Why do women get cellulite and men do not?
Men and women’s bodies are made up of different collagen structures. Remember, collagen is the main protein in connective tissue. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically, like a white picket fence. When fat cells bulge through this layer, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the connective tissue is arranged in more of a cross-linked structure, which is much stronger and holds the fat better, making it less likely to protrude through the layer. Women also have higher levels of estrogen, which makes fat, whereas in men, testosterone breaks down fat. Therefore, a woman’s body is genetically designed to create more fat, resulting in more cellulite.
Women naturally store fat in the thighs and buttocks area, which is why this is a common place to see cellulite.