5 Fast Ways To To Get Rid Of Cellulite And Avoid Crazy Diets And Torturous Workout Plans

Cellulite.

Every year we prepare for battle.

And every year we get frustrated and beat ourselves up because we cannot free ourselves of it.

It’s time to re-evaluate our strategies and stop torturing ourselves if it stubbornly stays on our thighs and bottoms.

Cellulite dimples the thighs of even the most fit and ‘perfect’ women. While technically it is caused by fat which accumulates under the skin’s surface, the solution is not simply getting rid of the fat. While it can help, it is not the only or necessarily the best strategy.

I have seen women undertake crazy diets, daily mud packs and drink disgusting tea mixes in order to be cellulite free for the beach.

Before we get started, let's make sure something is very clear - 80% of women have cellulite, meaning that having it is far more normal and natural than not having it.

I do, however, completely understand that these facts do not matter.

As I said before, fat is only one of the factors that can make cellulite more noticeable.

Let’s examine some of the reasons cellulite can be more noticeable and what you can do about it.

Poor blood circulation

When our blood is flowing properly, oxygen and nutrients reach all of our organs. Toxins are efficiently removed and everything is able to work more effectively. This, of course, is true of your skin, your body’s largest organ.

Today’s modern life tends to slow down blood circulation thanks to a more sedentary lifestyle and less nutrient dense diets. Jobs that require us to sit for long stretches of time and busy family schedules which make it difficult to prepare fresh and healthy meals every day.

Without proper blood flow you will experience water retention. Increased blood flow will improve the elimination of toxins and excess water (discussed later in this article).

Increased blood flow will provide vital nutrients to the area in question. For example, by increasing your circulation you also stimulate the production of collagen which tightens your skin making it much more resistant to bumpy orange peel skin.

How to improve circulation

While in the context of this article we are focusing on cellulite, improving your blood flow is important to your overall health.

One of the most fundamental changes you can make is to move your body more. Yes, obviously a consistent workout routine can help. But daily small gestures can make a world of difference too.

Set your timer to make sure you stand once an hour while at work. Take 5 minutes to get some water, walk a flight of stairs in your office building.

Your diet plays an important role in blood circulation. We all know that a high fat, processed food diet is bad for your heart health, precisely because it inhibits blood flow making the heart work harder. By adopting a diet high in whole foods - think lots of fruit and veg, lots of water and eliminating as much as possible processed foods, soda and alcohol.

You can greatly affect your blood circulation by using a coffee scrub, like Coffee Ginger or Coffee Chili Pepper. The caffeine in the scrub will draw blood flow to your skin’s surface immediately. Plus the simple act of massaging the skin while applying the scrub will also help to improve your blood circulation.

Dehydration

Dehydration can play a major role in cellulite. Our body is made of more than 60% water and when we are not hydrated properly it shows in our skin immediately.

I notice it first in my face where fine lines are much more noticeable and everything seems less toned and supple. Skin becomes thinner when we are dehydrated. Keeping yourself properly hydrated will keep cells plump and functioning efficiently - which keeps your skin looking more firm and radiant.

When we are not sufficiently hydrated toxins build up in our cells and the body has a difficult time metabolising them. This toxic build up will worsen the cottage cheese effect.

How to keep hydrated

Obviously in order to keep hydrated it is crucial to drink at least 2 liters of water each and every day.

If drinking water is not easy for you, try flavoring it with lemons or cucumbers for added vitamin infusion. Make sure you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as their high water content will help keep you hydrated as well.

Avoid drinking too much coffee or diet soda - these actually have a diuretic effect and can leave you dehydrated.

Alcohol leaves your skin extremely dehydrated and causes further damage (too much info to cover here, but know this, it’s not good). As a Spritz loving mom who cannot wait until cocktail hour most days, this tip, while valid, is difficult.

To make sure your evening cocktail doesn’t leave your skin full of cellulite, make sure you are always compensating by drinking plenty of water to flush out the alcohol and limit yourself to 1 cocktail per day.

Water retention

While dehydration is a huge factor in the appearance of cellulite, it’s apparent opposite, water retention, is just as important a factor in the appearance of cellulite.

Water retention makes us feel bloated and heavier than normal. This is because fat cells swell up making cellulite much more noticeable.

Water retention can change literally day by day and is affected by diet, hormonal changes (those 2 kg that you gain and lose every month are due to water retention not fat) and even genetics.

How to reduce water retention

Drink more water. Water retention can happen when hydration levels are inadequate and your body holds onto whatever it can.

It may seem counterintuitive but by drinking more water you help to flush out those pesky toxins and the excess liquid your body is retaining.

Keep sodium intake to a minimum. Play close attention to the labels on your food - remember that many healthy foods can have high sodium. Some of my favorites like cottage cheese, olives and feta cheese can have almost an entire days’ worth of sodium in just one serving.

Again, this pains me to say, but keep alcohol to a minimum. It actually promotes water retention and increases fat deposits on arms, thighs, butt and belly.

It’s very important to keep moving throughout the day. When we are sitting, or even standing, for too long, gravity will keep your blood flow sluggish through your legs. By walking around regularly you are able to keep that blood flow circulating and water retention is minimized.

If you do find your legs feeling heavy and bloated, lie down with your legs elevated. I love to lie on the floor and use a wall or table to rest my legs. 

Losing skin tone

The firmness and tone of your skin is one of the most critical pieces of the cellulite battle. The tighter your skin, the more it is able to smooth out the rough layer of fat just below the surface.

Your skin’s tone and firmness is greatly affected by hydration as we discussed before, and also the amount of collagen your body is producing. Collagen is what gives your skin elasticity. Unfortunately as we age it’s production diminishes year after year. It’s important to do everything you can to keep your skin hydrated and to promote collagen production.

Read my article How to Boost Collagen Production for more collagen building tips.

How to keep skin firm

As already discussed, one of the simplest ways to keep your skin firm and supple is to keep it hydrated and well nourished.

Collagen production can be stimulated. By using a scrub daily you are keeping fresh, nutrient rich and oxygenated blood flow to your skin. This fresh blood flow will also stimulate collagen production.

My Clean Beauty Swiss scrubs are formulated specifically to be used every day. No mom brain moments here!

Just a daily part of your beauty routine to keep your skin as firm and velvety as possible every single day.

Inflammation

Inflammation causes swelling on a cellular level. Your body goes into a defensive mode when stressed - whether that be from psychological stress, poor eating habits or food intolerances.

This is my favourite aspect to attack as it requires a holistic approach. It is so important to our overall health to tackle our own emotional stressors, to learn how to eat well and to understand the things that are not good for our bodies.

We are each and every one different and it is critical that we each find what works for us.

How to reduce inflammation

The first step is to take a good look at your lifestyle. Are you getting enough sleep each night, how stressed are you and can you reduce it by trying meditation or yoga? Then take a look at your diet and try to identify inflammatory triggers - for some it might be too much coffee or alcohol, for others it could be tomatoes.

Try different solutions to find the one that works best for you. When you reduce inflammation you will almost immediately feel better physically and you will see the difference in your skin in just a few short days.

Conclusion

While obviously keeping your weight at a healthy level and staying fit will help in the fight against cellulite, it does not end there. Remember, even thin and fit people can have cellulite.

So, if cellulite is getting you frustrated, or more importantly is keeping you from enjoying yourself, try some of these torture free alternatives.