Virtually all those who suffer with cellulite are female, indeed it has been estimated that as much as 80% of women over the age of 20 suffer from the condition somewhere on their bodies. But why does it happen to women and not men? And is there something in this that could provide the answer to a potential cure?
Some men do get cellulite
Indeed it is true that some men do suffer from cellulite, but it is very rare. Until recently, it was believed that many of the men who suffer from cellulite are those who have unusually high estrogen levels. However, more and more men who are not in this situation are noticing the condition on their bodies – even enough to warrant a mention in the Daily Mail!
However, men are still much, much less likely to get cellulite than women. It seems this will always be the case. But why is it so?
Why don’t men get cellulite?
There are, broadly speaking, three key reasons that women get cellulite while men do not – even men with poor diets and more than a desirable amount of fat on their bodies (note – it does not necessarily have anything to do with the amount of fat on your body, even women with a low body fat percentage can suffer from cellulite).
- Men have different formation of connective tissue to women. Cellulite is lumpy fat caught below the surface of the skin – men do not get this because fat beneath the skin on a man’s body does not bulge in the same way, due to the difference in connective tissues.
- The areas of the body that attract cellulite the most are the hips, thighs and bottom. Male hormones tend to make the excess fat the body stores deposit elsewhere – such as around the stomach.
- Men have thicker outer skin than women. While this is not true for all men, most will have a thicker layer of outer skin, which prevents the fat below the surface from showing as much.
* Notice that only one of the three key reasons is directly a result of male hormones.
What does this tell us about cellulite?
Nothing that useful at the moment unfortunately if your goal is to get rid of it. Even reducing the amount of estrogen and increasing the amount of testosterone in your body (not something many women will want to do!) will not help.
Many believe, and I am one of them, that the best way to get rid of (or at least reduce the appearance of) cellulite is through the right kind of exercises.
Despite what we’ve said about men being less likely to get cellulite, the best exercises are not male-orientated bodybuilding ones but a program of light but effective toning exercises targeted to reduce cellulite in the areas of the body it most often occurs.
For more information about the most effective exercises to get rid of cellulite click here – I have written in much more detail about this on this blog. It certainly deserves it’s own post!