Concerned about cellulite?

You’re not alone.

Cellulite is believed to affect as many as 90% of women of all ages, but even men can suffer from it.

So, what exactly is cellulite? Cellulite is fat – it is nothing more than “excess fat beneath the skin that appears like dimples.” Even celebrities can’t escape the dimpling effects of cellulite. We just don’t see it because it is air-brushed out. And, that alone says a lot about how society views it.

Although not a disease or unhealthy condition (unsightly yes), cellulite seems to appear out of nowhere and gets worse with age. Just saying the word cellulite elicits negative emotional reactions in most people…particularly women who are most affected by this annoying, unattractive fat that is goes by many names.

“Orange peel syndrome,” “cottage cheese skin” and even “hail damage” have been used to define this excess fat.

The amount of body fat and how it is distributed, the thickness of your skin and the strength of your body’s connective fibers all play a role in how much cellulite you get.

Let’s be honest, cellulite is downright ugly and even embarrassing and does nothing to improve physical appearance. Those unsightly cellulite dimples (that appear much like cottage cheese) are not only embarrassing, but can affect your mental attitude and bring your spirit down.

Product makers love cellulite and try and capitalize on it every chance they get. All kinds of lotions, potions and gadgets have been manufactured to reduce this ugly fat. Unfortunately, all they do is reduce your bank account and pump up the bank account of those selling these “snake-oil” solutions. Not one of these gimmicks will help rid your body of unsightly cellulite.

The only way to rid your body of it is to lower your body fat percentage (the ratio of fat to muscle in your body).

There are two proven ways you can do this – eat right and proper exercise.

Anything less than that is only a temporary distraction that is cheating you out of the real solution.

Healthy Diet and Proper Exercise

Eating right does not imply dieting. Dieting can be detrimental because a low caloric diet will only take you in the opposite direction.  It causes you to lose muscle along with retaining weight leaving you open to excess fat gain and cellulite once you start eating again.

Your diet needs to focus on real food – whole natural foods provided by nature. Cutting out sugary foods and replacing them with healthier choices is key.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, poultry and dairy products as well as nuts, seeds and grains should be filling your healthy eating plan.

The other way you can work towards eliminating cellulite, is to pair your new healthy diet with proper exercise – focusing on strength training, because muscle is key.

Muscle burns fat, so the more toned muscle your body has, the less fat you have. It only takes 15-20 minutes daily to build toned muscles and change your body composition for the better.

Once you’ve eliminated the “bad stuff,” (sugar and processed foods removed from your diet), and you’ve adopted a challenging strength training program, the excess fat begins to disappear.

It’s time to rid your body of “ugly cellulite” so you can enjoy wearing those cute outfits and swimsuits you’ve had your eyes on, but you must be dedicated and work at it. Although the results won’t be immediately noticeable on the outside, you can be sure it is working on the inside. With time, patience and persistence you will see and enjoy the results.

The joy and confidence you will feel when you catch your image in the mirror after all your hard work will make it all worthwhile.

Remember, you only have one body and there is only one person in charge of this body – you. No one else is empowered to make these positive changes but you.

So, what are you waiting for?

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Isn’t it time to throw away all the false statements you’ve accepted about dieting and exercise and learn what it really takes to stay healthy and fit long into your senior years?