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How to Get Rid of Cellulite: Three Steps to Killing That Fat!

By Edited May 17, 2015 0 1

If you're been trying to figure out how to get rid of cellulite on your thighs, hips and rear end, you might be getting frustrated that you can't find anything that really works. There are nearly as many products promising to get rid of cellulite as there are women that have it. Many times these promises don't hold a drop of water.

Cellulite doesn't just affect large women. It affects skinny girls, too. Even if a gal is anorexic, she's still prone to cellulite if it runs in her blood.

Cellulite is more than just fat in all the wrong places. The reason cellulite differs from normal fat is that it changes the texture of the skin on top. That's why some women refer to their cellulite as "orange peel" or "cottage cheese" – that's the look of the texture of skin covering cellulite areas of the body.

When you start to get rid of cellulite, you might look for products at your local Walmart or Target. Sometimes these might be topical creams and other times you might buy the pills. Two weeks and a few hundred dollars later, you're back to square one with just as much cellulite as you had when you started and no results anywhere in sight.

But getting rid of cellulite isn't a matter of taking the right medicine or slathering a bunch of cream all over your skin. You won't get rid of cellulite until you make some lifestyle changes that will help you work off those bits of fat.

And while you might find some cellulite creams or pills helpful, you shouldn't rely on these to help you find out how to get rid of cellulite. You'll need to work some healthy habits into your daily routine as well.

Exercise

Let's start with exercise. Cellulite responds to exercise like every other fat out there, but it takes longer. For one thing, the way it bonds together beneath your skin makes it difficult for your body to shed. You'll need to perform target-specific exercises to get rid of cellulite on your legs.

Cardio

Cardio is not an end-all for cellulite reduction, but it sure helps. It will get your legs stimulated and work off fat in all parts of your body.

The trick to cardio is doing it at least 20 minutes each day. That's *just* the cardio – not all the rest of the exercises involved! Whether you just want to do step aerobics and running or if you'd rather run on a treadmill or elliptical, do whatever you can do for a whole 20 minutes without getting totally exhausted.

Don't be afraid to take a one or two minute break every five to ten minutes to catch your breath and get a drink.

Squats

Squats are one of the most effective ways to build muscle around your thighs and buttocks and tighten the skin. Now be careful. Doing too many squats in a row, especially right out the gate when you just get started, can lead to knee injuries. Squats used to be my favorite exercise... until I got tendonitis in my knee from doing them.

Go easy, especially the first few weeks. Start out doing five squats each day on the first week and gradually work up to ten. Do no more than 15 squats in a row.

Stationary Squat

Nothing burns your thighs like stationary squats. Similar to the regular squat, the stationary squat finds you with your legs bent and your muscles throbbing, but instead of standing shoulder-width apart, your legs are spread out past your shoulders.

Begin by standing with your toes pointed outward. Your left toes should point straight to the left (as far as possible) and your right toes should point straight to the right. Position your feet a little bit outside each shoulder and, with a straight back, squat downward until your legs make a wide rectangle. Knees should be bent about 90 degrees.

Hold this pose as long as you can tolerate it. Try to work up to a minute without giving up.

Want to step up your game a little? Add a barbell to each hand and do some bicep curls while you're squatting.

Drinking Water

Many women resort only to drinking water to get rid of their cellulite. While drinking large quantities of water daily is a good idea anyway, it's not going to provide the quick fix you're looking for to get rid of your cellulite.

However, drinking is far better than drinking pop. Drinking water can help you get rid of cellulite without wasting a lot of money on other quick fixes.

Drink water every time you exercise to get rid of cellulite. When you're performing the squats mentioned above, rest in between repetitions and take several swigs of cool water from a water bottle. This will keep you hydrated and help with the cellulite reduction. This will be more effective than drinking sugary energy drinks, like Gatorade or Powerade.

Stick With It!

One of the Number One Killers for women trying to get rid of cellulite is not sticking with a routine long enough. Most women give a routine a couple weeks – tops – before seeing little or no results and calling it quits.

Don't fall into this trap! This will kill all your chances of ever getting rid of cellulite! Once you pick a plan, stick to it! You should at least stick with your program for six to eight weeks. If you still see absolutely no results in this time, think about making a small change or adding some new exercises.

Whatever you do, don't give up completely. You might never fully get rid of all your cellulite, but you can certainly improve the look and texture of your skin by following a routine, drinking water and staying away from excessive sugary foods and drinks.

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Comments

Aug 4, 2010 9:40am
Sookie
sticking with a routine is really important. Great article!
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