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5/6/19 11:57 P

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My brother and sister both were college athletes (D1) and since graduating (my brother in 2013 and my sister in 2017), both of their bodies have changed. Both of them have gained some weight / their body fat percentage increased. That's just what happens when you have a significant change to your lifestyle...they're participating in different levels of physical activity now and eating differently. They're both still very healthy and active, but have a "new normal" of sorts.

I'd encourage you to think about what your "new normal" will look like, and be realistic that you may not have your "college athlete bod" for the next 50 years of your life. You had it for 4 years while you're in college, but the next 4+ years, you may have a different body...and that's okay!! Find the balance and the lifestyle that's going to work for you (ie: you may be able to fit in a 30-minute jog every day, or maybe you do kickboxing 3x/week and then kayak on the weekends), keep eating healthy, and focus on the amazing things your body CAN do.

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5/3/19 1:38 P

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I agree that even though you're still active, it's probably not to the level you were before and your body is responding to those changes.

When you say you're "trying to eat healthy", are you tracking your food daily to have an idea of how much you're eating? If you're still eating like you were, that could be another reason you're seeing changes in your body.

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5/3/19 8:54 A

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" I am noticing loss in muscle, and it is being replaced with cellulite."
Cellulite does not replace muscle. It was there all the time, but you did not see it.

"Why my body is changing like this when I’m still living an active and healthy lifestyle (not up to college athletics level, but still)."
Because you changes the parameters, by not being up to college athletic standards.

" Any tips on how to tone my legs and get them back/ kick out the cellulite? "
You "get back" your legs by doing what you did to get them in the first place.
The cellulite cannot be "kicked out"... sorry.

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You can continue with a healthy lifestyle and accept the changes to your body. Body changes happened with every college athlete I know... even my husband.
And as you age, changes are even more dramatic.

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5/3/19 12:41 A

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I played college soccer for the last four years (and soccer the 14 years before that) and my career ended 7 months ago. I have been pretty good about working out since then, and trying to eat healthy, but I can not help but notice the changes in my legs. I’ve always been very confident and proud of my body, but ever since soccer ended, I have hated my bottom half. I am noticing loss in muscle, and it is being replaced with cellulite. This confuses and worries me, since cellulite I’ve heard never truly goes away. I guess I’m just wondering 1. Why my body is changing like this when I’m still living an active and healthy lifestyle (not up to college athletics level, but still). And 2. Any tips on how to tone my legs and get them back/ kick out the cellulite?

Thanks!

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