Cellulite is a very common, totally normal part of the body. However, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the topic and how to get rid of it (or if you even can or should).
This article will help you to understand what cellulite is and small ways you can reduce it. It’s important to keep in mind that cellulite itself does not cause any health problems and is harmless in that respect, so there is no need to reduce it on account of your health. But if you’re looking for things you can do to try and reduce the appearance of cellulite, this article is here to help.
What is cellulite?
Many people are confused as to what cellulite actually is, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. They key thing to remember is that cellulite is totally normal.
Cellulite is simply a collection of fat that expands and presses against the connective tissue of your skin in the areas in which you carry the most fat.1 This is why cellulite has a dimpled appearance – most commonly found on the thighs, buttocks and stomach. If you don’t like the appearance of cellulite and want to reduce it, there are a few things you can do.
How to Reduce Cellulite
It’s very normal to have these build ups of fat – in fact, they can be influenced by a number of things such as genetics, lifestyle choices, hormone levels and nutrition.
Here are a few tips if you’re looking to reduce your cellulite.
Exercise & hydration effects on cellulite
Physical activity can help to reduce cellulite in a number of ways. By performing cardiovascular exercise in order to burn fat, you’ll be able to reduce your overall body fat percentage and in turn, reduce the amount of fat and cellulite on your body.
Weight training is also a great option to weave in between your cardio days Weight training will help you burn fat whilst building muscle at the same time.
Not drinking enough water is another reason for more cellulite. Water helps to flush toxins out of the body and stop them from exiting through your skin, possibly creating spots, fat stores and bad odours. Drinking between 2-3L of water each day is recommended by health authorities and should especially be done when exercising in order to replenish the fluids lost during activity and prevent dehydration.2
Nutrition to reduce cellulite
There aren’t specific foods that create cellulite, as it’s simply a build-up of fat. However, fat loss can be achieved through a calorie deficit and adequate exercise.
Increasing your protein intake will enable you to build muscle while performing resistance training. Protein also has a higher satiety factor, making eating in a calorie deficit to lose fat much easier. And, don’t be afraid of carbs. They’re vital for energy.
Smoking & alcohol
We’re all aware that smoking is bad for your lungs, mouth, throat and heart, but how about your skin? Smoking contains toxins which reduce the flow of blood vessels and restrict oxygen flow to the skin.3
Nicotine is the addictive chemical within cigarettes that also reduces the skin’s ability to repair itself and can make areas containing cellulite appear worse than they are.3
The calories we consume from alcohol can’t be utilised usefully by the body, which makes them free to be gained as fat if you’re in a caloric surplus (and that’s very easy to do while drinking alcohol).4 As well, alcohol contains toxins which can also influence aging and bloat your stomach and face.4
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Take home message
It’s amazing what a little exercise and healthy diet choices can do for you. Everyone can start off by increasing their water intake and then lead into exercising more regularly. This, combined to making healthier choices where you can, can reduce cellulite. But remember – cellulite is totally normal and often times can be genetic – meaning you may still have cellulite even after weight loss – and that’s ok.