QUESTION: I wanted to ask if there is a natural way, through diet or exercise to rid the body of cellulite? Are there particular foods to eat or avoid and possibly particular exercises that would help to work this problem out? I try to exercise between full time work and part-time school, mostly the treadmill at home appx 2 miles – 4/5 x’s a week, and 1-3 times at gym on weights, depending on my schedule.
ANSWER: Cellulite is a word that was popularized by marketers of “cures.” Some promised cellulite reduction by using herbal body wraps. Others promised pills and capsules would do the trick. Still others sold creams and massagers. Not a single one of these products worked . . . despite a sometimes very aggressive marketing campaign with claims that “research had proven” some cellulite reduction. Even large companies such as Rexall tapped into the “get-rid-of-cellulite” market by releasing over the counter supplements such as Cellasene. The claims they made were unsubstantiated and in 2000 the FTC filed a lawsuit against Rexall Sundown. As one gets shut down, however, new offerings emerge, all promising to be the solution. What they all failed to tell consumers was . . . body wraps, pills, massagers, etc. do not rid the body of fat . . . and cellulite is nothing other than fat. The reason cellulite looks “different” than most subcutaneous fat when viewed through the skin is because in the thighs that adipose material (fat) might get caught between pockets of connective tissue. Each pocket becomes enlarged as long as the fat remains in place. I wish I had some better news for you, but all I have is honesty . . . the honesty cellulite cure sellers won’t share. The only natural way to get rid of fat . . . including cellulite, is through supportive nutrition and a combination of resistance training and moderate aerobic exercise. I know you’re already attempting this, but it’s important that the exercise program and the eating plan match the goals. You mention that you do “mostly” the treadmill. Aerobic exercise alone may actually feed off of muscle tissue, especially if it’s not supported by the adequate protein and protein-sparing carbohydrates and essential fats. Weight training 1-3 times per week is barely enough assuming the 3 times is more common. If you are more frequently leaning toward once per week, you will be disappointed in the results.
You might look into one of my programs as they all outline the path to putting the body in a state where it is willing to release fat . . . cellulite included. Cellulite may appear to be “stubborn” but as systemic fat is decreased . . . it will go!