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PIECE-BY-PIECE SparkPoints: (0)
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11/1/11 8:58 P

Thank you all so much. I had a brief "freak-out" moment, and I appreciate your help.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (106,375)
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11/1/11 12:46 P

I bet it's not as bad as you think. We're always much more critical of our bodies than others are.

What can you do about it? Fake tanners can minimize the appearance of cellulite. Why don't you try some fake tanner and see if that minimizes the appearance?

11/1/11 11:35 A

Cellulite affects people with a lot of estrogen relative to testosterone - including males. Are you on birth control? Some of them can increase estrogen and reduce testosterone. What do you for strength training? Doing a full-body program using HEAVY weights can improve hormonal ratios. Doing all that cardio and no heavy lifting reduces muscle mass and can worsen cellulite.

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11/1/11 11:11 A


First off, don't assume you have more cellulite than average. When you look at the models in magazines, I can assure you, they DO have cellulite ! The reason you don't see it is because it has been photoshopped out of the picture. Those photos aren't reality. 90% of all women carry cellulite and that includes super models. They're just better at concealing it. I can prove it. Go to your local grocery store and pick up a copy of the Enquirer. They are always running unflattering shots of stars and their cellulite.

check out this link... lots and lots of THIN women with *gasp* cellulite.

So, don't beat on yourself because you have cellulite. Lots of women have it. What matters most is what you can DO with your body, not how it looks. When push comes to shove, what's in your heart is more important than a little cellulite on your legs.

You can't get rid of it. you can thank genetics for that. but if you engage in a good strength training program, you can increase your lean muscle which can help decrease over all body fat. Will that get rid of it all ? NOPE, but it can help.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 11/1/2011 (11:13)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
11/1/11 2:38 A

There's no such thing in the fitness industry as "toning" a muscle. You can make muscle stronger and bigger, or you can let it atrophy. There's nothing in between.

The myth of 'toning' is a beauty industry myth fed to women who believe that they'll look like the Governator if they lift a slightly heavy weight.

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11/1/11 2:18 A

The reason women have it is because of the shape of the tissue. We have x-shaped tissues. You sound fit, I wouldn't work on reducing body fat by a large amount. Something that might be beneficial is working on toning the muscle versus building it. The more lean the muscle the less obvious it is.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
11/1/11 2:11 A

Cellulite is like freckles. Some of us have more than others, some have less. Your body for whatever reason may just be programmed to produce more cellulite than someone else of similar statistics.

It may or may not go away. Sadly, there isn't much we can do about cellulite, regardless of how much we have. Keep well hydrated, and work on reducing total bodyfat percentage, but that's about it. Some say that brushing the skin helps - could be worth trying.

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10/31/11 10:53 P

I have researched cellulite causes/prevention/etc. However, I am still baffled as to why I have SO MUCH. I am 5'3'' and weigh 114 lbs. Cellulite COVERS the backs of my legs and arms. I run 5-7 miles a day, and when my body fat was tested a few weeks ago, it was about 14.5%. So why do I still have so much cellulite? I have taken pictures in order to see if I was just imagining it to be worse than it really is, but the pictures are just some more proof :/ Will this ever go away?

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