Get Rid of Cellulite NATURALLY! What really helps against cellulite?
How Can You Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally? Here are five ways that work – and three that you can skip.
We, humans, are an interesting species.
A few generations ago, cellulite was part of the ideal of beauty.
She was a status symbol. Because only a few people could afford to do without hard physical work and rich food.
It’s different today.
Many people associate dents with a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.
So millions of women are investing millions of dollars in getting rid of their cellulite.
But all too often, they find out: It doesn’t help! It might even get progressively worse.
The good news is you can reduce cellulite if you want to. Not all ways work, but some do. You will know what these are at the end of this article.
- What Cellulite Is (And How It Forms)
- Why men almost never get cellulite
- 3 popular anti-cellulite remedies that DO NOT work
- 5 tried and tested ways to get rid of cellulite
- What do men think about cellulite in women
First, let’s clarify what we’re even talking about.
What is cellulite? Is cellulite fat? – and how does it develop?
How do 80-90% of all women get the characteristic dents on their buttocks, stomach, thighs, or hips?
The skin is one of the largest and one of the heaviest organs in your body.
Your body stores excess energy for bad times in the lower layers of skin.
Cellulite is caused by fat cells in the hypodermis (subcutaneous fat).
Depending on the “fill level,” these depots can influence the external appearance of your skin.
Is it just the fat that makes the skin bulge or not?
Take a look at the graphic below. It shows a different distribution of fat in the subcutaneous tissue.
LEFT the complexion is even, RIGHT cellulite develops.
“Why do I actually get cellulite?” I hear that question a lot.
In fact, you don’t “get” anything.
Cellulite is not something unnatural and certainly not a disease (even though the beauty industry likes to tell us that it is).
Cellulite only develops when the connective tissue fibers are at the limit of their elasticity, and the subcutaneous fat cells continue to swell.
The dents are caused by the fat pushing outwards towards the epidermis.
How is it that cellulite is less common in teenagers – even if they are a bit overweight?
Young skin is more elastic.
In teenagers, the connective tissue fibers can simply buffer away a little more fat without the complexion changes.
The 4-Step Cellulite Test
Cellulite is normal. It occurs in almost all adult women. Their characteristics are usually classified into four levels.
Level 0: No visible dents. Neither standing nor lying down. Pinching the skin gives only wrinkles but no bumps.
Stage 1: When standing and lying down, the skin is smooth. Dents appear when pinched.
Stage 2: When lying down, the skin is smooth. When you stand, dents appear.
Stage 3: The dents are visible when standing and lying down.
Why don’t men have cellulite?
How unfair! Why are men and women not yet equal when it comes to cellulite?
Men CAN get cellulite too. But it occurs less frequently or to a lesser extent.
Male skin has a slightly different structure than female skin.
Look at the illustration.
The yellow is the subcutaneous fatty tissue held together by collagen fascia. And the structure of these connective tissue fibers is different in men and women.
In women, they run vertically. This results in larger compartments with more storage space.
In men, the connective tissue fibers run in a diamond pattern and form firmer units.
Of course, nature had something in mind. During pregnancy, women need to be able to store enough energy for the embryo to survive and develop.
When a man gains weight, his subcutaneous fat cells naturally fill up.
In men, the pressure is not only distributed vertically in the direction of the skin surface but in all directions due to the structure.
In addition, male skin is thicker and firmer. And something else is added:
Women have a higher ideal body fat percentage than men.
All four factors contribute to cellulite occurring less frequently in men:
- More compact subcutaneous connective tissue.
- Stuffed fat cells push in all directions (instead of outward).
- Thicker epidermis and dermis.
- Naturally lower body fat percentage.
So far, so good (or unfair, I know!). So what helps against cellulite?
There’s actually a lot you can do. But not everything sold as a miracle cure works.
Ineffective Treatments: How NOT to Get Rid of Cellulite
You now know the anatomy of the orange peel. You may now realize why many expensive methods are placebos at best.
First, let’s go through the options for safely saving yourself.
The only thing you are guaranteed to get rid of this way is your money.
Several sometimes outrageously expensive anti-cellulite creams with ingredients prevent fat storage in the subcutaneous tissue, keep the connective tissue supple and promote blood circulation.
Sounds promising, but it doesn’t work.
The supposed anti-cellulite cream is not absorbed deep enough to affect the subcutaneous tissue.
It is also confirmed by a study by Stiftung Warentest with 300 subjects between the ages of 35 and 60.
None of the eight tested anti-cellulite creams in different price ranges (2.99 euros to 49 euros) caused an improvement in cellulite after four weeks of using the cream.
No joke. There are anti-cellulite shoes!
However, there is no scientific evidence of their effectiveness.
They don’t necessarily help you feel good about walking. And you can certainly argue about the optics – although that is always a matter of taste.
The bottom line is that special shoes don’t help against cellulite.
