Got cellulite? Us too. Experts estimate 93-98% of women have some, and besides the undiscovered cure for it, we first need to understand what cellulite really is. Defined as: “A condition in which the skin has dimpled, lumpy appearance. It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin”. We have spent our lives listening to a series of myths and facts about cellulite that have led us to accept that if it's there, it's there to stay. Who and what should we believe anymore? Let's break down the often confusing world of cellulite.
1. MYTH—Cellulite is Genetic
Thank or blame your genetics as they do play a role in your appearance. You may have a higher or lower genetic predisposition for cellulite, but an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can lead you to develop cellulite whether or not genetics are on your side.
2. FACT—Plant-Based Diet Reduces Cellulite
A heavy plant-based diet will reduce inflammation in your body and help you stay hydrated. Including foods in your diet with high water content such as celery, cucumbers, lemons, and watermelons will keep your connective tissue smooth and strong.
3. MYTH—Only Overweight People Have Cellulite
One of the most common misconceptions out there is that you have to be overweight or out of shape to have cellulite. It is true that excess fat weakens your connective tissue and makes the cellulite more visible, but even supermodels that work out and eat clean regularly have cellulite so don’t believe the hype!
4. FACT—Regular Lymphatic Drainage Massage Reduces Cellulite
This one I can vouch for. I’m a thin person who exercised regularly and ate a clean diet yet had a lot of cellulite… until I stumbled upon lymphatic drainage massage. I have seen a crazy improvement in the appearance of my legs—even during pregnancy! Consistent daily or weekly massage is needed though, one massage every once in a while don’t get the job done. Real talk.
5. MYTH—Buy a Magic Cream
Skin creams and topical treatments are not the cure. No matter what the marketing campaign reads, no product has been proven to cure cellulite. You can however, use one of these creams for your lymphatic massages to maximize the benefits of the massage, but the cream alone just won’t do it.
6. FACT—Exercising Helps Reduce Cellulite
No one-time procedure or treatment will cure cellulite. However, regular consistent cardiovascular exercise will. Working out supports muscles and strengthens the elasticity of the skin, gradually reducing the appearance of cellulite.