You Asked: How Can I Get Rid of Cellulite besides Losing Weight?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/26/2012 6:00 AM   :  11 comments   :  51,358 Views

Cellulite, the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin that is often described as "cottage cheese" or an "orange peel," is most common among women, especially on the thighs and buttocks. However, both men (about 10% of cases) and women can have cellulite, which can occur anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, arms and calves. Maintaining a certain level body fat is necessary and healthy for normal body functioning. Cellulite is simply visible subcutaneous ("below the skin") fat cells that bulge the skin.

While many people with cellulite feel self-conscious about it, simply having cellulite does not mean a person is overweight. Thin people, fit individuals, and even those who maintain a healthy weight (and healthy body fat percentage) can have cellulite, just as some unfit and overweight people may not. Most women (90% or more) will have cellulite to some degree because they store more fat than men and their skin and fat cell structure is slightly different. Whether or not you develop cellulite depends on factors like genetics, gender and hormonal levels.

Because cellulite is fat, losing weight (if you are overweight) may help diminish the appearance of cellulite as the size of your fat cells decrease. But there is no way to "spot train" any area of the body to lose body fat using targeted exercises. Cardio exercise helps burn fat from all over the body and enhances fat loss. Strength training is important for both weight loss and overall health as well, but simply targeting the areas of your cellulite (hamstrings, buttocks, or abs for example) with "toning" exercises won't necessarily make it go away.

Many people who lose weight and notice an improved appearance in cellulite, especially as they build more lean muscle from strength training--but it's no guarantee. Because it's so closely linked to factors that you can't control (genetics, gender, hormones), losing weight may not completely get rid of cellulite.

Creams, treatments, massage techniques, and other cellulite therapies do NOT get rid of cellulite in a permanent way. While some products may help diminish the appearance of it through hydration or firming of the outer layers of the skin, these results are temporary won't result in weight loss. Do any of these (or other) methods work? Here's how they stack up in reducing or eliminating cellulite.

For more information about gender differences in fat storage, read Coach Dean's article on Gender, Body Fat and Weight Loss.

This article by exercise physiologist and research Dr. Len Kravitz, Ph.D. is another excellent resouce: Cellulite: Everything You Want to Know and More.

And finally, one way to "treat" cellulite it to simply accept it and live with it. Read my confession about my own cellulite for tips to embrace your body at any shape and size: Yes, I Have Cellulite and No, I'm Not Ashamed!





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Comments

  • DRIPA1223
    11
    The article is accurate but I have been informed of additional success programs using herbal body wraps. From what my readers have said these seem to provide a long lasting success rate vs the many treatments that are temporary. For additional reviews on many different cellulite solutions see: www.CelluliteRemovalProgram.com - 9/27/2014   10:57:47 PM
  • TIFFANYJEWELZ
    10
    gee, thanks for the uplifting article. - 7/22/2014   5:32:42 AM
  • 9
    It is part of the skin and there really is no way to get rid of it. Just live with it it is part of what makes you special. I use to hate mine but now I accept it as part of me and with loosing weight and exercise I have been noticing it fading. - 7/13/2014   4:35:22 PM
  • 8
    So, they answer to the question is, "You can't get rid of cellulite. You might as well give up?" - 7/10/2014   3:16:26 PM
  • 7
    Thanks for this post - 4/7/2014   8:23:43 PM
  • 6
    in this world you can NEVER really 'accept' this ugly sludge inside your body and showing up so glaringly when you bare your skin. i have lived with this 'jello' all over my body for all of my life - especially after puberty when it was particularly painful to have. i felt like a leper and was treated like that too.
    here i sit years later and it is no different - my children also suffer that fate and as a result are warm weather phobic - it is sad,
    you can 'say' anything you want but surgical scars are more acceptable than cellulite. - 4/5/2014   5:02:40 PM
  • SWTLULU2007
    5
    I have lost 50 pounds and built allot of muscle, but I still have cellulite on my upper thigh--butt area. It sucks, but I don't dwell on it. I think people should try to accept their bodies. - 4/5/2014   4:56:52 PM
  • 4
    I don't really care about cellulite, as long as my body is reasonably lean and muscular. Also I show a picture of Scarlett Johansson where she was radiant and beautiful, sitting cross legged and there was clearly visible cellulite on the back of her thigh. It didn't make her less beautiful, I think. - 4/5/2014   2:36:00 PM
  • 3
    Cellulite is permanent. Come on people, I thought we all knew this. You could lose 100 pounds and get down to a size 2 and you will still have it. Its appearance will diminish, sure, but you will never be without it unless you've discovered some expensive medical treatment we don't know about. - 4/5/2014   2:16:18 PM
  • MAMA2FOURKIDDOS
    2
    FINALLY some truth for this. I really like Go Kaleo's take on it https://gokaleo.com/2013/03/06/cell
    ulite-its-time-we-all-just-get-the-
    hell-over-it/
    It is a matter more than anything of learning to accept ourselves and get over it! - 4/5/2014   8:28:08 AM

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