Does Losing Weight Get Rid of Cellulite?

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Losing weight might help reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Image: Blend Images/John Fedele/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Cellulite is caused by a collection of fat just under the skin's surface, which can create a dimpled “cottage cheese” appearance. Cellulite poses no risk to your health, and most doctors consider it completely normal. People of all weights are affected by it, and there is no known treatment to get rid of cellulite. Losing weight might help reduce the appearance of cellulite, though.

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The connective tissue between your skin and your body fat is the root cause of cellulite. When the connective tissue is irregular in thickness, it allows fat to press through more in some areas than others. The dimpled appearance is caused by your skin pressing through the thinner areas of connective tissue more than the tighter areas. The fat creating the cellulite appearance is no different than any other fat in your body, meaning it is no worse for your health; it simply looks different on the surface.

Weight Loss and Cellulite

Weight loss is not a guaranteed cellulite removal strategy, but maintaining a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise can certainly help. There will be less fat beneath the uneven connective tissue to create the dimpled appearance as you lose weight. Within about two months of beginning a weight-loss program, you might begin to see a slight reduction in cellulite. Maintaining your lowered weight is a must, though, as yo-yo dieting and weight fluctuations can sabotage your battle against cellulite.

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