Ah, cellulite. Every time I think of my thighs’ mortal enemy I can hear the words of Paris Hilton ringing in my head…
“It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag.”
Hilton equated Kim Kardashian‘s bottom with the diary treat when she has no room to point the dimply finger. Without the magic of airbrush, Paris rocks the same issues we all have. The truth is cellulite is a collection of fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin. It’s not restricted to those overweight. Drastically thin women can have the exact same issues. Heredity, skin thickness, hormones, gender, the amount and distribution of body fat, and age can all impact the visibility of those pesky deposits. Various studies all agree that around 85-92% of women have cellulite.
Everyone and anyone can have it or develop it any time. There are myths that it can be vanished with some homemade remedies involving coffee. Spas offer massages that promise to rid you of the unsightly dimples. Herbal fans will swear by supplements. The fact is, it will never “vanish” completely and those fancy laser treatments are temporary fixes that are costly and require repeated sessions and maintenance.
All is not lost! There are ways to fight the onset and reduce the appearance of your cellulite.
It’s always hard to hear, but diet and exercise are key. They are the most effective and best long term solutions out there. Avoid carb heavy meals, stay hydrated, focus on vitamin C rich foods. Look at red bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, blueberries or a pineapple. They are packed with the nutrient which is essential in preventing collagen breakdown.
Avoid yo-yo dieting. This justs wears your skin elasticity down. When changing your diet, go for a long term goal. Don’t just drop weight to fit into that holiday dress or summer bikini. Make your eating habits a lifetime committed change. Carb free diets are a short term solution that will leave you inflating the second you fall off the wagon. Don’t be tempted to try it unless its something you are willing to commit to for life.
Finally, lunges and squats. The leg focused workouts tone the muscles and reduce fat on the body. Ballet-inspired moves are also great for toning those legs. Squeeze them in whenever you can in between workouts.
After including them in your 2-3 time a week routine (on non-consecutive days), add some random lunges through the day. Do 5 on the way to the kitchen and 5 on the way back. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the parking lot instead of the front to tack on some extra cardio. Dance your way up the stairs at home. There is always room for bonus burning.