Often I’m asked “How to get rid of cellulite?” This guide covers what causes cellulite, habits that my help prevent cellulite from appearing & the best solutions to minimize the appearance of cellulite if you have it.
Likely you’re reading this because you’ve discovered you have cellulite dimples on your thighs, or you’ve been wearing long pants or capris during the summer, and are tired of covering it up and ready to do something about it… right now.
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But, my goal is to help you with the following information and eliminate lifestyle habits that may cause you to develop cellulite.
Cellulite is not a medical condition, just as a wrinkle is not a medical condition.
We are not diagnosing, and not treating, or curing anything.
** If you have concerns about your skin, or any other health concern please consult with a licensed medical doctor, or physician. The information here in this post, and on this website is purely for informational purposes and is not to be used, nor implied to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition.
Cellulite creams, lotions, and body wraps are cosmetic, beauty products that contain certain herbs, botanicals and compounds that may help improve the appearance of the skin by stimulating circulation, nourishing, and hydrating.
These beauty products should be used to compliment a healthy diet, adequate exercise to improve oxygen and blood flow, plenty of water to support the body’s natural elimination functions.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a condition of lumpy, or dimply looking skin that’s completely normal. The appearance of cellulite is caused by fat, or fat cells pushing up against the connective tissue under the skin.
The appearance of cellulite is higher in women, than in men, and most people, especially women begin to develop the appearance of cellulite somewhere between 20 and 40 years of age.
Cellulite most often appears on the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, and inner part of the upper arms.
It is not true that mostly overweight people develop cellulite, although it is true that if you already have cellulite that losing weight may help reduce the appearance.
Cellulite is not caused by an increase in fat cells, or a different type of body fat. Cellulite is naturally occurring when fat cells enlarge, while at the same time the connective tissue beneath the surface of the skin is weakened, and the fat cells are pushing against the weakened connective tissue, creating areas that pull down.
As Dr Oz demonstrated on one of his shows, it’s like bed springs; if you remove a few bed springs here and there, some areas will collapse while others remain supported. He has said that these connective tissues are made of collagen and elastin. A lifestyle that supports proper blood flow and circulation, a healthy diet, lifestyle and some supplements may support our body’s collagen and elastin.
What Causes Cellulite?
Aside from fat cells pushing against weakened connective tissues beneath the skins surface, and our own predisposed genetics, there may be lifestyle habits, that contribute to speeding up the natural aging process. The following may contribute to the appearance of cellulite.
Being Overweight – weight gain can cause cellulite to be more noticeable, as the enlargement of fat cells that push against the connective tissues under the skins surface. Losing weight may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Dehydration – All cells, muscles and tissues in our body need adequate water to support circulation, oxygen and blood flow.
Tight Clothing – Wearing corsets, waist trainers, shapewear, workout clothing, tight underwear, tight jeans, and clothing with elastic bands can impair blood flow and circulation. Waist training and corsets can be especially damaging as they not only restrict circulation and blood flow, but they literally can move and shift your organs into places they don’t belong! If you doubt this, watch this episode of Dr Oz.
Poor Diet – Eating foods that are heavily processed, including fast foods, junk foods, breads, flours, sugar, artificial sweeteners, synthetic oils, flavorings, additives, etc is going to deprive us of natural vitamins, minerals, nutrients and omega-3 fats our body requires daily to support circulation, cells, muscles and tissues.
Lack of Exercise – Lack of physical activity atrophy’s (shrinks) our muscles, and impairs normal metabolism, blood flow, oxygen and circulation.
Inadequate Sleep – Not getting enough sleep impairs the natural healing and repair cycles, cell formation, and negatively impacts hormones that effect blood sugar, cortisol, and others.
Aging – Although it can’t be avoided, an unhealthy lifestyle causes premature aging of all of our organs, muscles, tissues, skin, and cells. Our skin naturally thins as we age, which can make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable.
Now that we’ve talked about many lifestyle factors that are unhealthy, let’s talk about the ones that may help us prevent the signs, and causes of cellulite.
How to Prevent Cellulite
While there are no sure-fire, guaranteed ways to prevent cellulite, there are lifestyle habits that may reduce the areas, or the amount of cellulite that may eventually appear on your body.
The following lifestyle habits may help to reduce, or slow down the likelihood of the appearance of cellulite.
Adequate Sleep – Getting a solid 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night allows our body’s natural hormones to be better supported, which can aid in weight loss, and muscular, tissue, and cellular repair.
Water – Continuous hydration of your body with pure water every day supports our cardiovascular system, cells and tissues allowing them to to naturally detoxify, and release excess fluids.
Whole Foods Diet – Food in it’s natural, unprocessed state will help provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and fats we require.
