There are so many culprits which are contributing factors to extra dimples, and sugar and alcohol effects on cellulite are no exception. Sugar consumption is the most important cause of cellulite today. Sugar and all its forms (sucrose, fructose, dextrose, maltose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), maltodextrin etc.) comprise an ever increasing part of our diet these days.
How does sugar and alcohol effects on cellulite cause damage?
Sugary foods (pastry, sugar, fructose, deserts, honey, chocolate, cocktails, jam, cola drinks etc.) don’t just provide the female body with excessive calories but also with insulin, i.e. the means of depositing those calories straight into the fat cells (including the cellulite fat cells): sugary foods, especially when consumed by sedentary people, stimulate the secretion of excessive amounts of insulin, a hormone that in turn mediates the absorption of sugars by the adipocytes (fat cells) where they are converted into fat.Furthermore, insulin stimulates fat deposition into the fat cells as well.
In addition, sugars cause deterioration and ageing of the connective tissue (including skin and the collagen fibers found in the cellulite tissue) through a process called glycation.Because of the excessiveness of sugar consumption today sugar has to at the be top of this list, especially if it’s consumption is combined with inactivity.
Overeating (and binge-drinking) especially in combination with inactivity upsets the calorie balance in your body and can lead to excessive deposition of fat into your fat cells, including the “cellulite layer” fat cells. Mild calorie imbalance would not normally be a significant cellulite-causing factor, as your body can adjust its metabolism to accommodate for a few extra calories. Or, alternatively you could make up for mild overeating one day by exercising on the same or another day.
However, with serious overeating, or binging, things are different. When you consume, for example 500 or even 1,000 calories more than you need on a single day, your body has no other option than to dump those excessive calories straight into your fat cells, especially your hip and thigh cellulite layer fat cells.
We described above how these fat cells acts as a fat trap due to action of estrogen. The effects of overeating also become worse when overeating is combined with inactivity or when the sugary foods are consumed.
As you have probably guessed, binge-drinking is similar in its effects to binge eating, but much worse: even medium regular alcohol consumption (especially beer or cocktail consumption) is in itself a cause of cellulite, but not as important as binge-drinking or binge-eating are. You can read more on that below.
Alcohol is very similar in its effects to sugar, in that it provides the body with potentially cellulite-causing excess calories, plus the means to guide these calories straight into the fat cells. This is because alcohol metabolites are preferentially used by the body as a fuel source, leaving the carbohydrates and fats to be stored as fat in the fat cells. Alcohol also increases appetite, tires the liver, reduces energy levels, and in the long run causes water retention and poor circulation (after an initial diuretic and blood vessel-dilating effect).
When alcohol is combined with sugars / refined carbs (as in beer and cocktails) the effects are magnified. Predictably, when alcohol is combined with hormonal contraception, inactivity, overeating and smoking things become even worse.
Alcohol would be much higher up on this list if its use was as widespread as that of sugars. For young women, who tend to drink more, alcohol is in fact a major cause of cellulite.