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How to Reduce Cellulite
Cellulite can be a problem for many women, especially when it comes to the summer time and hitting the beach. Many women are embarrassed by their cellulite, and it can cause self-esteem issues, but it doesn't have to be that way. Cellulite is not a permanent problem and it shouldn't control your life and make you ashamed of your body. Here is some advice on how to reduce cellulite so that you can be confident when you put on that bikini!
Toning Thighs and Reducing Cellulite Naturally
Firming thighs will have a significant effect on reducing cellulite. While it won't make it go away, toning your thighs will make the cellulite appear less noticeable as cellulite is fat that pushes through honeycombed shaped tissue.
Before you can begin toning your thighs, you'll need to reduce the fat that causes it. Unfortunately, there is no method to just target losing weight in your thighs, no matter how many exercises you do to firm the area directly. You need to lose weight all over to be able to lose weight in one place. The most important part of a weight loss diet is to reduce your caloric intake. Keeping a journal of the different food and drink products that you consume and adding up the calories will assist you well in keeping track of your diet. Reducing your caloric intake by 500 calories per day will cause you to lose approximately 1lb of fat per week. Be sensible and careful with this, though, as you need to maintain a healthy diet and a drastic drop in calories is not always healthy. Make sure you are still consuming the daily calorie requirements for your body.
Cardiovascular exercises are important for burning calories and increasing metabolism and stamina, allowing your body to burn fat faster and more consistently. Before training your thighs directly you should do regular cardiovascular exercises (running, swimming, jogging etc). Rollerblading is a good cardio exercise that also works on firming your thighs.
Here are some exercises that are particularly effective in toning your thighs.
- Stair climbs/step-ups
- Leg circles
- Side lunges
- Front lunges
When training your thighs, you should feel them tightening as you work, particularly the hamstring and quadriceps muscles.
Yoga and Pilates are also good for smoothing out cellulite alongside a rigorous cardio workout. This will rebuild muscle tone and fight the excess fat that has pushed through the tissue beneath the skin.
Available Products and Remedies
If dieting and exercising isn't for you, there are a number of products on the market that claim to help firm thighs and smooth away cellulite. Below are just a few of the top products that are available, but there are many, many more out there that are easy to find with a quick search online.
Nivea Firming Lotion claims to tone and firm skin in as little as three weeks and some users say that they have seen results after just days of using the product. Nivea Firming Lotion contains Q10, a natural coenzyme which helps the body regain lost firmness in the skin. It is currently available from various pharmacies in the United Kingdom and online through the Nivea website.
True Blue Spa "KONA COFFEE" Body Scrub is an anti-cellulite treatment that also firms the skin. It is a body scrub, that should be used in the shower, made from coffee grounds. It works by energizing the trapped fat cells that cause cellulite and circulating them around the body. With regular massages of this scrub on your skin, the cellulite will smooth away. You can also use it alongside Nivea Firming Lotion for double effect. In the UK, this can be found at any Bath & Body Works store.
Revitol Cellulite Solution is an anti-cellulite cream that you apply directly onto the problem. It works by being absorbed into the skin and attacking the problem directly. It contains Retinol A which works on both inner and outer skin layers to rejuvenate the tissue and cells. Revitol is readily available to buy online from their website.
You can also work on reducing cellulite at home without the aid of products by using a dry brush technique to improve circulation. Using a soft bristle brush, gently massage the dry skin for around 10 minutes per day to smooth away the cellulite and tone the skin of the thighs.
Another tip that can help prevent or reduce cellulite is to drink two liters of water every day and to significantly cut down on caffeine intake (or give it up completely) as this retains water and increases the growth of cellulite.