Everybody hates cellulite, but only a few people are successful in dealing with this unsightly problem. Why? Because there are many myths and fallacies about cellulite that have been handed down from generation to generation. A lot of people think that they are treating their cellulite problem, but they are actually making matters worse. If you want to get rid of that ugly “orange peel” look on your thighs and butt, then read on so that you will know the myths about cellulite:
Myth # 1. Cellulite Does Not Affect Men
Many think that only women are affected by cellulite primarily because women are the only ones who are usually affected by this problem. For many years, men have not really been very concerned about how they look physically because they really do not wear very short shorts and expose their thighs and buttocks. Studies have also shown that estrogen plays a vital role in the development of cellulite.
Although women are more likely to have cellulite than men, the male gender is not spared from this annoying aesthetic problem. About 5% of people with cellulite are actually male.
Myth # 2. Cellulite Affects Only Old People
It is true that cellulite’s appearance becomes more ugly with age. Cellulite in old people appears as big hideous bumps and lumps. However, cellulite develops at an early age. So it is really not surprising to see teens with small dimples on their thighs and butt.
Myth # 3. Liposuction Is Effective in Getting Rid of Cellulite
Since cellulite is subcutaneous fat, meaning it resides just under the skin, liposuction may not be the best or most ideal way of reducing and eliminating this type of fat. In fact, many say that liposuction may even cause the appearance of deeper creases on the skin when it is used to eliminate cellulite.
Myth # 4. Cellulite Can Only Appear On Your Buttocks And Thighs
Majority of people have cellulite on their thighs and buttocks. However, these are not the only places where you can find cellulite. There are instances, although very few, when cellulite is visible on the upper arms, nape and even the stomach.
Myth # 5. Only People Who Are Overweight and Obese Can Have Cellulite
Since cellulite is a type of fat, people who do not eat right and do not perform regular exercises will really have more fat deposits than people who are thin and slender. Obesity can really exacerbate the appearance of unsightly cellulite lumps and bumps because fat cells push subcutaneous fat closer to the skin, so cellulite becomes more pronounced and obvious.
However, slim and slender people can still have cellulite. There are actually many sexy and thin celebrities who also have problems with cellulite. Thus, if you are thin all your life, do not think that you will be spared from cellulite woes.
Myth # 6. Exercise and Diet Can Easily Eliminate Cellulite
Cellulite is one difficult fat to eliminate. No matter how much you bolster your metabolism, through diet and exercise, it is very difficult to get rid of this enmeshed fat in your body. However, regular exercise and eating the right types of food can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Myth # 7. There Is Absolutely Nothing You Can Do About Cellulite
A lot of men and women do not do anything to fight off their cellulite problems because they think that there is absolutely nothing that they can do to reduce the appearance of cellulite. If dieting, liposuction, and exercising can not get rid of cellulite, then there might be no cure for cellulite after at all.
Although it is true that there is no cure for this dermatological problem, there are actually a lot of things that you can do to lessen the appearance of cellulite. There are lotions and creams that can help you deal with your cellulite problems effectively.
Sharon Bell is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and published author.