Saturday, July 7, 2012

Some thoughts on cellulite.

“Cellulite can best be described as a normal physiological state in postadolescent women — a state that maximizes adipose retention to ensure adequate caloric availability for pregnancy and lactation.” MP Goldman in Cellulite: A review of current treatments, r/p on FutureDerm.com  

Everyone knows what cellulite is, but reading the above quote was the first time that it was really put into perspective. Instead of being one of God's cruel jokes to women, those horrible little fat pockets actually serve a biological purpose. Who knew?

But still, even knowing that it's Nature's way of ensuring my potential/future children will have enough food/calories, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. While I wish there was a miracle cure, it seems that diet and exercise are the only natural ways to get rid of it. All of those firming cellulite creams are just a temporary optical illusion and liposuction is, well, expensive and kind of icky when you think about the actual procedure. I don't like the idea of someone vacuuming things out from underneath my skin, even if I get skinnier/smoother in the end. Plus, they're not exactly gentle when they're shoving that hose around. If you don't believe me, just watch a documentary on it. It'll give you the heebey-jeebies.

So on that totally random note, I hope people will have an "A ha!" moment like I did. Knowing there is actually a scientific reason behind cellulite (and why even skinny girls can be cursed with it) makes it just a smidge easier to accept. Just a smidge, though. Let's be realistic.

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