7 Things You Need to Know About Cellulite

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If the idea of swimsuit season elicits the same response as watching a horror movie, you may be dealing with an unwanted badge of womanhood– cellulite. Cellulite is the product of fat deposits just beneath the skin that result in a dimply, uneven appearance. Many women find it extremely difficult to get rid of, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several steps you can take to reduce, and in many cases, even eliminate cellulite. Cellulite can happen to any woman, old, young, heavy, or thin. If you’re tired of your camouflage, coverup strategy when it’s time to hit the beach, it may be time to take action. Learn a bit about cellulite, why it forms and how you can banish it for good. Here are 7 Things You Need to Know About Cellulite:

1. Cellulite is Often Genetic
Some women are more prone to getting cellulite than others because cellulite has its roots in skin structure and genetics. That is not to say that there is no way around cottage cheese thighs. Even if some of us may not be able to completely eliminate all traces of cellulite from our bodies, there are ways to reduce its appearance drastically. Check out these Ways to Say, “See Ya,” to Cellulite Before Summer.

2. Cellulite Can be Caused by Toxins
One of the primary causes of cellulite are toxins from a less than ideal diet, so eating properly is essential. Processed foods are the worst cellulite-promoting offenders and should be avoided. They contain excess sugar, fat, sodium and chemicals that lead to a toxic buildup. Those toxins are then stored in fat cells resulting in more cellulite buildup. In addition, excess sugar is converted to fat and high sodium intake leads to water retention and fluid buildup worsening the appearance of cellulite. Try our 3-Day Cleanse and Detox Diet to get your body back on track.

3. A Healthy Diet is More Important to Eliminating Cellulite than You Think
A healthy diet, rich in antioxidants and other nutrients allows your body to naturally rid itself of waste. It also gives your skin what it needs to boost collagen production, naturally reducing the appearance of cellulite. The ideal diet should be high in fiber and include fresh fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and lean proteins . Focus on brightly colored fruits and vegetables as they are the highest in toxin fighting anti-oxidants. Foods that are natural diuretics like cucumbers and asparagus can also help rid the body of excess fluid buildup. Follow these clean-eating steps.

You might also like our list of Cellulite Burning Foods.

4. When You’re Dehydrated, Your Cellulite Appears Worse
In addition to diet, it is very important to drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps avoid bloating and fluid retention that can make cellulite appear worse. Coffee and tea can be dehydrating, so it’s important to reduce your consumption. If you do enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, be sure to increase your water intake to compensate. A well-hydrated body will release fluids rather than work hard to hold onto them. Drinking water regularly also strengthens the collagen in the skin, flushes toxins through the kidneys, improves circulation and increases skin elasticity and smoothness. It’s a natural way to fight the formation of cellulite and improve your health and appearance overall. To learn more about the importance of drinking water, click here.

5. Your Muscles are Key
The most important factor for getting rid of cellulite is regular exercise. Exercises that target the butt and thighs are especially useful for toning the muscles, smoothing the skin, and improving the appearance of cellulite-prone areas. Your regimen should burn fat while sculpting, toning and lifting. Try this Cellulite-Blasting Workout!

6. There’s No Easy Solution to Cellulite
Getting rid of cellulite requires discipline and determination. There are many gimmicks out there promising a simple solution. Often these involve the use of creams and serums. Cellulite massaging soaps and creams, for example, work by improving circulation to the skin. This temporarily plumps up the cells, giving the appearance of a reduction in cellulite. While some of these products can temporarily improve appearance, they are not a substitute for proper diet and exercise.

7. You Don’t Need to Spend Money at the Gym
You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get a great cellulite busting, butt transforming workout. Free programs like the Glute Butt Bootie challenge” and the “Blast Cellulite Workout” can be  completed at home, daily in 20 minutes or less. Each workout includes demonstrations to show proper form and a detailed daily exercise schedule. Click to get started today!

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  1. I am 28 and battled with cellulite on my legs for years, but these days it seems no matter what i do it just wont go. Im slim and fairly tonned but surounding my muscles and knees is this awefull cottage cheese effect flesh. I have spent hundreds of pounds on shop remedies, diets and exercise but with no luck. I just cant put into words how down and depressed it gets me and how much confidence in myself iv lost. I look at other girls in the street wearing little shorts and with cellulite and admire there confidence, but sadly we live in a cruel sociaty where people are fast to criticize, especially guys.

    1. Tracy, I agree completely! I have known others with the same cellulite issues. Consider a 100% clean eating plan and weight training.

    2. I hear you. I have lost weight myself, I run 2 miles daily and still have the cellulite, I don't diet the way I am supposed to but do try to eat less junk and more veggies and fruits. I love coffee and cant avoid drinking it in the morning,. No matter how much I run or eat better I still have cellulite. Don't give up, keep losing and working out, find a place in the middle where you can wear shorts and dresses and not care too much about the cellulite, the truth is, you will spend so much time hiding it instead of just enjoying life. So put on some shorts and show off those legs GIRL!! be happy what you have….

  2. I’m 50 & nevery had kids. My problem is skinny fat. I’m 5″6 & 107 pounds. I have bat arms that are disgusting and have been getting bigger thighs and saggy chin in the last year or so. I received compliments all the time people making on skinny and in shape but when I take my clothes off there it is I don’t even want my boyfriend to see me naked please help

    1. Stephanie, Based solely on the info you provided, I would suggest you begin a Weight Training program. Weight training can
      do amazing things. Go to our fitness category and look for several plans or workouts that are designed to tighten and tone those
      difficult areas mentioned. We have tons are great programs…all free!

      It’s important to write down your weekly plan and stick to it! As you know, the older we get the harder we have to work at
      staying fit. Make a commitment to incorporate fitness into your daily life, for a lifetime! Get started today! 🙂

  3. Hi i have had cellulite since i was 14 now im 15 ive lost weight im
    Extremely active i run over 4 miles a day . Im a vegan and i eat very healthy. Im 5’2 and only weigh a 100 pounds. But right under my but i have a little bit of cellulite its not noticible in leggings. But when i wen im naked you can see it . Or when im wearing a bikini ive started modeling and it really worries me now . Ive tried dry brushing and scrubs and it only helps a little. Please help!

    1. Cami, Based on your message my recommendation would be:
      Drink lots of plain water, 8 (8 ounces) glasses per day (I drink close to a gallon of water each day), and begin
      a weight training program and keep it up.

      Strength training can’t be overstated for toning and getting rid
      of cellulite. I’m 60 and have zero cellulite. When in my 20’s I had loads of it. I do mostly what you
      are doing plus the water and strength training.
      You’ll find a lot of great programs on the site.

      #1 thing, don’t stress, you’re beautiful just as you are.

  4. Hello. I love yoga and Pilates, fairly thin. 5’5 119 lbs and body fat 22% but I have cellulite in my stomach area. I eat a lot of veggies, a little fruit and nuts. I don’t eat starches because they put me to sleep. I do have 2 glasses of dry red wine most evenings. I hate to give it up because it’s my only food type pleasure. I don’t enjoy sweets so it’s not there. Any suggestions? I feel like I’m crunching and planking like crazy! Thanks in advance.

    1. Lisa, Hmmmm…2 glasses of red win? Maybe 1 glass instead? I’d suggest water, water, and more water. Water is nature’s way of flushing out toxins. If your cellulite is on your stomach only, more water could very likely be the answer.

      1. More water AND less sugar. Only fruit sugars and only in the a.m. before consuming any fats (good or bad).

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