By Huda Heidi Kattan

In case you don’t have cellulite, consider yourself blessed! Approximately 95% of women (and some men) have some form of cellulite, you know, the bumpy bulge of fat that sits between our connective and skin tissue–NOT pretty! If you don’t have cellulite now, it could come later in life! I actually never had any, then one day (now in my mid-20’s), I found it! An irregular dimple on… well, I found one! In my belief, if we understand the cause, we are able to prevent and minimize the appearance of these not-so-pleasant-dimples, by of course doing the opposite!

According to Nutrave.com, the most common areas for cellulite are the thighs, stomach, upper arm and neck. They have an excellent site that offers in-depth information on cellulite. Here is some great information on the root causes of cellulite.

Common Causes of Cellulite:

GeneticsMany people are born with more fat cells , sensitive lymphatic vessels, bad circulation, weak veins, and hormonal imbalances that make them much more prone to getting cellulite
HormonesFemale hormones play a big part in the production of cellulite. Estrogen has been known to encourage the growth of fat cells in the thighs, buttocks, and breast areas. Progesterone can cause weak veins and unwanted weight gain. Both hormones are huge factors for cellulite
SmokingThe free radicals associated with cigarettes are extremely damaging to cell veins and reduce circulation in our body, significantly increasing the chances of cellulite
ImmobilityBeing a couch potato is undoubtedly bad for your body, but it also is a significant cause of cellulite. Not only will circulation decrease as you don’t move, but fat increases as well, causing heavy increases in cellulite
StressStressing causes more than just gray hairs! The increased adrenaline that occurs when you stress can lead to fat storage in the thighs, buttocks, and stomach, causing serious cellulite increases

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