Nutrition, Nutrition, Fitness

How to reduce cellulite

“It’s most prevalent in women because of the way that we carry our fat, our cell structures, muscles and connecting tissue.”

Cellulite, it’s super common and totally harmless - but still kinda sucks. We’ve asked Aquanation gym instructor, Laura English, on ways to reduce your cellulite and get you feelin’ Bootylicious.

Hands up if you’ve got cellulite?

Our hands are raised, how about yours? Turns out despite what Insta filters might have you believe, cellulite is super normal.

 “Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy and dimpled flesh on your thighs, hips, sometimes your butt and your abdomen,” explains English.

But why is it that women tend to get the bumpy end of the stick more so than men? English sheds some light on why this is so.

“It’s most prevalent in women because of the way that we carry our fat, our cell structures, muscles and connecting tissue.”

Can you get rid of cellulite?

Wondering whether you can work, work, work, work, work, work and say see ya to cellulite?

“Unfortunately, you can’t target the areas where you might have cellulite,” says English.

Don’t get too bummed out. English reckons there are a few workouts that can help with the appearance of cellulite.

“If you focus on strength and weight training that can help improve and smooth the surface of the skin,” says the gym instructor.

Specifically, English recommends exercises such as lunges, squats, hamstring curls. “These exercises can help with the appearance of cellulite around your thighs, bum and hips.”

Additionally, English says reducing your overall body fat can also help with cellulite as well. The gym instructor recommends “HIIT or cardio workouts, which are great for reducing bodyfat and can therefore help with the appearance of cellulite.”

Can you eat away your cellulite?

English explains, neither diet or workouts can wave a magic wand and wipe away your cellulite.

“Diet alone doesn’t cure cellulite, the same as weight training won’t necessarily cure your cellulite.”

Still, the gym instructor says nutrition can certainly help with smoothing the surface of your skin.

“A diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of water, wholegrain foods, fibre rich foods and essential nutrients and fatty acids will help with the appearance of cellulite by helping to reduce your bodyfat percentage,” advises English.

Scaling back on a few vices can also help. English recommends to reduce the appearance of cellulite “reduce the amount of caffeine, alcohol, refined food, sugars that you’re eating.”

She adds that along with avoiding smoking, laxatives are definitely not a solution. “Avoid things like laxatives and dieting pills because these dehydrates your body and reduce circulation.”

The takeaway

“The most important thing to remember is that cellulite is normal, it’s an everyday part of being female essentially and it’s completely harmless,” says English. 

Yep, those bumps are nothing to stress about cause if you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em and just live a happy, active lifestyle.

 

Laura English is a Personal Trainer at Aquanation and Aquahub