I have been experimenting with very low carb and higher fat ketosis type diet. I love it and I feel great, but I have noticed that I have more cellulite on my thighs than normal. I am losing inches (not pounds, which is a good thing) but it is definitely not going anywhere fast. Have any other women experienced this while losing weight low carb?
I read that high fat diets contribute to cellulite, and I always thought that was bs. Now I am reconsidering upping my protein and carbs for less fat. What do you think?
Some folks say that the cellulite is not so much fat as the breakdown in collagen and connective fibers in and below the surface of the skin. Some people recommend taking in collagen rich broths, bone broths, to give the body the nutrients it needs to rebuild the strength of the skin structure.
I have experienced reduced cellulite after using bone broth. It did not happen overnight, Exercise was included and I made a broth every week for about a year ( still do!) Consuming the bone broth will help give you all the amino acids You need when consumed with muscle meat. My aim was to Drink broth with 50 percent or more of my meal consumption. Great book on this and other topics ... Called Deep Nutrition. Authors last name is Schanan (spelling could be off there!?) Good luck! If you do go The broth route its important to be very diligent with it..it will take time But the broth can help!!!
My theory is that your actual cellulite hasn't got worse on LCHF, so much as its appearance is what has gotten worse. I wonder if the diuretic effect of a ketogenic diet could harshen the appearance of the subcutaneous fat underneath, sort of like how body builders dehydrate themselves before competition so that their veins and muscle striations will become more obvious. When I eat more carbs my skin looks thicker and plumper, so maybe try higher carb intake for the next week to see if it makes any difference.
My answer comes from my once and only experience with achieveing ZERO CELLULITE. I have cellulite at the moment and alot of it, i also have about 15lb to lose. (I will probably still have cellulite when i lose the 15lb also).
The only time i had 0 cellulite was when i competed in a natural bodybuilding competition. I was a very lean 5-7% bf and i could honestly say once i got down to about the 10-12%bf thats when it started to completely dissapear. Complete diet maniputlation, calorie and carb counting and lots of training helped me achieve this result.
Alot of work achieved this result, and when i went back to eating a NON PALEO (SAD) diet the cellulite came back. I have also seen this with numerous female competitors.
FWIW, my favorite part about VLC has been reduction in cellulite appearance I had even at 110 lbs. I guess each of our mileages do indeed vary on this one. Then again, this was mostly during weight loss phase and I tended to lowER fat/higher protein than most seem to follow these days.
After my patients lose their weight we use a few things to tighten skin over about 12 months…..high dose Vit K2 and teprenone (Oral and topical), caprylic acid (oral and topical) and high dose dietary palm and coconut oil. It does amazing things to adipocytes and the skin once the weight is gone.
I also add a couple of high dose supplements too….NAC and R-lipoic acid and resveratrol. This is not for a leptin reset…….this is when you are looking to lose the last twenty pounds after your weight loss.
If there is a lot of cellulite marks I also ask patients to consider high dose super curcumin as well.
Ahhh, I'm not alone! I'm 5'4" and weighed 139. Gained 3-4 lbs over 9 mths now. My legs (thighs front and back and calves) and a few other spots have noticeable cellulite now. It looks horrible. I keep wondering if the high fat (whole cream, butter, some cheese) is causing cellulite, which makes me doubt everything I'm doing. But like another poster said, I think the breakdown of something is changing the appearance. I am actually wearing longer clothing now to hide thighs and such, which I have never needed to do in my life!
I had lost a lot of muscle mass (chronic cardio, low-to-no protein), but had retained the fat, and now that chronic fatigue has subsided I'm doing Primal workouts at beginner level. Six sessions and I'm definitely seeing definition but the cellulite is like nothing I've ever seen before on me!!
While the scale hasn't budged down in 9 mths, the body composition keeps changing and my smaller jeans in various sizes and styles continue to start fitting again. I can't help but be seriously confused. VLC to LC and the fat is not coming off like everyone experiences. I took pictures about a month ago and thank goodness I took measurements everywhere before starting 1/1/11. It just baffles the mind how the composition is changing. I just hope it doesn't take as long to lose the 18 lbs as it did to gain it!
I can relate with Ness on this. I carb depleted while lifting heavy years ago. ( Not as low bf as you Ness but around 17%.) I had hardly any or no cellulite. I was in my early 20's too and had been about 50 pounds overweight prior to that.
I carb depleted on mostly cardio a few years after that and my skin was not toned and looked horrible--cellulite and lumps. It was not even worth being skinny. So I think the key is lifting weights to build muscle.
This time around...when I'm older to boot and had babies I'm lifting and pretty lc. I hope I can get pretty smoothed out but I'm not trying to win any competitions...just look decent at the waterpark with the kids. I'll probably always have some cellulite now.
I also like what others have said about bone broth but I can't speak from experience on that. I'm also going to try dry brushing.
Maybe trying adding in a potato (white or sweet) a few times a weeks after a workout. I have noticed a huge difference in my body composition from when I am getting no starch to some starch. It is mostly water weight but it does fill out your muscles and make you look more toned. I haven't gained weight from doing this either. I am now adding one potato about 3 days a week after HIIT sessions. The first time I added in a starch after being VLC for a few weeks I saw a difference in my body the same day. For those who have cellulite at low BF% I would try a potato or starch a few days a week for one week and see how that works for you.
You need to be doing some Synergistic Muscle Layer Stimulation exercises. These exercises will build up the fibres between the muscles and will help with your problem. Aslo make sure that you eat little and often. I'm not sure if I should post this link but here are 3 exercises that will help you http://cellulitehowtogetrid.com/top-3-exercises-to-lose-cellulite-on-thighs/