Cellulite is a condition marked by dimpled skin, which may give the appearance of “cottage cheese” in the areas it affects. Cellulite is common in the legs, especially near the butt. The key problem is that pockets of fat push through the fibrous tissues in these areas, causing the skin to look uneven. Aging is one primary cause of cellulite, but there are steps you can take to reduce its severity and appearance on your legs.
Implement a diet to balance your calories and loss weight. Excess body fat causes the fat cells in the body to become larger, according to a study done by Lester Salans in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. This causes the fat pockets to further protrude through the tissue. Losing this fat will reduce this protrusion, although it won’t eliminate it completely.
Start a weight training program designed to tone and firm the muscles in your legs. Squats and lunges are exercises that target the leg muscles. Altering the size and shape of your muscles may prevent the fat from sticking out on the surface of your size. This exercise will also burn additional calories, assisting with further weight loss.
Use laser and radiofrequency treatment for the legs. The idea is to induce changes in collagen fibers in the legs to create a smooth skin surface, according to Bruce Shack in a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study examining the effects of cellulite-smoothing techniques.
Consider alternative methods to reduce the appearance of your cellulite. Vigorous massage, mesotherapy and cellulite creams have all been touted as assisting with cellulite reduction. However, these particular treatments have not been well-researched. Vigorous massage is supposed to stimulate blood flow and remove excess fluid from the legs. Mesotherapy looks to use hormones to improve tension of the tissue to smooth the skin. Creams may replenish nutrients in the skin cells of the legs and reinvigorate their look and shapeliness.
Changes in your cellulite will not occur overnight. You must be consistent with diet and exercise to achieve appreciable results.
Consult your doctor before implementing changes to target your cellulite.