Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Cellulite And Its Fixes

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When you’ve been ill, as I’ve been for the past few weeks, it’s hard to find the time or energy to go the gym. Instead, I spent my time noticing my cellulite and wondering why men seemed to have escaped the curse of cellulite that most women bear. So I looked for answers and stumbled upon a few more burning questions about cellulite. In this post I’ll try to answer them all!

To clarify,  cellulite is the result of fat cells swelling and distorting connective tissue , causing pockets of fat to push against the skin’s surface and create that distinctive lumpy look.

Why do women get cellulite more frequently than men?

There’s a biological reason why fewer men than women get cellulite. The human bone is normally surrounded by muscle, which is covered in a layer of fat that will be turned into energy. Cellulite, a collection of fats that includes lipids, fatty acids, and oils, is crammed in this fat layer directly underneath the skin, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance. Most men don’t have cellulite because they tend to have more muscle and less body fat than women. Not only that, the skin of women is often thinner than the skin of men, making the fat layer underneath more noticeable.

Is there a way to prevent cellulite?
running cardio exercise

Running is a great cardio exercise choice for a variety of reasons.

Fortunately, the formation of cellulite can often be prevented, and existing deposits reduced, through exercise and cutting down consumption of fatty foods.

Regular cardio can shrink the fat-cell deposits that make up cellulite. Exercise will not only tone your butt and thighs but can also reduce the amount and appearance of fat so the skin looks smoother.

Taking the stairs and doing lunges are especially great cellulite busters. I recommend doing three sets of 12 to 15 reps, while alternating legs.

Running is also a great choice, it can help you burn serious calories and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Do anti-cellulite creams really work?

Thick creams like Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream will trap water and plump up the skin so dimples don’t appear as deep. Look for creams that specifically target cellulite. These creams contain caffeine, a natural anti-cellulite ingredient, which will tighten the skin by constricting blood vessels. Another ingredient to look for is Retin-A, only available on prescription, which thickens the uppermost skin cell layer. Retinol, the over-the-counter alternative, functions similarly.

One of the worst anti-cellulite products I’ve ever tried is Nivea Body Goodbye Cellulite. This gel-like cream promises to visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out uneven lumps in the skin within 2 weeks. Yet despite using an entire bottle for a year, this product has failed to visibly reduce my cellulite. It’s important to note that topical products will not fix cellulite permanently; they can only make the skin look less dimpled for a few hours.

What's the quickest way to get rid of cellulite?

There’s no quick cellulite fix, only a quick cover-up. For a quick cover-up, try tanning yourself, as cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. The dark color reduces the contrast so bumps are less obvious.

Related post: Don’t Go To Another Airbrush Tanning Salon Without Reading This First

I prefer not to use creams or undergo any treatment, is there a natural way to reduce cellulite visibility?

The best natural method for reducing cellulite is maintaining a healthy diet rich in high fiber fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking hot tea to help break down accumulated lipids. Green tea, in particular, will help burn fat cells and increase metabolism naturally, thanks to the catechin polyphenols it contains. Furthermore, green tea lowers cholesterol and enhances fat oxidation. Lastly, green tea inhibits the movement of glucose in fat cells that has been linked to obesity. Together, a healthy diet and green tea can improve the overall appearance of cellulite if used daily.

Related post: Coffee, Tea, or Yerba Mate for Weight Loss?

In summary, the best methods for preventing and treating cellulite are exercise, proper diet, and thick creams.

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About the author / 

Moji Tehranian

Moji is a certified personal trainer. She has had the privilege to work with many busy clients who are balancing family, work and fitness. As a busy mom herself with a full-time job and kids, Moji understands that fitness isn't just about working out. To her, fitness is an integral part of the overall balance of life. Moji is also the editor of the Sleek.ly branded "Get Fit. Get Sexy." monthly magazine.

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