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One of women's peskiest enemies is cellulite, a condition where the skin looks dimpled and lumpy. Cellulite is sometimes referred to as the "cottage cheese" or "orange peel" syndrome because of how it looks like on skin. This condition makes many women self-conscious, especially when they're in swimwear. Though it can be a frustrating condition, plenty of women share the same gripes. Statistics show that 95 per cent of women of all body types have some kind of cellulite on their bodies. It usually shows up around the thighs, abs and butt.

Men can have cellulite on their bodies too, but it's most commonly seen in women since they're more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue. Men also have a thicker epidermis (the top layer of the skin), which makes their skin way more resilient to structural change and dimpling. With women's thinner epidermis, they're prone to developing the dreaded lumps and bumps on their skin.

Cellulite tends to form in areas that have the least circulation. This means for the ladies who have jobs that are sedentary, they're more prone to having cellulite. To fit in some movement, it's recommended to take breaks and go for walks when possible. Vigorous activities such as swimming and running are great ways to get the blood circulating and loosen fat tissues. By exercising consistently, it's possible to prevent and reduce the signs of lumpy skin.

There's three grades of cellulite. In the first grade, examination of cells from the area affected by cellulite shows underlying anatomical changes. In the second grade, the skin appears to be pasty, has decreased elasticity and of lower temperature. Lastly, in the third grade, the skin appears visibly rough and has all of grade 2's signs.

Cellulite is obviously not ideal to have, so sometimes women try cellulite reduction treatments to get rid of it altogether. For those who'd rather adjust their lifestyles to battle it, there are many ways to do it. Fortunately, having cellulite is not completely caused by genetics. What you wear and eat also matters.

To prevent it, cut down or eliminate refined and processed foods. So if you're a cheese or desserts lover, it's best to keep the indulging to a minimum if you want to get rid of cellulite. Products that have sweeteners, additives and chemicals should also be restricted. Instead, eat vitamin C-rich foods since they're known to boost levels of collagen in the skin. A great fruit to eat daily is papaya as it's been proven to help prevent tissue damage under the skin. As for clothing, ditch the overly tight underwear. Wearing tight underwear constricts blood flow around the thighs and butt which results in cellulite development.

So in short, to get rid or prevent cellulite, you should watch what you eat and exercise daily to get your blood flowing. And don't forget to ditch the tight underwear.

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