One most common question’s among women I’ve worked with over the last 20 + years is, “how do I get rid of this cellulite?” Usually they are squeezing the “fat” under their butt or outer thigh when they ask with a look of disgust on their face!
Let me insert here that we (women) need to be kind to ourselves! The first step is to imagine you are talking to your best friend, sister or mother. You wouldn’t tell her that she is lazy, weak or a failure if her body is not as “tight” as she thinks it should be, or the scale is not displaying the number she desires! You would be encouraging and supportive; telling her that she looks amazing and you are inspired by her commitment to be healthy. Remember, seek health and everything else will follow! Having that mindset feels so much better than seeking a “magic number.” Stop punishing yourself because you think you are “bad or weak” for eating too much last weekend! Let’s call it “unplanned eating” and move on!
Back to “how to get rid of cellulite?” Full disclosure; I really did not know how to answer that question with a certainty, however, I do now!
Cellulite is that “bumpy fat” that doesn’t seem to leave even if you reduce body fat percentage, it can be extremely frustrating especially if you’re “thin.” Here’s the thing; even models and athletes have it!
The appearance of cellulite comes from fat cells pushing through fascia, the connective tissue that sits between the skin and muscles. Connective tissue is squashy, spongy and springy when healthy, but when it becomes dehydrated- which happens from lack of movement and sitting all the time (hello desk job and commuting)- cellulite becomes more apparent! This leads us to strategy #1 to reduce the appearance of cellulite: Foam Rolling! “Rolling” is a form of myofascial release, drains the lymphatic system (rids your body of toxins), and helps rehydrate the connective tissue (fascia). It can also even out muscle tone and prevent bulking, helping legs look long and lean. It’s apparent you need a foam roller in your life! You need to get a “springy” one; if the roller is too hard it can damage fascia. Try the “Hugger Mugger Foam Roller” which you can buy on my favorite online store where you can get all your nontoxic products and food delivered to your door at a discount (Costco meets Whole Foods). Watch this video of celebrity trainer, Lauren Roxburgh to see how to roll away cellulite! Try these roller moves daily for about 30 seconds each and see big changes on the backs of your legs.
According to Dr. Catherine Shanahan, MD, author of the amazing book, “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Gene’s Need Traditional Foods,” cellulite is fat that lacks collagen support. Collagen is the main structure protein found in animal connective tissue, making gelatin when boiled. Collagen may be the best miracle anti-aging compound you can get!
Dr. Shanahan refers to a study that took women equally over weight and equal depth of fat on their thighs and gave them an MRI of their thighs. The MRI showed that the women that don’t have cellulite had a whole extra layer of collagen supporting the structural integrity of that fat. And those that did have cellulite lacked that fiber to support and round out the fat. Basically, cellulite is unsupported fat! Strategy #2: Eat a healthy diet (real food) that supports your collagen: BONE BROTH is pretty much the Holy Grail for beautiful skin and eliminating bumpy fat! Here’s more on Bone Broth and how to make your own. If you want to order some instead of making your own try this one that I recommend.
Perform the rolling exercises above daily and add bone broth to your diet to get rid of cellulite and feel fit & fabulous in your wedding dress on your big day and confident in your bathing suit on your honeymoon! Get started today with 12 Weeks to a Fit Bride and allow me to partner with you on your journey to being Bride Fit in your body, mind, home & relationship!