It is estimated that over eighty-percent of women have cellulite. Cellulite is the lumpy substance made up of fat, toxins and water that gets trapped beneath the skin resulting in ripples and dimples that resemble cottage cheese. Because cellulite is more than just fat, it must be treated differently and more aggressively. While losing weight is the best way to get rid of cellulite, there are four additional things you can do to reduce and eliminate it.
Change Your Diet
Avoid processed foods and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. As a general rule, if it’s frozen or it comes in a can, don’t eat it. Opt for salads with lots of leafy, greens. Enjoy plenty of fresh organic vegetables, seasonal fruit and whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal, which are all high in fiber. Limit your salt intake as salt makes the body retain water.
Because cellulite is trapped beneath the skin, sweating is an effective way to open up the pores and allow cellulite to escape. Sweating can be achieved through aerobic exercise or through the use of a dry sauna if you have access to one. Sweating twice a week through either method is recommended. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. The more water you put in the body, the more toxins, fat and cellulite you will sweat out.
Cellulite can be difficult to reduce which is why aggressive massage on problem areas can loosen up the tissue and help eliminate those unwanted lumps. Massage is an excellent way to break down difficult areas of cellulite, especially on the thighs, hips and buttocks. It is recommended that you massage your cellulite daily using moderate pressure. Spend about fifteen minutes on each area, rubbing and kneading. Grasp a handful of cellulite and work it with your fingers using firm pressure until the skin is pink. Pink skin means you have restored good blood circulation to the area, which is key to reducing cellulite.
Change Your Underwear
As funny as it sounds, tight undergarments have been found to be a contributing factor to cellulite formation. Tight elastic underwear and hosiery can restrict normal blood flow to the tummy, thighs and buttocks and actually make the problem they are supposed to be camouflaging worse. Stop wearing shape wear, girdles, tight underwear, control-top panties and restrictive hosiery. Opt for loose fitting underwear or thongs that feel comfortable.
Eliminating cellulite won’t happen overnight, but regular practice of these tips will improve the appearance of skin and reduce cellulite over time.