It’s every woman’s worst nightmare – bad cellulite. Find out the 5 common causes of cellulite on legs and how to fix it.
If you’re suffering from “porridge thighs” or “orange peel bottom” you’re certainly not alone. More than 75% of women struggle with cellulite. While being overweight can increase your risks, it’s not a problem reserved for the larger ladies alone, even slim women can have cellulite issues too!
Cellulite can make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious and it can even affect your mental health too. Many women report that they won’t wear certain clothes or take part in some activities (like swimming) because of how their cellulite looks. If your life is being impacted by bad cellulite then it’s time to make a change.
So whats causes cellulite on legs or any other part of your body for that matter? And what can you do about it?
1: Processed Foods, Junk Foods and Takeaways
We all know the saying “You are what you eat” but there’s no better example of this than when it comes to cellulite. Eating processed foods is one of the main causes of bad cellulite, with processed meats and cheese making the top of the list.
If you’re suffering from bad cellulite then you need to spring clean your diet. Chuck out all the junk foods, sugary snacks and takeaway menus. Aim to avoid fast foods like burgers, Chinese, KFC. But also be aware of margarine and highly processed fats and oils, BBQ sauces and other condiments high in sugar, unhealthy fats and salt. Say no to fizzy drinks, pasta, chocolate and white bread as these can make cellulite worse.
The good news is that just as there are foods that can worsen cellulite, there are foods that help prevent it too. Broccoli, green tea, oranges and asparagus all have cellulite fighting properties, so if you have bad cellulite it’s time to cut out the processed foods and load up on your fresh fruit and veg.
Not drinking enough water on a daily basis can prevent your body from effectively eliminating toxins and waste. Over time, this can result in an increase in cellulite. But that’s not all! Excess alcohol or caffeine can dehydrate your skin adding to your cellulite problem.
When you’re dehydrated your skin is less supple and your collagen production inhibited. This can make your cellulite on legs appear worse, as unhealthy, dehydrated skin accentuates its appearance.
3: Lack of Exercise
Living a sedentary lifestyle is not only bad for your physical and mental health, it’s bad for cellulite too!
We all know the diet and exercise is the key to keeping our bodies (and minds) healthy. But while there are other factors involved in cellulite, staying in shape can help keep it in check. Exercising regularly helps keep every part of your body functioning properly. When you don’t move often enough your lymphatic system gets sluggish, reducing its ability to process and remove waste. This increases your risk of the dreaded orange-peel appearance of cellulite.
If you’re suffering from bad cellulite it could be that your genes are to blame!
Certain genes are responsible for cellulite production which could explain why some people struggle with bad cellulite while others are as smooth as a peach! Genetic factors such as your speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin and even ethnicity, can all play a part in whether you develop cellulite or not.
While cellulite can be a problem in women of all ages, the older you get the more prone to it you can become.
This seems to be for a combination of reasons: reduced skin elasticity and hormonal fluctuations. As women age, their bodies start to produce less estrogen. This hormone usually helps keep your blood vessels flowing smoothly and your circulation working well. Poor circulation can mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue – increasing the appearance of bad cellulite.
How to Treat Cellulite At Home
If you’re plagued by bad cellulite you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are home remedies and professional cellulite treatments that can help you.
Dry Body Brushing
Body brushing can help improve your circulation and lymphatic drainage. This, in turn, can help reduce inflammation and strengthen your connective tissue, minimizing the appearance of bad cellulite.
Some dermatologists recommend body brushing at least 2-3 times a week, using a dry brush in circular motions for around 5 minutes.
Coffee Body Scrubs
Caffeine can help dilate your blood vessels and reduce the appearance of cellulite on legs and buttocks. It can stimulate your skin, tightening and firming it by improving blood flow and eliminating excess water.
Coffee is also rich in antioxidants. These plan-based chemicals may help to prevent damage from free radicals in the body and reduce the visibility of bad cellulite.
Stay Hydrated and Drink More Water
Drinking more water can help your body to remove toxins, encourages good circulation and keeps your lymphatic system moving. While drinking water won’t get rid of bad cellulite, it can help it to appear less noticeable by keeping your skin plump and healthy.
Improving Your Diet
The good news is that just as there are foods that can worsen cellulite, there are foods that help prevent it too. Broccoli, green tea, oranges and asparagus all have cellulite fighting properties, so if you have bad cellulite it’s time to cut out the processed foods and load up on your fresh whole foods.
Taking care of what you eat can support your quest for smooth, dimple free skin. Cut out all the foods we mentioned earlier and increase meat and fish, green and colourful veggies, natural fats from fish, meat, avocados and nuts.
Being regularly active doesn’t mean you have to pound it out in the gym. Aim to achieve your 10,000 steps during the day. This can be done by general day to day activity like walking the dog, chasing the kids around and cleaning the house.
Professional Treatments For Cellulite
As you can see, there’s no easy home-fix for bad cellulite. While many things can help minimize the appearance, none of them truly eliminate it. But don’t worry – there are non-surgical cellulite treatments that can help.
Exilis Elite is another safe, effective and painless treatment for bad cellulite. It’s the ONLY FDA approved non-invasive cellulite treatment available. This treatment combines high-intensity ultrasound and radio frequency energies, to target and break down unwanted fat cells. Thanks to its unique layering effect we can use Exilis Elite to reduce fat and improve the texture and firmness of skin all in one treatment!
BTL X-Wave, or Shockwave Therapy, is a great way to reduce cellulite on legs and give your skin a smoother, firmer appearance. Shockwave Therapy harnesses the power of acoustic waves to produce a range of positive physiological responses in the body. These non-focused pulses of sound generate vibrations, which when directed at areas of cellulite can lead to improved smoothness, texture, elasticity and tightening of the skin. It’s safe, effective and completely pain-free.
Combination Treatments For The Best Results
Here at The Body Clinic, our cellulite treatment uses both Exilis Elite and BTL X-Wave technologies to give you the best results. By combining both these therapies together you can combat bad cellulite on a multitude of levels, reducing unwanted fat cells and giving your skin a smoother, firmer appearance.
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