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The Truth About Cellulite: What is Cellulite & What Causes It

Posted May 07 2009 9:22pm

Cellulite is just the visibility of subcutaneous fat cells. It is as simple as that.

It isn’t caused by too much fat, or isn’t about trapped toxins of inflamed subcutaneous cells – it is just the visibility of them.

Cellulite is predominantly a female issue. Not many men seem to have this problem and this is because fat cells in women are clustered in sacs as well as the fact that we carry twice us much fat as men do.


Despite needing fat to fill fat cells, cellulite isn’t caused by being overweight. Have you noticed that many skinny women also suffer from the dreaded sight of cellulite? So losing weight isn’t necessarily your answer to ridding it. You can’t avoid having some fat anyway – it’s important for health to have some fat. So even though you may be able to reduce the visibility of the cellulite by losing weight (half filled fat cells will be less pronounced than full fat cells), you still will have cellulite, because as mentioned it is about visibility not how much fat you have.



So if most women have cellulite isn’t it natural?

Cellulite, despite most women suffering from it, is NOT natural. It can be considered normal by today’s standards to have it, especially when roughly 90% of us in the Western world have it. This is simply down to the health and junk foods we consume in the Western world and also the extra protein we eat. Our protein consumption is excessive!



OK, but what causes those fat cells to become visible?

Cellulite is categorized by the bulging of fat cells into the outer skin and this is caused by an increase in concentration of damaged proteins that have very high water-attracting properties. This leads to a rise in the amount of water the skin retains, which causes the fat cells to extrude. [1][2]


So if you retain a lot of water, then it is most likely you are consuming too much protein and too much damaged protein. A likely sign of this would be cellulite!


So cellulite is caused by:


1. Consuming too much protein! If you are eating a lot of cooked protein (rather than plant protein which will not cause this issue) then you are contributing to your cellulite issue. The heat from cooking the protein damages the amino acids and creates new substances within it. This creates amino acids that are much harder for our bodies to separate and utilized. As a result they aren’t utilized immediately and end up in the skin, making you retain water and making your fat cells visible.


But it also can be caused by:



2. An impaired hormone metabolism. One of the reasons you have impaired hormone metabolism can be contraceptive pills. The only way the pill can work is by dominating your hormone metabolism and if it didn’t you would get pregnant. It is known that contraceptives can cause water retention thus cellulite.


What about genetics?

No, cellulite isn’t hereditary at all, even though many sources seem to claim that it is. I think this is down to making people feel better by putting the blame on something that is out of ones control. Well I am sorry, but cellulite IS in your control.


The only way that cellulite can be even seen as remotely hereditary is that you possibly have picked up your parents eating habits. If you have become accustomed to eating a high protein diet from birth, then in that sense it is hereditary. This is something that can be very difficult to overcome because it has been a life long habit.




Cellulite maybe normal for society but its only because of all the health and junk foods we consume on a daily basis. It is a sign of ill health and nothing about it is natural. It isn’t hereditary, only in the sense of what your eating habits may be as a result of your parents.


You can get rid of it and it comes down to beating your addictions to wheat and dairy based products and high protein cooked foods. If you decrease your intake of cooked protein you will see a decrease in cellulite. If you want to have good looking skin then you must change your diet.


Upcoming posts on cellulite:


Cellulite and the Skin

Cellulite and How to Treat It




References for this article:


[1]Rosenbaum, M. et al, An exploratory investigation of the morphology and biochemistry of cellulite. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 1998 / 101 (7) / 1934-1939.


[2] Lotti, T. et al, Proteoglycans in so-called cellulite. Int. J. Dermatol. 1990 / 29 (4) / 272-274.





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