best exercises and food to reduce cellulite

best exercises and food to reduce cellulite

Anyone else struggle with cellulite?!

I haven’t had it in a long time…

But now that, I am pregnant… I am definitely noticing some cellulite in a very common area for women.

BACK OF THE THIGHS! 

Cellulite is fat deposits under the skin, that give us that orange peel texture on our skin. It can happen anywhere on the body. One place, I had it when I was 40lbs heavier was my tricep area (back of the arms) and my thighs (inner and back). It made me so self conscious. I remember hiding under long sleeve shirts and baggy shorts in hopes, that no one would see my cellulite.

After doing some research, I found out that about 80-90% of women actually struggle with cellulite. Crazy, right? You can be super skinny, normal weight or overweight and still struggle with cellulite. The fact that, I am struggling with it again, I wanted to be open and share my story with you as well as share some exercises and tips to help reduce cellulite. Sound good!?

If cellulite is fat deposits under the skin, it is only common sense to clean up the diet and workout, right? But what should you eat? What exercises should you do? Should you up your water intake? So many questions with so much overwhelming information! So let me break it down for you nice and simple…

FOOD:

FOOD DO’S:

  • Lean Protein
  • Leafy Greens
  • Complex Carbs (yes, carbs to help build lean muscle mass)
  • Healthy Fats
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • WATER

FOOD DON’TS:

  • Sugary Foods
  • Overdoing it with Processed Carbs (cakes, donuts, pasta)
  • Alcohol

Food is super simple but we overthink it all the time which usually leaves us feeling overwhelmed and then we decide to just not take action. So I wanted to break it down nice and simple for you. Eat 3-5 meals a day, whatever feels right to you and works best with your schedule. Personally, I chose to eat 3 meals a day with a snack. Before I was pregnant, I was fasting until 10/11am then eating 3 meals and ending my eating by 6/7pm. No matter what though, I do have a gallon of water a day. It has been more of a struggle now that I am pregnant but I am doing my best to stay on top of it and I always allow myself 1 cheat meal a week AT LEAST and encourage others to do the same.

 

EXERCISE:

EXERCISE DO’S:

  • Lift Weights
  • Isolation and Compound Movements
  • Interval Cardio

EXERCISES LIKE…

  • Laying Down Hamstring Curls
  • Hamstring Curl on Ball
  • Hamstring Curl Slide Outs with towel or sliders
  • Stiff Leg Deadlift
  • Lateral Lunge
  • Stair Intervals

EXERCISE DON’TS:

  • Jog

I want to start with my DON’T because I am sure you are like WTH! Jogging is good for you. But studies have shown the constant impact of jogging can actually make the fat deposits harder to break down. So I say switch it up and hit the stairs, sister! And as far as the workouts go, doing 15 reps, 4 sets is always a great start. Since, I am pregnant and battling hormones, I do 15 reps and 5 sets for now. And do 10 mins cardio to warm up, 10 mins to cool down then I go home and walk my pups for 30 minutes.

TIPS AND TRICKS!

Some tips and tricks, that have really helped me in this struggle have been massaging my legs in the shower under warm water. Using a foam rolling back on  the back of my thighs. And Using Grapefruit oil with coconut oil on the back on my legs. Grapefruit oil has worked wonders in helping breakdown fat. So that is exactly why I rub it right on the problem area!

 

 

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