Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives, driving them to diet or into the gym to try and get rid of it. Unfortunately, around 90% of women suffer from cellulite on various parts of their bodies, from the hips, buttocks, and thighs, to the lower stomach and upper arms. Cellulite is not necessarily linked to overweight or obese people – it can happen to any type of body, whether slim, normal or fat – however there are ways and means to control and even get rid of it. The early it is treated, the better the results. So read on for some expert tips on getting rid of cellulite on your thighs and buttocks.
Causes of Cellulite
Beneath the skin lies a layer of fat cells and when these fat cells increase in size (generally due to over-eating) it causes the fat cells to push together and against the connective tissue, creating a lumpy, puckering effect, which is commonly known as cellulite. These fat cells also store toxins to help the body to minimize toxicity levels in your vital organs, which also contributes to the increase in cellulite. Some causes of cellulite:
- Overweight / obesity
- Poor diet / fad dieting
- Lack of physical activity
- Slow metabolism
- Hormonal changes
Tips to get rid of cellulite naturally
1. Change your diet- One of the best ways to get rid of cellulite is to change your diet so that the fat cells are reduced. Eat a healthy balanced diet with at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, which are alkaline –forming foods and help to reduce cellulite. Minimize your intake of processed foods such as bread, sugars and starch and make sure you eat plenty of fibre to keep your body regular.
Expert tip! Go raw! Try to eat your fruit and vegetables in their rawest form as this retains all their goodness.
2. Hydrate and flush- Water is the source of life and the cure for all. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day to flush your system of all toxins, which are stored in the fat cells that cause cellulite. By flushing your body of toxins, the fat cells will decrease in size and the lumpy look of cellulite will decrease.
Expert tip! Add a slice of lemon to a cup of warm water and drink each morning. It’s a great way to begin the day and will leave you feeling refreshed and flushed!
3. Massage / Brushing- Massaging and skin brushing helps to stimulate blood and lymph flow in the area where the cellulite is prevalent. This can help to reduce the size of the fat cells, remove any excess toxins, and the dimply look of cellulite. Use a skin brush or exfoliating loofah and massage your thighs, butt and other areas with cellulite with small circular movements for at least 5-10 minutes each day.
Exercises to get rid of cellulite
Another sure fire way of getting rid of cellulite is by exercising. Exercise releases endorphins into your blood stream, which not only make you feel great, but also help to detoxify your system, reduce fat cells and lessen the appearance of cellulite. Exercising regularly at least three to five times a week will ultimately help you to weight as well, and this loss of fat will dramatically reduce the look of the cellulite. Here are some good exercises to do to reduce cellulite:
1. 360 Degree Lunges – Place your hands on your hips and lunge forward with your right foot in the 12 o’clock position. Return to standing position and lunge to 3 o’clock position. Return to standing position and lunge backward to the 6 o’clock position. Return to standing position and lunge sideways to 9 o’clock position. Repeat with the other leg. Video: How to do 360 Degree Lunges
2. Goblet Squats – Hold something heavy (5 kgs or more) and squat. Repeat three sets of 20.
3. Burpees – These full-body exercises are one of the ultimate calorie-burning movements you can do – squat, jump up with arms in the air and repeat the squat when landing. Video: How to do Burpees
4. Hit the hills – This exercise can be done on the treadmill or outside. Hill walking is excellent exercise for working on that cellulite and the steeper the better, however, remember it is important to increase the gradient slowly to avoid injury.