One of the most embarrassing body issues a woman can have is the appearance of cellulite. Although it is usually attributed to older women, cellulite can even appear on girls in their teens or even younger. Another misconception is that cellulite is made up of toxins trapped in your body or is the result of poor circulation. Those rumors are just not true; cellulite is fat.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is uneven deposits of fat right under your skin that can look lumpy. Women have connective tissues that separate their fat cells and connect the fat to the skin. With a weight gain, the fat bulges out from between the connective fibers. As our tissues change with age, these connective tissues become thicker and our skin becomes thinner. This makes the cellulite much more noticeable. The skin over fat is not stretched taut like the skin over muscle, and the skin begins to look bumpier.

How can I get rid of cellulite?

Although you cannot completely get rid of cellulite because it is simply fat cells, you can reduce their appearance with a proper exercise regimen. This can help your lower body to look smoother and more toned. The most important advice I can give is to work out the muscles in your lower body from every angle so the fat stores are reduced and the lost muscle tissues are built up, giving a flat appearance. Keep in mind that you cannot target one area on your body specifically to lose weight. It is important to undertake an exercise regimen to reduce your overall body fat, then to focus on the lower body workout to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The lower body workout should involve exercises that tone your inner and outer thighs, your glutes, abdomen muscles, quadriceps, etc. After a few weeks, you may want to start adding light weights to increase the intensity and build your muscles to burn even more fat. As your body becomes slimmer and toned, the cellulite will shrink until it can no longer be easily seen under the skin.

And don't forget the cardio! The fat stored in your midsection and lower body is harmful to your heart's health. A good cardio program can help you lose weight while increasing your heart strength until you are healthier overall.

What else can I do to get rid of cellulite?

It should come as no surprise that your diet can help you get rid of cellulite. If you stick to a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins, you will find the fat simply melting away. Eat your carbs earlier in the day and try to avoid eating starchy foods after lunch. Avoid foods and beverages with high sugar content, such as sodas.

Can a physical trainer help me get rid of my cellulite?

Yes! I have been helping clients in and around Las Vegas area reduce their cellulite for many years. Contact me if you would like to start getting rid of those unsightly lumps and bumps, and I will help you put together an exercise and diet plan that can be easily assimilated into your daily lifestyle. With the right food and diet regimen, you will be able to go out in that bikini in no time!