I want to do some posts specifically for women, starting with a question I get asked often: how do you get rid of cellulite naturally and safely?
Ironically, cellulite was once respected as an attractive symbol of wealth. It meant you could eat rich foods and didn’t have to physically labor. Well, these days almost all women have cellulite to one degree or another, and it’s generally considered a blight–a sign of a lazy, unhealthy lifestyle.
Millions of women spend tens of millions of dollars per year on all kind of cellulite treatments looking for a cure, and aren’t any better for it. Is there anything you can do, really? Fortunately, there is.
Now that summer is here, it seems like a good time to dive into the subject and help you sort the BS from the truth, and work out what you can do to get smoother, sexier legs, hips, and butts.
We all know what cellulite looks like–it’s the bumpy fat deposits that often appear on the legs and butt, but can also show up in the hips, stomach, and arms. Sometimes it’s severe, and sometimes it’s quite mild, only visible when you pinch the skin.
Well, what you’re actually seeing are swollen fat cells putting pressure on the surrounding fibrous tissue. This then pulls the skin downward and creates the telltale pitting that makes so many women self-conscious.
Women are more prone to develop cellulite than men for three primary reasons:
Cellulite also gets worse with age. The fibrous connective tissues (septae as they’re known) stiffen and the skin loosens, making the “mattress look” becomes even more pronounced.
The percentage of women with cellulite is staggeringly high–between 85-98% according to some research, and it’s medically classified into four stages:
What is this pinch test, you might be wondering? It’s very simple.
Using your index finger and your thumb, pinch the skin on your outer thigh, buttocks, or abdomen, and look for dimpling.
If you can only see some dimpling when you pinch, but want to make sure it doesn’t get worse over time, then I recommend you start taking simple, preventative actions now.
Before I talk about what works in the treatment of cellulite, I want to save you the money and frustration of wasting your time with snake oils and other scams.
The following “cures” for cellulite don’t work:
So, what does work for reducing the appearance of cellulite?
Notice that I said reducing the appearance of cellulite, because genetics do play a role here. You may not be able to completely “cure” yourself of all vestiges of it, but there certainly are things you can do to help make cellulite less noticeable.
Reducing the appearance of cellulite requires that you do three things:
So, let’s get to what you can do to accomplish these three goals. Fortunately, it doesn’t require spending a fortune on lotions, supplements, fancy devices, or medical procedures.
This is more important than many women realize.
According to Dr. Murad, author of The Cellulite Solution, the more frequently you move blood and lymph around in the affected areas, the more you can reduce the visibility of cellulite.
Another cellulite-related benefit of weightlifting is that as your muscles grow, every area of your body naturally tightens, giving you a smoother, fuller look (and avoiding the dreaded “skinny fat” physique).
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Unfortunately, the average American diet contains way too many omega-6 fatty acids, and way too few omega-3s. This promotes the development of many types of disease including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Fish oil is one of the few supplements that I highly recommend you take every day, and here’s yet another reason for me to promote it.
Reducing your body fat percentage can obviously have positive effects on your cellulite, but it’s not the end-all cure as some believe (as evidenced by the many skinny girls out there with cellulite).
That said, if you’re overweight, bringing your body fat into a normal, or athletic range, will definitely help.
And even if you’re not overweight, you can still carry quite a bit of stubborn fat, which is the type worst affected by cellulite. By reducing this fat in particular, you can alleviate the cellulite.
How to do this is bit beyond the scope of this post, but head on over to my article on how to lose stubborn fat to learn more.
As you may know, I’m not into pushing pills, but I want to mention two other supplements that are commonly recommended in conjunction with handling cellulite. Don’t count on them to be more effective than weightlifting and fat loss, but they’re cheap, and they just may help.
Research has shown that it improves circulation and has anti-swelling and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce fluid “spillover” in areas affected by cellulite, and thus reduce its visibility.
Before I sign off, I want to just point out that cellulite is, by and large, and issue of perspective. It isn’t unhealthy per se, and isn’t nearly as noticeable to other people as it is to you.
Being lean, strong, healthy, and fit are far more important–and beautiful–than just having smooth skin.