Most women, at one point in their lives, end up having cellulite. Consequently, cellulite-removing creams are bought, cardio workouts are increased and water intake goes up. But the real question is, do these methods work? Do you need to do cardio to eliminate cellulite? Does water actually help? Can you ever actually get rid of cellulite? The answer to these questions begins with understanding what cellulite actually is and busting some myths around how to handle it.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite appears when the fat in your body pushed through the layers of connective tissue that is underneath the skin. This tends to happen in two main areas; the buttocks and the thighs (but can appear anywhere else). Fat tends to push through connective tissue that is weak, connective tissue can be weakened due to many reasons; lack of exercise, lack of muscles, excessive fat in the body, hormones, genes, and poor circulation
Losing weight doesn’t make cellulite disappear
Having higher body fat increases the visibility of cellulite. However, losing weight will not guarantee that the cellulite will disappear as cellulite is a result of many factors (such as genes, lack of muscles, hormones,…) and not just high body fat.
Cellulite only happens to people who don’t work out
Cellulite can happen to people of all shapes, even if they eat right and work out. Due to the various reasons that cellulite appears, even the fittest models may have noticeable cellulite.
Smoking affects the appearance of cellulite
People who smoke cigarettes increase the chances of having visible cellulite due to the fact that cigarettes reduce blood flow which weakens connective tissues in the body.
Regular exercise reduces the appearance of cellulite
Exercising regularly can have a noticeable effect on reducing the appearance of cellulite, but does not completely eliminate it. Exercise can help strengthen the connective tissues in the body, as well as decrease the amount of fat which will make cellulite in the body less visible.
Cellulite is more common in women than in men
Women are more prone to cellulite. Women naturally have a higher fat percentage than men, and the bodily composition to store more fat, which means more cellulite.
You should do cardio to eliminate cellulite
While cardio can help you lose weight, it does not guarantee the reduction of cellulite. Instead, strength training is a much better way to help build muscle and strengthen connective tissue that will help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Skin-firming creams eliminate cellulite
Unfortunately, there is no magic cream that will completely eliminate cellulite no matter how much we wish it were possible. While some creams that contain retinoids can help reduce cellulite, they do not offer a permanent effect.
Tanning will help reduce cellulite
Exposing your skin to UV rays will actually weaken your connective tissues, making cellulite more visible. It’s recommended to use sunscreen when out in the sun to prevent your cellulite from becoming more visible.
Non-invasive procedures can help reduce the appearance of cellulite
There are some methods that can help reduce cellulite. Procedures that use laser, massage techniques and radio-frequency can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, as with all other techniques, the results are not permanent.
Your diet can help fight cellulite
Following a healthy diet can actually help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Drinking a lot of water and eating foods that are high in water-content (such as fruits and veggies) can help you with your weight, strengthen your connective tissues and reduce the appearance of cellulite.