Fitness
Moderators: melkor


Working out is giving me WORSE Cellulite?!?!?


Quote  |  Reply

How is this possible?

I started to Run, take classes, squats etc... and my cellulite is worse. I've been trying to explain this to my husband.. and he thinks I'm "Obsessing over my body".

I swear guys I'm not. Is this normal? Has anyone else had this reverse effect.

 I'm losing hope here....

I'm considering Veleshape if this continues.

please help me.

14 Replies (last)

Its not giving you worse cellulite its just that you are losing fat cells and its making the cellulite you already have more obvious in appearance.

Everyone has cellulite, even the very skinny girls - heck I was watching a movie last night and Kirsten Dunst had cellulite.

Cellulite is something you either get or you don't you can reduce the appearance of it but I don't believe there is any proven way to get rid of it naturally.  Just look at the positives like the defined muscles and the lose of fat.

Hi again :)

Don't freak out. Even if this is possible, you said you started running, right? hang in there. My runner friends have practically no cellulite. Keep focusing on strength and weightloss for now. If the cellulite never goes away?: Does it really matter? I'm sure it's worse in your head than anyone elses...like all of us, we tend to magnify our "worst" features.

I started working out in Jan and I HATED the back of my thighs. Not until a couple months ago (and 25 lbs) did I finally see an improvement in the legs. I think I'll always have cellulite, but I don't even care. No one is perfect and I have a nice body, a great life and I'm healthy so...I'm pretty happy. What's wrong with a couple extra dimples, anyways?

I have a similar problem in my arms.  I never had arm muscles of any kind, just flab Tongue out  Now that I've started strength training, I'm developing arm muscles, which is great.  Unfortunately, I now have a clearly defined bicep with a blob of fat hanging below it.  Which looks way worse than solid fat, I think!!

I assume as I continue to lose fat from cardio and eating right, that fat will shrink.  In the meanwhile, I know that no one thinks it's as weird as I do!

Are you eating healthy?

#5  
Quote  |  Reply

try drinking more water.  Also, I've heard that good muscle tone can sometimes make cellulite more obvious if you are prone to it.  Its genetic, go punch your mom in the butt in gratitude.

lmao! punch her in the  butt... too funny Laughing

Cellulite is a certain type of skin where the skin is attached to what's underneath, but only some points of the skins are tightly attached (where the dimples are).  When whatever is underneath that type of skin holds it taut then the 'dimples' aren't as noticeable. So for you fat had been holding your cellulite taut and now that there is less fat the cellulite is more noticeable. 

What you can do is to increase the muscle in the area by doing strength training and then muscle will be what is stretching out the cellulite area and it will look better than it does currently. 

The location and amount of cellulite you have is mostly genetic and there isn't much you can do about unfortunately.

Try doing a cleanse to get rid of extra fat.

Also, stay away from sugar (breads, sweet fruits, desserts, etc) for a couple of weeks and see if that works. Natalie Rose has a great book that may help you ;)

Cleanses do not get rid of fat.  They are scams.

Worked for me, but I guess everyone is different

Lol, how does a "cleanse" get rid of fat? I thought those cleanses cleared out your intestines, not your fat under skin??

This topic has a lot of misleading information so I'll share my knowledege with you all (btw, I have cellulite, but since I changed my eating habits and increased and varied my workouts I've seen some results).

Yes it affects 99% of women, it's very rare in men (so they don't really understand it or notice small changes in it), it is genetic (thanks, mom, grandma, etc.), worse if you have circulation problems, it gets worse if you eat all sorts of crap and don't exercise. No, cleanses DO NOT work!!!!

To help reduce celulite (getting rid of it completely is only possible in 0,00001% of the cases):

  • eat healthy: avoid sugar, trans fat, eat lots of veggies, good carbs that are rich in fiber, lean proitein, good quality fats in moderate quantity like olive oil nuts;
  • stay hydrated  by drinking lots of water, 1,5 - 2 l per day (this includes water consumed though tea, coffee, soup, juices, etc.) - try not to have more than 2/3 servings of caffeine per day because too much coffee and tea will make it worse;
  • exercise (all exercise is good but some activities are better than others): walking and running is what usually comes to people's mind but the best are powerplate, circuit traing and aerobic martial arts based classes. Why? Because they estimulate your muscles and circulation in different ways.
  • anti-cellulite creams won't get rid of cellulite but will make your skin look better and they work better if you massage your legs, bum and belly in ascending, circling movements while applying the cream;
  • supplements: there are lots of these out there, but all they do is increase circulation (these are only helpful if you have bad circulation problems, otherwise the previous 2 bullets I wrote should do it);
  • Treatments like Iontophoresis, ultrasound, thermotherapy, pressotherapy (pneumatic massaging in the direction of the circulation), lymphatic drainage(massage technique to stimulate lymphatic flow), electrolipophoresis (application of a low frequency electric current) and high frequency, will help with the way it looks, but again won't get rid of it - they will give you better results than creams, but they are quite costy.

Good luck!

Original Post by larsa000:

Cellulite is a certain type of skin where the skin is attached to what's underneath, but only some points of the skins are tightly attached (where the dimples are).  When whatever is underneath that type of skin holds it taut then the 'dimples' aren't as noticeable. So for you fat had been holding your cellulite taut and now that there is less fat the cellulite is more noticeable. 

What you can do is to increase the muscle in the area by doing strength training and then muscle will be what is stretching out the cellulite area and it will look better than it does currently. 

The location and amount of cellulite you have is mostly genetic and there isn't much you can do about unfortunately.

 ^^^^^YIP! There's a medical article around where they actually did a biopsy to see what causes cellulite. It's the way the epidermis & fat lay on your body.

Its also been tossed around the high estrogen contributes to it. Not sure but I do know that mine started after taking the pill. I also just read that the younger you started your period the more chance you have of your cellulite being very stubborn. Who knows.

I also did a few treatments of velosmooth (or whatever you call it), which actually did feel good like things were circulating better, but I had 5 different people working on it and only 1 ever felt like she knew what she was doing. My leg circumference did go down as well but its one of those things you need to upkeep. Too expensive & time consuming for me. Maybe if my cellulite wasn't so severe it would've been better & maybe only needing an upkeep once every 2 months.

I am so glad you got answers to this question...I've been swimming & walking a bunch over the past 5 weeks - and I thought I was nuts that the cellulite was "getting worse" when in fact the explanations are right here... Not that I'm so sure my legs will ever look shorts ready again, I'm still going to keep on exercising. 

 

One of the responses said - to build the muscle to replace the fat... so, I'm guessing that in addition to the cardio - which is about all I've been doing - but again a lot, I need to add weight training.

On the other hand, just let you know, I'm probably 60 pounds over weight on a 5'1" frame so the "stretch" of the skin... may have made it really thin...

 

Still better to know than not to know.  Thanks again!

14 Replies
Recent Blog Post
After many unsuccessful attempts, Kafination took a good look at herself and realized that enough is enough. Despite multiple stressors, she made herself a warrior and battled through a long, hard journey, which was worth every minute. She is now 150 pounds lighter, with a new outlook on life and trying things she'd never thought of doing before.  

Continue reading...