in our thighs, buttocks, abdomen... And you may wonder, "Why?" Apparently, female skin is thinner than male skin (about 20%, according to dermatological studies), and subcutaneous fat is present in wider and higher vertical units (septa). This, together with low levels of androgens, can favor the predisposition to the appearance of cellulite in women. But "don't worry," there are ways to prevent it, and together with healthy lifestyle habits, you can successfully reduce it.
Stay tuned, and we'll tell you how. But first, let's see what cellulite is exactly and why it appears. The journey of cellulite begins with understanding it. If you know its causes, you can reduce it!
What is cellulite and why does it appear?
Cellulite is an excessive accumulation of fat, localized or generalized, caused by a hypertrophy of adipocytes, which grow in number and volume. Wait a moment, "what are adipocytes?" They are the cells that form adipose tissue. "What about adipose tissue?" It is the tissue where energy is stored in the form of fat. We could say that it is the storage place where reserves of energy are kept for our body to use the fat later to function.
We need fat (in moderation) for our body to function.
It is important to clarify that fat is necessary for the functioning of our body. It is like having a hybrid car that runs on glucose and fat; without it, we could not perform many of the functions that we carry out every day. Imagine that glucose is our fridge, and fat is the freezer and pantry combined. The key is that our body generates, accumulates fat (energy), and consumes it in our daily life, and so on, like an assembly line.
But what happens if this process is altered? If something fails at some point in the assembly line, it gets stuck, goes faster than normal, a piece falls off... the rest of the chain will also be affected, right? Since everything is connected. In this case, in our body, there is an excess in the entry to the assembly line, and the fat requirements are lower than the entries, which ends up generating a disbalance.
Why does cellulite appear?
What happens in our body is that accumulated fat (lipogenesis or formation of reserve fats) is not consumed at the rate it should be or a much larger amount than necessary is generated, leaving more accumulated fat. And if this "failure" persists over time, that accumulation will become increasingly greater, requiring an increase in the storage or space where that excess fat should be stored.
Therefore, it will end up being a space or part of our body that becomes increasingly larger, "what previously occupied a corner may end up disorganizing and occupying an entire warehouse." In that case, it will inevitably be more visible, right? The same thing happens with adipocytes, which, as they increase in number and volume (hypertrophy), motivate an increase in the retention of water, fats, and toxins, and end up generating those dimples or indentations in our skin, which we commonly know as "orange peel." Does that sound familiar?
What actually happens inside our body that causes us to see that orange peel skin?
Do you know about septa? They are a kind of column that groups fat cells (our friends, adipocytes) into compartments. These cells receive nutrition and oxygen through blood vessels. So far, so good, but when adipocyte hypertrophy occurs, the increase in the number and volume of these cells, as mentioned before, means that there is less and less space in these compartments, compressing blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerves.
This pressure triggers the alteration of the columns (septa) we mentioned earlier, which end up pushing up the dermis and epidermis, causing irregularities such as dimples and what is known as orange peel skin (the skin is no longer smooth).
In addition, it affects collagen and elastin fibers, which, when they see their space reduced by the push of the septa, translates into a loss of firmness and smoothness in the skin. When these processes continue to occur over time, they also end up affecting nerve endings, which is why discomfort or pain appears in the most severe degrees of cellulite.
We have seen the "problem" of fat storage and adipocyte hypertrophy, but in addition to this, there is a decrease in lipolysis. And you may be wondering, "what does that mean?" That our body, in addition to having problems with fat storage, reduces the breakdown of triglycerides into fatty acids, which, together with adipocyte hypertrophy, prevents the beta-oxidation of fats to release energy in the human body (producing large amounts of ATP). In other words, it cannot consume energy (fat) at the rate it should, but rather does so more slowly. Seen in this way, it seems like a disaster! But don't worry, because we can help our body function better. We'll tell you how in a moment. But first, did you know that there are 4 degrees of cellulite? Find out which one you have.
What types of cellulite are there?
Now that we know what cellulite is and why it appears, you may be interested to know that there are 4 grades of cellulite. We help you identify yours so you can start your action plan and reduce your cellulite.
- Grade 1: Orange peel skin visible only when pinching or squeezing the skin. Also known as edematous cellulite.
- Grade 2: Orange peel skin visible to the naked eye in a standing position. Also known as adipose or "soft" cellulite.
- Grade 3: Orange peel skin visible in any position. This is accompanied by frequent discomfort in the area affected by cellulite, as the skin is usually hardened, like a compact block, due to the thickening of the septa that trap the fat nodules. This is known as fibrous or "hard" cellulite.
- Grade 4: Visible and painful nodules. That is why in these cases it is recommended to consult a doctor or specialist. It is also known as more advanced fibrous cellulite.
Do you already know which type of cellulite you have? The most common are grades 1 and 2, and in these cases it can be reduced with strength exercises, hydration, nutrition, and lipolytic or reducing creams.
How can I reduce cellulite?
How many times have you started a cellulite treatment? We've all been there, but at least now you know that to reduce it, the key is to improve the processes of fat storage (lipogenesis) and degradation of triglycerides to fatty acids in your body (lipolysis). And although cellulite is natural and common, it goes beyond that, and as we have seen, it is a health issue.
So now, let's go with the action plan to prevent, reduce and eliminate cellulite in 4 steps:
- Regulate carbohydrate consumption. Excess fat production in our body occurs due to high glucose consumption that the body does not require. At this point, insulin is triggered and the body transforms and stores glucose in the form of fat.
- Add fiber to your diet. Because it is the best ally when it comes to slowing down sugar absorption. And don't think you can only turn to cereals to add fiber to your diet, as it can also be found in foods like celery, parsley, onion, or asparagus.
- Vitamin C is not just for colds. In fact, vitamin C is crucial for synthesizing carnitine, the molecule that transports fatty acids inside mitochondria. And what happens there? That is precisely where fat is burned.
- Iron can help you. Iron is not usually mentioned when talking about eliminating fat and yet, it turns out that it is very helpful. After all, iron helps with the oxygenation of the blood and this, in turn, helps to burn accumulated fat.
- Help improve your body's lipolysis. There are certain foods that help with lipolysis, the process of breaking down fat. Such foods include green tea, ginger, garlic, chili, grapefruit, and soy. Add them to your diet.
2- Liters and liters of water
Water is your best friend. Not only does water help you feel fuller, but it also helps with intestinal transit. It may be a sacrifice, but if you prioritize water over coffee or soda, you will have gained a large part of the way in your fight against cellulite.
3- Exercise, we make it easy for you!
You can set up a circuit of cardiovascular and functional exercises that will help you burn localized fat. A routine that, in fact, does not require a large space to maneuver... Just a minimum of time, dedicate 25 minutes a day.
You can do three or four rounds alternating 45 seconds of activity with 15 seconds of rest. Take note of the routine:
- Mountain climbers (plank climbers)
- Squat jump
- Skipping (knee-to-chest run)
- Burpees (jumping push-ups)
- Plank jacks (plank)
Combine them as your body asks so that it is as least fatiguing as possible.
4- Trustworthy cosmetics
Keep in mind what we mentioned earlier, what should you ask of your anti-cellulite cream? That it helps you improve the lipolytic activity of your body and is draining, to release the space of the "fat warehouse" and improve fluid retention, which translates into firmer and smoother skin.
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