Cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos talks about Maria Menounos’ “pre-cellulite”

  • Greek-American actress and TV presenter Maria Menounos mentioned recently in an interview with Health magazine that, “If I were to take my jeans off right now, you would see pre-cellulite. It doesn't look that good, but I'm OK with that.”
  • I have described pre-cellulite extensively on this website. Here is a brief explanation of pre-cellulite.
  • According to researchers, the underlying mattress-like architecture of cellulite is surprisingly found on all women, regardless of actual cellulite appearance and merely becomes more pronounced and presents as cellulite when the right conditions are met. This basically means that all women after puberty possess what we can call “pre-cellulite”, which is basically "incipient cellulite” or “cellulite waiting to happen”, if excess sugar or other fattening food is consumed, if an artificial / sedentary lifestyle is followed and/or if contraceptive hormones are taken.
  • Pre-cellulite, scientifically called “Status Protrusus Cutis”, was first identified in 1978 by German scientists, and is the result of tissue exposure to estrogen. This structure is not found neither in children nor in men, but it is found in men who undergo sex change (transexuals) and it is particularly pronounced in women who take hormonal contraception.
  • But why do women need to have this mattress-like structure? What purpose does this serve, except to create ugly-looking cellulite when a woman indulges too much in chocolate?
  • Basically, nature wanted the skin in women's thighs and bottom to be soft but firm. Fat accumulation inside the skin is a sexual characteristic that makes women's skin softer and more gentle to touch and therefore more attractive to men. This is the equivalent of the lean, rugged appearance that makes men attractive to women. Obviously this softness-giving fat on the skin has to be controlled by means of some firmness-giving collagen strands, if a jelly-like appearance is to be avoided and shape to be maintained.
  • In summary, women's skin on the thighs, hips and buttocks evolved to look soft yet firm and for hundreds of thousands of years the fat-pouch-connected-by-collagen-strands structure was a huge success when women tended to be active, eat less / more naturally and did not drink, smoke or take hormonal contraception: it made women sexually attractive to men.
  • In fact, this structure is still a huge success for a small minority of (generally younger) women, who benefit from the “soft yet firm appearance” - at least until they hit 30.
  • Unfortunately, human evolution never anticipated such modern inventions such as the car, the refrigerator, the chocolate bar, the cigarette and the computer, among others...
  • So what about Maria Menounos’ cellulite? What does she, or any other woman with "pre-cellulite", need to do to prevent it from becoming “cellulite-proper”?
  • The standard advice is to exercise, especially with vibration plate training, eat healthily, do not binge-eat or binge-drink, avoid sugar (probably the worst thing for cellulite) and apply a concentrated cellulite cream with multiple ingredients.
  • A good, strong, preventative anti-cellulite treatment would also not just help keep pre-cellulite converting to cellulite, but also firm up the skin and reduce local fat deposits.