A lot of you want to know about how to get rid of cellulite so here is my answer and explanation. What you guys want, I deliver!
Cellulite sucks! It affects 90-95% of women. We can only hope that the 5% of women who don’t have it appreciate how lucky they are, right?! The rest of us seem desperate for a cure. Let’s go over the good and bad concerning this ever so popular topic and then I’ll share my personal tips on how you can help keep your thighs and butt looking as smooth as possible all summer long.
I always like to hear the bad news first, then the good news so here ya go…
The Bad News
Cellulite can be reduced but it cannot be completely taken away. It is genetic. If you have it then surely your sisters and mom do too. Lumpy, bumpy skin is caused when fat presses up against the vertical connective tissue that surrounds fat cells in our butt and thighs; this creates a bulging of the cells, resulting in a dimpled effect. You don’t see cellulite in men because their fibers run in a horizontal, criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling. Cellulite looks worse and shows up more as we age because our skin gets thinner (which exposes what’s underneath more easily) and the strands of connective tissue thicken allowing more fat to bulge.
The Good News
Cellulite is fat. It’s fat placed in an undesirable area but don’t complicate things… its just fat. The good news is that fat is something we can absolutely control! If you loose weight the appearance of cellulite in your butt and legs will decrease. Also, the more muscle tone you build in your butt and legs, the less visible it will become.
Diet is a huge contributor to fat weight loss. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily and fill your diet with natural foods that your body can easily digest so that you can use those calories for fuel instead of your body storing them as fat.
Here are some of my favorite moves to help combat cellulite. Use weights with these moves for best results.
*Lunge (look at my previous Leg & Butt Obsession post for form instructions)
*Single Leg Squat
*Leg Press (I especially like using a leg press machine at the gym, however there are many variations of this exercise that you can use in case you don’t have access to a gym)
*Vinyasa Yoga (practicing this fluid workout will really help shape your legs and butt)
These moves have helped my clients and I build the leg and butt muscles that help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Do not be afraid of bulking when lifting weights. It’s almost impossible for a woman to ‘bulk’ without taking illegal drugs. When you’ve completed your weight training workout make sure you stretch your muscles. This will give you that long, lean appearance we all covet but more importantly it’s what’s best for your muscles. As I mentioned above, a good diet proves to be a great cellulite reducer for my clients and I. I challenge you to fill your diet with colorful, natural foods (bell pepper, spinach, sweet potato, mango, beets, tomato, peach and blackberries), lean protein (fish is best), and a lot of water for ONE WEEK to see if this smooths out the back of your legs. I’d love to hear about your results!
Now, Stretch it Out!
Pigeon Pose (breathe and hold for 2-3min)
Standing Head to Knee (hold for 5 breaths)
Separate Leg Stretching (hold for 5 breaths)
One Final Note
We all have to embrace our imperfections at some point so learn to accept yourself, cellulite and all. It’s hard for me too but who wants perfect after all? Perfection is boring!