Why do I have more cellulite on one leg?

One thigh fatter than the other?

Most of my clients have a bigger thigh and a smaller thigh, with the bigger thigh having more cellulite too. It is a common thing, but people cannot stop wondering why that is.

more fat and cellulite on one leg: what causes it and what you can do about it

Asymmetry is common

Most people are asymmetrical for various reasons, and in many women cellulite, water retention and deep fat levels are worse on one leg than the other. Usually the right side is worse in most women. But why specifically the right side?

Does crossing your legs cause cellulite? You bet it does!

The explanation is simple: most people tend to stand in a way that puts more pressure on one leg or cross their legs, compressing one leg more than the other - usually the right, in most cases. If you are right handed, chances are you will compress the right leg when you cross it or when you stand and out pressure on it. It just feels more natural.

Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage hindered

As a result, venous return and lymphatic drainage is hindered on that leg, which leads to reduced removal of water, waste products and fatty acids from the fat tissues of that specific leg.

To make matters worse, fat can still enter the fat tissues, as arterial flow is much stronger than venous return and lymph drainage, and it is not significantly impaired.

The combination leads to more cellulite, water retention and fat, over time.

Any other cause of poor lymphatic or venous function on one leg, apart from compressing the leg by crossing it or by putting pressure on it while standing, can also lead to more pronounced cellulite and fat accumulation on that leg. 

The solutions to this problem are simple

  • Prevent cellulite by being very active and by not supporting yourself on one specific side and by not crossing your legs only one way - try to stand on your other leg and cross your other leg too.

  • And have a course of intensive cellulite treatments, with most of the treatment time spent on the more affected leg than the other.

  • Cellulite creams act more slowly (but then again they are more economical than treatments), so it does not make sense to apply the cream just on the "worse" leg. So use of a concentrated cellulite cream on both legs, and when you are happy with the results on the "good" leg, continue with applying the cream only on the more affected leg.

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