Cottage cheese, hail damage, orange peel, whatever you want to call it, the majority of women have cellulite of some degree.
Cellulite is a layer of fat under your skin that is pushing up through connective tissue. It is more noticeable in women because our skin is thinner than males. It can be made appear worse by varying factors such as hormones, excess body fat, genetic factors, body composition, low metabolism and your lifestyle.
Whilst we all may want to get rid of it completely we need to remember that it is perfectly normal to have some cellulite and that its healthy to have some body fat. It’s easy to be so critical of our appearance all the time and while its ok to want to improve our appearance we should learn to love ourselves and not constantly try to be perfect. Lets concentrate on being fit and healthy and the physical pay offs will come anyway.
There are some things you can do however to reduce the appearance of cellulite (and improve your health)
Reduce body fat. This is may not be the case for everyone but if you do have excess body fat, reducing the amount will certainly lessen the appearance of it. Reducing body fat to be within the healthy range will also improve your health and reduce your risk of many lifestyle diseases.
2) Increase lean muscle mass. By building muscle you will increase your metabolism and burn more fat. Incorporating resistance training/weight training 3 or more times per week will increase muscle tone and improve your connective tissue, thus reducing cellulite. I can speak from my own experience here, that weight training has made a significant difference to my cellulite. I still have it, but its only noticeable when I squeeze my glutes together. If you would like some guidance on how to start resistance training or what to do you can download my programs from www.tenilleduncan.com
3) Balance your hormones. Living a healthy lifestyle and following a healthy diet full of clean whole foods may help balance your hormones. Although estrogen has copped the blame for cellulite in the past, the claims have not been scientifically proven. Other hormones including insulin, adrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are all believed to participate in the development of cellulite. So ensure you try to reduce your stress levels and sugar intake and get adequate sleep every night, it will go a long way to not only improve your cellulite but your health as well.
4) Drink more water. Our body is made up of up to 70% water and we need water to perform just about every function in the human body. We also can’t metabolise fat if we are dehydrated. If we are dehydrated it can impair the function of our kidneys. If the kidneys aren’t doing their job properly it will call on the liver to help do its job. Since the liver is responsible for metabolising fats, this job gets put on hold while the liver works over time to help the kidneys. So if you are wanting to burn some stored fat, ensure you are drinking the required 1.5 – 2 litres a day, more if exercising and in the warmer months.
5) Need an instant result? Fake tan! Cellulite is far less noticeable on tanned skin than skins of a lighter shade. Fake tans have come a long way and you can find some really nice, natural looking tans on the market. Be sure to check the ingredients for any nasty chemicals before you make your purchase.