Eating a meal containing 3 oz of protein, and vegetables within 30 minutes of rising each morning supports your lean muscle, metabolism and brain functions. Having a mid-morning snack of a piece of fruit, raw nuts, a protein shake will keep blood glucose levels supported and more stable. Eat a lunch consisting of 3 oz of protein, and lots of vegetables, a mid-afternoon snack of a piece of fruit, or raw nuts. And a dinner of protein and vegetables at least 4 hours before bedtime.
Eliminate ALL carbs within 6 hours before bedtime to support your fat burning metabolism during sleep.
Make sure you eat some healthy fats every day such as those found in salmon, avocados, raw nuts, and coconut oil. Your body needs oxygen, protein, water, and fat in order to burn fat. But note that the omega-3 or (MCT) fats are what we require to burn fat. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, as opposed to long chain triglycerides (LCT).
Consider a whole food nutritional supplement to help fill in the gaps of what may be missing or unbalanced in your diet.
Reduce Stress – The fight or flight response in our body, and the release of the cortisol stress hormone was useful back in the caveman days where they had to hunt for food, and beware of predators. Today’s lifestyles that are often filled with lack of sleep, inadequate exercise, poor diet, over-scheduling, and over-stimulation by technology cause us to often produce far to much cortisol, triggering insulin response, and free radical damage to our cells. This of course effects our cardiovascular system, tissues, and organs like the skin. Practice yoga, go for a walk in nature, meditate, and do what you can to reduce the things that cause undue stress in your life.
Regular Exercise – Regular activity supports oxygen to the muscles, skin, tissues, cells, and improves blood flow and circulation. Get moving by walking to get in cardiovascular exercise daily, and resistance exercise to increase muscle, tissue, and bone strength with weights, floor exercises, yoga, Pilates, etc. If you work at a desk, plan to get up, stretch or walk every hour.
Dry Brushing – The practice of dry brushing the skin improves the circulation, elasticity, and collagen while removing dead skin cells, and aids in removing toxins from the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage. You can purchase a natural bristle brush here, or at your local Whole Foods, or health food store that is specifically for the purpose of dry brushing. Most people report they see a big difference in the health and appearance of their skin in just a couple of days, and fall in love with the noticeable effects, and the ritual.
Dry brushing is performed just like it sounds, when the skin and brush are dry, and most of us perform it prior to showering or bathing. You don’t want to dry brush immediately after bathing as the skin is too moist to adequately remove the dead cells, and receive the benefits. Some women will grab their dry brush and use it on a different area throughout the day. This YouTube video will show you how to dry brush, what body areas to start and finish with, and the direction of the brush strokes to use.
Exfoliate – Using a good quality, natural exfoliating body scrub in the shower is also super beneficial for removing dead skin cells, and nourishing the skin with botanicals and herbs.
Massage – Getting a massage not only helps us relax and reduce stress, but it also helps with blood flow, circulation, and removing toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system.
Self Tanning Skin Products – Tanning beds, and sunlight can be damaging to the skin with harmful UV rays. Natural, organic self tanning products can help camouflage the appearance of cellulite.
Yoga – The practice of yoga is not only relaxing, but the stretching improves blood oxygen, and circulation, while it’s great for your muscles, and skin tone. Do a google search and explore Yoga classes through MeetUp.com in your area, or your local gym, health club, the YWCA, or a yoga studio.
Cellulite Creams, and Body Wraps – There are amazing cellulite creams, such as the one I recommend by It Works called Defining Gel which are for the purpose of reducing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, reducing the appearance of varicose veins, while helping to tone, tighten, and firm the skin, and improving elasticity and hydration. I love this stuff, and don’t ever want to live without it.
Take a before photo, and apply once or twice a day, and update your photo after being consistent applying it till it’s gone. The It Works Body Wraps are meant to be applied once every 3 days, or once a week, to the body area you want to improve. Use them until you achieve your desired results, and increase their effectiveness by applying Defining Gel daily.
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Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
It’s important to note that cellulite is a normal condition that happens, just like wrinkles happen over the years. It’s not a medical condition, or a disease and it’s illegal for me to call anything a cellulite “treatment”, because the things that may help reduce it’s appearance are beauty products, or cosmetic in nature and application. Cosmetic products, and nutritional supplements are not regulated, and they are not approved by the FDA. But, they monitor and watch to make sure beauty and supplement companies do not make claims that they treat or cure any condition or disease.
If you have concerns about your skin, or any other health concern please consult with a licensed medical doctor, or physician. The information here in this post, and on this website is purely for informational purposes and is not to be used, nor implied to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition.
There are medical offices, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons who perform surgical procedures such as liposuction, laser treatments, and other procedures. They come with risks, complications, pain, scarring, bruising, long recovery periods, and heavy price tags ranging from $1,500 or so for a laser therapy, up to $8,000 for others like liposuction, and other surgical procedures.
When it comes to the appearance of cellulite, you may think as I do. Whole foods, water, exercise, sleep, and using high quality beauty products are a good common sense approach to take. Or, you may find that a surgical option is right for you.
I hope this article is helpful to you and welcome you to respond below with your comments, questions and feedback!