How To: Combat Cellulite

Source: excerciseforcellulite.org

Yesterday while I was getting dressed, I got a rear view of my rear in my stand-up mirror.  I was bending over to pick up something off the floor.  It was a reality check and I thought to myself, that darn cheese, why does it have to taste so good?  Yeah, I saw a couple of dimples, and not the cute kinds like on elves and dolls, the ones that make you Google preventative measures to cellulite. 

In the evening I got a massage (with my husband, our V-day present to one another) and specifically told my therapist to see if she could smooth out the back of my thighs, I read somewhere that massaging a cellulite stricken area helps break down the fat cells (which is cellulite).  So, there is hope!

The cause: Estrogen and Progesterone hormones are the main causes.  Estrogen promotes the expansion of those fat cells that are literally hanging around.  Progesterone, as the body ages, weakens veins, promotes fluid retention, and can cause weight gain.  Other causes are lack of exercise, stress, and genetics.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.  There are natural components in apple cider vinegar that help reduce cellulite, along with many other conditions such as: Acne, it’s a preventative for kidney stones, along with a handful of others.

ORAL.   Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into an 8 ounce glass of water.  You may also add a small amount of honey as a sweetener.  Drink this each morning. (From: homeremediesweb.com)

TOPICAL.  Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part of your favorite massage oil.  Gently massage the area with the mixture twice a day.

MASSAGE.  As I said, massages do help, but the key is to drink plenty of water to help flush the toxins that were released during the massage.  To go even further, a warm bath with Epsom salt also facilitates in the release of toxins.

PLEANTY OF WATER.  You hear it all the time, Dr. Oz, Tyra and everyone in between relentlessly stresses the importance of drinking 8 glasses a day.  It leads to only good things for you and your body, and cellulite prevention is one of them. 

REGULAR EXERCISE.  The key word is “regular”.  It doesn’t have to be for hours (who has time for that?) but it does have to be consistent.  Even if you dedicate 10 minutes to your butt and thighs a day, that goes a lot further then the sporadic 1 hour leg lift session.  Leg lifts are an easy exercise to commit to.

3 Sets of 15, once a day!  (Source: About.com)

3 Sets of 15, everyday! (Source: About.com)

EASE UP ON THE DAIRY.  I’m not saying to give up on them completely but be a bit selective.  Go with low-fat cheeses such as aged cheddar, after all they don’t call it “cottage cheese thighs” just for kicks.  Minimize the butter and the cream sauces.  Creamy She-Crab Soups should be a miniscule treat.

CREAMS.  There are a number of topical solutions out there, but my favorite, and it is reasonably priced is Nivea Goodbye Cellulite (Rite Aid, $10).

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