The fact that cellulite is generally caused by uneven fat deposit distribution seems to bypass most people. In their desperate attempts to remove cellulite, they tend to look for dramatic solutions rather than focusing on long-term lifestyle changes that will eventually yield significant results. The reality is that reducing cellulite is a step-by-step process. Although cellulite is not restricted to overweight people, a gradual loss of body fat will help reduce the appearance of this unsightly orange skin. It will also improve fitness, heart health and general well being in the bargain. Below are some exercises that will whip you into shape while taking on cellulite deposits.
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day. This could take the form of brisk walking and doesn’t necessarily involve pushing yourself hard. Yet few people seem to have the time to invest in their health.
In fact, a 2011 USA Today study showed that only 33% of men and 29% of women partake in regular exercise. 40% of individuals surveyed do not exercise at all. Yet consistent exercise can help combat cellulite build-up by burning calories, increasing metabolism, losing weight and improving circulation. Sweating is a great way to detox through the skin as well.
Women are more prone to cellulite production and are also less likely to indulge in strength training. Yet this form of exercise will add muscle mass while reducing body fat. Not only will you see a reduction in cellulite in this case, existing cellulite will be far more difficult to spot. Squats are one of the best strength training exercises because of the full body stimulus and the fact that the buttocks, abdominal muscles and quadriceps, all prime locations for cellulite, are targeted. If you can’t find a gym that has a squat rack, you can always use dumbbells instead. Alternatively, you can perform lunges with dumbbells. These involve taking long strides ahead and entering a split stance with the dominant foot out in front. This works similar muscles to the squat.
Aerobic exercise and strength training will not produce the desired results if your diet is not up to par. Fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meats should be at the centre of your diet.
Refined sugars and processed food in general need to be avoided. Remember, 3,500 calories equals a single pound so if you wish to lose 4 pounds in 4 weeks or 1 pound per week, you would need a caloric deficit of 500 calories a day.
By avoiding calorie dense foods and increasing your rate of exercise, you will find that the pounds start to melt off your waist, thighs and other parts of your body.
As your weight slowly decreases so will the appearance of cellulite. Although seemingly slender people can have cellulite, it is rare to find large amounts of it on people with a low level of body fat.