There’s a reason women tend to gain fat around their thighs and buttocks and why they struggle to lose it. Here’s the skinny on why your stubborn thigh fat just won’t seem to go away and what you can do about it.
The main culprit behind weight gain in your thighs is estrogen. This hormone drives the increase in fat cells in females, causing deposits to form most commonly around the buttocks and thighs. In fact, the size of body fat cells tends to increase at a greater rate in females than males starting at the age of eight, due to the onset of puberty and an increase in female hormone levels.
Unfortunately, even though your estrogen levels may decline once you hit menopause, your metabolism slows with age, meaning weight gain in all areas becomes a common concern. Add to this the fact that lower estrogen levels lead to a slowdown in collagen production and a loss of skin elasticity, and you have the perfect storm for cellulite.
Cellulite forms as the body’s connective tissues weaken with age. Ninety percent of all women, including those who are thin, will develop cellulite at some point in their lifetime.
While there is no permanent treatment, there are a couple of ways you can help minimize the appearance of cellulite while shaping your thighs: