How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Learn what works to get rid of cellulite.

Ben Greenfield,
June 13, 2011
Episode #052

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In last week’s article, What Causes Cellulite, you learned that cellulite occurs when fat is able to protrude through weak connective tissue and create a dimply, cottage-cheese-like appearance underneath the skin. You also learned that cellulite can be caused by poor circulation, tight underwear, overeating, hormonal imbalances, lack of exercise and excessive calorie intake. In this article, you’ll learn whether things like fat creams, laser, massage, surgery and other methods will actually get rid of cellulite.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

As you may have guessed, products promising to get rid of cellulite make up a multi-million dollar industry. From cellulite-reduction lotions to laser-light machines, brand new methods that promise to get rid of cellulite emerge almost every year. But ultimately, getting rid of cellulite requires two Quick and Dirty cellulite reduction methods:

  1. strengthening connective tissue; and

  2. decreasing fat.

Quick andn Dirty Cellulite Reduction Method #1: Strengthe Connective Tissue

In the episode “How to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss”, I explain how different layers of your skin are made up of different types of cells, and though the skin cells on the outer part of your skin (the epidermis) are constantly being lost and replaced with new cells, the skin cells under the epidermis are a bit more permanent.

These layers of the skin, called the dermis and subdermis, are made up of elastic connective tissues, fibers, blood vessels and all sorts of components that can stretch or contract depending on how they’re treated. If they’re not treated well, they become weak, fat pokes through, and cellulite forms. So how can you strengthen this connective tissue?

Exercise. Exercise improves blood flow to connective tissue and also strengthens the muscles that can help tighten and support the skin. One of the best ways to get rid of cellulite in an area is to do a targeted weight-training program, which you can learn more about in “How to Tone and Lose Fat In One Body Part”.

Creams. Skin tightening creams with herbal formulas and ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, soy protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A can help to hydrate skin and increase collagen and elastin formation. Beware that many of these creams contain caffeine, which can improve circulation, but can also give you jitters and insomnia. Many creams can also irritate your skin, leading to rashes, bumps, hives and irritation.

Nutrition. Protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, milk, legumes, tofu, beans, seeds, nuts, and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components, which can help to strengthen connective tissue and prevent cellulite fat from poking through. Staying very well hydrated each day will also assist the skin and connective tissue in staying healthy and supple.

Improve circulation. Avoid tight clothing, especially around areas where you tend to form cellulite. Yoga, regular stretching, and even regular use of herbs like ginseng, cayenne, ginger, and cinnamon can also help improve circulation, which keeps connective tissue fed and strong. If you really want to spend some money getting rid of your cellulite, a medical laser treatment can also improve circulation, but may not be much better than simply getting a regular massage to enhance circulation. Radio frequency, vibration, and ultrasound are other examples of fancy methods to improve circulation. Although doctors who make lots of money off such treatments won’t like to hear this, just as much circulation may be able to be achieved through exercise and massage.


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