Cellulite massagers and vacuum systems
Special anti-cellulite massage rollers and vacuum systems are designed to massage away the fat, improve blood circulation and thus counteract cellulite.
Scientific studies come to the following conclusion:
Such massages help at best for a short time.
If anything, the improvement is minimal and doesn’t last very long. They cause a kind of lymphatic drainage, whereby the liquid in the subcutaneous fatty tissue is milked out a little.
After the treatment, the liquid slowly seeps back into the subcutaneous tissue.
After that, your skin is back to its original state.
Then you would have to massage again. So it takes a lot of time (and often a lot of money) for a minimal short-term effect.
Other methods: What about?
There are some other treatment methods, most of which are offered in special skin studios.
- sound wave therapy,
- laser treatment,
- ultrasonic liposuction,
- cryotherapy (fat freezing),
- mesotherapy (injections into fatty tissue),
- and injection lipolysis (“fat-away-injection”).
So far, there is no reliable scientific evidence for the effectiveness of these methods.
Some of these methods may bring a (temporary) improvement. On the other hand, you can quickly lose a lot of money for dubious successes.
Depending on the type of treatment, the costs can be in the four-digit range.
How to Get Rid of (or Reduce) Cellulite
Cellulite is genetic to a certain extent. However, whether and to what extent it occurs depends on many lifestyle factors.
Therefore, you can reduce cellulite by improving your lifestyle.
If you want to get rid of cellulite, you have three main options:
- You lower your body fat percentage through exercise and diet. This also empties the fat cells in your subcutaneous depots.
- You maintain or improve the elasticity of the collagen fibers in your hypodermis. If they are more flexible, the complexion improves.
- You improve blood and lymph circulation in the connective tissue.
In this way, you support the removal of metabolic waste products on the one hand and the supply of nutrients on the other.
Poor circulation hinders the regeneration of the tissue and thus has a direct effect on the complexion.
The good news is that you don’t have to invest a fortune in expensive anti-cellulite creams and treatments to improve your complexion.
If you stick to the principles described in Looking Good In a Swimsuit, you are already doing many things right.
Let’s start with the “S” of the MBSC formula.
Get Rid of Cellulite #1: Proper Strength Training
Many women don’t realize how much heavy weight training can help.
Strength training stimulates blood and lymph circulation in the affected areas of the body.
Accumulation of fluid in the tissue can increase cellulite.
Strength training reduces such “lymphedema” and thereby also improves the complexion. And it has another advantage:
More prominent muscles make the skin appear tighter and smoother.
You get a more toned look because your muscles support the skin from within.
In addition, you avoid the dreaded “hanging parts” often pre-programmed when losing weight without strength training.
With a basic exercise training plan, you lay the optimal basis.
The critical point is that you shouldn’t just train potential “problem areas,” you should train your entire body. As a result, you can become more athletic and fit AND reduce cellulite.
If this training basis is in place and the basic exercises are routine, you can set priorities, specifically address the weak points, and fine-tune them.
Get Rid of Cellulite #2: Cardio and Exercise every day
A sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy in many ways. It is no wonder that it also promotes cellulite.
Sitting for a long time impairs blood circulation in the connective tissue.
On the one hand, this is bad for regeneration. On the other hand, the skin ages faster. Scientists assume the following connection:
An inactive lifestyle promotes cellulite.
On the other hand, any kind of movement promotes blood circulation and can thus also improve cellulite.
Cardio training helps.
However, you don’t have to run a marathon or mutate into an endurance athlete. 10,000 steps a day is a nice goal. You can do them even at home with …….(name)
Get Rid of Cellulite #3: Lose Fat
The degree of filling of your subcutaneous fat cells can significantly influence the degree of your cellulite. The graph above makes that pretty clear.
So the conclusion is obvious:
“You have to lower your body fat percentage to eliminate cellulite.”
However, that is not true, in general, because there are enough slim women who still develop cellulite.
As mentioned at the beginning, subcutaneous fat cells are not the only influencing factor. The flexibility of the connective tissue and the supply of nutrients also play a role.
Losing weight is an important lever, especially for those of us who carry a little more body fat around with us.
If your body fat percentage is still above a “normal” or “athletic” level, fat loss will help against cellulite.
And if you are already slim, then it depends very much on your individual body fat distribution.
Then losing weight would reduce cellulite, especially where stubborn body fat is still stored.
Let’s continue with our tips and strategies for sustainable fat loss below.
Get Rid of Cellulite #4: Stop smoking
Smoking reduces blood flow and weakens connective tissue.
This also applies if you drink alcohol frequently.
Anyone who has smoked before should stop now.
There is certainly nothing wrong with the occasional glass of alcohol. But regular drinking won’t help if you want to get rid of cellulite.
Get Rid of Cellulite #5: Balanced Diet
You are what you eat. This principle also applies to your connective tissue.
