Okay so last night I saw Benjamin Button, which was pretty good. Long, but a lovely story that had me almost wetting my pants because I didn’t want to get up and go to the bathroom. That’s the only bad thing about seeing a 3hr movie in the theaters, no pause button. Anyway, at one point during the movie Sam leans over to me and asks, “Doesn’t she have two or three children?” He was talking about Cate Blanchett.
I knew what he meant; she looked fantastic. So this morning I woke up and did a search on cellulite. What is it and how can we fight it?
What cellulite is: lumps of fat that push against the skin and look like nasty cottage cheese. It’s caused by genetics, how much body fat you have, and the thickness of your skin. Its dimpled appearance can usually be found on your stomach, thighs or rear-end. And by yours I mean women’s more than men’s as estrogen is also to be be blamed for this yucky stuff.
How to fight it: exercise, diet, and prayer. Okay so I just added the prayer part, but every medical website I checked said that getting rid of cellulite is about as hard as running for president if you’re a black woman who practices Judaism. Creams that claim to “cure” cellulite are bogus and a waste of money because they don’t have a high enough concentration of what they’re peddling (Methylxanthines) to get down in there. Massage methods redistribute the fat, but results are temporary. Laser or light therapy cost thousands of dollars and only work if you keep it up. The minute you stop…the cellulite comes back with a vengeance. So again, temporary results. Mesotherapy, a controversial technique involving the injection of unknown drugs, seems to work, but the effects are unknown. You may be cellulite free, but what good does a smooth rear-end do for you if you’re losing your hair and growling at people in the supermarket? The injections of Collegenase are also still on the table. Initial studies show that it might work to help the appearance of lumpiness, but doctors still don’t know if it’s harmful or long-term. Diets, wraps – no good. Liposuction – makes it ever worse.
So how does Cate Blanchett look so damn good? I don’t know, but I’ll keep on this and let you know when I figure it out. It’s the like the quest for the Holy Grail or the fountain of eternal youth – how do some people not have cellulite? There’s got to be a secret club and I plan to get a membership card one way or another. Unlike the other members however, when I find out what’s going on, I’ll share the goods. Why should Cate Blanchett be the only one who gets to walk around looking like a 12 year old boy?