Anyone else struggle with cellulite?!
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 this is such a problem, I wanted to be open up 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…
- Lean Protein
- Leafy Greens
- Complex Carbs (yes, carbs to help build lean muscle mass)
- Healthy Fats
- Herbs and spices
- Sugary Foods
- Overdoing it with Processed Carbs (cakes, donuts, pasta)
These food don’ts can be done once or twice a week but when done daily, they throw off our hormones and cause us to gain weight, fat or more cellulite so we want to limit those foods.
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 meals a day, whatever feels right to you and works best with your schedule. Personally, I chose to eat 1 to 3 meals a day depending on my schedule. I chose fasting during the week because it does work better with my schedule. Most of the time, I don’t eat until about 11 or 12 then I stop at 6pm. On the weekends, I allow myself to eat whenever and add in those food don’ts so I don’t feel deprived and binge during the week.
No matter what though, I do have a gallon of water a day! This is more important than most people know. Staying on top of your water is the best thing you can do for yourself. It helps with cravings, flushing out toxins and lets go of excess water.
Let’s talk about muscle building now… I know this can be scary for women since we have it brainwashed into us that if you lift weights, you’ll look manly… I’ve lifted for 17 years yet and still don’t look manly. I’ve lifted super heavy and switched with lifting lighter over the years. I listen to my body and do what feels right.
- Lift Weights
- Isolation and Compound Movements
- Interval Cardio
- Laying Down Hamstring Curls
- Hamstring Curl on Ball, towel or sliders
- Stiff Leg Deadlift
- Lateral Lunge
- Reverse Lunges
- Stair, sprints or spin bike Intervals
- Jog steadily
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.
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.
If you want to step it up, I am doing a free challenge to help you achieve your booty goals.
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