As mentioned at the beginning, cellulite is often caused by weak connective tissue.
Your goal should, therefore, also be to increase the thickness and elasticity of your skin and strengthen the connective tissue.
You get the nutrients you need from a healthy diet.
The following nutrients play a crucial role in this.
Collagen is the main component of your connective tissue. It gives it its structure and firmness.
A healthy collagen formation helps against cellulite.
Collagen is made up of two amino acids, proline, and hydroxyproline. You have to get enough of them through your diet.
To be able to produce collagen from these amino acids, your body also needs vitamin C.
Therefore, you should definitely make sure that you take in these three building blocks in sufficient quantities.
To be on the safe side, you can also add specific substances.
A team of researchers from the Universities of Kiel and Hamburg examined 69 women between the ages of 35 and 55.
Some of the subjects received a placebo for 8 weeks; the other women were given collagen peptides as a dietary supplement.
Result of the study:
After 8 weeks, the skin elasticity of the women who took Collagen.
Peptide daily was significantly higher than that of the placebo subjects.
Surprisingly, the skin remained more elastic, at least in women older than 50 years, even 4 weeks after the end of the study – although they no longer took the collagen peptides.
Side effects did not occur. The researchers observed the most significant impact when taking 5 grams of collagen peptides per day.
In three recent studies, 1-2.5 grams per day was enough to improve skin elasticity significantly.
A meta-study and a randomized control study from 2021 confirm these investigations.
Taking Collagen Peptide as a supplement for 2-3 months is definitely worth a try.
Especially if you’ve been in your 30s for a few years.
If you notice an improvement after 8 weeks, then you can continue taking it.
If not, you just leave it.
Vegetables (and other alkaline-forming foods)
A latent chronic over-acidification of the body can promote the development of cellulite.
Acids remove water from the connective tissue.
As a result, it loses its elasticity, increasing the dents on the skin typical of cellulite.
Intensive sport, but also stress, and foods such as cereals, meat, sausages, sweets, alcohol, and nicotine promote hyperacidity.
Eating a lot of vegetables and some fruit ensures a natural balance of acid and base-forming substances – and you can see that in your skin.
About half of a healthy diet consists of fresh vegetables.
If you can’t do it or want to be on the safe side, you can also use a portion of vegetable powder once a day, for example, in the morning.
Base-forming minerals also help.
Omega 3 fish oil
Omega-3 fish oil is one of the few dietary supplements that athletes generally make sense to take.
The omega-3 fats found in fish oil also appear to support collagen production.
The fatty acids also prevent inflammation in the tissue and body and support muscle protein synthesis in muscle building.
There is also evidence that increased omega-3 intake can reduce body fat percentage.
Fatty sea fish (e.g., wild salmon) contains healthy fats.
Alternatively, a fish oil preparation will do, but please use a high-quality one from the (online) pharmacy.
In this way, you ensure that the oil is free of harmful substances and that the sensitive fats are not oxidized and therefore ineffective.
Overview: Which diet helps with cellulite?
In most cases, your complexion will improve visibly if you implement the basic principles of a healthy diet.
In addition, the following nutrients and preparations support the development and maintenance of strong and elastic connective tissue:
- Collagen peptides: 5 g/day (e.g. collagenoform peptides )
- Vegetables: 50% of each meal (or, e.g., Organifi )
- Omega-3 fish oil: 3-6 g/day ( e.g., Omega form 375 )
The fats and many vegetables contained in fish oil are also generally useful if you want to be fit and look good naked.
Get Rid of Cellulite – Conclusion
Cellulite is female. And almost every woman wants to get rid of them.
That’s why countless products, some of which have dubious benefits, often empty your wallet more than reducing cellulite.
Your body brings the most effective methods to get rid of or reduce cellulite. The way to better skin is through new habits.
So what can you do specifically against cellulite? These are the 5 ways to get rid of cellulite:
- Build muscle. This supports and tightens your connective tissue.
- Do cardio. Or bring more movement into your everyday life. Both promote the supply of nutrients to the subcutaneous tissue and remove degradation products.
- Lose fat. This is especially true if you are overweight or have stubborn body fat where cellulite occurs.
- Stop smoking. Smoking increases your cellulite.
- Nutrition. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water. In addition, collagen, vegetable powder, and fish oil can help to keep your skin elastic.
Even if men are not directly affected, they probably have a clear perspective on cellulite.
I EXPECT some cellulite in every woman I see in a bikini, dress, or bathing suit.
Is cellulite normal?
Cellulite is female. She belongs to them. In other words:
NEVER trust a woman without cellulite!
Also, the vast majority of men I know simply don’t have an issue with cellulite.
It’s one of those things that women notice a lot more than men do.
If you want, you can do something and reduce your cellulite.
And my recommendation: Please don’t drive yourself crazy! You just do what you can and take care of more important things.