Getting Rid Of Cellulite

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/21/2006 | Fitness
It doesn't matter how thick or thin you are, most women are prone to deposits of cellulite. These are gender specific (that's right for women only!) deposits of dense fat that are caught in the network of fibers that make up the structure of the body.

To understand this you have to picture your body as being enclosed in a large network of tissue that looks like a fish net of interconnecting tissue. How much this tissue can expand is non negotiable. Since the connective tissue is not as elastic as the skin,it will only stretch so far while being acted on by the force of expanding fat cells. When fat deposits become trapped beneath this network, called the superficial fascia, the net is stretched and its fatty contents bulge out in an unattractive way that is often described as looking like cottage cheese, orange peel or gravel.

Why don't these stubborn deposits of fat just melt away like regular fat? The law of Mother Nature in this case is that the greater the area of fat concentration the harder it is to get rid of. The minute your total body fat exceeds 25% in a woman, you will develop cellulite.

Sometimes you can get rid of the fat but not the gnarly connective tissue that was created to accommodate the extra fat cells in the first place. Areas of the body that have a high ratio of fat to muscle (for example the thighs, hips and buttock area in women) are particularly hard to smooth out once they have become pocked with cellulite.

Getting rid of cellulite is not as easy as exercising and limiting your caloric intake. As many women know you can get extremely thin, almost skeletal and still have lumps of cellulite showing In fact, if you lose too much weight the cellulite bumps and dents can be even further highlighted.

Usually getting rid of cellulite requires a complete lifestyle overhaul. This usually starts with some kind of detoxifying or cleansing diet and then a permanent modification of your exercise and eating habits. Circuit training that involves an hour of aerobic exercise and weight training is thought to be the best cure for this common problem. Drinking tons of water and eating fruits and vegetables that are water dense may also help get rid of these stubborn deposits of fat.

If you do have cellulite you might just have to live with it. There are no pills, miracle creams or rubber garments that can correct cellulite. If the cellulite is going to go away it is going to go away on its own. The problem is that it is not just a matter of eliminating fat, it is a problem that involves the body's interconnecting tissue. Disappointing as it is you might have to resign yourself to the fact that there is no way of fixing connective tissue that has been distorted or twisted by excess weight gain from the past.