Many people simply wake up to find that they have cellulite all over their body that they could swear wasn’t there the night before. It appears in multiple areas: arms, calves, thighs; it can even show up on the stomach. Lean arms could suddenly get bigger and leave you confused, if not worried.
It’s worth noting that when you search for “sudden cellulite” on Google, the autocomplete function is familiar with it. That’s a sign as to just how common this concern is.
Getting to Know Cellulite
To be very clear, cellulite does not develop within a matter of weeks or overnight. Development is typically years-long, insipid and slow, under the skin’s surface. That condition is “pre-cellulite.” Cellulite’s existence is only felt when it’s established fully, or “cellulite-proper.”
There are certain situations wherein cellulite develops or worsens considerably in a few months. Some of these are outlined below:
1. Starting Contraceptives
Doctors generally tend to not bother mentioning that the pill can cause cellulite. Hormonal contraceptives have a lot of artificial estrogen. This includes:
- Medicated coils and injections
Estrogen causes cellulite intensely because it stimulates fat cells (adipocytes) in the hypodermis (the skin’s deeper layer) around areas like the hip, buttock, and thigh. Men don’t usually develop cellulite because of estrogen.
2. Sudden Inactivity
Take stock of your life over the past few months. Have you been in a situation where you’ve been “chained” to your desk for hours on end every day? Do you spend a lot of time just sitting down, studying or working on your laptop? Was there an accident that left you bedridden for months? Did you become inactive for a period of time due to chronic fatigue?
Inactivity on a heightened level is the common thread amongst all of those things. When this happens, fat cells proliferate at the expense of cells that produce collagen and elastin (fibroblasts). That means fat and skin looseness manifests in the place of firmness. When muscles and firm skin aren’t needed since there’s not much movement, they will be lost. The body usually reads prolonged periods of not moving as the need to find storage for excess fat.
3. Too Much Sugar
The number one cause of cellulite, hands down, is sugar. What kind of sugar? All of it. There are several forms that it comes in, including:
- Agave syrup
- Brown sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
- Maple syrup
- Sweet juices
Sugar is consumed several times more in the present day by women than a few decades ago. Cellulite has increased at that speed as well, with 14-year-old girls having cellulite too. Regularly eating sugary foods like cakes, chocolates, fizzy drinks, and more directly contributes to cellulite being created where firm skin once was.
There are many cases wherein people wake up to find that they seem to have sudden overnight cellulite. In truth, it takes years for cellulite to develop, with certain situational exceptions. A few months is all it takes for cellulite to appear on areas like the stomach because of starting contraceptives, too much sugar, or sudden inactivity.
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