Why do we have cellulite and how can we treat it?
If you've been worrying about a bit of dimpling on your backside, at least you know you're not alone — 80 to 90 percent of women have cellulite somewhere on their bodies. If knowledge is power, here are a few things about cellulite to help you feel empowered about that puckering skin.
Cellulite is more prominent in women than in men due to the structural differences of stored fat between the sexes. The connective tissues that create these storage units in men works on diagonals, where as we lucky ladies store our fat in a large vertical honeycomb-like structure. This structural form unfortunately enhances the appearance of the dimples.
Why do we have cellulite and how can we get rid of it?
Genes also play a role, so if your mother has cellulite, or you tend to gain weight in certain areas, you may be more susceptible to that cottage-cheese-like skin.
Hormonal changes such as taking the pill or having a baby can trigger cellulite.
Lifestyle choices can also affect how your skin looks. Smoking, caffeine, poor diet, eating too much fat, yo-yo dieting, not drinking enough water, not exercising, and not getting enough sleep are also factors.
How to make cellulite disappear
- anti cellulite treatments
It is possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite. A combination of laser, massage, radio frequency, and suction treatments are available, but these anti cellulite treatments cost a lot and their effects are only temporary. You'll end up needing to fork over the moola for ongoing treatments in order to maintain your skin's new look.
- anti cellulite creams
Also, I recommend not to waste your money on cellulite lotions either since topical creams can't penetrate the three layers of skin to eliminate the fat. What you can do is decrease overall body fat by doing calorie-burning cardio; try 60 minutes of cardio five times a week.
- anti cellulite exercises
Unfortunately, cardio alone will not decrease the dimples. Flaccid muscle can increase the appearance of cellulite, so strength training is highly recommended. Work the muscles in the areas where the dimpling is occurring two to three times a week. This means doing lunges in all directions as well as butt and thigh toning squats. Or work your entire backside with these moves for toning your lower body as well as these inner-thigh toners. And best of all, remember that you're human, so embrace it because a little cellulite shouldn't prevent you from doing the things you love.
One of the best fat burning exercises
This exercise makes your glutes meet your hamstrings, giving a nice shape all around.
This amazing cellulilte burning exercise is the straight leg deadlift.
- Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm's length in front your thighs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent.
- Without changing the angle of your knees, bend at your hips (keep your lower back arched), and lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor [B]. Pause, then squeeze your glutes, thrust your hips forward, and raise your torso back to the start
How to make the deadlift harder: Perform the exercise while balancing one leg. Do all your reps, then repeat with your other leg.