When Aunt Mabel turned 65, she was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, she managed to shed the extra pounds, but when she lost more weight, she also lost her energy and vitality. She always seemed exhausted, and her family and friends, seeing her gaunt, drawn face, started worrying about her health.

By the time she volunteered for a particular fitness program, two years later, she had already put an extra 25 pounds, back on again. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Aunt Mabel managed to slim down again. This time she felt a whole lot better thans he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time she lost weight and the second time, she lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight, lost by dieting alone, is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction, is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

The same thing applies with cellulite. Most people tend to think that cellulite is only present, in people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite, with fat and obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues,” beneath the layer of the skin, it should never be associated with people who are fat, or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite, but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors, that health experts are considering, such as the structure of the fat cells, or the poison, that entered the body. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes, in the body. But none of these things, have yet been proven, to cause the cellulites.

However, the main reason, why most of the cellulite cases are more abundant in women, is that the connective tissues of women, are more rigid and firm, than men. Hence, whenever a woman gets fat, the fatty cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin, producing an “orange peel” look.

For this reason, women are more prone to cellulite, than men. That is why, it is important for women, to be more careful of their bodies, as they have higher chances, of accumulating cellulite.

Fat and Cellulite

With the many cases of obese people, having cellulite in their body, most of them believed that their cellulite was caused, by being too fat.

Even though, not all those, who are obese, develop cellulite, being overweight can still trigger the development of cellulite. This is because too much fat, under the skin, tends to push the connective tissue, creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulite forms.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge, or expand, even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulite.

So, the most important thing to remember here, is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fat, so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? By starting an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat, seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives:
1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant;
2) increase activity and keep food intake constant; or
3) combine both approaches ie. diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help to reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise, burns up 300, to 600 calories. If you also cut 300, to 500 calories, from your daily menu, you can also lose weight, at the rate of one, to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500, to 1,000 fewer calories a day, to lose the same number of pounds, in a week. Exercise is not for everyone, who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person, should exercise only under medical supervision, to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And nobody should restrict food intake drastically, without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity, will only make the matter worse. Remember what happened to Aunt Mabel? She thought that when she started dieting, she would eventually lose all the excess fat that she had accumulated. The problem was that she lost those connective tissues, rather than the excess fat.

For people who are prone to cellulite, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues, instead of fat, by strict dieting, can only make the skin more prone to greater problems, but the fat cells are still there. That means, that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to lose that cellulite, it would be better to lose the fat first. The idea here, is to burn those fats, by increasing your metabolism, by 7.5%, to 28%, more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason, that exercising is the most important factor, in losing cellulite. So, for a more cellulite free body, always engage in a regular exercise routine.

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Clinton Robson is a South African fitness fanatic and is a qualified Personal Trainer and Exercise Specialist. Clint has been working out since 1996 and has been working in the Fitness Industry since 2001. He has a proven track record, with many success stories. He has worked in several countries around the world and has also run the gyms on 5 and 6 star cruise ships. Clint prides himself with working with many different types of people, even those with illnesses, obesity, hypertension, renal failure, as well as fit people, right up to elite athletes.  He writes articles on many fitness topics, such as training, bodybuilding, working out, fat loss, nutrition, supplements and more. Visit his blog at Fitness And Fatness, by clicking here, or by copying this link: http://www.fitnessandfatless.yolasite.com