Whether you're big, small or somewhere in the middle, most women have cellulite at some stage of their life.
Cellulite does not only affect people who are overweight. In fact, these annoying fatty deposits also affect people who are underweight, or even people at a healthy weight. Because cellulite has many causes, it can affect many body types for a variety of reasons.
So what exactly is cellulite? It is when fat cells congregate under the skin, thus creating the dimple-like appearance above the skin. While some cellulite might be hereditary, there are other causes that are easily preventable!
HERE'S HOW WE BEAT IT IN 7 STEPS:
1. Poor diet and sub-optimal hormone activity. If you don't eat well or get enough rest, chances are you are increasing your risk for cellulite! Even if you are thin and toned, but treat your body poorly, you increase your chances of having cellulite.
2. Poor circulation. This can be caused by a high stress lifestyle, as well as poor nutrition and of course not enough time put into stretching and recovery after workouts.
3. Stay hydrated - dehydration causes stress to muscle cells. Try to drink roughly 2 litres of water per day (8 cups).
4. Stretch/Foam Roll - this helps to improve cell recovery and circulation plus it feels great. Around 10-15 minutes per day will really help. I recommend my foam roller, as pictured below. It is really durable and perfect for everyday use.
5. Avoid artificial sugars and preservatives where possible - these can be a step in the process of toxin build up. This includes lollies, alcohol, some frozen and tinned foods etc.
6. Sleep - sleep deprivation can have a huge impact on hormone activity so make sure you get your 7-8 hours. Who ever said no to more sleep?
7. Get your vitamins - Macronutrient or micronutrient deficiency can aid in a build up of stress, and also decrease positive hormone activity. Include a range of food groups on a daily basis or even include a women's multivitamin IF needed.
Now that you know those pesky dimples can be eliminated, time to take the right steps towards treating your body better. Remember, if we show respect to our bodies through healthy eating, exercise and sleep, your body will show you the same respect back.