A common frustration for many women is that cottage cheese, orange peel or dimpled looking stuff on their bodies – usually in the lower abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

This is called cellulite and it is most common in women.  Approximately 90% of women and 10% of men will develop it.

So what is cellulite exactly?


We all have a protective layer of fat that surrounds our major organs, including the brain and heart as well as nerves, tissues and bones.

That fat lies underneath our skin which is made up of connective tissue.

The reason why it appears bumpy is because it is being pushed against the connective tissue, which causes the skin to pucker.   The more supportive your connective tissue, the more your fat will keep in place.  Women have less supportive connective tissue than men, which is why cellulite is more common in women.

Can you get rid of cellulite?

Once these fat cells are created in our body we cannot eliminate them. We can, however, change their appearance as fat cells can either shrink or expand.

Although we cannot eliminate these cells our bodies can always form new cells. Some causes of cellulite are hormonal, a change in your metabolism, a poor diet or it could also be due to genetics.

how to get rid of cellulite_2What exercises can I do to reduce cellulite?

When you do any type of resistance training you are building lean muscle tissue. It doesn’t matter how many crunches you do or fire hydrants, you can never spot reduce.

You will be building lean muscle under that layer of fat.

Check out my article, A Glutes Workout To Kick Your Butt Into Gear on how to strengthen and build lean muscle tissue for your lower body.  Very important that you understand for a cellulite busting lower body workout to work, you must also tighten up your diet which will then change the appearance of cellulite.

What can you do to change the appearance of cellulite?

Diet and exercise go hand in hand and you can never out train a bad diet. You can put all that hard work in at the gym but throw it out the window as soon as soon as you get in that kitchen.

You might think that you are making great choices when it comes to diet but it might be time to check in with yourself.

Do you eat out often or are you cooking your own meals?

If you are cooking your own meals, are you sticking with one whole ingredient type foods?  Are you choosing leaner cuts of meat for protein, healthy carbs and healthy fats?  Are you feeding your body enough and getting enough or too much healthy protein, healthy carbs and healthy fats?

What you think about, you bring about!

If you have cellulite, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t let cellulite consume you. The more you think about it the more of it you will get.

The law of attraction is always working, whether you focus on what you want or don’t want.

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