How Can You Get Rid of Cellulite?
Cellulite, those fat dimples in our skin, is the bane of many of us past our 20s — even for some of us in our 20s! It’s the stuff that we all try to get rid of or hide, through diets, creams and clothes that conceal. But the most effective way to get rid of cellulite, which is essentially just fat, is to burn it off through exercise.
To get rid of cellulite, you need to go for a two-pronged approach; you have to get rid of the upper layer of fat and then strengthen the muscles underneath. One of the most effective ways to burn fat is to engage in cardio exercise. Running, cycling, swimming — any form of cardio will do! In order to burn fat, you have to burn calories and you have to be running at a calorie deficit. That is, you need to burn more calories than you consume. But don’t just go for boring, everyday, routine cardio, go for effective cardio. HIIT cardio (High Intensity Interval Training) is the best way of burning fat. HIIT training works on cardio in bursts. You run at a high speed for a short time, say 30 seconds, then slow down to a normal pace. Then repeat and sprint again. After several of these, you should be dripping in sweat and beginning to melt away your cellulite.
Strength Training to Target Cellulite
Because fat is soft, it doesn’t keep our skin taut like muscle does. Instead, it tends to bulge out. The trick to reduce cellulite is to tone your muscles and replace lost muscle tissue as this will give the area a smooth and taut appearance. Below are just a few exercises that will help you get rid of cellulite in those hard-to-reach to places.
- Side-to-side – For this exercise, you’ll be using dumbbells. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Hold the dumbbells in each hand and rest them at your sides. Take a large step left or right and bend that knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Your opposite leg should be extended. Pause, then return to the starting position and repeat. This routine, over time, will help reduce cellulite in your thighs and buttocks.
- All-Fours Kickback – Wearing ankle weights, get down on your forearms and knees, keep your head straight and in line with your back. Your eyes should be looking down. Keeping your back straight and leg bent, swing your right leg back and lift your right foot toward the ceiling until your thigh is parallel two the ground. Hold for a few seconds then repeat with other leg. This targets cellulite in your legs.
- Squats – Weighted squats are best, but as long as you’re getting down to the ground, you’re working out those calves, hamstrings, and quads — all locations that most of us would like to lose a little cellulite.
- Deadlifts – There’s almost nothing better to reduce cellulite, tone your abs and improve overall health than deadlifting. Some people swear by deadlifting and report excellent results. Start deadlifting. You’ll be surprised at how it erases cellulite in those thighs.
Cellulite Reduction and Your Diet
Absolutely essential to targeting cellulite is cleaning up your diet. All your exercise will be for naught if you’re still eating unhealthy foods. Foods loaded with sugars and transfats will keep the cellulite right where it is, on your thighs, legs and buttocks. Try to stick to a diet of frequent small meals rather than a few big ones. Go for foods high in protein, low in fat, and limit your carb consumption as much as possible. Avoid alcohol and sugar at every opportunity.
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