As an active woman, I am really disappointed that each year, the dimpling in my thighs and butt gets worse. I am a runner and run about 3 miles five days a week after work. My body weight is fine, but I can't seem to rid the fat from my legs. Any suggestions? - Janette
Isn't it crazy how shorts, swimsuits and summertime - three things we can't wait to jump into each year - are the very same things that make us notice our imperfections? We walk into a fitting room to try on a swimsuit and the unflattering glare of the fluorescent light screams cellulite. Staring in disbelief, you wonder where this stuff resembling cottage cheese and orange peel came from. And how do you get rid of it?
Cellulite is the accumulation of ordinary fat made up of clumped-up fat cells to which no one is immune. It has a dimpled, bumpy appearance, and for women it is usually found on the hips, thighs or buttocks. Men aren't troubled as much by the dreaded cellulite because they carry their excess fat in their abdomen and can simply keep it covered. Hmmm ... no fair.
You should know that having a small amount of cellulite is just a normal variation in the way our fat is distributed and stored in our bodies. However, larger areas of cellulite are prevalent in women who: