3 Ways to Eliminate Cellulite Naturally
Cellulite is a woman's worst nightmare, even if you watch your diet and exercise it seems almost impossible to get rid of excess body fat. Cellulite is something that is hard to eliminate. Some women are genetically more prone to it than others. In this article, we will take a look at what causes cellulite and what you can do to eliminate it.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition where the skin has a lumpy or dimpled appearance, you may have heard of the term (cottage cheese thighs) This is often a term used to describe severe cellulite in the upper thighs, hips, and buttocks. Cellulite seems to be more prominent in women than it is in men.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused when fatty tissue is pushed through connective tissue underneath the skin. There are many causes of cellulite, it can be hereditary (genetics), distribution of body fat, and thin skin. Cellulite can occur in all races and it affects men and women from all over the world.
Cellulite gets worse as women age
It seems that hormonal imbalances can also cause cellulite to increase, as women age they not only produce less estrogen, there are other causes such as reduced blood circulation and collagen production.
Cellulite is not a health risk but depending on how severe it is it can look unappealing, making it more of an aesthetic condition more than anything else.
Treating cellulite can be as simple or a complicated as you make it, obviously the less body fat you have the less likely you are to have cellulite, however, even women with low body fat may suffer from cellulite.
Even though cellulite does not affect your health it can affect your appearance. It can also prevent women from wearing the clothes they love including shorts or a nice swimsuit.
3 Ways to Eliminate Cellulite
Having Cellulite is not the end of the world, the good news is that it can be eliminated. Most women have heard of some of the more common treatments using massage or laser treatments. Unfortunately, those types of treatment do not offer long-term results.
Yes, we all know how important exercises is for our health, but exercises is a good way to combat cellulite. Daily exercises will not completely eliminate cellulite but it can prevent or reduce the appearance.
The less body fat you have the less strain it places on connective tissue, this reduces the risk of fat from pushing through connective tissue layers.
The best exercise for reducing cellulite is cardio. any kind of aerobic exercises including running can help reduce the overall appearance of cellulite.
One study was done by the South Shore YMCA in Quincy Massachusetts. The study found that men and women who did 30 minutes of cardio 3 days a week for 8 weeks straight lost four pounds of fat without gaining muscle. However, when the same adults implemented 15 minutes of strength training along with 15 minutes of aerobic exercise they lost 10 pounds of body fat. the end result was a firmer and more toned body.
Along with aerobic exercise lifting weights can greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lifting weights will firm and tone muscle, this causes the muscle to grow and will make the skin look smoother.
The best cellulite busting exercises include those that affect major muscle groups which are also those areas more prone to cellulite. These include:
- Squats target the buttocks (glutes) hamstrings and thighs which are prone areas for cellulite.
- Lunges target the front quads and also the buttocks
- Jefferson squats also target the buttocks and things
- Deadlifts are a full body workout that targets hips, buttocks, hamstrings, and thighs
Not only will these exercises help tone muscle they are also very effective for burning body fat.
Eating a low-fat diet with lean protein can not only help reduce body fat, it can also prevent new fat buildup from occurring. Reducing complex carbs and sugars including processed foods and alcohol can also help.
Avoiding saturated fats and increasing the amount of Omega 3 rich foods can help increase blood circulation which can help reduce visible cellulite and prevent the accumulation of new cellulite buildup.
Along with a healthy diet, there are supplements you can take to compliment body fat reduction. Supplements like CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) help shrink fat cells which may help prevent fat buildup and reduce cellulite. Women who have taken CLA supplements have been able to reduce total body fat by as much as 5%.
3. Topical Cellulite Creams
Cellulite can affect women of all ages, even women who are in good physical may be affected by cellulite. If you are someone who exercises daily and still has issues eliminating stubborn cellulite, a topical cellulite cream can offer results.
Most cellulite creams contain either retinol or caffeine, some contain a combination of both. The ingredients in cellulite creams can help hydrate skin and strengthen the underlying connective tissue. They also help smooth out the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Other cellulite creams contain an ingredient called aminophylline, this is a chemical based ingredient. What it does is dehydrate the skin making it look tighter and firmer which is also effective for eliminating visible cellulite.
Cellulite is not something that women should have to live with, it can be easily treated, it may take a couple of months to see full results but the treatments are simple and natural.
Most women may only suffer from mild cellulite which may just require a topical cream, women who carry extra body fat can benefit from daily exercise and a slight change in diet.
Angela is the owner and primary contributor to Crazybulkwomen.com I love writing about all things fitness and nutrition related. I studied nutrition at the University of Phoenix and currently am a full-time mom and blogger.