Removers, Massagers, and Creams – How Do You ACTUALLY Get Rid of Cellulite Fast?
(Especially on your butt, thighs, or stomach.)
Quick Fact: Women are more likely to be affected by cellulite than men. Even about 90% of women will experience it sometime in their life.
Quick Myth: Women who are slim or work out cannot be affected; only unfit couch potatoes can. Not true, ANY and MOST women will get cellulite.
Today, I’m going to tackle something that’s been bothering a lot of my readers: CELLULITE!
I like cottage cheese as much as the next person, but not when it’s ON my body.
To start off, there’s something you might not know: There are actually three types of cellulite out there!
- One form of cellulite is invisible to the naked eye. If you grab your handy-dandy microscope and check out your cells, you can see areas wherein underlying anatomical changes appear.
- The second type can be seen if the skin is pasty, the body temperature is decreased, if the skin’s elasticity is decreased, and microscopic examination proves anatomical changes.
- The third is the worst – the super obvious lumps and roughness of skin (this is where the terms cottage cheese or orange peel are used to describe its appearance) in addition to type 2 signs.
If you start to notice signs of cellulite, do not panic. It’s not like it’s a disease. It’s not contagious. Although cellulite is quite common, symptoms can vary from person to person because there are various causes.
What Causes Cellulite, and Can You Get Rid of it?
Let’s play a game; Which of the following factors cause cellulite?
A) Loose pants
B) Water, green leafy vegetables, high fiber diet
C) Regular exercise, not smoking
D) Good genes
E) None of the above
If you answered none of the above, then you are correct! None of them have been linked to cellulite.
While scientists haven’t nailed down what DOES cause cellulite, here are a few of the common theories.
Tight clothing – Wearing pants, underwear, or any bottoms that are too tight. By wearing bottoms that are so tenacious, you are restricting blood flow to that part of your body. When the blood flow is limited, this can limit the delivery of nutrients to the connective tissue cells, causing them to become weak or die.
Diet – Eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, fat, salt, or low in fiber can cause destruction to the tissues. It is important to have a balanced diet, so make sure that you are getting enough protein. Collagen is made up of protein, so in order to compensate for the lack of it, you must supplement yourself with essential amino acids—which are the building blocks of proteins.
Lifestyle – A sedentary lifestyle can cause an array of problems. One of them is the formation of cellulite. If you hardly get up and walk around and eat more calories than your body needs then this can aggravate the formation of fat, causing it to push against the connective tissue even more. It is also more likely for smokers to be affected.
Genetics – Unfortunately, some people are just more predisposed than others. Genders, ethnicity, having history of slow metabolism or circulatory problems are top contributors.
Remember how I mentioned women are more likely to be afflicted with cellulite than men?
Women have higher levels of estrogen, which promotes the production of fat, whereas men have higher levels of testosterone, which promotes the break down of fat.
The thighs, legs, and bum are the problem areas for cellulite formation. Any part of your body below the waist is susceptible to retaining fat longer than of those above it. This is because there are adrenergic receptors located in our thighs. Estrogen binds to alpha-adrenergic receptors, which can cause blood vessels to constrict.
Tight clothing induces cellulite in the problem areas. Stay away from tight underwear, jeans, pants, or leggings to improve blood flow. Also, try adding at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine to delivery blood to those areas faster – I’ve reviewed several home workout programs that I’m a fan of.
There’s also the naked Beauty program (mentioned below) that is an exercise guide specifically created to target problem areas for cellulite, if that’s your chief and primary concern.
The number one treatment to prevent cellulite is to increase blood flow. Again, stay away from tight clothing as much as possible (I get it though, it looks nice). You have to weigh the benefits with the negatives on this one.
The Coffee Method.
One of my personal favorite ways to target cellulite problem areas is to use the active ingredient in a cup of coffee.
All you have to do is grind up a cup of coffee beans, then create a scrub (I like to combine it with coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil). It’s also a great natural exfoliant to help clean and soften your skin.
