No one wants to feel like they can't rock their cute summer shorts! Let's be real, cellulite sucks and it is embarrassing. Us girls will change an outfit a million times to avoid showing it. Is there another way than just covering it up? Yes!! Does it involve a pill? NO!!!!!!!! Does it involve some effort? YES, BUT the thought about the effort needs to be reframed. You taking the steps I am about to mention are not just about addressing your cellulite concerns, they address many other aspects of your health that you may not realize need to be considered. What I mean is, you can eliminate cellulite and simultaneously increase your bone mass, improve connective tissue and muscle in your body; you can slow the process of aging, improve flexibility, drop pounds, decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve body image, and improve your sense of happiness and well being.
If you choose exercises that are appropriately weighted (in other words-not too easy so gains aren't made and not too hard that you cause injury), appropriately balanced (challenge all muscles, not overly focusing on one aspect of the body), and consistency in your routine with progression in exercise, then you have the winning formula for tackling your cellulite and other benefits mentioned above.
If any health or fitness professional offers you a quick solution, you should run for your life b/c you will probably get hurt in some capacity. If you are offered a quick pill or supplement, know that most supplements aren't FDA regulated and can contain heavy metals, chemicals, fillers, and often do not contain what they claim in the amount listed. Not all supplements are created equally; there are some good ones but make sure they are 3rd party tested.
Beyond the quick solution, lifting weight increases your resting metabolism, which means you burn more calories not only when working out but after your workout too. MUSCLE NEEDS MORE CALORIES TO SUSTAIN ITSELF THAN FAT=MORE CALORIES BURNED ALL DAY! Fat is easily manipulated and sits in those ugly pockets we call cellulite. Building muscle is the quickest and most sustainable way to eliminate cellulite.
Ever hear of skinny fat? Skinny girls who have cellulite don't lift weights; or if they do, not consistently. This is not to judge ANYONE, only to provide information to help you look and feel amazing! You deserve to feel great in your skin!
Julia Broome is passionate about health and exercise but is most excited about educating women concerning the short and long term impact of exercise on pregnant women and their baby.