Cellulite is body fat that dimples the skin, and it typically shows up on females of any age. Having cellulite does not necessarily mean you are overweight; in fact, many normal-weight and underweight women have it. Cellulite can worsen as women age simply because we all tend to gain fat as we get older.
Unfortunately, nothing completely eliminates cellulite, but you can take steps to improve its appearance. Following are tips to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out your lower body.
If you exercise, you’ll boost your metabolism, reduce fat, and add muscle, which will help the area appear taut. Work the muscles from all angles to ensure you’re reducing the cellulite evenly.
Your body can burn and remove fat more easily if you drink plenty of cleansing, fresh water. Aim for eight glasses, spread throughout the day, and filter your water or add lemon juice to improve the taste. Cut down or eliminate carbonated beverages and replace them with water.
Eat a healthy diet and watch sugar.
Contrary to popular belief, you need a certain amount of fat in your diet, and good fats such as nuts, avocados, and salmon do not make you gain weight unless you eat too much of them. However, eating too much sugar and simple carbohydrates can make you fat, and many fat-free foods contain sugar in place of fat. Eat as naturally as possible, with a variety of protein, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits.
Stay away from monosodium glutamate (MSG), high-fructose corn syrup, and trans fats, which you’ll know by the word hydrogenated in the ingredient list. Exercise, water, and a healthy diet will not reduce cellulite overnight, but over time, you’ll see an improvement.
Try body wraps.
When you have a body wrap, your skin is massaged and covered with cloth soaked in any of a variety of natural extracts. The combination of the massage, the wrapping material, and the soaking solution soften and smooth problem areas. A wrap will not get rid of cellulite, but it will reduce the appearance and improve the smoothness of your skin. Body wraps are most effective when done at regular intervals.
Use liposuction and laser treatments to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
As much as I wish it were true, you can’t get rid of cellulite with liposuction or laser treatments. These techniques may tend to improve the look of an affected area but often never completely eliminate cellulite.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat cells from the body using a tiny hose similar to a vacuum cleaner. Laser treatments, often with massage or suction, break up the fat and improve circulation.
Have you successfully improved the appearance of cellulite, and how did you do it?