You probably already know the answer to this question. Do Hormone Changes Cause Cellulite?
But it’s possible you might not know why…
If you’ve been through puberty, had a baby, or been through menopause (or all of the above) you’ve probably noticed that right around the time that your hormones were going haywire, your cellulite seemed to be multiplying out of control.
There’s a very good reason why this happens. Every time a woman goes through a major hormonal change, she’s being influenced by either a surplus or a sudden decrease of estrogen, which you probably know is the “female” hormone.
Estrogen is critical for women, but when your estrogen levels soar sky-high, your body is usually focusing on making major changes to your basic physiological makeup: namely, changes to body-composition and lean tissue integrity.
In puberty, this manifests in the development of hips and breasts. In pregnancy, you’ll notice acute weight gain, or shifts in body composition – and even more fat in the hips and breasts, since your body is storing energy to power you through your pregnancy, birth, and nurturing your child after delivery.
Cellulite Is NEVER Just a “Fat” Problem
There’s one other thing your hormones are doing during pregnancy that make you even more prone to cellulite: you release a hormone called relaxin, which is correlated with diminished collagen production.
Now, as far as your body is concerned, this is quite necessary when you’re pregnant. Diminished collagen production is one of the things that makes it possible for your hips to widen enough to give birth. It’s very important.
It’s also, however, pretty bad for your skin’s elasticity.
The less collagen you have in your skin, the more flaccid it becomes, and the more pressure the fat cells beneath can put on that thinning skin.
Even worse, the connective tissue that runs between your muscle layer and your skin can become slack.
Collagen bands are part of that connective tissue. As they break down, your fat cells have more room to expand, and they’ll take the path of least resistance – pushing against your skin and causing the shadows and dimples.
That’s the bad news: hormone changes do indeed exacerbate the conditions that cause the appearance of cellulite.
Now, let’s talk about some good news.
You Can Optimize Your Hormones
While you’re going through important hormonal changes like puberty, pregnancy or menopause, I absolutely do not recommend trying to get in your body’s way. It has very important reasons for prioritizing the production of estrogen at the expense of your vanity.
Finish going through the hormonal shift first – once your body has completed its task, you can set about addressing the effects you don’t like.
To put it another way: while you’re pregnant, of course your baby’s health is way more important than the appearance of cellulite. After you’ve safely had your baby, you can start working on reversing the side effect – because as far as your body is concerned, the shadows and dimples on your skin aren’t a high priority.
But if you’re already safely through puberty or pregnancy, let’s talk about how to get your estrogen levels and your collagen production back to normal.
Why Estrogen and Other Hormones Matter So Much
All of your body’s hormones work in concert with one another. If one is out of whack for any reason, your body will try to regulate the remaining hormones as best it can – but if you’re artificially adding excess hormones into your system while it’s trying to get you back to normal, it’s not going to help matters.
I won’t get into the complicated chemical and hormonal reactions that happen, but suffice it to say that the vast majority of the time, your body’s response will be to store more fat, diminish muscle density, and break down collagen – all of which set the stage for the appearance of cellulite.
Right now, the major hormone you need to look out for is estrogen.
For various reasons, it seems our society is saturated with estrogen right now – chemicals that mimic the effects of estrogen are reported to be everywhere. So, we’ll make it a primary focus as one of the things you want to avoid to get your hormones back into balance.
Birth Control and other Medications
Most women these days are on birth control, and most birth control releases estrogen into the body to “trick” it into thinking it’s pregnant already, thus avoiding another pregnancy. If you’ve been on the same birth control medication since high school, it’s entirely possible that your dose of estrogen is much higher than it needs to be.
It took a few decades for birth control to get sophisticated enough to figure out the ‘right’ dose of estrogen to prevent pregnancy without causing side effects.
Asking your doctor if you can safely switch to a birth control that has a lower estrogen content may help your body regulate how it stores fat. Alternately, there are various methods of birth control that don’t rely as heavily on estrogen – so ask about your options.
If you’re currently taking prednisone, which is often prescribed for allergies, psoriasis and arthritis as well as inflammatory diseases, it can also be throwing your hormone balance out of whack and negatively impacting your body composition. If you take a lot of prednisone or have done so for a long time, talk to your doctor about possible alternatives.
Your Beauty/Hygiene Products
Estrogen is also in many consumer products these days, or rather an artificial estrogen called paraben is.
Parabens are a common preservative that are included in many beauty and hygiene products, including soap, shampoo, lotion, and cosmetics. While this is still up for debate – there are consumer groups that claim parabens mimic the effects of estrogen.
Many companies have strict rules for never using them in their products – and some of the bigger, older consumer product companies have started coming out with “natural” product lines to cater the people who want to avoid certain ingredients, such as parabens. So it’s worth checking your products and minimizing the amount of parabens you’re putting into your system.
Check the label and look for words ending in –paraben. (For example: methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben.)
Many synthetic chemicals in packaging, especially plastics and Styrofoam, mimic estrogen.
These are called xenoestrogens, and they are much more powerful than the estrogen you naturally produce in your body. If you regularly heat your food in plastic containers, drink bottled water, or heat up food in Styrofoam (such as with Cup of Noodle soups), you’re introducing the possibility of excess estrogen entering your body.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which may contribute to an excess in your system.
You don’t need to worry about a bit here and there, but if you’re drinking a venti soy latte every single morning along with a regular tofu stir-fry for dinner, you may want to cut back on your soy consumption.
Soybean oil is also a common ingredient in many packaged food products, so be sure to check the labels and be aware of how much you’re consuming in any given day. Even better – make the choice for fresh foods instead of packaged.
If you’re drinking water straight out of the tap, it is possible you’re also drinking a fair amount of estrogen every day. Our water treatment plants are designed to filter out sewage and other toxins, but they’re not designed to filter out estrogen completely.
Use a water filter before drinking up. There are so many options for filtering – this one should be a no-brainer.
The Bottom Line
Certain hormonal phases in your body will cause the appearance of cellulite, and that’s okay – because you can get your body back to normal once you’re safely on the other side of that hormonal phase.
What else can you do to get your body performing optimally and reduce the reactions that cause the appearance of cellulite? Beyond some of the logical tips above – one of the most powerful adversaries of cellulite is targeted, muscle enhancing exercise.
A properly structured exercise sequence can:
1 – enhance body composition
2 – help improve hormone optimization
3 – reduce the appearance of cellulite. And in some cases it can even get rid of the dimples, shadows and ripples entirely.
When we use the word “exercise” for cellulite here – it does not mean exercise in a general sense.
That is where the mistake is usually made when people say, “The only thing that can get rid of cellulite is exercise and diet.”
That is a faulty myth. The truth is – only specifically targeted exercises that work in a synergistic way, can stimulate the 90 muscles in the female lower body.
This is not about running 5 miles a day. It’s not about the uncomfortable machines in the gym. And it’s not about doing lunges and squats until you can’t walk.
That is all nonsense…
Here are some examples of moms defeating cellulite using a simple, gentle, but targeted and specific approach:
If you’re new here – and you want to ignite your own personal, post-hormone shift cellulite removal success story – then you have 2 choices to start now:
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