Cellulite is a certainty in a woman’s life but it’s not something that we should be ashamed of.
Take a moment and think of a female celebrity whose body you admire. Guess what? She is beautiful AND has cellulite. The two are not mutually exclusive! Many famous women, including Ashley Graham, have boldly embraced their cellulite and tried to destigmatise a condition that 90% of us have.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is lumpy fat deposits underneath the skin. It is often found in women’s thighs and/or buttocks because this is where we usually store the most fat. Also, as we get older, cellulite is likely to get worse due to the natural decrease in our skin’s elasticity. Some of the common causes associated with cellulite such as genetics and hormones, are unfortunately out of our control. Although, we do have the ability to influence one of the factors that can cause cellulite: our lifestyle.
4 Effective Ways To Reduce Cellulite
Companies try to capitalise on our insecurities by promoting the idea that a miracle cream or laser surgery will banish cellulite forever. It won’t. However, if you wish to reduce the appearance of your cellulite, you have the power do so, naturally.
As stated earlier, cellulite is made up of fat. Therefore excess bodily fat can cause more cellulite. You can decrease the amount you have by lowering your body fat percentage through resistance and cardio training.
Eat a healthy diet
Consuming fruits, vegetables and minimally processed food will help with fat loss and consequently reduce cellulite. In addition you should avoid consuming excess salt. High sodium food worsens the appearance of cellulite as it causes swelling in the fat cells.
Drink more water
When your body is dehydrated cellulite can often look worse. To prevent this from happening, regularly supply your body with adequate hydration throughout the day. You shouldn’t be counting fizzy drinks, coffee and caffeinated teas as part of your daily water intake, as they can have a dehydrating effect. Health authorities recommend that you drink at least 2 litres of water per day. Additionally, in hot weather and when engaging in exercise you will need to drink a lot more to replace the lost fluid.
Directly rubbing the areas affected by cellulite will increase blood flow to that area, causing a smoother appearance. Be aware that this is only a short term measure as the effects of this technique are temporary.
Of all the methods out there, healthy eating, keeping hydrated and building muscle mass are the most dependable ways to get the results you want. Nevertheless, having a lean and fit body does not make you immune to cellulite. A few years ago I was surprised to discover that one of my fitness inspirations and TV’s toughest personal trainer, Jillian Michaels, has cellulite. She is the epitome of healthy living and still has cellulite! So keep calm and remember that your value as a wonderful woman is in no way determined by the texture of your legs.