If you don’t want to deal with the mess that the scrub can sometimes make in your bathroom, then you can always purchase a cream that contains caffeine, aminophylline, or L-Carnitine. Caffeine and aminophylline block the alpha-adrenergic receptors in the thighs that restrict blood flow, while L-Carnitine is known to help turn excess fat into energy.
THE BEST WAYS TO GET RID OF CELLULITE QUICKLY
There are several options out there to get rid of cellulite. Below are a list of things that I’ve tried and like, but everyone’s results will vary. It’s important you don’t set yourself up to see drastic results quickly.
AVG Time frame: 4 weeks
Cost: $49 USD (CURRENTLY ON SALE!)
How it works: Joey Atlas’s Symulast Method is a fitness program that focuses on not only shaping your butt but also helps melt cellulite through an exercise, healthy recipes, and natural cosmetics.
Expected results: This program comes with an exercise regimen that will build and tone your booty, while promoting circulation that smooths out the skin and helps eradicate bumps and lumps.
The low-down: I tried this program and the workouts are really great! I’m not exactly a gym rat, and have talked about my struggle to find quality programs in the past, but this program guides you very well on what to do and how.
The exercises are a mix between cardio and strength exercises. It also includes nutrition recipes to not only keep you health overall, but to also blast away that cellulite. Lastly, it includes beauty tips and cosmetic remedies to help keep your skin firm and glowing.
This one is pretty much a comprehensive guide on how to get rid of cellulite on your problem areas – thighs, butts, bums and more. If you want a single resource to deal with your issues, this is it. It’s even been featured on TV.
Cellulite Cream (Body Merry Cellulite Cream with Caffeine + Retinol + Seaweed) *2ND BEST METHOD*
Cost: Varies (Amazon)
How it works: Stimulates blood flow, increases cell-turn over
Expected results: Moisturized cellulite free skin
The low-down: This cellulite cream contains a lot of great ingredients. I’m not exactly sure what the seaweed has to do with getting rid or reducing cellulite, but the fact that it has caffeine and retinol in it is a plus. You will feel a tingling sensation because it also has cayenne in it.
This may come off a bit more aggressively in other people but for me it wasn’t too bad. It took be about 3 weeks to see some results but by the time I finished the jar, which was about a little over a month, I didn’t see the results I was expecting to see. You can even mix it with some ground coffee to create a scrub and have maximum caffeine effects. It’s a great moisturizer and the tingling feeling is great when your legs are aching after a long days work, but if you have severe cellulite I would give this one a pass.
Laser Treatment *Most Expensive Option.*
Timeframe: Approximately 1 hour, but requires successive treatments
Cost: Average cost is $5,000-$7,000 USD
How it works: A non-invasive surgery that uses rolling/massaging motions and radio waves to melt and move fat around.
Expected results: Cellulite-free
The low-down: I guess this would be the quickest in a sense, but it depends on how your body takes to the treatment. I personally haven’t tried this but know a lot of people have. Everything about this treatment is dependent on some type of factor.
The cost could cost you more or less than the average depending on where you are in the world, who your doctor is, and the severity of your cellulite. You may be required to do more or less sessions than somebody else. This is great if you want guaranteed results and have money to blow. The only downside is having to do several treatments over the course of time.
Cellulite Massagers *WORST Option*
Cost: Varies (Amazon)
How it works: You massage away your fat pockets using the device to reduce cellulite.
The low-down: These essentially achieve the same effect simply massaging your cellulite areas would by improving the blood flow. You CAN get these, but they won’t help you any particular amount in my opinion.
Personally, the best one for me was the Naked Beauty program. It tackles the problem holistically and is worth the money in the long term. For the majority of us that don’t have the option of laser treatment, it is a lot more effective than using plain cellulite cream because the end results are a better overall. You’re exercising with a quality workout and improving your entire body, not just the cellulite problem areas :).