Mention the word cellulite in a room full of women and you’ll get a chorus of moans and even a few shudders. Most women have at least a little bit on their thighs, backside, hips or stomach. Although it’s a very common problem to have, trying to get rid of cellulite is frustrating enough to make you want to cry.
So what helps get rid of cellulite?
Well, first it helps to know exactly what it is. Unfortunately, neither the medical community, the fitness community, or the cosmetic industry can seem to agree on what cellulite, is, what causes it, or how to get rid of cellulite for good. This leaves the rest of us scratching our head in confusion. There are so many opinions that it’s very hard to know who to believe or which way to turn for an effective cellulite treatment.
One thing is for certain though, cellulite lotions and creams are only good at making the surface of your skin appear a little smoother for a very short period of time. These type of potions are an extremely temporary fix for a problem that requires a more permanent treatment. Liposuction is also another really bad idea for getting rid of cellulite. Even though liposuction does in fact get rid of fat cells that cause lumpy and bumpy appearance on your thighs, the violent and invasive nature of the treatment can damage the dermal layers of the skin. You could end up looking much worse than before.
The only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that cellulite is basically bulging fat cells that protrude between the connective tissue of the skin. Some of the main causes are poor diet, smoking, chronic dehydration, excess stress, hormone imbalance, and poor circulation of the lymphatic system.
What helps get rid of cellulite is a reduction in body fat. While it’s not possible to ‘spot reduce’ fat pockets in specific areas of your body, you can make a few simple dietary changes that will bring about some very surprisingly positive results. Start with working your way up to eating about 50% of your daily calorie total from fresh fruits and vegetables. You would absolutely shocked at what a huge difference that single change will make in the way your body looks and feels.
Drink more water. The body needs water to process the food you eat and get rid of the waste products your body makes each day. Without enough water, the toxins and waste by products of food metabolism and daily living build up. This build up is stored primarily in the fat cells, so it’s vitally important that you drink a minimum of 2 liters, or just over 2 quarts, of water each day. If you’re trying to get rid of cellulite, then you should be drinking 3 to 4 liters of water, preferably filtered, each day.
What helps get rid of cellulite is movement. Our bodies were made to move each day, but far too many of us don’t get adequate exercise. I’m not talking about a punishing, exercise until you barf type program, but some brisk, invigorating feel good movement. Because cellulite is, in part, caused by poor lymphatic circulation, it’s important to stimulate the lymph system each day with at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise. This allows the body to process and get rid of waste products rather than store them in the fat cells and increase the appearance of cellulite.
These are just 3 simple changes you can make today that will go a long way in helping get rid of cellulite.