Cellulite, "orange peel" skin, "jodhpur thighs"… Many women would be happy to never hear or see these words ever again. Among the methods available for getting rid of unsightly padding, it's important to find the one best suited to the type of cellulite in your own body. Read on for our tips on how to fight cellulite.
CELLULITE, THAT ANCIENT FOE!
It's the dearest wish of many women wanting to feel better about their bodies: "Get rid of this wretched cellulite that sticks to my skin!"And while making it disappear is not easy, it's important to "know your enemy" and be able to differentiate between the different types of cellulite, such as adipose (fatty) cellulite (overweight, lack of physical activity), aqueous (seeping) cellulite (poor venous and lymphatic circulation, too much salt in diet), and fibrous (encrusted) cellulite (older, stimulated by processed sugars, sedentary lifestyle). There's the hereditary factor, which explains in part the appearance of cellulite, but it's not the whole story. There are other factors at play.
Types of cellulite
In order to apply the right process and follow the right anti-cellulite regimen, it's first important to identify the type of cellulite. With this diagnosis, you can then choose which method to use to effectively get rid of unwanted padding.
What is it? This might just be the number one enemy of women, since it's the most common. It is not linked to circulatory problems, but rather to weight gain, too much fat in the diet, and a lack of physical exercise. When we consume more fatty foods and calories than we burn, in this situation the hypoderm layer grows larger, changing the look of our skin.
How to spot it? It is found on the skin of the thighs, buttocks (the infamous "jodhpur thighs") and the stomach. It looks flabby but is not painful.
What's the plan of attack? To get rid of adipose cellulite, cut out sugars and cooked fats from your diet.
Simply improve your daily diet by eating fresh foods, sources of vitamins and minerals. And don't forget to do regular exercise, especially endurance workouts such as cardio training, which forces your body to dig into its fat reserves, thereby getting rid of fatty cellulite. 30 minutes a day of riding a stationary bike, or fast walking or running on a treadmill, will help reduce your body's fat mass. You should also do muscle building workouts, which will help define your figure and stimulate your muscles, including those just underneath the skin (and therefore close to the cellulite).
Aqueous or seeping cellulite
What is it? This type of cellulite is often linked to circulatory problems (venous or lymphatic return), which prevents the water in your body from circulating properly, storing the excess between the cells. It occurs as a result of severe water retention and a lack of physical exercise.
How to spot it? Aqueous cellulite mostly affects thin women. It is easy to identify because it is often accompanied by heavy leg syndrome. A so-called orange peel effect is slightly visible, but no pinching. The skin looks somewhat limp and lumpy. It can appear pretty much anywhere on the body: stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, ankles and arms. This type of cellulite is the easiest and fastest to get rid of.
What's the plan of attack? To get rid of aqueous cellulite, adopt a targeted drain and disgorge strategy. In terms of sports, do water sports such as aquabiking, or ride an exercise bike, to dislodge fat and improve your circulation. In terms of diet, eat lots of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants and citroflavonoids. Grapefruit, lemons and oranges will help protect the cells in your veins and prevent your capillaries from leaking. Garlic also works wonders for your circulation. Anti-aqueous-cellulite creams can also help drain your body to improve blood and lymphatic circulation and eliminate waste, including lipids. For best results, always massage your legs by pushing upwards the length of your leg, from the feet towards the waist.
What is it? This is the most tenacious type of cellulite since it's the oldest. It often results from processed sugars consumed in excess, such as cakes, soda drinks, processed food, etc.
How to spot it? Fibrous cellulite is more compact and deeper, and feels hard to the touch. It is also fairly painful, and can be clearly felt when pressing on the skin. This is caused by a loss of flexibility of the collagen fibres which surround the adipocytes. In this case, the "orange peel" effect on the skin is pronounced and clearly visible. The cutaneous tissue is somewhat slack.
What's the plan of attack? Dislodging this kind of cellulite requires as much movement as possible. For this, there's nothing better than fitness workouts: a combination of cardio exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, and targeted stretches (thighs, abs, glutes) is effective in disgorging your body tissues. Sign up for a class of circuit training, stepper, aerodance, spinning (cycling), or even Zumba. Remember that ballet is also very effective in combating this type of cellulite. You should also consider eliminating all processed sugars, as well as slow and fast sugars at night. Beware of so-called "lite" products, which while they have less sugar, they can sometimes still contain a lot of refined sugar. Eat lots of food rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, selenium, beta-carotene, and zinc. Fruits (i.e., oranges, apples, red berries, etc.), fresh vegetables (i.e., celery, courgettes, carrots, broccoli, etc.), and dry legumes (i.e., broad beans, lentils, split peas, etc.), should take front and centre stage in your new diet. You should also preferably eat complete proteins, such as meat (turkey, chicken), fish, seafood, and eggs.
Anti-cellulite fitness accessories
In addition to regular physical workouts either outdoors or at the gym, keep your body moving at home using fitness accessories that are effective for fighting cellulite, such as a mini stepper and jump rope. Find out more about their benefits.
This is a formidable weapon in the fight against cellulite, that lets you work out in a way that is fun, and helps you lose weight too! How does it work? Standing on a small step, simulate the act of climbing stairs. The results: firms up your figure, improves your cardio endurance. Diligently doing 30 minutes of stepping a day will effectively impact the body's fats. Stepping especially targets the legs and the buttocks, which helps to reduce the "orange peel" effect over time as you work out. Combine it with a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding at all cost foods rich in sugars or fats, and you're on your way!
How about a skipping rope to get rid of cellulite? This simple fitness accessory is particularly useful—perfect for losing weight, toning your body, building endurance, and eliminating "bad" fats. You're sure to like it! When you skip rope, the muscles you work out massage your deep veins and lymphatic system. The results: your circulation improves, and your venous return and water retention problems disappear. By burning calories while exercising, you reduce your fatty mass. And while it doesn't just miraculously disappear, the cellulite will decrease and become less visible.
To get started with skipping rope, train 3 times a week for three 2-minute rounds each time. Rest for 10 to 15 seconds between each round. As you progress, maximise your results by adding gym weights to your ankles.
So, now you know some tricks and tips for effectively getting rid of cellulite. While cellulite can be hereditary (due to hormonal imbalances), remember that this genetic trait is only a natural tendency to its appearance. It is by no means the only reason, as an overly rich diet, or a lack of physical activity, can also be the cause of its growth. So eat a balanced diet, and do a fitness workout at least twice a week. Living a healthy lifestyle is crucial to fighting cellulite! If you have any questions about the best diet for you to follow or sport/fitness activity to engage in, please consult your physician.