Cellulite is driving me crazy!

Lotus Flower
on Jul 20, 2009 @ 06:10 am

hey girls...
an sure some of u have this same problem but mine is affecting my esteem waaay too much! all my life i have been a chubby person but when i turned 18 i got tired of never being asked out and all due to my hefty size. so i went on a diet and lost about 50Lbs in a span of 1 and a half years. now i look good and slim when in clothes, but as soon as my friends suggest we go swimming or buy me cute shorts a presents i freeze because i have so much cellulite on my thighs and behind. Apart from exercise how else can i reduce this "curse" as i am sure its bound to affect my sex life in future!!!!!

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Things I have heard about cellulite.... on Jul 20, 2009 @ 09:00 am

I actually read somewhere that you can never totally get rid of all the
cellulite but that you can 'diminish its appearance'. Creams that have
caffeine in them are decent but again, it will just reduce the
appearance. I have also heard of a technique called endermologie which
is like a serious kneading over the affected areas with a machine (but
don't quote me). I heard that it works after a series of treatments.

Also, apparently diet plays a huge role in cellulite accumulation as well. Eating 'clean' supposedly helps.

Good luck...I am fighting the battle as well! I use a serum I got in South Korea but I am running low....Nivea makes capsules and creams as well!

.. on Aug 31, 2009 @ 02:26 pm

I agree with Meredith, the creams only dehydrate the surrounding skin and decrease the appearance. You will always have it.

I have had the mechanical treatment--I'm not sure how well it works because I only had it once, but it can be painful. It kneads you and uses suction to "break up" the little pockets, but it will leave you with bruises and broken capillaries all over. Just an FYI. I'm not saying don't get it--but that's what the experience is like.

Ali de Bold
weight training on Aug 31, 2009 @ 04:17 pm

I don't believe in the creams and the deep massages that gingercorsair is referring to produce only temporary results. The only thing I have ever found that actually works to combat cellulite is weight training.

You need to firm up the muscles under there so the loose skin and pockets won't be as noticeable. I get a bit of cellulite though I'm thin because it's genetic. However, I can almost get rid of it entirely when I work out a lot and build up the muscles in my thighs. I'd go so far as to say I hardly have a scrap of cellulite when I'm fit. However, keep in mind you can't spot train, you need to do the whole body.

Cellulite is also genetic so it's not going to go permanently away until some genius scientist comes up with a miracle cure-all.

Congrats on the weight loss! That's quite an accomplishment.

Also, don't worry too much about the bedroom. The right guy will love you, perfect or not. Confidence is EVERYTHING :)

I agree with MC... on Sep 02, 2009 @ 07:08 am

Unless you're going to lather yourself with cream or the rest of your life for only mildly satisfactory results - don't use the cream solutions! 

As misschickie mentioned, it's genetic but your exercise regime plays a big role as well. With myself, I also have a bit of a curse with the cellulite gene. Though I'm fit and consider myself to be thin, I still have it. It has little to do with weight. Again, to emphasize misschickie's point, weight training is an amazing solution, as is cardio. Frog squats, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-TnHQ062Y (really tacky video, but informative) are an excellent way to target your thighs/butt. Doing a 20 minute run, 5 times a week, is also a great way to top off the weight training. 

And trust me, I can only hope that the last thing you're thinking about in the bedroom is your cellulite! Because that's the last thing he's thinking about. ;-) 

genetics & remedies on Sep 02, 2009 @ 07:41 am

Those who commented about genetics are right - whether you're prone to it or not is determined by your DNA. It happens because of collagen breakdown in the skin, something you cannot fix or really prevent. The deep layer in your skin is like a thin woven membrane, and when fat deposits press on the weave, some "pops" through, creating little pockets that give the characteristic bumpy look. Once stretched, this layer of skin cannot be fixed :(

Having said that, you can take steps to minimize it. Obviously, the first step is to have a healthy weight all your life, as this reduces the strain on your deep skin layers. If you've been a little bigger at one point or another, or perhaps have been pregnant, the damage is done. Caffeine creams and targeted massage remove/squeeze the water out of the fat; however, your body will replenish the water at its first opportunity (ie. when you stop the creams and massage).

I suspect that the reason zone training and cardio work is because you are lowering your overall body fat, creating less pressure on your weakened areas. I know many very skinny girls who have cellulite (and most never had any weight issues, so all the damage was possibly from the rapid growth of puberty), but it's so mild you'd probably never notice unless they pointed it out.

I realize that my comments here aren't very helpful, other than to point out that most of us have cellulite and most of our partners aren't bothered by it at all. It really comes down to confidence - a bigger girl with a fun and commanding personality steals the show, or a truly confident woman can pull just about any outfit off. You've lost a lot of weight and it sounds like you're very happy with the way you look (but for the cellulite). Focus on what makes you beautiful - the outside and the inside. Most guys will go for a confident girl who doesn't 100% fit the magazine's ideal over a beautiful thin woman who has major insecurities - at least, any guy worth having ;)

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