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Something for the Weekend: fatgirlslim

When receiving an email with the subject line ‘fatgirlslim’ some people would possibly curl in a corner and rock and sob. But not me! Oh yes, with my new obsession fascination with a healthy lifestyle I positively jumped at the chance of reviewing this lean, mean skin firming, dimple diminishing cream. I mean isn’t fatgirlslim the most fabulous name EVER for a cream?

The science:

“This advanced-technology adipose antagonist (which, in layman’s terms, means it visibly diminishes those dastardly dimples) features QuSome-encapsulated caffeine molecules for quick and targeted delivery of the skin-slimming stuff of choice of supermodels, spokespeople and other celebs. Clinical studies show:

• 87% saw a firming effect

• 85% felt a slimming effect

• 73% noticed a reduction in the appearance of cellulite”

The texture and consistency of Bliss fatgirlslim is fabulous. A thick, non-sticky lotion, with an appealing minty scent that quickly absorbs. The instructions say to rub the cream into skin for 20 to 30 seconds, which I did twice a day for 3 weeks. The main ingredient of fatgirlslim is, as is the case with most creams of this kind, caffeine. And the results, well my skin does feel tighter and I can see some changes (but am never going to post any photos here!).

I would say that as well as applying the cream I was using my Fitflop boots and following The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss. I am thrilled that I’ve managed to lose a combined 6 inches from my thighs in 3 weeks. That loss is pretty spectacular and could suggest that this cream can help and can work, but possibly is most effective when combined with healthy eating and exercise.

And, clearly, now I need to buy another pot.

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6 Comments

  • Stray
    Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I think Scientists would have something to say about the use of the word Science there ;)

    £360 on cellulite cream a year? And 20 – 40 minutes each day spent rubbing it int? I can’t get my head around either the money or the energy.

    What about self-acceptance? Learning to love our bodies for the amazing, powerful, life-giving, world-changing things that they are? That *we* are! Scars, stretch-marks, wrinkles and cellulite all part of that package.

    Did you hear Holly McNish’s poem on Radio 4 at the International Women’s Day event? Amazing, and challenging (on this theme):
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00z629x

    Fit and healthy – yes, yes, yes. Healthy diet and exercise – fantastic. But what message are we endorsing for the people who’ve lost limbs, or eyes, who were born with cleft lips, who develop skin cancers or live with disfigurement from accidents? Do we *really* want to add fuel to this insane definition of what our bodies ‘should’ be like – even when the vast majority of people end up feeling that they fall well short of the ‘acceptable’ level of perfect?

    When littlest is 30, 35, would you rather she spent 20 minutes a day rubbing expensive cream into her bum and thighs, or 5 minutes re-reading that poem and celebrating her body, imperfections and all? Remembering what it felt like to carry our bodies without judgement – wouldn’t that be amazing?

    Of course I haven’t seen your bum… ;) And of course it’s your right to define what matters to you and what feels right/wrong about your body – it’s not mine to dictate that for anyone. But our obsession with cellulite as something that ‘needed fixing’ was created by an industry that wanted to sell us products. I think my motivations are much more compassionate.

    xx

    • Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment, lovely Stray. Unfortunately I can not respond in the way that I’d very much like to without revealing far too much private information about myself. I can see how some come see this post as shallow, but those people don’t know me are the struggles that I’m curently dealing with. Your motivations are compassionate and I thank you for them xxx

      • Stray
        Posted April 1, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

        Understood xx

        I don’t think it’s shallow – and I know I’m just lucky that ‘body image’ isn’t on the list of things that the world has managed to wind me up about.

        Possibly that’s the advantage of having autism – for all the bonkers things I think, I’m immune to some of the background messages that have put such pressure on women of our generation. Or maybe that’s more about being gay? The three seem to come together fairly frequently!

        I also know that having Badger in our family has shifted Helen and I a lot on this stuff. There’s nothing quite like living with someone who can cope with the fact that they shout “COCK SALMON!” in the high street (the latest) for creating a ‘new normal’. As Badger’s tourettes shifts through different phases, we just all adjust – because she adjusts.

        There’s also the whole avoiding-mortality thing. I know I’m guilty of obsessing about (in reality) meaningless things that feel within my control (even if they aren’t), because when you think about the idea of your family being swept away in a tsunami, or the fact that nuclear power is f’d up but the world might be even more f’d without it, and hey – everyone you’ve ever met and everyone you ever will meet is going to die anyway… well, that’s a recipe for waiting out the rest of your life rocking in a corner. Aren’t I a cheery soul today?

        So – if the choice is between rocking in a corner and buying cellulite cream, you’re on to a winner and £30 a month is a bargain. (And cheaper than therapy!)

        In MUCH more important news: did you see my birthday smurf? http://www.xxcoder.net/textmate-smurf

  • Posted April 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    *dashes off to Bliss website*

  • Posted April 9, 2011 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    I saw this before but am pretty skeptical of creams, lotions, and potions…

    But since you mentioned it (and a little off subject), how are you doing with the 4 hour body plan? I just started it this week and so far so good – 4 lbs down :-) I just need to see how long I can keep up eating the same things every day!

    • Posted April 9, 2011 at 7:25 am | Permalink

      Hiya – re 4HB – LOVING IT. Am going into my 12th weeks now and it’s honestly changed my life. I am now used to eating same stufff and not at all enjoying food. I hardly crave anything else but today is my day off so I’m possibly feeling happier :) Husband has lost 2 stone and looks ace with it, mine has been more gradual with an amazing inch loss and pounds to match, but my target loss is a lot less than his! But more than that, it’s made me look at food in a very different (and much healthier) way. Keep in touch and let me know how you get on x

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