If there were an easy solution to get rid of cellulite thighs, the inventor would be the richest person in the world and there’d be no need for this post. Unfortunately, there is still no magical answer.
And this article is not going to try and sell you snake oil creams or potions. But it will provide a simple method you can use to dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite on your thighs and lower body.
This condition afflicts almost entirely women. And it can affect any age or body size. Even thin, young models sometimes have to deal with it.
What is it exactly? It’s not just fat. It’s fat pressing through your connective tissue (collagen). According to Prevention:
“Everyone has strands of connective tissue that separate fat cells into compartments and connect fat to skin. In women, these fibers form a honeycomb-shaped pattern, so any increase of fat tends to bulge out like stuffing in a mattress. You see less cellulite in men because their fibers run horizontally, forming a criss-cross pattern that prevents bulging or dimpling.”
So, cellulite is fat pushing through this honeycomb, collagen web of connective tissue. Fat is very soft, unlike muscle, so it can bulge out through this honeycomb.
Virtually none of the beauty creams and potions for sale have any real impact. And even expensive surgical solutions like liposuction can actually make things worse because they do not address the top layer of fat.
However, most experts agree that building muscle while reducing fat can have a significant impact on cellulite. Simply losing weight alone does nothing to strengthen that fibrous connective tissue. Working out will strengthen it and have an impact on how much fat can bulge through. So the simple plan is this:
- Build up the muscle in those areas
- Eat a healthy diet low in processed carbs and sugar
- Stay hydrated
If that wasn’t enough, women are also especially prone to the effects of sarcopenia as they age. This is the wasting away of muscle that happens to many people as part of the aging process. Experts argue about when it starts. Some say 30 some say 40. Regardless, it can rob you as much as half your body’s muscle by 70 — if you do nothing about.
So building muscle has many benefits for women. In addition to improving conditions like cellulite, it can also have a tremendous impact on your body’s muscle and bone health. It improves your overall appearance, happiness and freedom as you age.
Don’t worry about hulking out as you build muscle. It’s not going to happen, unless you also take massive amounts of male steroids. Also, many of the freaky photos you see on the internet of hulked-out female bodybuilders are photoshop fakes.
Building Muscle Burns Fat
Building muscle is also the most effective way to burn fat. While it’s true cardio burns slightly more calories while you’re doing it (12 vs 10 for weight training), muscle will burn calories for much longer. In fact, some estimate that you will burn calories for a full 38 hours after a strength training workout!
If you’re not already working out, odds are you’re not going to suddenly join a gym or spend hundreds on home equipment. Ha! I gotcha covered. Here is a simple workout plan you can do with an inexpensive set of Resistance Bands and/or a dumbbell or two. No excuses.
It’s a good place to start and if you follow it, you will build muscle in the right places and make great strides in controlling that cellulite.