What causes cellulite and can you get rid of it?
What do you think of when we say the word ‘cellulite?’ Are you picturing those lumpy bumpy bits that we start to notice on our thighs as we get older? Well, you’re half right. Cellulite is the distribution of fat beneath our skin which we assume only shows up in older women’s bodies. But alas, it doesn’t discriminate in quite such a straightforward way. Basically, cellulite is regular fat which appears lumpy because of the way it interacts with our connective tissue. Yes, it’s true that our bodies gain more fat tissue as we age, but girls in their teens are just as susceptible to cellulite as older women. In fact, 95% of all women have cellulite somewhere on their bodies.
While it’s a myth that cellulite only affects older women, you’ll be glad to know that it’s also a myth that we’re stuck with it. We may not be able to banish cellulite entirely, but we can certainly make some good attempts at reducing its appearance and feeling better in our bodies. Make a start with our five key tips below.
1. Get active
Since cellulite is simply a particular distribution of good old, regular fat, it can be targeted like the rest of the fat we store in our bodies. Make sure you’re including plenty of fat-burning cardio in your workout routine; running, swimming and brisk walking are all great. Anything that gets your heart pumping faster, has you breathing harder and gets you sweating.
2. Include strength training
It’s not true that lifting weights is only for men and pro bodybuilders. Targeting your muscles with both weight-lifting and weight-bearing exercises (such as squats and press-ups) increases your metabolism and strengthens your muscles and connective tissue. Cardio, while great for fat-burning, can’t give you that toned physique you’re aiming for all by itself. To reduce the appearance of cellulite and achieve a smoother, more defined look in your body, don’t be a stranger to the weights section of your gym.
3. Eat well
Not all fat loss is down to exercise. Diet plays a crucial role, too – one which is often overlooked by people who assume their workout routine gives them the ability to eat whatever they want. To really get the results you’re after, reduce your consumption of processed and artificial foods and refined sugars, sticking instead to fresh, wholesome foods that don’t necessarily come from a packet.
4. Brush your body
If you’re not already, brush your body regularly to help encourage the dispersion of fat. Be strong-handed, massaging firmly in the direction of your heart. Do this often to help spread the distribution of fat and give your skin a smoother appearance.
5. Don’t just sit there
We talked already about keeping fit and staying active to target your body’s fat stores. Well, this advice isn’t limited to your gym workouts. In everyday life, make sure you’re moving as often as you can. Take regular breaks from your desk to walk around the office, get off the bus a stop earlier, take the stairs instead of the escalator… We know, you’ve heard all this advice before. But that’s because it works. Every tiny habit change that gets your body moving more will help to shape you up and boost your circulation (poor circulation can also make you more susceptible to cellulite).