5 surefire diet and exercise tips to get rid of cellulite
As mentioned in all of my anti cellulite posts, cellulite can be caused by an array of factors from genetic predisposition and hormones to lifestyle factors that are probably the easiest ones to work on and work with. Also, the distribution of body fat, muscle and connective tissues is another reason why cellulite shows up on some bodies pretty dramatically or finer on some other women's bodies.
All in all, I still think, and science proves it, that cellulite can be reduced even if the causes are unknown or don't necessarily have to do with simple things like our anti cellulite diet.
Anti cellulite tips that really work efficiently
Although I do write about all sorts of anti cellulite treatments and cellulite remedies, I do believe that diet and exercise are the best ways to reduce cellulite and that's why I'm going to give you my basic anti cellulite tips.
1. Avoid eating junk food - it causes cellulite
Trans fats and highly processed carbohydrates wreck havoc into your system and cause all sorts of skin problems. By junk food I'm referring to fried food (fries, fried chicken, doughnuts), sweets, bakery (cakes, cookies, crackers), shortening (Crisco), and that awful highly promoted margarine.
Such foods cause fat cells within reserve layers of fat tissue to accumulate even more fat which can increase the appearance of cellulite. Moreover, they greatly increase the risk of heart disease by raising your blood cholesterol levels.
2. Eat nutritious foods to beat cellulite
Lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats are really going to make a difference in the way your skin looks and in the way you feel.
Scientists have shown us that these foods prevent fat storage in ways that beneficially reduce the appearance of cellulite. High-quality carbohydrates like vegetables, beans, whole-grain products and fresh fruits are rich in fiber and promote fat removal from the body.
Healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds increase "good cholesterol" which is responsible for transporting fat from cells to the liver where it is broken down. Just be careful with how much grams of healthy fats you eat because they're full of calories and you can't beat cellulite if you total calorie intake is still high and gain weight.
Finally, protein sources like fish and poultry, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products aid in the maintenance of muscle mass and reduce the amount of fat stored in cells.
3. Calories in vs calories out
Keep a log with what you eat and how much exercise you're doing. It' essential to take care for your daily caloric needs and your macronutrients stats. You can use really good and free online calorie counting databases like Calorie Count, My Fitness Pal or Calorie King.
Again, cellulite most commonly results from weight gain. Weight gain begins when you consume more calories than you burn as this creates a calorie surplus. When there is a surplus of calories in the body they are stored as fat.
here are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat; therefore, excess accumulation of calories will, overtime, result in weight gain. You can avoid this by tracking the amount of calories you consume during meals as well as the amount of calories you expend during physical activity (exercise).
4. Don't go overboard with cardio but still practice some moderate and high intensity regime
Low steady cardio isn't going to do wonders for you cellulite, but a moderate and high intensity cardio program is going to kick that b*tch off of your thighs, butts and abs.
Such exercises include jogging or running, elliptical training with hills or high resistance intervals, bicycling outdoors with high gears or stationary cycling with hills, stair climbing, and moderate- to high-intensity group exercise formats (cardio kickboxing, spinning and step aerobics).
These types of cardio exercises can greatly reduce the appearance of cellulite by boosting fat burning and promoting muscle development. Shoot for performing one or more of these exercises 5 to 6 days a week for 30 to 90 minutes.
5. Weight training is crucial for cellulite reduction
Strengthen and tone your troubled areas with resistance training. By doing weight training you are going to reduce the appearance of cellulite by increasing muscle mass and boosting your metabolic rate (the amount of calories your burn at rest) which ultimately reduces body fat.
You should perform lower body resistance training exercises that specifically target your hips, butt, and thighs including squats, lunges, deadlifts, and step-ups. Shoot for performing 3 to 4 sets of 4 to 12 repetitions of these exercises on 2 to 3 non-consecutive days each week. Yes, going heavy on the weights is not going to make us women bulky!
You should also implement resistance training exercises for your chest, back, shoulders, triceps, biceps and abs in order to keep your upper and lower body balanced.