This article is from the Diet FAQ, by Claudia McCreary email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Strictly speaking, there's no such thing, although vendors of high-priced
creams, special scrubbing sponges, and exercise equipment would like you to
believe otherwise. The term "cellulite" was coined at a European diet spa to
describe the deposits of fat that many women (normal and overweight)
accumulate on their thighs and buttocks. Concentrations of fat in these
areas often have a wrinkled or puckered appearance because the fat bulges
out between the fibers that connect the skin to underlying tissues; the
actual fat itself is no different than that found anywhere else in the body.
Short of surgical measures such as liposuction, there is no way to remove
fat concentrations from one part of the body, although a diet and exercise
program targeted at reducing fat throughout the body may eliminate, or at
least reduce, such localized deposits.
Are all doctors knowledgeable about all diets?
In a perfect world, yes, but we do not live in a perfect world. Many
excellent, caring, well educated doctors have, unfortunately, little
experience with the many possible diets out there. If your doctor
does not approve of your diet choice, listen to his concerns. Do your
own study for : info by reading the books, etc. And do the blood work
your doctor may suggest before starting the diet and then three months
into the diet to access the diet's impact on your health. While it is
important to listen to your doctor, you are the one who must live in
your body. there fore it is necessary for you to be as informed and
knowledgeable about your chosen diet as possible. Therefore, you can
make an informed decision, based on all the info about the diet.
Discuss this with your doctor and explain to him why you are choosing
this diet and that you want your doctor to monitor your health while
you are on the diet. This way his concerns will be addressed and
dealt with while you are dieting. This will also allow you to examine
the efficacy and safety of the diet on an on going basis and educate
your doctor about a diet he may not be familiar with. This is in no
way a recommendation that you should not listen and follow your
doctors advice, just an alternative method, should you wish to follow
a diet against your doctors advice.