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What is Cellulite?

Varun Sharma
Varun Sharma
If right now you think that it’s a type of fat, then you need to go ahead and read this.
I get this query on a daily basis on first how to lose fat and what to do about this other kind of fat called cellulite? It’s been answered many times that it will take time but it will go away. Will it completely? What is it actually? Why? How? If you want to know these answers keep reading.

Almost 90 percent of woman have visible cellulite(active or sedentary) and even 10 percent male population have it. Now the first thing to realize is it’s NOT just a problem of fat but also it’s about the connective tissue surrounding it called FASCIA. So it’s nothing but FAT beneath an unhealthy Fascia. Confused? Keep reading...
Fascia is a completely system on its own and the science which studies this is Fasciology. Fascia tissue is sticky, web like substance that attaches underneath the skin and is almost everywhere in the body. Literally head to toe and organ to organ. 

There are 4 types of Fascia:
1) Structural: One you have directly under the skin. Kinda like plastic wrap.
2) Interstructural: Runs through all organs and attaches them to bones, muscles and organs
3) Visceral Fascia: Won’t cover this much in this article
4) Spinal Fascia: Encloses entire spinal straw.

Unhealthy Fascia:
When Fascia is unhealthy it forms something called Restrictions, adhesions and distortions (R.A.D). Let’s simplify it a bit.
When fascia is in an unhealthy state it sticks together and tightens around whatever it surrounds. Remember the knots you see that you call muscle knots? 
So when interstructural fascia has some problem areas it PULLS down the structural fascia creating little dimples and puckers kind of like a TUFT SOFA you see in the image. The fat pushes through creating peaks whereas valleys are structural fascia. Read last 2 lines again and see image. You’ll understand what’s happening.

This was the “HOW” part? Coming to Why and What to do?
There are lots and lots of reason for unhealthy fascia like Food, stress, unhealthy lifestyles, toxins, genetics, hormones, etc etc. Fascia is such a vast system that reason can be anything. But if we have to get top 3 out of them they will be.

1) Blood Flow: Blood is the carrier of life in our body and inactivity is worse than any other disease as it stops or slows down that blood flow to organs. Weight training and building muscle is the way here. Why? Because it will flush blood in that area and building muscle will be fill up that loose skin a little and make cellulite look a little less prominent.

2) Improper structure and biomechanics: If there a deficiency or problem with structure it will roll down to its biomechanics. In a perfect biomechanical working person everything will be in alignment. Nerves would fire each other and muscle patterns will be aligned. Posture will be correct with good center of gravity. In case of messed up structure fascia will also do get severely effected as its nothing but enclosing plastic wrap. Improve your structural integrity and a lot of things in life improve automatically.

3) Dehydration: Are you aware of the terms interstitial fluids and extracellular matrix? Now imagine your cells as balls kept in a rectangular box. The space left is called extracellular matrix and it’s filled with liquid called interstitial fluids. Now this fluid has a lot of functions which we will not go in deep but the main one here is delivering nutrients and washing cells removing waste from one cell to another. This fluid continuously leaves our bodies so we need to replenish it all day. So slight change in this cycle severely impacts fascial tissues. Drink water people. Drink!

So summarizing quickly now what can be done

1) Weight training and building muscle helps. Also getting rid of that fat(by right nutrition) which pushes through those pockets which then reduce the prominence of cellulite.
2) Rolling on tight spots helps getting rid of those adhesions many times although not on deeper levels.
3) Increase your activity levels and start moving.
4) Stretches and mobility drills helps as well but not to that big extent.
5) Stay patient and keep grilling.
Hope you all have a wonderful day. Cheers.