Does losing weight help reduce cellulite?
The connection between weight and cellulite has long been debated without any sure answer to the question: does carrying extra weight make cellulite worse and does being skinny help with not having cellulite.
As we can see in the streets, having a weight problem usually involves having cellulite, but, at the same time, we can see that even skinny women may as well be affected by the unpleasant appearance of cellulite.
The connection between cellulite and weight loss
August's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), has come out with a study which states that weight loss may actually benefit our cellulite appearance. Of course things can't just be all that simple. Some of us may not be one of the lucky ones and we might just see how our cellulite is getting even worse after the weight loss.
One of the surgeons stated that although cellulite is not specific to overweight people, carrying excess weight may worsen the way cellulite looks and develops. The doctors found that in some cases, weight loss lead to an improvement in the appearance of cellulite, but it actually aggravated the cellulite in some patients.
In this study, 29 overweight women were analyzed during a weight loss project which included liquid diets, low fat meals (although we do now know that eliminating fats from our diets is the unhealthy choice!), medication and gastric bypass surgery. 17 of these patients have seen some improvement in the appearance of their cellulite, while 9 patients on the other hand, had seen their cellulite intensify.
Huge weight loss reduces cellulite
The differences between the patients who saw an improvement and the ones who saw their cellulite worsen was their BMI at the beginning and the amount of weight that they lost. The patients carrying more excess weight, with the biggest BMI had lost more weight and lowered their percentage of thigh fat. On the other hand, patients with lower BMI lost fewer pounds and did not notice any change in their percentage of thigh fat.
Another important aspect in the appearance of cellulite is skin elasticity. Women with looser skin after weight loss experienced the worsening of cellulite.
What the study on cellulite actually tells us is that the more weight you lose, the better the results on cellulite reduction are. Keep in mind that although the appearance of cellulite improved, it was not completely eliminated. The dimples in the skin are permanent or at least seem to be permanent, but lose some of their depth as the pounds come off.
I still think that more substantial studies must be done in order to determine if cellulite actually is determined or reduced by weight loss. This study remains pretty small but could be the beginning of a series of anti cellulite studies that might just help us one day understand if there actually is a connection between cellulite and weight gain or weight loss.