We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but…. Cellulite is an unavoidable part of our lives. Regardless of our body mass index (BMI) or health history, about 80 percent of women will wind up with one form of cellulite or another.
However, we can do a few things to help minimize the amount of cellulite and keep our bodies in the best shape possible. Let’s talk about that!
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by fat that builds up underneath our skin. While some women (and some men) are predisposed to it, others are not. The amount of cellulite we have and how noticeable it is can be based on various factors, including our genes, age, and body fat percentage.
The thickness of our skin will affect the appearance of cellulite. We’re not alone; people of all weights and body types can get cellulite.
Fat distribution is more visible in women than men (not fair!). We have collagen fibers between our skin and muscle, separating the underlying fat into multiple little pockets. It can become more visible as we age, and our skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner, exposing the ripples in our connective tissues underneath.
Causes of Cellulite
There are a handful of causes of cellulite, including:
- Poor Diet
- Unhealthy Lifestyle
- Accumulated Toxins
- Weight Gain
Ways To Combat Cellulite
While we may not be able to prevent cellulite in our bodies entirely, we can naturally combat it from affecting our bodies.
Cellulite has been linked to frequent inactivity. Exercising regularly is an excellent way to stay in shape and limit cellulite formation. Weight training is more beneficial in reducing cellulite than cardio. However, each is equally important to our health.
Squats, leg presses, and lunges are a few simple exercises to help limit cellulite production. The thighs and glutes are common areas susceptible to cellulite.
A balanced diet where we focus on eating lean proteins, veggies, fruits, and whole grains is an excellent way to limit the development of cellulite. Excess fats, sugar, salt, and alcohol consumed excessively should be avoided.
Our body needs to stay hydrated on the outside as well as inside. It’s been said that drinking plenty of water flushes toxins out of our body, which helps keep our skin supple and firm. Our skin is more highly prone to wrinkles, lines, creases, and cellulite when we’re dehydrated. The recommended amount of water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses daily, and even more when we’re outdoors or partaking in physical activities.
A healthy skin cares regimen helps our skin stay fresh and clean. Not to mention moisturized and exfoliated. Taking care of our skin is necessary for our overall health and well-being, as well as helping prevent cellulite formation.
Using skin care products like exfoliants, scrubs, and moisturizers is a good idea. These products can help combat cellulite and keep our skin fresh and rejuvenated.
It’s essential that we take excellent care of our entire body, including our skin. After all, our skin is our largest organ and has crucial jobs to do, like protecting our body from bacteria. Cellulite can be embarrassing, but it’s completely normal. Try the tricks listed above and see if things improve for you.