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Cellulite Prevention - Exercise and Diet

Cellulite is the longest four letter word in a woman’s vocabulary. It strikes young and old, thin and voluptuous, rich and poor indiscriminately. The only bias cellulite seems to have is sex; men are rarely victims of this much dreaded condition. It is estimated, however, that as many as 90% of women suffer with or will suffer with cellulite. To make matters even worse, experts currently say cellulite cannot be cured, only minimized. Although there may not be a cure for cellulite, there are things you can do to prevent this plague from assailing your body.

The appearance of cellulite on your body depends on various factors. Of these factors, probably the ones which most affect the appearance of cellulite on your body are diet and fitness. Diet doesn’t mean the deprivation of food from your body, either. Your diet is your normal everyday eating habits because that is what affects your body in the long term. Eating a healthy diet low in saturated fats and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provides your body with nourishment without nourishing the fat cells which pad your derrière. This type of diet keeps you feeling full, minimizes cravings, and will boost your metabolism.

Diets restricting your food intake for intermittent periods of time are actually counterproductive to both weight loss and cellulite prevention. When you severely restrict your caloric intake, your body goes into starvation mode. Your body immediately slows your metabolism to keep you from starving. Extra calories which may have normally been burned for fuel or to assist with other bodily functions are stored as fat. And the fat will likely show up as cellulite on whichever part of your body is generally stricken with this scourge.

Not only will your body rebel against your dieting efforts (especially crash diets) by storing fat where you least want it, the cellulite will show more because of the effect dieting has on your skin. Crash dieting will decrease the elasticity of your skin. When the skin’s elasticity is affected, cellulite becomes more pronounced. Healthy, nourished, and hydrated skin is thicker and will appear smoother, even if cellulite is lurking beneath it. Cellulite will not be as pronounced or noticeable if your skin is healthy and maintains its elasticity.

Fitness is as important to minimizing cellulite as diet. Most people seem more willing to restrict their diets than to take action and exercise. But exercise may have even more of an impact on a cellulite problem than diet. And exercise has a significant role in preventing the appearance of cellulite. Exercise burns fat and builds lean muscle. When you burn fat, the fat cells shrink in size. Instead of bulging upwards from their chambers which create the dimply cellulite appearance, the fat cells will stay in their respective chambers where they belong.

Cardio exercise is essential to every aspect of good health. Every organ in your body benefits from cardiovascular exercise. Since cardio exercise promotes healthy skin and burns fat, your appearance also benefits from cardio. Some experts have gone as far as to call cardio the bona fide fountain of youth. Your skin is healthier. Your body is leaner. And the percentage of fat on your body is reduced. The amalgamation of these benefits reaped from cardio exercise effectively prevents the emergence of cellulite. In order to reap these benefits, you have to perform cardio exercise four to five times a week for 30 to 60 minutes each day. And your intensity level must be high enough to present a challenge if you truly want to see results.

Weight training helps keep the cellulite at bay also. Cardio exercise burns fat; weight training builds lean muscle. Muscle speeds up your metabolism. Where fat burns around 5 calories per minute while your body is at rest, muscle burns 50 calories per minute while resting. A fast metabolism helps the body burn fat more efficiently and prevents the aforementioned fat from depositing in cellulite prone regions of your body. Besides burning fat before it can redistribute, weight training also sculpts your body. The muscle fills out and smoothes areas which may otherwise appear dimply with cellulite.

Though it can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise at first, after the first month it will be easier. If your body is not accustomed to regular exercise, it will take some time for the body to acclimate to a fitness regiment. But after the first month, you should start feeling better and the exercise will not seem as difficult. Of course, seeing the results will make it easier too. Exercise will begin to seem worth the time and effort when your body looks more sculpted and the cellulite slowly disappears. So stick to a regular fitness regiment and a healthy diet and cellulite will find less health conscious pastures to graze in.

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