Cellulite is the name of a cosmetic condition which displays itself in the shape of dimples and bumps in your skin which appear on various parts of your body. Considered unsightly by many people, cellulite is such an annoying problem that people in the United States and elsewhere are spending billions of dollars on various cellulite treatments, creams and procedures every year.
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding cellulite, many myths and inaccuracies. I want to set the record straight and tell you all the facts and expose all the myths. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll know more about cellulite than most people do.
True Or False Cellulite Quiz
1. Cellulite Only Happens In Women
FALSE - Cellulite is mostly a female problem, but it also appears in men. About 90% of all women have some degree of cellulite. In some of them it is hardly noticeable and in others it is more severe. The problem only appears in about 10% of all men.
2. Cellulite Is Not A Medical Problem
TRUE – Cellulite is not a disease nor any sign of an illness. You can be perfectly healthy and have cellulite. This is merely a cosmetic condition. Apart from the way it makes you look, it is no cause for concern.
3. Cellulite Only Happens In Overweight People
FALSE – Although cellulite is, in part, fatty tissue, it is not limited to overweight people. Many overweight women show no sign of cellulite while thin and fit women may suffer from it. Even women who train on a regular basis may have cellulite.
4. Cellulite Is Caused By How Your Skin Is Connected To Your Muscles
TRUE – Cellulite is caused by a combination of fatty tissue and the way in which the skin is connected to the muscle tissue underneath. The skin is connected with fibers to the muscle tissue below. What happens in many women is these fibers are pulled tight and they pull the skin into the body and make the fatty tissue between the fibers bulge out. This leads to the dimple look.
In men, this is usually not the case as the fibers are arranged in a criss-cross fashion and not in a straight manner. Cellulite is also affected the the width of the skin and the overall fatty tissue.
5. Cellulite Only Happens In The Thighs and Buttocks
FALSE – Cellulite often appears on the thighs and buttocks. However, it may also appear on the arms, stomach, and breasts. For the most part, though, the thighs and buttocks are more prone to exhibit cellulite.
6. Cellulite Can Be Eliminated By Exercise
TRUE And FALSE – Exercise cannot change the way your skin is connected to your muscle tissue. This means that exercise is not enough, or may not be enough, to totally get rid of cellulite. However, according to Joey Atlas and Sue Heintze, exercise can help you to reduce overall body fat and to strengthen the muscles in your cellulite trouble-spots. This may reduce the cellulite and give you a smoother look.
7. Cellulite Is A Genetic Problem
TRUE – Your skin and the way it’s connected to the muscle tissue is a genetic attribution. This means that if your mother has cellulite, you’re at greater risk to have it too. However, there are instances in which one sibling may have cellulite and other may be totally free of it.
8. A Good Diet Will Make The Cellulite Go Away
TRUE AND FALSE – Your diet only has partial effect on your skin and practically no effect on how it is connected to your muscles. This means that that part of the root cause of cellulite is independent of your diet habits.
However, your diet can help you moderate this problem and make it much better. Losing weight and building muscles with proper nutrition (coupled with exercise) is your best bet to fight cellulite. In addition, drinking plenty of water, reducing total carb consumption, and maintaining an overall healthy diet may also help.
9. Cellulite Creams Don’t Work
TRUE and FALSE – There are many creams which are said to reduce cellulite. It is impossible to say with certainty whether they all work or not. However, a study conducted on retinol cream showed that it did produce an improvement in the appearance of cellulite after 6 months of treatment. However, it is unclear how long these results last. It is also not a complete cure. Other studies did not find such an improvement.
There are also a variety of other creams, including various herbal products. The effectiveness of these creams is suspect.
10. Radiofrequency Can Lead To Cellulite Reduction
UNCLEAR – Although a study which looked at a cellulite treatment plan which consisted of radiofrequency, infra-red tissue manipulation showed improvement in subjects, there are still many questions surrounding the long-term effectiveness of these sort of treatments. Considering the high cost of these procedures, it is up to debate whether they offer a worthy benefit.
11. Liposuction Can Make Cellulite Worse
TRUE – Regular liposuction may actually cause the skin to appear to have more dimples.
12. Mesotherapy Can Help You Reduce Cellulite
FALSE - This is a procedure in which certain chemicals are injected under your skin. These chemicals are supposed to help you eliminate cellulite. This collection of drugs has not been approved by the FDA and may lead to various adverse reactions. It is not a recommended treatment plan.
I hope that this quiz helped you learn more about cellulite myths and facts. The best course of action is to maintain a healthy diet and fitness program, to do plenty of lower body exercises and cardio workouts. This will help you lose weight, tone your muscles, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. I recommend the Naked Beauty cellulite reduction program as it offers a good exercise plan to deal specifically with this problem.