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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 2:13 AM

I apologize if this has been asked before but I have been lacto paleo for almost 2 months and the weight loss is nothing to brag about although I feel better. The fat on my upper arms and inner thighs is not firm anymore but more jiggly and looks like cellulite. Is this an indication that the fat is moving out? or what?

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Thanks Rebecca!

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on March 25, 2012
at 12:45 AM

You need to read Dr Cate Shanahan's book, Deep Nutrition. She talks about how exercise actually programs your body to transform fat cells and cellulite into different types of cells. She also talks about foods that can help your skin and tissues heal (things like bone broth). She's not formally paleo but her principles are very much in line.

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on February 23, 2012
at 02:34 AM

When you loose mass, your skin can take time to tighten up so you look more flabby than you did before because the skin is loose around a smaller area. You're on the right track and as your skin tightens and you build muscle, it will get firm again. Good body cream can help as well.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Thanks Rebecca!

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on March 25, 2012
at 12:44 AM

In short, yes.

Fat pads don't shrink around the edges; they become softer all over and sloppier. The skin over them gradually sags and forms wrinkles but the maximum amount of shrinking doesn't occur until the fat pad is completely reabsorbed. Depending on your age and how much fat you lose, I think it's pretty surprising just how much our skin can adjust.

Overall, the skin does a great job of adjusting. If you lose all your excess fat, the folds of remaining excess skin are pretty inconspicuous in comparison to the excess required to cover the lost fat.

The last 20 pounds of fat can be disguised as "extra skin folds" but if you keep going with fat loss the skin tries very hard to disappear. Many photos I see of "excess skin" are really showing mostly fat that still needs to be lost.

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on March 25, 2012
at 12:30 AM

When losing weight, the elasticity can take a little time to catch up, and this can accentuate the appearance of cellulite. In the meantime, stay VERY well hydrated! It will improve the appearance of any cellulite-like tissue.

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on March 25, 2012
at 12:27 AM

make sure you are drinking enough water:)

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on April 16, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Also, watch out for gluten hiding in certain foods! Once I cut out gluten, my cellulite went away completely. This was also before I started doing squats or any type of free weights. While I think that strength training would definitely help, the fact that I lost cellulite in the absence of heavy weight training makes me think it has more to do with diet. Toxins from gluten can cause cellulite.

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