Most women have a sizeable amount of the dimply stuff in their thighs, arms and buttocks. While some have come to accept the unwanted dimples as a part of their body image, others have resorted to great and even absurd ways to getting rid of cellulite.
Here are 7 things you need to know about cellulite though…
1. Cellulite is Often Genetic
Surprised? I was too.
Some women are more prone to getting cellulite than others because cellulite has its roots in skin structure and genetics. That is not to say that there is no way around cottage cheese thighs. Even if some of us may not be able to completely eliminate all traces of cellulite from our bodies, there are ways to reduce its appearance drastically. So before trying all the above the counter cellulite creams and fad diets, check with your mum and grandma to see if cellulite runs in your genes.
2. Cellulite Can be Caused by Toxins
One of the primary causes of cellulite are toxins from a less than ideal diet, so eating properly is essential. Processed foods are the worst cellulite-promoting offenders and should be avoided. They contain excess sugar, fat, sodium and chemicals that lead to a toxic buildup. Those toxins are then stored in fat cells resulting in more cellulite buildup. In addition, excess sugar is converted to fat and high sodium intake leads to water retention and fluid buildup worsening the appearance of cellulite. Again, before trying all the above the counter cellulite creams and fad diets, try reshuffling your food cabinet.
3. A Healthy Diet is More Important to Eliminating Cellulite than You Think
A healthy diet, rich in antioxidants and other nutrients allows your body to naturally rid itself of waste. It also gives your skin what it needs to boost collagen production, naturally reducing the appearance of cellulite. The ideal diet should be high in fibre and include fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and lean proteins. Focus on brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as they are the highest in toxin fighting anti-oxidants. Foods that are natural diuretics like cucumbers and asparagus can also help rid the body of excess fluid buildup. If you are one of those green haters and are fighting cellulite, this information should be food for serious thought.
4. When You are Dehydrated, Your Cellulite Appears Worse
In addition to diet, it is very important to drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps avoid bloating and fluid retention that can make cellulite appear worse. Coffee and tea can be dehydrating, so it’s important to reduce your consumption. If you do enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, be sure to increase your water intake to compensate. A well-hydrated body will release fluids rather than work hard to hold onto them. Drinking water regularly also strengthens the collagen in the skin, flushes toxins through the kidneys, improves circulation and increases skin elasticity and smoothness. It’s a natural way to fight the formation of cellulite and improve your health and appearance overall. Ladies, grab an extra glass of water.
5. Your Muscles are Key
The most important factor for getting rid of cellulite is regular exercise. Exercises that target the butt and thighs are especially useful for toning the muscles, smoothing the skin, and improving the appearance of cellulite-prone areas. Your regimen should burn fat while sculpting, toning and lifting. Get your running shoes on.
6. There’s No Easy Solution to Cellulite
Getting rid of cellulite requires discipline and determination. There are many gimmicks out there promising a simple solution. Often these involve the use of creams and serums. Cellulite massaging soaps and creams, for example, work by improving circulation to the skin. This temporarily plumps up the cells, giving the appearance of a reduction in cellulite. While some of these products can temporarily improve appearance, they are not a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
7. You Don’t Need to Spend Money at the Gym
You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get great cellulite busting, butt transforming workout. Free programs like the “Glute Butt Bootie challenge” and the “Blast Cellulite Workout” can be completed at home, daily in 20 minutes or less. Each workout includes demonstrations to show proper form and a detailed daily exercise schedule. The good thing is that there are several other benefits to exercising, so you may as well be killing several birds with a single stone.