There are 3 known types of cellulite that plague humans today, but cellulite may be due to genetics and hormones, and therefore most prevalent in women. Men can get cellulite as well, but the statistics are significantly lower, which doesn’t seem fair, right? There are also 2 types of fat: the superficial layer and the loose or deep fat layer. Apparently, men tend to have more of the deep fat layer which prevents them from likely developing problematic cellulite tissue.
But cellulite is more than just fat, it is compressed, fatty cells pushing hard against collagen fibres and the skin. With it comes unsightly skin colouration, look and feel, but more importantly, it’s unhealthy. Depending on the type and stage, cellulite can be extremely difficult to break down. The first step to take is to find out what type(s) you are dealing with.
Fat accumulates and fatty cells increase in volume, the small veins dilate, and there is no pain or visible signs during this stage.
Fat cells increase in size, and micronodules begin to form. The circulatory system, i.e., veins and vessels, are affected, and the toxic material is not eliminated so easily, causing swelling and blockages. Skin irregularities begin to form.
Type: Soft Cellulite
Soft cellulite is the ‘friendliest’ (or is the term ‘least difficult’?) type to combat. You will notice it appears on the buttocks, thighs, abdominal area, and sometimes the arms. You may not notice it during this stage as it does not appear unless the skin is pressed against something, e.g., sitting in a chair. The main causes of its formation: weight gain and muscle tone. It will move if you move.
Circulatory functions slow down, and skin irregularities start to show, e.g., the ‘orange peel effect’. Sluggish sensations of fatigue and heaviness are felt in the legs.
Type: Hard Cellulite
Hard cellulite is the solid, heavy type, and a less friendly version. This type of cellulite is the most difficult to annihilate and may not be achieved without treatment. It is painful to the touch and unhealthy. Hard cellulite can be found on the ‘problem’ areas of the body, e.g. hips and thighs. It can be particularly painful at the back of the knees.
Discomfort and pain have set in and the legs are quite swollen, heavy and fatigued. The cellulite has hardened, the fatty tissue is significantly depressed and circulation is low.
Type: Edematous Cellulite
The most unfriendly of all is edematous cellulite. Caused by fluid retention, poor circulation and perhaps a sedentary lifestyle, you might discover you have this type because inflammation and swelling are uncomfortable to the touch. This type of cellulite can look ‘pasty’ and presents itself in the legs, i.e. thighs, knees, calves.
The Bottom Line
Maybe you don’t care about the science of cellulite, and maybe you just want to know what you can do about it, i.e., how you can get rid of it now and prevent it in the future. You should know it might not be possible to avoid all cellulite as genetics increases the probability of development, and genetics is not within your control. However, as a preventative measure, you should avoid excessively sugary or salty foods, eat certain fruits, vegetables, a.k.a. ‘superfoods’, especially those with diuretic properties. Drink plenty of water, and keep to a consistent exercise schedule, e.g. playing your favourite sport, daily walks. Consider using cellulite treatments that work to prevent, alleviate and/or eliminate the cellulite dilemma.