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What is cellulite and how can I get rid of it?

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Updated April 26, 2010

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Paige Waehner
Question: What is cellulite and how can I get rid of it?
Answer: While women often describe it as a cottage cheese type of substance, scientists use the term "cellulite" to describe the fat many women store around the thighs, butt, and hips. Women typically have cellulite because their connective tissue is structured differently from men. That connective tissue allows the fat to expand into the skin, thereby causing that dimpling effect we all love to hate.

So, can you get rid of it? Since cellulite is fat, there are no magical creams, massagers or other treatments that will get rid of it. Losing weight and reducing the size of your fat cells may minimize the appearance of cellulite, so your safest bet is to follow a complete exercise program and a healthy diet.

Note: body wraps, toning lotions, electrical muscle stimulation, herbal remedies and other quick fix solutions usually don't work and often don't have any objective scientific evidence to prove otherwise. Any effects you experience will often only be temporary.

Sources:

Kravitz, L; Achenbach, N. "Cellulite: A Review of Its Anatomy, Physiology and Treatment." IDEA Fitness Journal, 2010;7(4): 37-43.

Rawlings, A.V. "Cellulite and its treatment." International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2006;28(3): 175 - 190.

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