Many people think toxins cause cellulite. Toxins have nothing to do with cellulite. Cellulite is just fat that has pushed itself between the walls of your connective tissue. Nothing, you put on the out side of your body will reduce the fat on the inside. The only way to reduce cellulite is to reduce your fat intake and do some exercise.

What is commonly called cellulite is just a dimpling appearance of fat on your thighs and buttocks. Everyone can develop cellulite. Cellulite is most common in women. It’s possible for a woman of normal weight to have more cellulite than an overweight woman. The area where cellulite develops is made up of a network of fibrous bands on top of fat. The fat pushes through this network of bands and creates a waffled or dimpled appearance. The more fat you have, the more cellulite shows. As you age the supportive structure that makes fat appear smooth begins to breakdown. It now takes less fat for the cellulite to show.

In the last few years over $30 billion dollars each year was spent to get rid of fat. The least affective method was the cellulite creams. Cellulite creams claim to work by helping your body metabolize fat. Cellulite develops deep under your skin and metabolism takes place inside the body, not outside. Dieting is the most popular way to loose weight. Dieting will never burn fat or calories. Most of the people who lost weight while dieting gain back all the weight they lost. Some dieters gained back the original weight and about 10 to 15 pounds more. When you plan to get rid of cellulite you should look at your complete lifestyle.

 

Nutritionally

You should never take in less than 12 calories per pound of body weight. That means a 100 lbs person should take in no less than 1200 calories daily. This type of eating plan will help keep your metabolism constant. Your metabolic rate determines how fast your body burns calories. To help get rid of your cellulite, you should drink plenty of water and cut high sodium foods from your diet. Eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains throughout the day will help to replace fat calories. Eating small meals throughout the day will keep you from overeating. We should eat foods loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber but low in fat and calories. These nutrients rich foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas and low fat dairy products.

It’s recommended that we have at least 4 servings each of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and 2 servings of protein. Low fat dairy products are also important. You need at least 2 serving daily.

 

Get Physical

Exercise also speeds up your metabolic rate. Ideally you should do an aerobic workout to burn fat and some strengthening resistance exercises to develop and tone muscle tissue to effectively burn fat. If you diet without exercising, your body will feed on muscle to get what it needs.

A good beginner workout should consist of a light aerobic workout like brisk walking, stretching and basic calisthenics like push-ups for the chest, back and triceps and crunch ups for the abdominal area.

If you have never worked out or you’re out of shape see your doctor to get his approval to start a program. You should always work your way into a program gradually. If you’re coming back from a long lay off (over six weeks) due to an injury you need to be very careful and follow your doctor’s orders.

 

Aerobics

An aerobics workout is any workout that keeps you moving continuously for 30 minutes. It takes the body 30 minutes to switch to the fat burning stage during a workout. The average person can comfortably start with 10 to 15 minutes of aerobic exercise. Gradually build your aerobic exercise time to 30 to 45 minutes at least 3 times a week. Aerobic exercise is the only affective way to burn fat.

Some examples of aerobic workouts include 30 minutes or more of brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, skating, swimming, walking in a pool, aerobic, dancing, racquetball and jumping rope.

Workouts, which include a lot of, stop and go movements will burn calories but are not considered aerobic. These include karate, volleyball, weight training, sprinting, tennis, ballet and gymnastics.

 

Resistance Exercise

Not doing muscle-building exercises will make you look worse than when you started your diet. Muscle gives the body its shape. Doing toning exercises with weights or active exercise machines for the whole body 2 to 3 times a week will help to smooth out the dimpled effect caused by cellulite. Lack of muscle tone will make cellulite more obvious. When you build muscle it will also help burn fat.

A beginner should start by doing 15 minutes of calisthenics. This should include 2 to 3 exercises for each body part. Push-ups, sit-ups, knee bends and calf raises are excellent basic exercises.

The only sure way to lose weight safely is to exercise and diet at the same time. By dieting and exercising sensibly you can lose 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of body fat a week. Any greater loss will be water, muscle and bone. So get rid of that cellulite safely. Eat right and exercise.

Before starting your fitness program, consult your physician.

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