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How to get rid of cellulite

Updated April 17, 2017

Cellulite is dimpling of the skin, most commonly on the thighs and bottom, caused by fatty deposits under the skin's surface. Both women and men can be affected by cellulite, although it is far more common in women. There are many creams and lotions on the market claiming to get rid of cellulite, and while these may help to smooth the skin, unfortunately there are no such magical cures. There are, however, many natural, inexpensive steps you can take to help get rid of your cellulite.

Cut out all processed and junk food from your diet. Opt for lean meats and healthy fats, fresh fruit and vegetables. Replace sugary sweets with healthier alternatives, such as organic chocolate.

Replace simple carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta and rice with brown or wholemeal varieties.

Drink lots of water to maintain a healthy digestive system. Staying hydrated makes it easier for the body to break down fat cells. Government guidelines recommend eight glasses of water per day.

Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Running, biking, Rollerblading and speed walking are all effective activities that don't cost anything. Include some aerobic weightlifting to tone specific body parts, such as the arms and legs, which will help improve skin tone.

Take up yoga, which can increase circulation, tone the body and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Dry brush your skin with a dry body brush after every bath or shower to help with circulation and improve skin quality. Use fast, circular movements, brushing towards the heart.

Tip

Smoking is known to affect circulation; stopping smoking will also help get rid of cellulite.

If you are not sure about the quality of your tap water, use a water filter to purify it before drinking.

Warning

If you have any health concerns, always consult your doctor before embarking on a new diet and fitness programme.

Things You'll Need

  • Daily supply of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Filtered tap or mineral water
  • Body brush
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About the Author

C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."