Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of the skin that occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. It’s usually found on areas such as hips, thighs, stomach, arms, and buttocks. As hormones play a strong role in cellulite is much more common in women than in men.
The question that everybody wants answered is “can you actually get rid of cellulite?”
Well, while certainly there isn’t something such as a magical quick fix out there, there are a few important factors to take into account:
Lifestyle: it doesn’t matter if cellulite runs in your family and if it has a strong genetic background – lifestyle *can* have a tremendous impact on its appearance. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Get active! Aim to exercise at least 4 days a week for about 1 hour.
Exercise: do it right! Cardiovascular exercise will help to eliminate toxins, while strength and weight training will help to achieve muscle toning, which comes with a subsequent skin firming effect. Do *not* focus on cardiovascular training, but on strength/weight training and HIIT.
Hormones: the best advise we can give you is this – stop eating hormones! We already have plenty of hormones doing their thing in our body, the last thing you want is to actually eat hormones and build your cells with them. We are talking animal hormones. Eating animal products = eating animal hormones. It goes hand in hand. One can’t possibly eat animal flesh or products and avoid eating the hormones that come with it. Dairy is packed with at least 60 natural hormones, including actual estrogen, from lactating mother cows. The same applies for eggs (they are produced in hens’ ovaries as part of their ovulatory cycles, after all), and for all animal flesh, as it *always* contains natural hormones, and 95% of the times also includes more added extra growth hormones. All these hormones are toxic, we certainly don’t need them, and cause more harm in our system that you would think.
Processed food: the less toxic foods the better. All those fake and highly processed and sugary “foods” aren’t doing our body any favors. Not in the inside, and not in the outside. There are always healthier replacements out there to satisfy your sweet cravings. The beauty of it is that, once you allow your body to “detox” and cleanse itself from nasty foods such as sodas, crisps, dairy chocolates, sugary sweets, etc, you won’t even want to have them anymore, as your body and mind will know how much better you feel without them.
What to eat: antioxidants + fibre + phytonutrients + highly nutritious and healthful food = wholefood plant foods!
Contraceptive pills: just like with the animal hormones, hormonal contraceptives may cause/worsen cellulite to form. Again, it’s because of the presence of estrogen. Our tip: do stay away from pills and avoid getting preggo in a different way. Easy!
Massage, laser and other fancy machines: the anti-cellulite market is oversaturated with devices, techniques and varied mumbo-jumbo that promise to get rid of cellulite. Most of these don’t work, yet are very effective at taking weight off your wallet, but do feel free to do your research by all means if you like. Whatever you do, don’t fall for hazardous and risky methods... and don’t lose a fortune on it. Some of these techniques may be helpful, but they will mean nothing if you aren’t willing to tackle and fix the root of the problem: your lifestlyle.
Patience: it’s important to understand that cellulite took its time to form; i happened gradually, due to a combination of factors. It isn’t realistic to expect for it to disappear overnight – do the right things and… be patient.
The truth is that, most likely, you many never be able to get 100% rid of all the cellulite. Why? Because this is how the body is. Having some cellulite is normal, and it’s fine. We all have fat cells, some just happen to show this way, specially in women. Small amounts of cellulite shouldn’t be seen as a “disease of the obese” or something pathological. The problem is when the cellulite is obvious and in large amounts, as then it clearly indicates a lifestyle issue and that some simple adjustments are needed.
The good news is that there is something you can certainly do to stop it from developing/getting worse or to improve its condition: do stick to the most powerful tools, which happen to be FREE and available and your fingertips right now:
Your lifestyle = What you put into your body (Nutrition) + What you do with your body (Exercise)
You got this!