Cellulite all over legs is common in women. In fact, about 80 percent of women have cellulite in this area of their body.
What is cellulite and why it's more common in women?
Cellulite is a condition characterized by a dimpled and lumpy appearance on the skin. Although it can develop in different areas of the body, it's more common in the lower extremities specifically on the buttocks and thighs.
Women are more prone to developing cellulite as a result of the way their fat cells and connective tissues are arranged. They are arranged vertically so when fat cells protrude, they become more obvious on the skin.
Aside from the structure of the fat cells and connective tissues, women are also more prone to developing cellulite as a result of their hormones. Estrogen (the female hormone), prolactin, insulin, noradrenaline, and thyroid hormones are all part of the development of cellulite.
Women have a higher chance of developing cellulite if the women in their family (i.e. mother, sister, aunt) also have cellulite. Certain genes are required for the development of cellulite. Genes can have an effect on one's speed of metabolism, distribution of fat, and circulatory levels.
How to get rid of cellulite all over legs?
The lack of muscles can lead the fat to clump, leading to the formation of cellulite. Hence, regular strength training exercises can help.
Some of the best strength training exercises for cellulite in the lower extremities include lunges, squats, and deadlifts.
Changing the diet is also shown to help in improving the appearance of cellulite. Adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fat, and whole grains in the diet is proven to help in reducing the appearance of cellulite all over legs.
Using good quality compression garments can help in reducing the appearance of cellulite by stimulating blood and lymph circulation. They also help in preventing water retention, an important aspect of cellulite formation.
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