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My top tips for getting rid of cellulite!

Don´t be fooled by appearances, 90% of women will have cellulite at some point in their lives and I´m no exception! Mine seems to start roaring its head when I´ve had prolonged periods of eating out & drinking alcohol or sometimes when I´ve had periods of stress and haven´t been getting enough sleep. It tends to migrate to the top of my thighs & my butt and while there is no miracle cure, I´ve worked out a few things that help!

First things first, where does it come from? Cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin. Hormones, age, low blood circulation and diet can all affect the amount and appearance of cellulite. This is why my action plan is multidimensional!

This is what I do when the orange peal starts creeping onto my butt!

1.     I up my water intake. If you want to get rid of something, you need to provide your body with the vessel to do so. Your body uses water to flush out crap. Give it 1,5 to 2 liters of water per day.

2.     I´m not a massive coffee drinker but if I were, I would reduce my intake to 1 - 2 cups a day.

3.     I´m not a massive alcohol drinker either but this is the one that really hits the nail on the head for me. By reducing alcohol to 1 or 2 glasses (or none) for a week, I really see a difference on my skin (and not just on my butt).

4.     My diet is generally quite good but in times like these, I make an extra effort and cut out chocolate & any sugar. I don´t eat any processed carbs but if I did, they´d be the first ones to go. I up my intake of colorful seasonal vegetables and limit my fruit consumption to 1 or 2 a day (preferably berries!)

5.     I foam roll! Yes this works! Technically called Myofascial release, foam rolling works by alleviating adhesions or “knots” in soft tissue to restore elasticity & muscle motion. By guiding your body back and forth over the roller you´re basically giving yourself a deep tissue massage. It may feel painful in the beginning but the more you do it, the less pain you will feel and the greater the results! Focus on the areas where your cellulite keeps its headquarters and roll that crap out towards your heart!

6.     I pop into the Infrared Sauna. This thing works wonders, not just for your cellulite but for your overall skin & sense of wellbeing! Head to PUR Wellness if you´re in London to try it out!

7.     I use a massage glove in the shower and I´ll rub it on my legs from bottom to top. If your glove is a little too rough, use some soap to make it gentler. You will see that your skin goes a little red. Don´t go to hard. Be gentle. At the end of the shower, I´ll shower my legs & my butt with cold water for as long as I can cope! I hate it but it does wonders.

8.     After the shower I´ll use a thick hydrating cream and massage my legs & butt, focusing on the troubled areas. If you have it in you, try kneading out the knots. It´s painful but it works… I don´t use any particular cream but green tea based creams are said to be helpful.

9.     Get a massage and make sure you tell them you want them to focus on kneading out that orange peal. Some massage therapists do an amazing job and will give you results after just one session.

10. I up my booty exercises. Exercise alone will not get rid of cellulite but toning the areas where your body tends to store its orange peal can help. For me too much exercise can actually be counterproductive because when my body is tired & inflamed after exercise it tends to hold onto more crap. So I just walk a little more than usual, up my Pilates to 3 or 4 sessions a week & squeeze a couple of yoga sessions in too. Toning helps but stretching is essential too!

11. I sleep & relax. I left this one last even though it´s probably one of the more important ones. Our bodies repair & recover when we have good quality sleep and are relaxed. This is when we go into the parasympathetic nervous system and our bodies let go and transform. If we spend too much time in the sympathetic nervous system, our bodies are constantly under stress and never get the chance to recuperate so rest & relaxation is super important!

I don´t always do all of these at the same time but I find that it takes an effort on the whole to get results quickly and these little tricks always do the job for me!

Hope it is helpful to you too!

Maddy x