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Cellulite 101

Cellulite is the one thing that women hate the most because it can happen to anyone. In fact, 80% of women have cellulite, so if you’ve got it you are not part of a minority.

cellulite skin on her legs

We all probably wish that we had a magical wand we could wave at our thighs and butt to make it just disappear but unfortunately that isn’t the case, or we’d have super smooth legs in a flash. Here we will tell you some information about cellulite and what you can do to lessen the appearance.

So what is cellulite?

Cellulite is nothing more than fat beneath the skin which appears lumpy as it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. It is more common in women than in men, and not only that, but if the other women in your family have it then you are likely to inherit it too. And you don’t even have to be overweight to have cellulite, plenty of people have it who also have a normal BMI.

Lots of things influence how much cellulite you have, such as:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and colour of your skin

How can you get rid of it, you ask?

While you may not be able to get rid of cellulite completely there are a few things that can help to lessen the appearance.

Here are the obvious simple changes you can make:

By changing your diet to a healthy one you can keep the signs of cellulite at bay by eating a lot of fiber, whole grain foods, fruit and vegetables. By increasing your daily intake of water your body will begin to shed its excess fat, including the fat stored as cellulite. Water can also help to strengthen the collagen in your skin, reducing the lumpy look.

You should definitely make sure that you’re making the time to exercise regularly as excess weight will contribute to the amount of cellulite. Doing cardio will help with this a lot, the best being running, cycling, hiking up hills, all of which will help lower your body fat percentage.

Once you’ve lost weight and decreased your body fat, it’s time to get strong and lean muscles by doing strength-training exercises. There is an abundance of tutorials online that can help you learn new moves and techniques.

Make sure that you get enough sleep at night as it will lower your risk of high blood pressure and help with weight loss, therefore reducing cellulite.

Now for some less known ways to supposedly get rid of the cellulite

Cellulite is often less noticeable on darker skin, so applying a self-tanner can help make the appearance of the dimples less noticeable.

There are so many cellulite creams on offer that are said to dissolve fat and smooth the skin, however there if no scientific evidence that this helps. For some people it can even be harmful as a lot of them contain aminophylline, a prescription drug approved for treating asthma. They can apparently narrow blood vessels and force water from the skin, which could be dangerous for people with circulatory problems.

Some people think that liposuction will help it only removes deep fat and some experts think that it could actually worsen the appearance of cellulite.

Massages and spa treatments are said to help but they only have a temporary effect and is probably due to the removal of excess fluid.

The FDA have cleared the use of a device that uses laser energy to treat cellulite. According to the manufacturer the device can melt fat under the skin, break up the fibrous bands under the skin, and stimulate collagen production.

And one last thing…

Embrace it! While there may not be a cure these tips will definitely help to minimize the appearance.

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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