If you’re a woman you’ve probably wondered once or twice if it’s possible to get rid of cellulite naturally. Well, spoiler alert: It’s possible. But you’ll need the dedication to do it. If you’re ready to make a commitment, here I’m sharing 5 tips that actually work and can help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite!
To be completely clear and transparent, almost everyone has cellulite. No matter how nutritious your diet or how regular your workout routine, cellulite is a normal part of having skin.
Did you know that more than 80% of us have cellulite?
The fact is, most of us have cellulite. However, it’s also a fact that most of us are unhappy with it, and wish we could figure out how to get rid of it without overhauling our lives or spending an absolute fortune (we’re looking at you, spendy product aisle… )
So how do you reduce cellulite once it’s staring back at you in the mirror? And if you’ve not seen any orange peel dimples on your thighs so far, how can you go about keeping them at bay?
How to get rid of cellulite naturally?
If you’re wondering how to get rid of cellulite, I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible, and thankfully, it’s not even about expensive lotions and potions.
There are a few simple ways you can get reduce it, and what’s more – you can kick them off today!
Between 85 and 98% of all women to be exact according to this article have cellulite. Who cares about the other 2% of women that don’t have cellulite? I’d say if we all have it, it’s pretty damn normal. No need to go crazy.
I personally don’t have that much cellulite (I am the fat belly type). Hold up, let me rephrase that: I have enough cellulite, just less than most women I know. And I am 100% sure this is all genetics.
If you go to the beach and look around you won’t find even one woman over 16 who doesn’t have cellulite. No matter how thin or even toned we are, we still can have cellulite. This has nothing to do with being thin. Nothing to do with toxins either. It has to do with hormones, aging, fat, and maybe some inflammation.
Actually, we can reduce cellulite if we put in some (a lot) of work into that goal.
Cellulite has never been such a big deal for me since I don’t have so much. And I’ve never thought I would write an article about cellulite. Life changes, I’m almost 34 now and I need to push myself a bit more, I’m not young anymore. So, most of the tips below, are tips that will improve your overall health, skin, and even hair and nails. It’s not about creams and massages. It’s about getting as healthy as you possibly can. As energized, light, and happy as possible.
Now, what is cellulite?
Cellulite is subcutaneous fat (meaning underneath the skin) that pushes up against the skin creating a dimpled appearance. It’s most present and visible in the areas of our body that naturally have the thickest layers of subcutaneous fat—the buttocks and thighs—which also happen to be the areas of our body that get the least blood flow and activity thanks to sedentary nine-to-five jobs.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSE OF CELLULITE?
Maybe you’ve already heart what people say – cellulite comes from fat. But you can be fat and have less cellulite than someone who is 40 pounds lighter than you.
The main reasons for cellulite according to science are:
- higher levels of estrogens (the skin is affected by hormones)
- age (when you’re older your connective tissue is less and less “tight”)
- genetics (Asians have less cellulite than Europeans).
5 STRATEGIES TO GET RID OF CELLULITE NATURALLY
What can we do to get rid of cellulite? Without spending a lot of money on expensive procedures, scrubbing coffee, wrapping ourselves in plastic bags….
We can make some changes in our daily routine that have amazing health benefits – we can change what we eat, how we move and sleep, reduce stress. Are you ready girl?
Let’s start with how we eat.
1. Start an anti-inflammatory diet
If you follow my blog series you’ve probably noticed that I struggle with endometriosis. Because of it, I had to change my entire life starting with food. Following an anti-inflammatory diet is not so difficult and after a while, you will feel great in your body.
There are some evidences that inflammation is linked to cellulite too.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, like described here, will naturally reduce body fat, balance your hormones and provide all nutrients needed for better skin – vitamin C, polyphenols, fiber, vitamin A and E, zinc, iron, and omega-3s.
If you eat a lot of refined, processed, or fatty foods, these could all contribute to poor circulation and therefore won’t encourage the body’s natural digestive processes to flush out toxins, therefore triggering the onset of cellulite.
A diet high in antioxidants – vitamins A, C, and E, plus selenium, manganese, zinc, and copper – can help to prevent the cell damage that leads to the dreaded dimples.
By eating these foods daily, you’ll restore the strength of dermal cells – and the good news is, they’re all pretty tasty. Eggs, apples, soy, spinach, cauliflower, peanuts, and Iceberg lettuce are all lecithin rich foods, so they’re great for getting rid of cellulite. Time to stock the kitchen!
Don’t forget the protein!
Protein stimulates and strengthens the production of collagen and elastin which keeps cellulite at bay. It also helps to firm up muscles that can keep fat stores in place and reduces the dimpled effect of cellulite. All in all, protein is a winner when it comes to combatting the orange peel skin!
Avoid full fat and dairy products!
Full-fat dairy products like cream, butter, and cheese are high in saturated fats and are harder for your body to break down. They’re fine as a once in a while treat, but avoid consuming them too regularly if you can.
Eating fatty takeaways and processed foods can also cause cellulite because they lead to fat deposits in our bodies.
2. Drink water!
Water is an excellent source of energy and has thousands of health benefits. So drinking a LOT of water every day is an important step if you want to get rid of cellulite.
The cellulite under your skin stores toxins – which can accumulate if you have an unhealthy lifestyle, regardless of your shape or size. Water keeps the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins, and is key if you want to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful, too!
However, don’t drink too much water as this could lead to swelling underneath the cellulite – 1.5 liters a day is plenty.
If you find plain water boring, you can make it a bit tastier adding some fruits, so definitely check my favorite detox water recipe.
3. Take the stairs, move more often!
Here is the deal. If you stay sit all day you will never get rid of cellulite. Your body needs to move not just to go to the supermarket. You need to do some actual move like walking in the park for at least one hour. And forget about the elevator, from now on take the stairs. It’s also good for your butt.
One trick to getting rid of pesky lumps and bumps is working all your lower body muscles from every angle, which lessens the underlying fat stores and replaces lost muscle tissue to give the area a toned appearance, and climbing stairs is a great way to do this.
You might not be a fan of working out, but to get rid of cellulite and to get in shape I highly recommend you do also some cardio exercises. You’ll burn some fat and improve circulation with cardio. You’ll tone up your muscles with strength training, so you can look toned and lean.
4. CHILL OUT!
Stress is something that can affect your entire body. Stress is also not good for cellulite. If you don’t want to see cellulite, stop it! Stress hormones made by our adrenal glands and are also linked to the development and worsening of cellulite.
5. START USING CELLULITE SCRUB
Use a scrub every time you shower to increase circulation on thighs and buttocks too.
The good news is that you can make your own one at home. If you don’t know how to check out my favorite recipe for an anti-cellulite body scrub.
Creams and scrubs will only really help the appearance slightly as part of a diet and exercise regime – they can help superficially in the looks department, but they’re not miracle workers, and even the most expensive creams can’t melt the fat away.