How to Fight Cellulite

Just about everyone has cellulite somewhere on their bodies – even people who are otherwise quite skinny.  It’s a naturally-occurring phenomenon that mostly affects women after puberty, but will affect just about anyone who has ever put on a bit of weight.

Causes for Cellulite

To explain exactly how cellulite develops is tricky, so the following diagram illustrates what pre-cellulite skin (left) looks like compared to skin that has developed cellulite.

As you can see on the picture above, in the first panel all of the skin’s fat is under the layer of blood vessels and connective tissue that lies just under the epidermis.  However, in the second panel you can see that some fat deposits have herniated through, coming to live in the upper layers of the skin.

This movement from of fat cells from the sub-dermal fat layer to the dermis is what causes the dimpling and nodularity that are most commonly associated with cellulite.

How To Get Rid of Cellulite

It’s not easy to get rid of it.  Part of the reason for this is because it lives outside of the normal areas where fat is found, so your body is less likely to burn it off during the course of exercise.  In fact, once cellulite sets in it can be almost impossible to reduce, and will never go away completely.

There are, however, a few things you can do to improve its appearance.  Anything that tones, firms, and improves muscle condition will help.

  1. Anti-cellulite and Firming Creams

    As always with anything you buy that promises to make you look thinner or prettier, beware of snake oil.  If it’s made by a well-known brand, it will probably have some kind of measurable, permanent results.  Be sure to check if there are any studies on the long term effects of using the product, however, as they can contribute to premature skin ageing.
  2. Improve Your Diet

    A low-fat diet will work wonders for cellulite, and the younger you start the more impressive the results will be.  With cellulite, prevention really is 100 times better than any attempts at a cure, so if you think you’re developing cellulite, stop eating McDonalds and hit the gym immediately.
  3. Thigh Exercises to Remove Cellulite

    Exercises will only be as effective as your entire exercise routine.  Remember that you can’t specifically target areas of fat, but you can improve the muscle tone on your thighs, which will improve their appearance when you do lose weight.

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