Nearly 90 percent of women have cellulite. Nearly 100 percent of these women want to get rid of it. Cellulite is not complex. It’s simply a form of fat stored in humans. Cellulite looks different than other forms of fat because it contains strands of tissue that run between fat cells and latch onto the skin for support—all resulting in a cottage cheese look. You aren’t necessarily unhealthy or overweight if you have cellulite. Obese, thin and average people can all get this pesky form of fat depending on their genetic makeup, muscle tone and thickness of skin. There are ways to get rid of–or at least reduce–the presence of cellulite.
Modify your diet. This doesn’t mean going on a strict diet. The best way to eat is to use common sense. Eat many small meals a day rather than three large ones. Avoid foods high in sugar, saturated fat and cholesterol. Try to eat foods in their most natural state. Avoid highly processed foods made with refined flour. Avoid junk food. Load up on organic fruits and vegetables.
Make lifestyle changes. Give up smoking, excessive alcohol drinking and caffeine consumption. You will lose cellulite when you improve the way you live and avoid ingesting toxins.
Start a fitness plan that you can stick with. Make sure you get regular exercise consisting of cardiovascular workouts and strength training. You may want to talk with a personal trainer to get started. Biking, running, swimming, and brisk walking are good cardiovascular exercises. Lift weights using your lower body muscles, aiming to work them out from every angle. This reduces underlying fat stores, and it replaces them with muscle tissue.
Incorporate little exercises into your lifestyle—for example, take the steps instead of the elevator when you’re out. Do squats and lunges whenever you think of it.
Stretch after your workout. Stretching makes you exercise better and helps you avoid injury, ultimately leading to better workouts and more muscle gain for you. You lose cellulite whenever you gain muscle because muscles actively burn calories.
Drink plenty of water to rid your body of toxins.
Brush your skin with a skin brush to stimulate blood and lymph flow. This also encourages new skin growth, which may help rid the body of cellulite. You can do this yourself with a skin brush or have it done at a salon or spa.
- Always consult with your health care provider because starting an exercise program.