Celeb trainer Jillian Michaels is no stranger to cellulite. And neither is starlet Kim Kardashian. In fact, it's estimated that between 80 to 95 percent of women have cellulite somewhere on their body. If you've been worrying about a bit of dimpling on your backside, at least you know you're not alone. If knowledge is power, here are five things about cellulite to help you feel empowered about that unwanted dimpling.
- From a purely medical standpoint, cellulite doesn't exist; it is nothing more than fat. The word cellulite is French and was first used in medical literature around 150 years ago.
- Cellulite is more prominent in women than in men due to the structural differences of stored fat between the sexes. The connective tissues that create these storage units in men works on diagonals, where as we lucky ladies store our fat in a large vertical honeycomb like structure. This structural form unfortunately enhances the appearance of the dimples.
- Here's the bad news — there is no way to get rid of cellulite. None of those creams, lotions, or rubs will get rid of the dimples caused by cellulite. Topical creams cannot penetrate the three layers of skin to eliminate the fat.
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- The kind of good news: according to the fitness experts at the American Council of Exercise, you can reduce the appearance of cellulite. You need to decrease overall body fat by doing cardio. Dr. Len Kravits, who holds a PhD in exercise science, recommends 20 to 60 minutes of cardio, three to five times a week.
- Cardio alone will not decrease the dimples, though. Flaccid muscle can increase the appearance of cellulite, so strength training is highly recommended. You should work the muscles in the areas where the dimpling is occurring two to three times a week. This means doing lunges in all directions and squats for the thighs and glutes. Check out these moves for toning your lower body. Work your adductors to tone your inner thighs, and your abductors to tone the outer thigh. Just don't skip your strength training.
'Fess up — do you have cellulite?