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All Puckered Out: What Really Works (and Doesn't) to Get Rid of Cellulite

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If you read cellulite treatment claims closely, you'll notice that reputable ones tend not to say that their cream, laser or massage therapy will get rid of cellulite. The ugly truth is that because cellulite is most likely a structural problem, it's going to return like the proverbial bad penny if the structure is unchanged. "You cannot cure it," Dr. Sadick says. "But you can help make it look significantly better."

That's the good news: There are ways to temporarily minimize your lumps and bumps. At least two of those techniques -- working out and dropping pounds -- have other health benefits as well.

Hit the weight room. Exercise is crucial. While there is -- shockingly -- no specific research on how working out affects cellulite, a toning routine can tighten up the whole package. "Women need to start lifting weights two to three times a week. I'm a big proponent of this," Dr. Farris says. "Resistance exercise acts like fillers for your skin. If your muscles are more defined, your skin will look smoother." Dr. Wanner agrees: "If you lose weight and replace it with muscle, you're going to have a fat layer that's not as thick, and your cellulite is going to improve."

Scale back. Getting to a healthy weight can help reduce cellulite. Yet just ditching pounds without firming up is not always the no-brainer cellulite-reduction move you would think it is. When you lose weight, "your skin may be more lax, pulling on the septae, and cellulite may become more visible," Dr. Wanner says. The younger you are and the better your skin elasticity is, the smoother the results. For the rest of us, strength training is the number-one way to keep things as taut as possible.

Make your skin stronger. Want to do even more to de-lumpify your derriere? Topical treatments that may build collagen in the skin, like Retin-A or creams with retinol or vitamin C, couldn't hurt and may help, Dr. Sadick says.

Don't get sucked into trying lipo. A lot of doctors still suggest it, but it doesn't work and can actually make skin look more dimpled by removing too much fat, Dr. Wanner says.

The bottom line is that the same things you would do to keep your body fit and healthy are your best weapons against cellulite. In the meantime, take it from me: Self-tanner, which can help camouflage the cottage cheese, is a lumpy butt's best friend.

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weightloss253 wrote:

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3/2/2014 09:48:44 PM Report Abuse
only1golda wrote:

I've always been told and believed that I would never be able to loose the cellulite. In the last few months I've discovered that to be untrue. Through weight lifting and eliminating some foods from my diet, the little dimples on the side and back of my thighs are GONE!

11/20/2013 04:57:01 PM Report Abuse
nan.ivins wrote:

I think we need to focus on being healthy and learn to love our bodies. Every woman gets cellulite and only airbrushing really gets rid of it. This procedure is temporary, expensive and someone I know said it is very painful too. I would rather spend that money spent on a trainer, gym membership and a health diet. I do like to use a toning lotion with a light self-tanner ... a little tan helps improve the appearance of my legs.

7/14/2013 07:52:28 AM Report Abuse
jackdaripper84 wrote:

I used to have cellulite as well. I lost close to 50 lbs over the last year and a half and have kept it off for over a year now. The key for me was cutting out a lot of sugar (refined, juices, sauces, etc). Really watch out. If I do have anything with sugar, I try to keep it down to 25 grams a day which is still a lot. I also started doing a lot of toning exercises. Trail running, a large variety of push ups, pull ups, and leg lifts. Discipline is your only enemy.

7/12/2013 04:06:21 PM Report Abuse
my3sonswv wrote:

Not sure how I feel after having read this. Relieved that even models can get it, not just "regular" people. Sad that the tip to get rid of it cost around $5,000.00. Come on who can afford that, get real. Don't waste my time with an article then not give a more practical tip to treat the problem.

7/12/2013 12:53:34 PM Report Abuse

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