It’s no secret that when we want to feel good about ourselves, one of the best strategies is to start eating better and to hit the gym. Fortunately, the two parts to this go hand in hand. Eating a healthier diet will naturally make you feel more energetic, while working out helps to generate a healthy appetite. While it may not be ‘easy’ to lose weight and get fit, we at least know roughly what we are supposed to do.
But this common strategy only goes so far when it comes towards improving body image. You can certainly carve out a firm, toned physique with enough effort. But there is one area in which the best diet and exercise regime in the world can still fail to produce results. In fact, this problem can be so tricky to treat that it is in effect a great leveler, being as it afflicts both supermodels and couch potatoes alike. This universal problem is orange peel skin, also known as cellulite.
The truth of it is that cellulite is as much an issue of aging as one of fat. As we age, the quality of the skin changes. Water and collagen are lost, along with the strength and structure of the skin. A host of factors including muscle loss and localized pockets of fat all conspire and the result is that we see the fat bulging through the skin in an uneven way. This gives rise to a dimpled appearance which can affect the skin on your thighs, your butt and even your stomach.
However, while aging exacerbates this condition, it’s presence is not restricted to the older demographic. Cellulite can even appear on children if there is enough fat. While the dimpled skin is usually of no concern beyond its cosmetic effect, sometimes it can actually be dangerous. On a child it can signal obesity and in rare cases it can become infected. Far more common, however, is to see this dimpled effect on the abdomen or trunk. This is not good news, and may be a sign that levels of sugar in the blood or stress hormones like cortisol are far too high.
Yet for all its possible dangers, most of the time we just don’t want to see that dreaded orange peel skin poking out from underneath our gym shorts, as it is simply unsightly. In fact, the harder you have been working out to stay get or stay in shape, the more frustrating and taunting it is. For that reason alone, for most of us, it is worth getting rid of.