Cellulite. It’s not pretty. The lumpy, dimpled skin on your thighs and bottom embarrasses you and causes you to avoid activities like swimming. If you’ve had enough and want to get rid of your cellulite, there are a number of things you can do to fight back.
What is Cellulite?
Before getting into how to beat cellulite, it might be illuminating to take a moment to think about what cellulite is and where it comes from.
Cellulite is more than just fat. There are fibrous tendrils of connective tissue called septae that anchor the skin to the muscle tissue underneath. The septae form little pouches where fat can push up and create the cottage cheese-like appearance that accompanies cellulite.
Heredity and hormones are largely responsible for the presence, location, and severity of cellulite. Other factors may include diet, toxins, and tight clothing that restricts blood flow to affective areas. There is no cure, but luckily there are ways to improve the appearance of cellulite.
If you want to fight back and reduce the appearance of cellulite, these are the most foolproof steps:
- Eat a healthy diet full of fiber and whole grains. Fiber helps to push toxins out of your digestive system. Eat a lot of leafy, green veggies. And drink a lot of water.
- Exercise regularly. Fat is a part of the cellulite equation, so excess weight can contribute. By exercising regularly, you burn fat, shrinking the fat cells in cellulite and reducing its severity. Combining cardio exercises like jogging or swimming with weight training to increase lean muscle mass and metabolism seems to be the best strategy.
- Avoid smoking or consuming excess alcohol, which put toxins in your system and make fighting cellulite harder.
- Brush your skin daily. This helps stimulate blood flow to the affected area, removes dead skin cells, and stimulates new cellular growth.
- Get a enough sleep. 7–8 hours of quality sleep every night is recommended.
- Stay away from the usual suspects: fatty foods, sugars, diet soda, and processed food. You don’t want to plump those fat cells back up.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. No yo-yo dieting. Remember, it’s possible to be skinny and still have cellulite.
- If all else fails, consult a professional. It can be costly, but if nothing else works, and medical professional may have some ideas or methods you haven’t tried yet.
Note: There are tons of creams and wraps out there that claim to fight cellulite, but many of them are very expensive and many don’t hold up their end of the deal. Be wary of anything that promises results for little effort.