magazines and realized what it was.
I have always been underweight and yet I had cellulite. In college, sometimes I ate only an apple a day. I would walk for a minimum of 5 miles a day as I traveled the large University campus and spent 8 hours shifts walking the hospital delivering medicine to every single unit on every single floor. Yet I had cellulite.
And for a brief span from the age of 21-24 I did NOT have cellulite. I had solid abs and not a ripple of cellulite.
What changed? Well - for starters, I stopped eating at restaurants entirely. That includes fast food, slow casual, and fancy places alike. I ate at home. To be fair, I sometimes ate cardboard pizza, boxed macaroni and cheese and other total garbage, but I usually made my own meals. I brought myself a sandwich and fruit and/or vegetable for lunch plus a bottle of frozen water that slowly defrosted during the day.
And did I mention I spent this time perfecting an angel food cake recipe? I ate angel food cake almost every single day. Not the best choice - this is something that can probably only be overlooked in your teens and twenties.
Since I was in my twenties, this did not have an impact on my lack of cellulite. There is only one change that cured my cellulite - exercise.
Once I got the hang of rollerblading, I started going a minimum of 3 times per week for 10-15 miles at a time. I didn't go super fast, but I didn't go slow. I just went continuously. In the winter, I taught myself to cross country ski and went the same 3-4 times per week.
But remember in college, I walked like a mad woman and still had cellulite? Yep. Walking will not get rid of cellulite.
But skiing and rollerblading (though cardio exercise like walking) are like doing constant lunges.
Lunges. Strength Training. Lots of reps with just my body weight. Non-stop but never to failure.
Why did I become cellulite filled after the age of 24? Because I took a new job and moved hours away from the awesome trails that kept me fit from 21-24. The trails near my new home were crime ridden and bumpy. I gave up rollerblading and skiing. I became sedentary again.
I didn't get fat, not until I had babies that is. But I got cellulite again. And I kept it until I got my body fat percentage to 16% or less. Now that I'm older and have children, it's harder to keep with a program to keep my body fat so low.
But if you want to get rid of cellulite, it's what you have to do. That and regular lymphatic massage with a quality lotion or cream.
Can a lotion or cream get rid of cellulite? They can make your skin look better during the process of gaining muscle and make the journey more bearable.
There's all sorts of good ingredients to choose from: caffeine, retinol, aloe vera, grapeseed extract... all sorts of good skin products - especially if you are trying to improve the appearance of cellulite.
It's the type of thing that can motivate you to make the change to kick your butt into gear (literally!)
Just to make sure you know what's going on here - there is no miracle in a bottle. Lotions/creams will not turn your cottage cheese legs into supermodel rails.
Worst case scenario - they will at least hydrate your skin.
In the meantime - start working on a strength routine for your legs - squats/lunges/deadlifts - or if you have the weather for it - rollerblade or cross country ski.
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