How can I get rid of cellulite?
If you don’t have cellulite on your thighs, upper arms, stomach or butt then you are probably a man. Cellulite affects between 80%-90% of all women over the age of 21. If you have one or multiple cellulite areas that you absolutely hate to see in the mirror, let us just start off by saying this: You are normal. Cellulite is not a medical condition it is a purely cosmetic issue affecting almost all women on earth and even some men.
Cellulite has also been around for thousands of years. Did you know that although your modern-day woman may hate her orange-peel aesthetic, It’s been depicted in famous paintings and sculptures celebrating the female form? And even though it has been around forever, we have yet to find a quick and permanent fix for cellulite. Like with most things in life, unfortunately, there are no shortcuts.
What is cellulite?
Let’s start at the beginning. Cellulite is what happens when fatty tissue pushes through the fibrous bands, called septae, that connect the skin to muscle. These bands “pull down and tether the skin, and that’s what leads to the dimpled appearance of cellulite. Fat buildup underneath the skin is what causes cellulite, but the appearance of cellulite worsens as we age and our skin loses elasticity.
Why don’t men have cellulite?
Unfair, right? Cellulite affects more than 80% of all adult women and less than 10% of all men. The reason for this is the way women store fat differs from men. Women store fat in our thighs in little columns, much like an old mattress. As we get older the fat then puckers a bit and gives it the cottage-cheese effect. The bands that hold connective tissue in men are arranged in a Zig-Zag pattern which makes the appearance of dimpling skin impossible. If you pinch the thigh of a female and a male, the female will develop peaks and valleys characteristic of a mattress while the male would only have tiny folds.
Is cellulite permanent?
Heck no! Since we have already established that cellulite is caused by fat, we can only conclude that we can get rid of cellulite since you can definitely get rid of fat. There are many other factors that contribute to cellulite such as genetics, blood circulation and diet among others, but there are definitely ways to get rid of them easily.
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Exercises for cellulite
So let us just repeat ourselves - cellulite is nothing but fat under our skin causing the dimpling effect, so to get rid of cellulite, we need to get rid of fat. Here are some exercises to do to get rid of fat.
- Squat to high knee - In this exercise you stand shoulder-width apart, squat into a normal squat position and as you come up you bring your knee up to be level with your waist.
- Pendulum lunge - The pendulum lunge is great for glutes and thighs. Here, you would lunge forward, come back up and lunge backwards with the same leg and repeat on the other leg for 12 reps each.
- Jump squats - This leg burning exercise is great for burning optimal fat in your thighs. You do a normal squat and as you come back up and jump. To view how to do this exercise click here.
- Revenge lunge - Another leg exercise that is great for cellulite is the reverse lunge to high knee. A similar exercise to the pendulum lunge with high knees.
For all of these exercises above, and more view our full cellulite busting workout here on our youtube channel.
Drink more water
Cellulite is often the result of poor circulation and lymphatic flow and the best way to counter this is to drink water. Water does not only keep you hydrated but it encourages good circulation and lymphatic flow.
Do some cardio
Let us start by saying that cardio will not reduce your cellulite unless you combine it with strength training exercises. Combined with the strength training exercises listed above, cardio exercises like dancing, swimming, running, hiking or cycling can reduce cellulite very quickly. The key to burning fat is burning more calories than you take in, which will cause your body to burn excess fat.
Adjust your diet
If you are looking for a long-term solution to getting rid of your cellulite, you need to change your lifestyle. Burning fat and getting rid of cellulite is not sufficient to keep that cellulite off for good. You need to incorporate a nutritious and healthy meal plan for yourself to go along with your exercises. Eating plenty of healthy fats such as fish, avocado and seeds and cutting out all refined sugars plays a major role in getting your body back in shape. If you are unsure of what to eat, consult your Fitness Fable trainer to help you to work on a meal plan that will help you burn fat optimally.
Cellulite is one inevitable thing in most women. Whether you are super fit and healthy or even super skinny, chances are good you will still end up having cellulite on your body. We believe that there is no need to be ashamed of your cellulite, however, if you know that you are clearly overweight and as a result has gotten a lot of cellulite on your body, we would love to encourage you to improve your health overall and take care of your body as a whole before focusing on problem areas. Like we said before, you need a whole change in lifestyle, starting with the food you consume. Visit our gym today to see how we can get you in the best shape of your life