Behind the Filter: The Truth About Cellulite
It’s one of the scariest and most dreaded words for women everywhere, no matter age, race or weight. It’s also one of main reasons that cosmetic procedures like liposuction, laser treatment and body sculpting were even created. And the reason we love to use those special filters when taking bikini-clad photos at the beach? It all comes down to one thing: cellulite. Caused by underlying fat deposits that push through layers of collagen fibers, there’s nothing unhealthy or inherently wrong with cellulite. But if you’re bothered by seeing it on your thighs, hips or buttocks, there are things you can do to help reduce its appearance.
As frustrating as it can be, cellulite is simply a fact of life for most women (and yes, some men too). Even the fittest athletes can still experience cellulite to some extent. Since cellulite is genetic, you can’t prevent it from happening but you start strengthening and toning the surrounding muscles to reduce the dimpling appearance. Studies have shown that 15 minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of targeted strength training were effective at reducing cellulite. We also suggest adding HIIT to your fitness routine. Since high-intensity interval training is the most effective and efficient fat-burning form of cardiovascular training there is, trimming down overall body fat will help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: proper nutrition, staying hydrated and getting a full 8 hours of sleep at night can truly affect everything when it comes to overall health. This also includes the way your body stores fat and contributes to fighting the battle against cellulite. Food that is rich in vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and protein help to reduce fat, improve your connective tissues and strengthen collagen. Want to see the most dramatic results? Decrease your carbs and fat and reach for healthy protein instead.