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Five Facts About Cellulite

5 Things About Cellulite

I have received a few panicked e-mails recently about cellulite. Since this dimply stuff is rather ubiquitous I thought I should answer the many questions about cellulite in one big post.

  1. From a purely medical standpoint cellulite doesn't exist; it is nothing more than fat. The word cellulite is French and was first used in medical literature around 150 years ago.
  2. Cellulite is more prominent in women than in men due to the structural differences of stored fat between the sexes. The connective tissues that create these storage units in men works on diagonals, where as we lucky ladies store our fat in a large vertical honeycomb like structure. This structural form enhances the appearance of the dimples.
  3. Here's the bad news – there is no way to get rid of cellulite. None of those creams, lotions or rubs will get rid of the dimples caused by cellulite. Topical creams cannot penetrate the three layers of skin to eliminate the fat.

To see what you can do about cellulite


  1. According to the fitness experts at the American Council of Exercise, you can reduce the appearance of cellulite. You need to decrease overall body fat by doing cardio along with two to three strength training sessions a week. Can you say lunges and squats? Those are the exercises that bad a** trainer Jillian Michaels recommends for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  2. The majority of women have cellulite. I have read that 80 percent of women have cellulite. I have even seen figures as high as 95 percent of women have cellulite. So if you have cellulite, just knowing that you are not alone will hopefully make you feel better.


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mlen mlen 9 years
my mother says ever since she started eating salads regularly her cellulite is reduced- so maybe its the veggies helping lol but i know it definitely helps when i work out!
allodola allodola 9 years
if someone still insists on putting some cream on, it should be with AHA & caffeine in rather large amounts (& high up on INCI list) but i agree about strict diet & exerciser and may be some LPG :))
Allytta Allytta 9 years
water massage helps a lot. and creams as well. you can say whatever you want, but i see the results on myself and that's the best scientific evidence.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I can without a doubt say that exercise has reduced my cellulite. I am lucky enough to not have had a ton to begin with, but now I notice hardly any. Yeah exercise! :)
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
My husband claims to not see my cellulite. Just one of the things I love about him.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
ok, now i didn't read any of the comments, but i have some ideas as to perhaps possible conditions or idk.. reasons for the appearance of cellulite. first off.. like the article says.. cellulite shmellulite.. remember it is the fat cells we are talking about. now i'm not a Dr., but obviously we are dealing with what can be described as cells that are larger than what is considered flattering to the eye. i think the body only has so many fat cells. so when one loses fat weight from the body, one is actually using up the energy in the cell, thus reducing the size of the fat cell. everyone has fat. think of fat cells as energy storage units. well some people have crammed so much energy into the cell, that the cell is very large. the problem is, is that one would want to get rid or that built up energy we have in our fat cells, but many have a hard time doing that. those problems vary from person to person. then there is also understanding how the body moves and uses the energy stored in our fat cells. fat cells usually are found on places under the skin, and well you can see the areas on the body where people build up fat. all cells in the body require fuel and a way to get rid of waste from the fuel used. basically it is the result of respiration. oxygen and a fuel is mixed and burned, and the waste is usually Co2. well there are also other wastes produced, and also issues with water absorbed by the cells. so it can be safe to say, that fat cells contain water, calories, and waste.. i think one of the keys of helping to reduce the size of fat cells, is to find out how things circulate between fat cells. i think that the blood is used to circulate oxygen a waste from most of the body, but in areas of the body where there is mostly fat, i think wastes travel thru a differnt system. i think it is the lymphatic system. if one has a lymphatic system that is perhaps strained or idk.. not very efficient, then one can see how the fat cells can become.. idk.. marinating in their waste, and become swollen. waste transfer becomes hard to manage in the body, and water is easily absorbed and not let go. plus all the waste the cells produce. think of cells as little car motors. you mix air and gasoline in the motor to produce energy, and what comes out your tail pipe is the waste as a result. in our bodies we also take in air, and our gasoline would be what we eat & the stored fat we have in our body.. hopefully we use more reserve energy (fat) if we have excess reserves. well maybe out tail pipes (maybe our lymphatic system) are clogged on some degree when it comes to some cases of fat tissues becoming too large. idk.. maybe i'm just making too many guesses, but perhaps reading an article on the lymphatic system can give clues to maybe existing disorders, and if this is even relevant. yeah perhaps this won't cure cellulite, considering this may not explain why even the skinny can have cellulite, but hey, for those who like to do their homework, we can narrow things down. yeah muscle performance/working out, is key to reducing fat content on of the body, because muscles burn calories.. hopefully stored in our fat. but if a person has a hard time getting the calorie from the fat cell to the muscle, then maybe we need to find a key or keys to unlocking this for those who have a difficulty dealing with weight loss.. something of a disorder of the metabolism.. kind of like the the motor analogy i made of the car motor.. well the reserves are getting bigger, and we are running on what we eat alone or something.. or maybe it can be understood as a pinched hose.. if things aren't flowing well, then how can you move things through. and the blood doesn't move everything in our bodies. so finding out why fat cells get big, and why they stay that way, and factors that contribute to the fat cells from losing size all need to be considered.. not to mention the fact that all bodies are different.. i guess there is no one size fits all answer for everyone.. :p but yeah.. cellulite can be a bummer if it make you feel that way. as for me, i don't mind it, as long as you are healthy and happy ;) p.s. sorry for rambling on here :p
jamie565 jamie565 9 years
Also drinking lots of water helps reduce the appearance of cellulite...or so my dr. says :0)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Working out really helps. Eating a better diet helps too. So does knowing that MOST women have cellulite and that unless you have a severe case no man is ever going to notice.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
You pretty much have to do cardio and strength training to an extreme point....get down to about 4-6% bodyfat and all over muscle tone, then there is practically no fat and the little that there is is stretched so thin that there is no room for 'cellulite' to show. Your muscles will push taught up against the skin and making it nice and tight. But again it works VERY well if you drop that body fat % WAYYY me it works and I know from experience!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
For some matter what I do...there has always been this one particular dimple on the back of my leg that just won't GO AWAY!! LoL! Ok, TMI... It ain't easy being a girl with a big bottom! But, I definitely think that one dimple motivates me to keep my butt in the gym! ;)
aawwdangsugar aawwdangsugar 9 years
Ugh...this post is depressing...But I guess its inspiration to kick it up at the gym.
mizzneilsen mizzneilsen 9 years
It DOES make me feel better knowing that MOST women have cellulite but I'm still sad it exists. Once again, guys are sooooo lucky!
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
I've noticed my cellulite get particularly bad if i haven't exercised in a while. After I start running/using the elliptical for extended periods of time, I'm more confident wearing shorts.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
yes, bealotus,it is also about what we eat.
bealotus bealotus 9 years
clean diet, cardio and strength training.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
I agree Latent...
yasume yasume 9 years
I have come realize that it is what it is. I work out alot (cardio, strength and flexibility) and have been doing so a long time and there's still some cellulite.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
latent latent 9 years
IDC if there's a bit of jiggle on that booty in the pic or not, it looks good.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have REALLY seen a difference since I started doign cardio 4 times a week at the gym.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yea, I agree you can reduce it with strength training and cardio for sure.
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