I know a lot of women who try to ignore or cover up their cellulite by avoiding shorts, swimming pools, or by simply trying to pretend it is not there. The unfortunate news is that ignoring cellulite is not going to make it go away, and it can worsen or increase over time if you do not attempt to prevent or treat it.
If you are looking for a way as to how to get rid of cellulite naturally, then your stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks are in luck. We have 4 simple lifestyle changes that you can use to help reduce or eliminate your cellulite naturally.
Step 1: Change You Diet
Your diet choices can have a strong impact on your appearance, and it can also impact your cellulite. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are giving your body the right things to help fight or reduce cellulite.
- Drink Water: We all need at least 8 cups of water a day, but consuming 64 ounces or more of water or water-based drinks can help keep your skin elastic and supple, and reduce the cellulite that develops. If you are dehydrated, this can make cellulite worse over time. The effects of water help to increase the degree of circulation in your body and help keep your blood flowing.
- Lower Salt and Sugar Intake: Salt and sugar are two substances that are not going to do your body any good. Both salt and sugar are commonly found in highly processed foods that you can get from packages or frozen meals. A diet high in these can lead to diabetes in a person, and it can also increase your risk of developing cellulite and worsen cellulite if you already suffer from it.
- Eat Low Carb: A diet low in carbohydrates does have it benefits if you suffer from cellulite. A study found that a high carbohydrate diet can increase cellulite and put you at risk for developing cellulite later in life. Therefore, it can be helpful to stick to a low carb diet a few times out of the week.
- Do not diet: Yo-yo dieting, or stopping and starting a diet will make the connective tissues in your body weak and cause you to produce more cellulite. Instead of jumping onto fad diet bandwagons, consider making lifestyle changes that are going to impact you in the long run rather than just short term.
- Cut Calories: If you do want to lose weight and get rid of any excess fat that could be contributing to your cellulite, consider reducing the number of calories you eat per day. For example, if you eat 20 percent less than you usually do, you will reduce your overall body fat percentage and this will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, make sure that you are incorporating exercise into your daily routine as well.
Step 2: Exercise
When you see cellulite begin forming, it is important that you do things that will help move your fat deposits around and decrease the amount of fat in your body, and exercise is going to help with that. Yes, you can lose weight without dieting through regular exercise!
- Move around: Any type of inactivity is going to increase the fat deposits in your body and decrease muscle mass. Sitting around for long periods of time is going to make your fat deposits bigger and more noticeable. You do not have to go on a long run or do hours of cardio; a simple 20 to 30 minute walk each day can do the trick.
- Cardio: Once you get used to moving your body, you can try to incorporate some form of cardio exercise into your daily routine. This would be about 30 to 60 minutes of high intensity aerobic exercise about 5 times each week. Cardiovascular movement is going to help decrease your body fat and cellulite deposits.
- Strength Training: Targeted strength training will help firm up your muscles in areas that you want. You can choose to focus on any of your problem areas, such as your hips, thighs, or buttocks. These exercises are going to help make cellulite less noticeable. Some examples of strength training that you can incorporate into your exercise routine are: squats, planks, lunges, or abductor machines if you go to the gym. Whichever strength training exercise that you choose to do, aim to do at least 10 to 20 repetitions for about 3 sets each day.
Step 3: Topical Treatments
There are plenty of topical treatments that can help naturally reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Retinoid creams: Talk with your doctor if you would like a prescription for a retinoid cream. These creams are going to help improve cellulite by thickening the layers of skin on your body.
- Dry Brushing: Dry brushing has become very popular for attempting to treat cellulite. Dry brushing involves using a naturally bristled brush and moving is around in a circular motion around common cellulite areas on your body. This is supposed to help stimulate the lymph system and remove excess fat. If you choose to dry brush regularly, this can also help smooth your skin and make it softer.
- OTC Creams: Over the counter creams that contain caffeine can help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, you need to be careful with believing what some of these creams might promise to do. Stay away from any “miracle cures” and speak with a doctor or Pharmacist to help you consider your best options.
Step 4: Cellulite Fighting Foods
Although we already touched on diet, it can be helpful to incorporate these cellulite fighting foods into your diet. This is a simple lifestyle change that you can make, and many of these foods will provide a healthy and delicious addition to your daily meals and snacks.
- Salmon: Salmon has essential omega-3 fatty acids that are going to help inflammation and work to repair and strengthen the skin’s tissues and fibers.
- Sunflower Seeds: These nutritious, yet tiny nuts are packed with vitamin E, potassium, zinc, and vitamin B6. These vitamins help to protect your skin by strengthening it and repairing the connective tissues that help prevent and get rid of cellulite.
- Chili and Cayenne Pepper: If you are able to handle the hotness, chili and cayenne peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 as well. They can help prevent any unwanted dimpling in your body and can help boost your metabolism to help decrease body fat.
- Dark Berries: Blueberries and blackberries can work to create new skin by enhancing collagen production that will improve your skin’s overall tone and texture. Berries of any type also contain good amounts of antioxidants that will help break down fat and connective tissues so that you skin will not appear lumpy.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: This other type of vinegar is packed with potassium, magnesium, and calcium that will help your body flush out any toxins and relieve water retention around your thighs and stomach that can reduce cellulite.
- Green Tea: Green tea and herbal teas help speed up metabolism and increase fat burn in an individual. The tea will push fat cells against the skin to reduce toxins and fat from expanding underneath your skin.
- Olive oil: Not all oils are bad. Olive oil is a thyroid booster that will help increase metabolism, burn fat, and reduce cell expansion. The best way to incorporate olive oil in your diet it by drizzling it over vegetables that are rich in fiber.
- Dark chocolate: There is no need to get rid of all your sweets. Dark chocolate has antioxidants in it that will break down the fat found in cellulite and improve the function of the cells in your body. Try to limit yourself to around 1 square or 1 ounce of dark chocolate each day.
Smooth Out Your Skin
The above natural remedies will all help to balance the connective tissues in fat in your body to help pinpoint the cause of cellulite. For help on detoxing other parts of your body that may be suffering from fat storage, enroll in this course for simple exercises to help detox your life.