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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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 (80%-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.

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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CECELW 3/17/2021
I have never heard of anyone getting rid of cellulite. I know many very thin people that have problems with cellulite Report
BLOND1E 3/4/2021
The World should know this information. Report
KATHYJO56 1/16/2021
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PATRICIAAK 12/22/2020
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CHERYLHURT 11/2/2020
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VHAYES04 8/29/2020
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MUSICNUT 8/8/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
PATRICIAAK 7/25/2020
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Never knew this. Not upset since my clothing covers it. Aim is just to get healthy. Thanks for sharing. Report
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So many products out there to waste your money on. Report
Interesting read a second time! Report
There are machines in Paris salons that treat it. It may be temporary but it must help. Report
Great Article! Report
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I don't panic and worry over it. It's part of me. Report
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Great article! Report
Life is not an air-brushed photo on a magazine cover. We have got to stop judging ourselves by how people look in movies and magazines. IT IS NOT REAL! The pictures have been altered and the models have so much make up in you could paint a house with it. Cellulite is real. Gray hair and wrinkles are real. I EARNED them and I'm showing them off! Report
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Great Article! Report
Well...that’s depressing. I don’t want to learn to accept the cellulite. That’s like saying I may as well give up nown’cause nothing I do will make a difference at all. If I accepted that attitude I never would have joined SparkPeople to try to get my weight under control. I hate the cellulite on my body. I think it looks ugly and extremely unattractive. I’m not going to just accept that it’s there forever. If I do, I may as well say that I should give up losing weight ‘cause gosh, my great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and sister were all overweight so it’s probably genetics and there’s nothing I can do about it anyway. So, no...I’m not embracing the cellulite just like I’m not embracing the extra weight. So now that I’m upset by the negative message I’m receiving here, rather than simply giving up, I’m just going to work harder. So, I suppose in a way this article actually did motivate me...just in a really negative manner. Report
Hate it, but if you learn to live with it Report
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Not really my thing. Report
Cellulite and extra skin will not vanish with weight loss or exercise. Excess skin can be nipped and tucked for a price. Cellulite is something you need to embrace. Report
Exercise plan could help as well. Also, taking note of what is consumed is also essential. Report
its not as hard as you think to have great looking skin. A few years ago I was so sick with interstitial cystitis that I couldn't work out. Working out causes the blood to be slightly acidic... and any acidity threw my bladder pain into a tail spin. I actually lost a lot of weight by eating an alkalizing body ecology diet. Plenty of raw foods every day. The cellulite and and flabby post baby yuck virtually disappeared because I took hot baths with sea salts, Epsom salts and essential oils at least 2-3 times per week. It brings circulation back better than any toning I have ever tried. Then I found out about dry brushing.... also works wonders. To keep cellulite and flab at bay, simply take long hot baths in alts 3 times a week and dry brush every day. simple.. not as impossible as people think. Report
I have lost weight but the cellulite on my thighs is still there. To be totally honest, I don't want to learn to accept it, I don't like it! I never wear short trousers or skirts with bare legs, I'm too ashamed, even if I have lived with it for so many years. I'll never get used to it! Report
gee, thanks for the uplifting article. Report
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. Report
So, they answer to the question is, "You can't get rid of cellulite. You might as well give up?" Report
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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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
FINALLY some truth for this. I really like Go Kaleo's take on it
It is a matter more than anything of learning to accept ourselves and get over it! Report