Cellulite is nothing more than fat that has accumulated under the skin. People might think that it is a serious medical condition needing immediate attention. But you really do not need to worry all that much. Yes cellulite can be unsightly, and you might not be able to dress as you’d want to. But the fact is that like belly fat and fat around your waist; you can tackle and get rid of cellulite. How you’ll go about it is what you’ll find on this page…
But first, how do you figure out you have cellulite?
It’s simple really. The fat pushes against the skin and makes the skin look lumpy and puckered up. And it doesn’t really matter whether you’re overweight or relatively thin and slim. Anyone can have a cellulite problem. Additionally, say you’ve lost a lot of weight very rapidly, then too, you could have cellulite.
Now to look at the factors that can cause and determine the amount of cellulite you have…
Cellulite is more noticeable in women than men, especially after you reach your middle ages. Also, if you have women in your family, your mother or grandmother…anyone who has cellulite issues, then there’s a high chance that you’ll suffer from the same. Doctors say that the presence or absence of cellulite is also influenced by genetics.
The other factors that influence the presence of cellulite include:
- Poor diet: consuming more carbs and calories than you’re burning
- Fad dieting: leads to very quick weight loss, which in the long run is not very healthy, more so because you put on more weight once you stop
- Slow metabolism: this can happen because of age, and it can also happen because of poor diet and lifestyle choices
- Lack of physical activity: if you lead a sedentary life, it slows down your metabolism further
- Hormone changes: this is mainly related to menopause
- Thickness and color of your skin: if you have thick skin, then your cellulite might not show that badly. It shows worse on thin skin, as well as on darker complexion
There could be other factors as well, and for that you should ideally consult your doctor. And now to look at the ‘treatment’ options.
Cellulite treatments: what are they?
You can look up many ‘treatments’ for cellulite on your thighs and buttocks. There are cellulite creams and prescription drugs that you can look up. Surgical operations like liposuction and mesotherapy are also options. The latter involves injecting vitamins and enzymes into the skin where there’s cellulite deposition. The aim is to break down the fat to even out your cellulite spots.
But the question is…
Are they any good?
Of course the final decision rests with you. But for the most part you should ideally steer clear of these methods.
- Cellulite creams might not work for long – in fact, it becomes quite ineffective in the long run.
- Liposuction is worse still because it doesn’t really get rid of the cellulite. Rather it removes the deep fat – and it can actually create depressions in your skin, making your cellulite spots look worse than before!
- Mesotherapy also poses risks of uneven fat distribution, as well as swelling and infection.
- These are unreliable and they are unnatural. Additionally, they are costly.
As it stands then, these methods of reducing cellulite are not quite feasible, and they are also quite risky. Would you want to take such risks, especially since there are natural and harmless methods that are far more effective?
So let’s look at…
How to get rid of cellulite?
#1 Keep yourself hydrated
Start by drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself hydrated at all times. Hydrating your skin hides the cellulite because your skin looks rejuvenated and healthy. You should drink a balanced amount of water throughout the day to get the best skin and by extension, minimal cellulite depositions.
#2 Follow a healthy diet
Turn to high-nutritional foods like fresh greens and fruits. Also, steer clear of junk and fatty foods. In fact, when you follow the proper diet you don’t actually feel any food cravings. Rather, you don’t even feel quite hungry because your body is getting all the nutrition it needs. Talk to your dietitian about a healthy diet.
#3 Turn away from foods that lead to cellulite
Stay away from foods that lead to more fat and cellulite. We’re talking about fried foods like French fries, fried chicken, packaged foods like potato chips, pretzels etc. Also, you need to stay away from foods high in salt and sugar both. Alcohol also is a NO-NO. These foods lead to cellulite deposition by contributing to water retention in the body. This water retention causes more fat deposition.
You can also start working out regularly. Try intensive training and aerobic exercises. Try exercises that will help burn more fat and calories. You can also try targeted exercises like crunches that will use the muscles in your abdomen and thighs. But of course, the best solution is to first take advice from a professional gym instructor. Then follow up on your own.
These were the basic ways to get rid of cellulite – for more information, turn to your doctor. You could even turn to a skin specialist to get help on masking cellulite while it’s still there. So all the best to you – and given that many women have already gotten rid of cellulite – you can meet success as well!