my understanding of this is that it is and has been a controversial subject. I would like to quote from “Fitness and Sports Medicine: an Introduction” “Proponents claim that cellulite is fat trapped in abnormal and chronically inflamed connective tissue, with impeded blood and lymph acfcess. Exorbitant fees are often charged for high protein diets, massage, sauna, special skin creams, body wrappings, or pseudoelectric devices used to “break up or reduce cellulite deposits.” Cellulite is simply subcutaneous fat, packaged somewhat differently in normal connective tissue. The only real cure is fat loss through regular aerobic exercise and improved diet.” This is an older text book, and there may be some huge treatment breakthrough since it came out, but given how big a news flash that would have been I would be surprised it had not been all over the media if so.
I agree with the others that there is a huge genetic link to where a body stores fat, and that just loosing weight, as it cannot be targeted to one specific spot (short of liposuction, which has a HUGE number of down sides) is unlikely to solve the problem…. it will however make the person look and feel better if they get to a healthy weight and build some muscle tissue.
Also regular hydration is a great idea.