Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
While scanning the global chatter, I came across this headline from the BBC:
So the bad news is that dieting doesn’t help with cellulite. But the good news is that dieting doesn’t help with cellulite! 🙂
Researchers in the U.S. monitored 29 women who lost various amounts of weight through medically-supervised weight loss programs. Some of the women ate low-fat meal plans or liquid diets. Others lost weight by using obesity medications or surgery. The average weight loss was 30.5 pounds, but results varied widely.
The study was conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Out of the 29 participants, 17 women saw an improvement in their cellulite while 9 women found their cellulite worsened with the weight loss.
Women who started out with a lower Body Mass Index and who lost less weight overall were the same ones who saw their cellulite increase.
Researchers said the elasticity of the skin was another major factor, since cellulite became worse in women whose skin was significantly looser after the weight loss.
Even though this study was published in a respected, peer-reviewed journal, I’m not convinced it tells us much about the effects of weight loss on the appearance of cellulite.
A sample group of 29 women seems surprisingly meager. On top of that, there are too many variables for such a small test group. The women started out at different levels of being overweight and they used a wide variety of techniques to shed the excess pounds.
Yet, the study is worth noting because it documents the reality that losing fat does not equal losing cellulite. There’s something else going on here.
Also, I really like the very last line in the BBC article:
Douglas McGeorge, president-elect of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “Cellulite is simply part of life. There is simply no cure for it yet.”
Actually, I just like the last word. That little three-letter word makes all the difference.
What do you think, my fellow cellulite sleuths. Does this study add valuable intel to our case?
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