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Thread: I have cellulite, do you?

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    I have cellulite, do you?

    I have cellulite, do you? And my problem with it is a bigger problem than the cellulite itself.

    This isn't really a request for advice, it's just a discussion and a hope for optimistic encouragement.

    I have cellulite on my upper thighs and bum, in the back and a little in the front of my thighs. I hate it so much. I am embarrassed to wear shorts or a bathing suit.

    And I have tried for years to make it go away. It is frustrating. I am of a low weight, and always have been of a healthy low weight. Technically I have been underweight at times, according to some overly simplified scales. But as an adult I always had it, ever since I was in my early 20s. I've never been overweight. It doesn't matter. My thighs have gotten larger with muscle or weight gain, and have shrunken back down again when I changed my workouts and diet. The cellulite was always there. I was a vegetarian for a decade. For a long time I ate almost no bread or potatoes. I've taken collagen supplements, antioxidants, I tried coffee exfoliation scrubs, all the stuff. I was on and off hormonal birth control since I was 20. It didn't matter. I don't smoke, I almost never drink. For a long time I didn't drink at all. I've been a runner, I've been a cardio machine gym-goer, a walker, I've taken ballet for years, I did thrice weekly HIIT for years. I drink a lot of water, eat lots of vegetables and healthy food, very little salt, very little carbs, practically no dairy. I weight train and do ballet and calisthenics, take 60 flights of stairs a day, 10000 steps a day. I dry brush. I massage, I moisturize. It does not matter. The cellulite was always there, through all of these different and differently healthy lifestyle changes. Basically, according to all the advice columns, I shouldn't have it. But I do, and I always did, as an adult.

    And something else. When I was a teenager I was so self-conscious about having pale skin that I was ashamed to show my body for that reason, back when I was a 100lb teen with no lumps on my legs at all. And then I got the cellulite and I was ashamed of that, too.

    Imagine if I were berating some other woman for her thighs and telling her that she should be ashamed of them. Ashamed?! How horrible that would be to treat another woman that way. So why am I treating myself this way?

    I am healthy. I am fit and able to do all these fun and active things! I don't have problems with my health. I don't experience pain. I should be so grateful. I should love my capable, pain-free legs! But moreover, I shouldn't care about these superficial things. This is shallow. This is a shallow, pointless obsession and I want to be over it.

    I pray for the strength of character to look past the superficial, in myself and in others, so that I value other people and value my life.

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    Was the cellulite better or worse with different treatments you tried, or has it consistently been the same?

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    The only real effective technique is good lighting and good angles.

    It might have been a teensy tiny bit less noticeable when I was off hormonal birth control. But it was such a small difference. I'm sure that in a side-by-side photo, you wouldn't even be able to see any difference. And I need the hormonal BC to prevent pregnancy.

    Sometimes it looks better right after a workout, just minutes after a strenuous workout, when my legs are a little swollen. But that might be a difference in the blood vessels in my skin, it's temporary, it's not a change in the underlying structure.

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    Something else about the fitness-advice community that frustrates me. If you look up exercises to target and "tone and slim" your thighs, and you look up exercises to add weight and size to your thighs, you will often see the very same exercises. If you can't spot reduce, then why do people promote thigh-targeted exercises to women who are "pear-shaped" and want to slim down their thighs?

    The only way to slim down your thighs is by dieting and losing weight overall. But at my lowest weight, my cellulite was just as bad. Gaining muscle requires eating more calories. If I workout my thighs, they do get bigger. If I diet, it's so hard to maintain that muscle, because I don't have the energy to workout as strenuously. But I know this;If I'm going to have even 1% of bodyfat, it's going to be on my thighs and bum. And I cannot live my daily life just for my thighs and bum to look good. What kind of life is that? What would that even get for me? I'm not a model. It won't get me love or friends. Even if I lost the cellulite, I'd still have really pale skin and kind of short legs and I'm just a normal person with a normal life. Even if I had the best legs I could have, which would take a lot of work every day, forever, what would I even get out of that, other than the legs themselves? And I know myself, I would just start to feel self-conscious and ashamed of something else. This is why this is the problem and not my legs.

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    Girl I feel you... I have always had cellulite, even in my 20's. No matter how fit and active I am, or how clean my diet, or what creams I use, that cellulite doesn't budge.

    The thing with cellulite is that it actually has very little to do with the fat itself and more to do with the connective tissue allowing the fat to poke through. As we age, the connective tissue gets weaker and allows cellulite to be more visible. There are things we can do to make it less visible but it won't ever completely disappear.

    The thing that has probably been most effective for me, was to stop all of the long cardio sessions and focus on building muscle with high intensity workouts, strength training and significantly increasing the protein in my diet. The muscle helps strengthen the connective tissue so the cellulite is less visible. I am 48 years old and except for the dimples on my butt you can barely see it. When I was super skinny in my 20's, the cellulite was actually more visible than it is now that I am more muscular.

    Otherwise, I know there are cosmetic procedures you can get that are supposed to help, I have always been somewhat reluctant to get those as some people have not had good experiences, and they are very expensive.

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    You sounds like me!!! Cellulite is a total bugger! I feel like I have hail damage from my tush on down!

    I, too, am very active and have a very healthy diet. And that makes it all the more frustrating. What I have found to help it any form of deep, deep tissue massage. Whether a foam roller, a dry body brush, or a cellulite scrubber thingy in the shower, massaging that tissue so that it breaks up the connective tissue will help fat to appear flatter. It works. It won't take it all away, but it certainly works. I will warn you, though, it is not comfortable. If it doesn't slightly hurt, it isn't going to work. I bruised for a while, but then got used to it.

    The other option is cellulite tape. That is right--it is literally tape. You are basically pulling your skin tight and taping it up. It is a very immediate, very temporary fix, and can be slightly embarrassing if the tape comes off! But, it's an option!

    All in all, I've started to be more accepting of it. I hate it, but it's there. Such is life.

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    Iím sorry youíre unhappy with your body! I think I had some cellulite in my 30s when I was about five pounds more than I am now which is about 4 pounds more than Iíve been for about the last 5 years. Iím like you. Never been overweight , petite and slim and I do all the cardio since 1982 regularly and every day for the last 8 years or so (before that 4-5 times a week go longer time periods - longer than 30 -35 minutes I mean. So I hope you come to more acceptance !

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    My guess is it's hereditary/genetics. Are there others in your family with the same issue?

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    Cellulite is more about genetics than your weight or amount of fat you have. You can be underweight and still have cellulite, you can be overweight and not have it.

    The good news for you is that most women have it and it's normal. If you want to feel better, look up Camila Cabello and what she had to say about that. Maybe it will inspire you to love your body better. Here is a link to the story, but you can look up more [Register to see the link] . Many celebrities are speaking out about that.

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    Are you serious? You're hanging around the wrong crowd, honey. Some men find it very attractive and I have no problem with mine. Love it actually and totally own it, curves and everything. I've been from size 0 to 6 at various points of my life. I'm at a comfortable 6 and had cellulite since I was a 0 as a teenager. Take it easy and don't get too hung up on that sort of thing. It's hot. That type of shaming is for a different planet.

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