I don’t know what the big deal is with cellulite. It’s the secret that each woman has and we all work our asses off to try and keep it that way… a deep dark secret. And it’s almost taboo to bring it up openly!
Did you know that more than 90% of women suffer from cellulite?
If that’s the case then why aren’t we all more open about it? If we knew that all of us were suffering it might make dealing with it that much easier and comforting.
Well guess what!
I have cellulite. And apparently so does Kloe Kardashian (she just revealed her issues earlier this week).
Yup, I sure do. On my thighs and tush. And you know what else? I am tired of being embarrassed about it, as we all should be. That’s why I wanted to come out today so that you feel normal! I’m a personal trainer, a fitness fanatic, a health food junkie and yet I still have some orange peel on my body.
Q: If cellulite is just fat, why doesn’t it go away with weight loss?
Cellulite isn’t normal fat, it’s stupidly abnormal fat. It’s fat that gets lodged within the connective tissues directly under your skin. Basically it’s trapped fat. Gross, right?
Q: Are you just suppose to give up and accept that your cellulite is there to stay?
Now I wouldn’t go that far. While it might be close to impossible to get rid of cellulite all together there are ways to decrease the appearance of cellulite.
Personally, while I do have some it’s nothing like it was when I was 40-pounds heavier. To be honest, I would say that my cellulite has decreased in appearance by as much as 90% since I transformed my own personal live a few years ago (don’t worry I’ll share my secrets below). If you’re skeptical just check out my youtube videos!
5 Ways To Decrease Your Cellulite
- Eat clean. Your body is a reflection of the foods you put into it. Make your skin look it’s best by eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans, and complex carbs (quinoa, oatmeal, etc). This is the only way to naturally detox your body. I am sure you’ve heard it before and you’re upset because you wanted something new.
One of my go to meals: Barley Veggie Risotto - Recipe BELOW!
This is what works, this is what is guaranteed. You’ve got to stop with the fried fatty foods and embrace a diet rich in nutrients. You’ll feel better in all other areas of your life too.
- Hydrate. This is the best advice I can give to you. When you’re dehydrated your cellulite is going to show off more, keep your skin refreshed and tight by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Perhaps TMI, but when I am dehydrated Dan seems to always notice my “thigh dimples”. Thanks Dan for the reminder to drink some good old h2o.
- Exercise and keep it mixed up! It might not be normal fat, but regular exercise and especially strength training has been proven to help decrease the appearance of cellulite. Tone up and tighten up. I mentioned mixing it up because your body is pretty efficient at becoming adjusted to workouts, so every 3-4 weeks change up routines completely. Also make sure to do a complete program that includes both strength training and cardio (preferably HIIT training).Here are a few workouts you should try:
Circuit Training Killer
Core & More Workout
Spousal Killer Workout
- Massage. Who can resist a good massage? In fact I just noticed that a Groupon popped up in my email literally 2 seconds offering a massage deal… I will be checking into it! Studies show that massaging the area of cellulite helps to “flatten” it out and make it less apparent. To me that’s just a green flag to have a spa day.
- Creams. Believe it or not some creams really do work, for short term results. Tightening lotions temporarily tighten the skin and make your cellulite appear to be gone or decreased. The issue is that as soon as the cream or lotion is absorbed the dimples will come back. One of the best proven topical fixes are lotions that contain caffeine. Just make sure to test a small area of your skin first, as some women are sensitive to oils and lotions.
Anti-Cellulite Barley Risotto Recipe:
- 1 cup barley
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup asparagus
- 1 cup chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp dill
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a sauce pan heat up stock and barley and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil, place lid and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes until barley is soft. Check regularly, if it starts to absorb too much water before it’s done add water in 1/4 cup at a time.
- While barley is cooking, in a skillet heat oil and saute garlic and onion, 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the rest of a veggies, stirring regularly.
- Once barley is done, toss in the veggies from above, stir in lemon juice, dill and salt and pepper.
- Serve it up along side brussel sprouts for the ultimate nutritious meal!
- Who else wants to feel 10 pounds lighter by revealing their battle with cellulite openly?
- Have you ever tried a cream or lotion?