Understanding Cellulite – The Collagen Connection

I subscribe to the school of thought that states: ‘to defeat your enemy, you must understand them’. Simple as it sounds, it is a very powerful philosophy. This rule applies to just about every situation in life and not just when you are thinking of how you can get the better of an annoying work colleague. So in this post I’d like to help you understand how cellulite attacks the body. In particular I’d like us to discuss how cellulite and collagen are related.

What most people don’t know is that cellulite is a fusion of fat and collagen fibers. First and foremost; what is collagen? If you paid attention in Biology class then you probably know that it is the stuff that ligaments and connective tissue are made up of. Now let’s get back to something we talked about on an earlier post i.e. women being more susceptible to cellulite than men. If you remember I said that 8 to 9 out of 10 women are strapped with some form of cellulite but only 1 out of 10 men are affected. Seems a bit unfair, I know.

One of the factors that contribute to the above mentioned statistic is the manner in which collagen fibers located in the lower part of the body are arranged. In women these fibers form vertical strips whereas in men they form a grid-like structure i.e. individual fibers cross each other diagonally.