5 Tips for Getting Rid of Cellulite

July 16th, 2011

Cellulite is a source of misery for many women, and it can be almost impossible to get rid of. Cellulite mainly occurs on the buttocks and the top of the legs, affecting women of all shapes and sizes. While there are no guaranteed ways to banish cellulite altogether, there are things you can do to reduce and minimize the appearance of it. A large part of cellulite development is caused by lifestyle. Therefore if you want to improve the appearance of your legs and buttocks then please follow these 5 tips for getting rid of cellulite.

1. Watch what you eat

Cut down on the amount of saturated fat, salt, and sugar in your diet, as these empty calories will increase the amount of cellulite your body accumulates. Cut back on junk food, processed food, and foods with a high amount of added salt, sugar, colourings, and flavourings. Avoid adding extra salt and sugar to your food, and switch to natural low calorie drinks.

2. Break bad habits

Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can both contribute to a significant amount of cellulite on your body. Ideally you should aim to quit smoking completely, but just reducing the amount of cigarettes you smoke can make a big difference to the appearance of cellulite. Try to keep your alcohol intake to a minimum, and avoid binge drinking.

3. Increase your water intake

Toxins accumulated within your body can lead to the formation of cellulite. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins from your system. Aim to drink one litre of water for every 1,000 calories you consume, increasing this amount in hot weather or when doing vigorous exercise. Being overweight and suffering from certain health conditions can also increase the amount of water you need to drink. Avoid caffeinated drinks as these can act as diuretics, that cause increased passing of urine.

4. Buy a body brush

Regular skin brushing stimulates the blood flow and increases the rate of cell renewal, which helps to break down the cellulite and reduce its appearance. Work the body brush over the affected areas, using small clockwise motions to stimulate the circulation. Use your body brush at least once a day to see if it improves the appearance of your cellulite.

5. Try glucosamine supplements

Glucosamine supplements are thought to help fight cellulite by repairing the connective tissue that can become damaged and lead to the appearance of so-called ‘cottage cheese’ lumps on the skin. Glucosamine supplements are available from most good health food shops.