Cellulite is a word that haunts men and women alike. It is the appearance of ugly, puckered and sometimes discolored skin on the belly, thighs and buttocks. Cellulite may also be present on the arms, thighs, calves, and pretty much all areas where visible fat accumulates. Let us study some ways to get rid of cellulite.
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1. Get more essential fatty acids
The reason why the fat underneath the skin starts to dimple and pucker up is because of lack of loss of strength and flexibility of the cells in those areas. This occurs when we age and even when our diet lacks essential fatty acids. So, an easy way to get rid of cellulite naturally on thighs and bum areas is to eat a diet rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs). You can get EFAs from fatty (cold water) fish, walnut and other nuts, flax seeds, olive oil, avocados etc. Also take a supplement containing good ratio of EPA and DHA- the most important EFAs.
2. Lose excess body fat
Many people want to know “can you get rid of cellulite, once you have it?” The answer is yes, you can but the first step is to lose the excess fat. This might sound easy but is often a difficult task for many. The fact is losing cellulite has to first start with weight loss. Follow the right science behind sustainable weight loss such as a healthy diet and exercise. Set realistic expectations and be regular with the program you choose. Here are some easy ways to lose weight.
3. Change your diet
Some drastic changes are the only way to prevent and get rid of cellulite. All processed foods and commercially baked goods are filled with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats which not only contribute to cellulite formation but also impact our heart health and cause high blood pressure. So eliminate all processed foods from your diet if you want to avoid cellulite. You must also cut back on sodas and carbonated sugary beverages, as well as high carb foods which stimulate insulin and store fat.
4. Laser treatment
Most over the counter products which claim to fight cellulite do nothing for the condition. Cosmetic treatments are sometimes the best bet for getting rid of cellulite permanently. Laser toning is an effective treatment which directs radio frequency under the skin to get rid of thigh and butt dimples. This procedure has very good results as the laser stimulates the skin to produce new layers of collagen and tighten itself.
5. Cold laser massage
Conventional massage therapy and body wraps often promise to get rid of cellulite naturally. However, these things often do not show results and often, the results are only temporary. Cold laser massage therapy on the other hand is a procedure you need to get done from a cosmetic/plastic surgery expert. This procedure combines lymph drainage massage and suction therapy to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production.
6. Filler injections
For very large dents caused by dimpled skin, your doctor may recommend filler injections. These puff up the skin having depressions and smoothes out the puckering. However, you will need to repeat these injections every few years.
7. Use skin firming creams
The FDA has approved several skin firming creams that are proven to get rid of cellulite. Look for products containing CoQ10 enzyme, Vitamin C and retinol. Also other ingredients like alginic acid and carrageenan help draw moisture into the skin to inflate the valleys and bumps. Some good products are Nivea Body Reshaping, L’Oreal Sublime Slim Gel, and Anti Cellulite Massage oil.
8. Take help from herbs
Some herbal preparations, both topical and oral, are proven ways to get rid of cellulite, albeit temporarily. The herbs mainly improve circulation which, if sluggish, can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and become dry and dimpled. Use herbs that dilate blood vessels and shuttle fluids out of the tissues. Herbs that do this job include black pepper, ginger, green tea, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and gingko.
9. Use fat burning creams
Fat burning creams mainly contain forskolin which is derived from the herb coleus forskohlii. Some fat burner cellulite fighting wraps and creams also contain caffeine. These products are proven ways to get rid of cellulite temporarily. Studies have shown that, when used in combination with certain asthma drugs, you can lose up to an inch of fat from thighs, stomach and buttock area with these ingredients. Try Clarins Total Body Lift.
10. Exercises to get rid of cellulite
As stated above, the best way to get rid of cellulite permanently and naturally is to lose weight. And what better way to do so than daily exercise? Running is great way of losing extra fat. You can also go for cardio and pilates. Pliates is especially a great workout as it combines strengthening and stretching; it uniformly stretches and rewraps the fascia which covers muscles. Combine exercise with a healthy diet and you will find that it is the cheapest and most natural cellulite cure!