5 Common Myths About Cellulite

WEIGHT LOSS  |  November 22, 2017
  • Myth: You get cellulite because you’re fat
    1 / 5 Myth: You get cellulite because you’re fat

    While cellulite does involve fat, it doesn’t appear because you are fat. Cellulite is the result of fat deposits that come between the connective fibres that link your skin and muscles together. It gives skin a dimpled appearance.

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  • Myth: Cellulite isn’t common
    2 / 5 Myth: Cellulite isn’t common

    Ladies, cellulite is so common. Some people get it on their thighs and their butts while others get them on their arms or their bellies. But we assure you, cellulite is normal and it happens to even the best of us. According to research in the US, 80 to 98 per cent of women get cellulite in some areas of their body.

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  • Myth: Losing weight will reduce cellulite
    3 / 5 Myth: Losing weight will reduce cellulite

    Remember what we said earlier on? Cellulite involves fat but it doesn’t mean you are fat. However, if you desperately want to reduce the appearance of cellulite, work on weight training exercises. Weight training helps to strengthen the muscle and connective tissue links in the body to reduce the dimply effect of cellulite.

    The one thing you need to realise is that overall weight loss usually does not lead to the reduction of cellulite. Because you can’t lose weight from specific areas of the body only – targeted fat loss is not possible.

    (Also Read: 11 Unusual Ways to Lose Weight)

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  • Myth: Firming creams can reduce cellulite
    4 / 5 Myth: Firming creams can reduce cellulite

    Most firming creams can’t actually reduce or blast cellulite like they claim to be able to. According to the Mayo Clinic, only certain products with retinol have been proven to work. 

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  • Myth: Sun tanning will help reduce the appearance of cellulite
    5 / 5 Myth: Sun tanning will help reduce the appearance of cellulite

    You might think getting tanner could help reduce the look of cellulite on your skin but really, it doesn’t work. Sun tanning will only break down the collagen bonds of your skin even further, causing cellulite to look a little more visible than usual.

    (Also Read: Sunscreen Mistakes You Need to Stop Making)

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    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

     

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