If you think that only ‘normal’ people have to deal with problems like cellulite, think again. Even Hollywood celebs like Kim Kardashian or reed thin models walking the fashion runway have to deal with cellulite. No matter what dress size you’re wearing, it’s something that you have to put up with at one point or another – especially if your mom had it.
The good news is that there are actually ways for you to diminish the appearance of cellulite – if not exactly get rid of it. Find out more about these ways, and what cellulite is in the next sections.
First, what exactly is cellulite and how is it formed? Cellulite usually appears at the back of the thighs, buttocks, stomach and arms. They cause part of the skin to get that dimpled look, which is similar to the skin of an orange. This is why cellulite is also called cottage cheese skin, hail damage or the mattress look. The dented and dimpled marks are caused by fat deposits underneath the superficial layer of the skin.
Unfortunately, cellulite appears more in women than in men. Almost 90% of adult women have cellulite so if you do have them, you should definitely not feel too conscious about it. As compared to the male population, cellulite affects women because of bands of cushion attached to the skin called the septae. These are pulled straight down so if you have underlying layers of fat, it will result to the dreaded dimpled look on the skin. Men have thicker skin so even if they also have septae, the cellulite is not as obvious.
Cellulite appears on the skin in three stages. First is when it cannot be seen by the naked eye, so the cellulite only occur on a microscopic level. Stage two cellulite occur when the skin on a specific area of the body is paler than the rest, because it is being stretched by the fat underneath. The third stage is when cellulite has already led to the appearance of the orange peel look on the outermost layer of the skin.
Despite the advancements in medical technology, there is no reason that pinpoints to the appearance of cellulite, but there are many known factors. This includes genetics, wearing of tight clothes, diet, hormonal issues, and lifestyle.
Top 10 Ways on How to Lose Weight and Get Rid of Cellulite
Now that you already have a general idea about how cellulite is formed, let us take a look at the top ten ways on how to get rid of them:
1. Watch what you eat.
Being overweight is a big culprit in the appearance of cellulite. Naturally, if you lose weight primarily by watching what you eat, the appearance of cellulite can also be diminished. The key to losing weight by dieting is portion control. It’s fine to eat more frequently throughout the day as long as the portions are controlled.
Eat your breakfast so that you have more time to burn all the calories you consumed throughout the day, and you can even resist the urge to overeat during lunch or dinner. Use a smaller plate to practice portion control. Eat until you’re almost full, and not until you already feel bloated. Pump up the fruits and veggies content of your diet, and ease back on your carbs consumption.
2. Tone your body.
The more toned your skin is, the tighter the muscles will be. This means that even if you have cellulitis, they will not be as obvious if you work on toning your muscles. In fact, there are even specific exercises that you can do to eliminate that dimpled appearance on the skin caused by cellulite.
To make your workout routine more effective, change it often because doing the same thing over and over again will not yield any results. Strength training is important so that you can focus on building muscle. Work on your arms, abs, buttocks, and thighs. Do exert the extra time and effort to exercising, and you should see that cellulite disappear soon.
If you’re trying to lose both the excess weight and your cellulite, it is best to keep your body hydrated. By increasing your daily water intake, those harsh toxins in the body will be flushed out, along with excess fat and the fat stored as cellulite. Water also helps strengthen the collagen in the skin to help prevent that lumpy, dimpled look.
While you’re at it, cut out the alcohol, caffeine, soda and other sweetened beverages in your drinks list. Carbonated drinks cause bloating, while sweetened beverages contain plenty of empty calories that lead to weight gain. Replace these flavored drinks with green tea which help aid weight loss.
4. Know which clothes will emphasize your cellulite.
If you frequently wear tight clothes like constricted pants, underwear or tops which do not fit properly, the fabric might restrict blood flow on the covered parts of your body. To reduce the appearance of cellulites, choose clothes which give your skin room to ‘breathe’.
5. Try dry brushing.
One of the most popular methods to get rid of cellulite which actually save money is dry brushing. Use coupons or discounts at health stores and purchase a brush, preferably with natural bristles. You can either do it in or out of the shower. Outside the shower, all you have to do is gently rub the dry brush on the affected area for a few minutes. If you’re doing the dry brushing in the shower, wet your skin but leave the brush dry. Using circular motions, brush the skin from the bottom of your body towards the heart. This will not just help diminish the appearance of cellulite, but also boost your blood circulation.
6. Treat yourself to a massage.
Did you know that massages can also help get rid of cellulite? Ask your local massage therapist about the techniques that they use to diminish the appearance of cellulites on specific parts of your body. When you combine weekly massages with exercise and diet, you are bound to diminish the appearance of cellulite on the outermost layer of your skin.
7. Apply cellulite cream.
There are plenty of over-the-counter creams that you can use to diminish the appearance of cellulite. When choosing a product, it is best to go with ones made from natural ingredients. Also look for creams or gels with that warming factor, which leads the breaking up of the fat cells. It’s important to follow the instructions on the label.
The key to the effective use of cellulite creams is to allow the skin to absorb its ingredients, which can only be done using gentle, circular motions on the affected area. Simply applying cellulite cream on the body as you would a lotion is not enough. Do the massaging strokes for around three to five minutes. Better yet, combine the use of cellulite creams with a dry brush so that you can double the effectiveness of the removal method.
8. Use a spray tanning product.
Have you ever noticed how those with a darker skin color seem to have no large pores or no cellulites? This is because a darker skin color helps diminish the appearance of skin imperfections. If you would like to temporarily hide your cellulites, use a cosmetic spray tanning product. Choose a color that’s one or two shades darker than your original skin tone. Just remember that this is only a temporary solution, and will not lead to the diminishing of the appearance of cellulites for a long time.
Before using a dry brush or applying cellulite cream on the affected area, it is recommended that you exfoliate your skin first. If your buttocks and thighs are your problem area, exfoliation will help slough off those dead skin cells. You can combine the use of a natural-bristled brush with an exfoliating product. If you want to go natural, you can use brown sugar and olive oil or ground coffee which will serve as the abrasive that will help brush off the dead skin cells.
10. Perform stretching exercises thrice a week.
Finally, do stretching exercises at least three times a week. Stretching exercises help boost blood circulation in the body. A simple stretching exercise that you can do is to lie on your back with extended legs. Bend your right leg, then pull your knee towards your chest. Hold this position for twenty seconds, and do the other leg. A couple of repetitions would boost your circulation aplenty.
As a final note, remember that 70% of cellulite is caused by lifestyle-related factors, while the remaining 30% is genetics. By eating well, exercising, and hydrating yourself, you can have a fitter, more fabulous body and as a bonus, the appearance of cellulites will be diminished.
Although there’s no one really effective solution that you can use to permanently get rid of cellulites, combining the aforementioned top ten solutions will help diminish that pimpled appearance on the skin.