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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,375
1/17/13 8:42 A

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1/17/13 8:36 A

Cellulite is more about skin than it is about fat. It happens when the skin fibres in that area become weak and the fat pokes through the holes (like stuffing poking through a mattress - you can read the Wikipedia article on it for a more detailed explanation). Obviously if you lose fat, you will lessen it as there will be less "stuffing" to poke through the holes, but women generally need to be carrying at least 20% body fat to be healthy, and many of us are genetically predisposed to carry it on our backsides and thighs, so in order to get rid of it totally you'd have to reduce your body fat down to pretty much nothing. At which point cellulite would be the least of your worries!

Cellulite isn't a sign of poor health - I know some plenty of super-athletic women who still have it. And it's only in recent years it's really been considered unattractive - if you look at Renaissance paintings you can clearly see cellulite on many of the nudes. I read somewhere that the word "cellulite" was unheard of until the 1970's - when it was invented to - surprise surprise - try and sell women a product to get rid of it. So really, cellulite is just a normal part of a healthy female body. We may as well worry about having "unsightly chest fat"!

None of which actually helps if you want to look good in a bathing suit admittedly. So on that front i can recommend two main solutions: 1. Get a tan (fake or real), the bumps always look less obvious on darker skin, 2. find swimwear/underwear that covers up the area you're most self-concious about and show off the rest of your body instead.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,775
1/17/13 8:35 A

Even skinny people can have cellulite. It sucks, but that's the truth.

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
1/17/13 8:13 A

That's interesting. I didn't realize genetics actually played a role in it. I really thought people had more control over it. I'll have to look into that.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,654
1/17/13 8:10 A

IF you are genetically predisposed with cellulite, you will always have it... but less as you lose weight.

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1/17/13 7:46 A

I've been working out with strength training and cardio steadily for almost two years. I've lost close to 40 pounds and more than 12 inches overall. I have another 5-7 pounds to go until I hit my ultimate goal. My question is, even with the strength training and weight loss, I still have these pesky cellulite bumps. Sure, they aren't what they were before, but I think now they are even more noticeable because the areas around them are more toned. They are all on the backs of my upper legs. Will kicking up the intensity of my workouts help to make these go away, or will they always hang on? I've heard people talk about working out and still having small fat pockets that don't go away so they have them surgically removed, but I don't want to think about that. Thanks!

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