Summer is creeping up on us and as we plan for those hot weather get-a-ways and break out of our winter cocoons, we begin to assess what our sweat pants-hibernation has wreaked havoc on. There’s only so much a fake tan can cover up! A little extra weight, a few more dimples, dry, rough, or maybe even a few more wrinkles or sun spots. Cellulite is usually one complaint we hear a lot about.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because you are NOT alone. About 90% of adult women are affected by cellulite – regardless of their body composition! So, what can we do? How can we get rid of these stubborn areas so that we can feel more confident about our bodies?
Luckily, there are some steps we can take to minimize cellulite, and better yet, we do not have to resort to surgery in order to do so! In this post, we will give you natural cellulite reduction tips and remedies that you can use to begin diminishing the appearance of cellulite.
WHAT IS CELLULITE?
What is cellulite? Generally speaking, cellulite occurs when fat cells, or fat deposits, begin to protrude into the dermis, pushing the skin out. These bulging cells appear as dimples or lumps on the skin, which are what we refer to as cellulite.
This tends to be much more common in women than in men, as only about 10% of men suffer from cellulite. Why is this? Well, it could be because of the way our collagen is structured.
In women, connective tissue has the appearance of a picket-fence; whereas in males, it has the appearance of a cross-linked fence. Because of this difference, male’s fat cells do not tend to protrude through the skin the same way that female’s fat cells do.
CELLULITE REDUCTION TIPS
1. EAT A WHOLE FOOD DIET
First things first, we need to be eating a healthy, whole food diet. Not only does this aid in fat loss and help to keep us lean, but a diet high in fiber, preferably from high-quality nutrients like fruits and vegetables, helps to remove toxins from the body. This will aid in keeping our fat cells smaller and therefore preventing them from protruding through the skin.
2. STAY HYDRATED, SAY NO TO SALT
In addition, we want to make sure we are staying hydrated and watching sodium intake. When we become dehydrated, our skin begins to thin, and cellulite will appear to be more pronounced. For individuals that eat a diet higher in sodium, you are allowing your fat cells to swell by holding onto water. This will make the appearance of your cellulite more pronounced as the fat cells swell. By keeping water intake high and sodium intake low, our fat cells will not have the opportunity to swell, therefore, they appear less pronounced.
3. EAT HEALTHY FOODS
In addition to eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, we recommend that you base your diet around good quality proteins and limit carbohydrate and sugar intake. This will help keep your body fat percentage stay lower, meaning you will have less volume in your fat cells, making cellulite less likely to begin with.
Keep in mind, our health and wellness experts at Body Tonic can assist you in finding and maintaining a healthy diet that works best for you–you do not have to try healthy eating on your own! Our health coach can assist you in a plan that will best suit your needs.
Don’t worry ladies, we will get rid of your unwanted cellulite together!
4. REGULAR EXERCISE
In addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise can assist in minimizing the appearance of cellulite. I’m not talking about spending hours upon hours on the treadmill; I’m referring to strength training to help build lean muscle mass and tighten your skin. By building stronger muscles and tightening your skin, you will reduce the amount of visible cellulite.
There are specific exercises you can do a few times a week to target the areas that you have the most cellulite. For example, for cellulite on the front or back of the thighs, you can do lower body exercises like squats, lunges, leg extension, leg press, step-ups, hamstring curls, hip thrusts, and more!
It is recommended that you complete at least 3 rounds of 10-15 repetitions with at least 3-5 exercises targeting each body part of your choice. If you are not familiar with strength training, it is recommended that you talk with a personal trainer or meet with a skilled professional at one of our clinics for proper exercise instruction.
5. MASSAGE THERAPY
Another way to help reduce the appearance of cellulite is to use massage therapy. A massage can be used for many different benefits such as stress relief, muscle recovery, blood pressure control, digestive issues, joint pain relief, and much more. But when trying to naturally diminish the appearance of cellulite, it can be very helpful as well.
Massage therapy helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and increase blood flow to the area. This can help to eliminate the toxins built up in the affected areas that are causing cellulite. A massage can also help to stimulate the fat pockets and break them down so that they are not as visible on the skin, as well as eliminate any excess fluid that may be built up in the area. You can either go to a massage therapist or use a body massager that is specifically designed to target cellulite.
Keep in mind, in order for a massage to help treat your cellulite, you will need to do this regularly. You can also add a lotion, retinol cream or serum to your massage to aid in skin tightening and minimizing the fat cells for an even better result.
6. THE SCITON SKIN TIGHT TREATMENT
As well as trying these natural remedies, at Body Tonic we offer a non-invasive solution for firmer and tighter skin to diminish the appearance of cellulite. This fast and affordable treatment is our Sciton’s Skin Tightening procedure which has been clinically proven to tighten skin and aide in reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Our skin tightening reduction treatments are safe and painless, requiring no downtime afterward. It does not cause any bruising, scarring, pain or bleeding, unlike similar treatments to reduce the appearance of cellulite that utilize surgery. Our Sciton treatment smooth’s and tightens the skin by aiding in collagen production and increasing the skin’s elasticity which will decrease the dimpling effect.
As previously mentioned, tighter skin and greater collagen production are going to make your skin look smoother and therefore lessen the appearance of cellulite in the treated area.
With this treatment, it is recommended that you complete at least 8 sessions to the affected area to see the best results as collagen grows slowly so multiple treatments are needed.
For a free consultation to see if this is the right non-surgical, cellulite reduction treatment for you!
Call us at (512)383-5204 to get scheduled today.
REDUCE CELLULITE TODAY
You do not have to unhappily live with unwanted dimples on your body! There are natural remedies that you can use that can help diminish the appearance of your cellulite. Keep in mind that the tips mentioned in this blog also contribute to a healthy lifestyle and lower body fat percentage overall. We offer a comprehensive weight-loss program to help aide in this cellulite-free journey.
This means that your body will function better, decreasing your risk for diseases like heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more.
At Body Tonic, we promote both a healthy body internally as well as a healthy appearance. We want you to feel great on the inside as well as the outside, and we understand that these two things may hand in hand. That is why we are here–to treat you comprehensively, helping you to reach your goals.
The next time you take a look in the mirror and are unhappy with the cellulite on your body, try these cellulite reduction tips given to you in this blog post, or reach out to our clinic.