Cellulite is a problem for many people, and it usually affects thighs, buttocks and stomachs. Contrary to popular belief it isn’t connected with obesity. A lot of people who are not in any way overweight suffer from patches of cellulite. Rather than being caused by a build up fat, it is a skin cellular problem. The dimpled effect, which some people liken to the texture of orange peel, is created when small pockets of fat become trapped within the layer of connective tissue which is just under the surface of the skin. Image source: www.q8rashaqa.com
Exactly why this occurs in some people but not in others is not fully understood, but there are some common factors which seem to be responsible. As well as genetic considerations such as gender, a slow metabolism and the distribution of fat under the skin, it is thought that diet and lifestyle play a large role in causing the build up of cellulite. Those who eat too much fat and carbohydrates and too little fibre, are not generally well hydrated, and who smoke and do no exercise are more likely to get cellulite. However, many people who lead comparatively healthy lifestyles also suffer from cellulite. So, assuming that you already eat reasonably well and do some degree of exercise, what more can you do to get rid of your cellulite? Here are a few diet and fitness tips to help you get started.
Getting rid of your cellulite
If you are serious about getting rid of your cellulite, there are some fairly big changes you can make to your diet that should help. If you can, cut out dehydrating things like tea, coffee, alcohol and too much salt. Skipping fried food and junk food is also recommended. Instead, fill your diet with foods which are rich in lecithin, essential fatty acids and amino acids. You can get lecithin from eggs, spinach and tomatoes. Oily fish as well as many kinds of nut contain essential fatty acids, and berries and citrus fruits are a great source of amino acids. Being well hydrated is very important when it comes to getting rid of cellulite, so drink lots of water. If you are concerned about water retention, try a herbal tea or dandelion tea instead. You can also get fluid into your system through water-rich foods like cucumber, grapes and apples.
How exercise can help you to reduce your cellulite
As it tends to occur in those same places, stomachs, thighs and buttocks, these are the areas that will need most attention. The Wildmoor Spa gym runs a Legs, Tums and Bums class, which – as its name suggests – has been designed specifically to help you tone the areas where cellulite strikes. The class involves a variety of exercises, using weights, bands, body bars and stability balls, and will help you to improve your strength and flexibility as well as achieve muscle tone.
Apart from focussing on the specific areas which are affected by cellulite, it is important to work on your overall fitness levels with some kind of cardiovascular exercise. Cycling, running and hiking are great ways to stay in shape, and there are a number of other classes available at the Wildmoor Spa gym offering effective and fun exercise programmes. Whether you are tempted by Spinning, doing Boxing Circuits or the exhilaration of Zumba, there is a class for you.
With plenty of exercise, and some key changes to your diet, there is every chance you will be able to get rid of that unwanted cellulite and enjoy smooth skin and toned muscles as a result.