The very basic reasons that lead to undue growth of the fat cells and cellulite are the poor blood circulation and bad lymphatic flow. However, which are the primary factors that contribute to these physiological problems? Read on for the right answers…
Genetics predisposition is considered as a major factor that makes one vulnerable to cellulite. This can be seen in people developing cellulite for being bestowed hereditarily with extra fat cells, poor blood circulation, lymphedema (swelling in the limbs due to accumulation of lymphatic fluid), frail veins as well as a faulty hormonal distribution.
In addition to the above hereditary causes, the influence of the immediate environments on one’s life style – in the form of sedentary habits, poor dietary preferences, drinking/smoking and lack of inclination for physical exercises – could also contribute to cellulite conditions.
The Hormone Factor
This is another major cause of cellulite that is characteristically common in women. It is a known fact that women are unusually more open to cellulite than men because of their inherent physiological constitution as well as typical hormonal distribution. While 90 to 95% of the women population of the world has cellulite, majority of them seem to develop it because of the possible changes in hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is basically responsible for influencing the build up and growth of fat cell in the body, especially in the regions of the thighs, buttocks and breasts – areas that are more vulnerable to cellulite. As for progesterone, it is believed to contribute substantially towards obesity, weakness in the veins and increased fluid retention, which are physical flaws likely to give rise to cellulite.
- The effect of hormonal changes in women is more pronounced during the following instances:
- In the post-puberty stage when a person is rather prone to put on weight due to enhanced estrogen level.
- During pregnancy and the postnatal period – due to a rush of hormone and increased fluid retention.
- Advancement in age can also see some change in the hormonal distribution in the body.
Lack of adequate activities or physical workouts in the daily routine can lead to increase in weight/obesity and result in a poor blood circulation over a period of time. A sedentary life style is also likely to weaken the veins and the lymphatic vessels to a great extent thereby making a person susceptible to development of cellulite.
Even though people with normal or under weight can also get cellulite, as accumulation of undue fat may also cause all the fat cells to enlarge. As such, when the fat cells within the subcutaneous layer get enlarged, cellulite by and large sets in.
Smoking, apart from being bad for health in general, could also contribute heavily to the onset, or aggravation, of cellulite. The nicotine in the cigarette can be a cause for constriction of blood vessels thereby affecting circulation adversely. The cigarette’s smoke, when inhaled, tends to weaken the veins and the capillary walls because of exceedingly charged oxygen molecules contained in the smoke.
People, who tend to get anxious or stressful rather fast, are relatively more prone to cellulite. An unusual rush of adrenaline is a big contributing factor for accumulation of fat in the body, particularly in the lower limbs that are considered more cellulite prone..
Other Contributing Factors for Development of Cellulite
In addition to the major factors listed above, the following factors too are considered serious aggravators of cellulite conditions:
- Unhealthy dietary habits – consumption of spicy or junk food and too much of sugar or salts.
- Inadequate intake of drinking water.
- Enlargement of lymphatic nodes. Also, damage to the lymph vessels caused by improper massaging of the exterior.
- Surgical procedures including hysterectomy and sterilization.
- Cosmetic surgery through liposuction.
The last two procedures are reported to have acted negatively some times on the circulation and lymphatic systems, which contribute to onset/ aggravation of cellulite condition. The case of liposuction aiding cellulite may seem a bit ironic as it is supposed to be a prevalent treatment method used worldwide for reducing cellulite.