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Ways to evaluate and classify celluliteMost people know that cellulite is an unwanted bulge on certain body parts and that it is not necessarily an element of obesity. Today, it is considered a disease that people should get rid of to have a perfect body.

Cellulite is more common to women compare to men who stores smaller amount of fat and are unlikely to form cellulite. Women in general are conscious about their bodies and look for cellulite formation almost on a daily basis. Though there are some who know how to identify cellulite, there are still women out there who do not have an idea about it.

Here are some tips on how to effectively identify and classify cellulite:

1. Using the thumb and forefinger, pinch a skin tissue on thigh, hips, and buttocks. If there is a presence of ripples or dimples in the area that feels and looks like orange’s skin, it is a cellulite. It is commonly whiter and colder compare to the skin on the other part of the body. Skin that has cellulite is tender when massage or pressed upon. People who have cellulite may feel heavy and tight on the affected areas especially on the legs.

There are two types of cellulite:


These are soft cellulite that are commonly characterized by sagging and loose flesh affecting large areas. Hard cellulite on the other hand is directly attached to the muscles affecting women who have active lifestyles (ex. dancers, runners, etc).

2. Cellulite are divided into 4 classifications. First is Stage 0, which means that there are no visible dimpling on the skin surface. Second is Stage 1 that means visible orange skin and feel effect when doing pinch test. The third one refers to Stage 2 that pertains to visibility of cellulite on the skin surface without the pinch test. Lastly, Stage 3 refers to the visibility of cellulite with raised nodules on skin areas.

3. Causes of cellulite can be attributed to 2 main elements. Genetics and lifestyle. Studies show that inherent predisposition can be the main reason for cellulite formation. They cited hereditary factors such as sex and race. It is believed that cellulite targets women than men in general and that white women are prone to cellulite compare to African or Asian women due to the level of cortisol and estrogen. Lifestyle, along with diet, exercise and hormones also affect cellulite formation. People who have excessive intake of carbohydrates and fats and do not exercise develop huge amount of cellulite.

While it is true that cellulite affects 95% of the whole population, the good news is it can be removed or avoided by getting into balance diet and proper exercise. The first step is knowing how to identify cellulite in commonly targeted body parts through pinch test and other effective methods. There is no need for liposuction to get that perfect, lean body. Just get at least 8 glasses of water a day, avoid junk foods, be active, and feel healthy everyday. These are sure-fire ways in keeping cellulite off the body.

Today, more than ever, the need to win the war against fat and cellulite should be taken seriously. Basic cellulite information and knowing how to get rid of it, guarantees a cellulite-free body for life.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015

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