Fighting Cellulite Off Your Legs

girl in short shortsAs you know by now, cellulite is not easy to get rid of. There is no miracle cream, no exotic treatment and there is no such thing as instant exercises that get rid of leg cellulite quickly and easily.

Do not take that to mean women are powerless and can do nothing about it. Research shows that despite the difficulties women face in their attempts to get rid of cellulite, there are realistic solutions available. But these solutions are not immediate and they are not going to happen without sacrificing a little blood, sweat and tears.

So what is the best way to blast cellulite off your legs? Well, it all starts with a healthy, proper diet and well established exercises habits. As the popular saying goes, cellulite is not formed in a week, nor will it be erased in a week. However, if you are ready to work that cellulite away, below are listed some of the best exercises for cellulite on legs women can find.

Your diet helps fight cellulite

Before any further discussion is had regarding leg exercises for cellulite, the important topic of health and diet must be addressed. This is necessary because diet and fitness go hand in hand and doing one without the other is tantamount to nothing more than wasted time and effort.

Think about it, how silly would it seem if you saw a woman working out 3 hours a day at the gym, working up a sweat and pushing her body to the limit, yet after her work-out, she ate 2 Big Macs before smoking a pack of cigarettes. This is not meant to hate on fast food or smoking, but if you are serious about getting rid of cellulite, you need to be serious about getting healthy and fit throughout your entire body.

The proper diet for optimum health

A balanced diet helps women reduce unwanted cellulite by reducing the amount of fat they eat. An improper, unbalanced diet, combined with a lack of exercise of physical activity, leads to the build up of fluids, toxins and waste products. It are these toxins and waste products that lead the body to produce cellulite that then finds its way onto your legs.

In simple terms, a balanced diet is one that is well proportioned and contains all the various proteins, carbohydrates fats (yes, there are some good kinds), vitamins, minerals and of course, plenty of water. Here are some simple and specific dietary conditions to ensure a healthy mind and body:

  • Eat fiber and a lot of it. Without sounding too crude or gross, quite simply, fiber helps keep the “pipes clean.” Fiber assists the stomach and intestines deal with the process of waste disposal and without enough fiber, women can get constipated and bloated.
  • Eat lean protein such as fish and chicken breast. Our bodies need protein to build muscle and run efficiently. The leaner the protein, the less fat is consumed.
  • Eat complex carbohydrates instead of simple carbs. Carbohydrates are the basic fuel the human body needs to run. Complex carbs have a much higher nutritional value than simple carbs. Vegetables and whole grains are an excellent source of complex carbs while sugar and white flour are the most common sources of simple carbs.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables. This is so basic and simple, even children know this. However, do not let the simplicity of eating fruits and veggies diminish how important they are to keep your body working properly.
  • Eat omega rich fatty foods. Salmon, nuts, avocados and olive oil are excellent sources of omega fats. As opposed to trans fats and saturated fats which are found in cheap oil and unhealthy, processed foods, omega fats are not only good for the human body, they are essential.
  • Drink plenty of water. The human body is made up of almost 60% water. Water is so important overall good health that no matter how balanced your diet may be, without enough water, you are unlikely to notice any positive changes.

Junk food, fast food, a lot of canned foods, foods with a lot of oil or sugar and foods with unwanted preservatives inject the body with extra calories. This can effect your body’s metabolism by slowing it down. The lower your metabolism, the less calories you burn off and the less calories you burn off, the greater chance your body will respond by producing and storing fat cells and cellulite.

Alcohol and soft drinks should also be avoided (or at least minimized) because they offer zero nutritious value to your body. Alcohol and soft drinks also contain sugars which are simple carbs. These types of carbohydrates are the first to be converted into fat cells.

Alcohol and smoking also affect the body’s metabolic rates, slowing it down and further reducing the body’s ability to efficiently burn calories.

Exercises for dealing with cellulite on your legs

Along with a healthy, balanced diet, the most effective and consistent method of fighting your cellulite is by performing cardio exercise like running, cycling, walking, lifting weights, playing sports or any other activity that increases your heart rate.

When you exercise, you sweat which allows the body to release toxins and waste materials in a natural manner. Strength or weight training combined with aerobic/cardio exercise helps the body build muscle while at the same time increases the amount of fat the body burns. Working together, these improve your muscle tone and skin which helps to reduce the appearance of unwanted cellulite.

These are some excellent exercises to burn calories and target that cellulite on your legs:

  • Clock Lunges – Reps: 3 sets of 15 – One of the best exercises for cellulite on legs. Stand up straight and place your hands on your hips. While keeping your body under control, lunge with your right foot directly in front of you. Think about the face of a clock. You want to step toward 12 o’clock. Return to standing up straight. Then take your right leg and step to 3 o’clock. Return to standing up straight. Next, step behind you to 6 o’clock. Return back to standing straight. Finally, step with your right leg across your body to 9 o’clock. Repeat the same cycle with your left leg. Your right leg and your left leg constitute 1 full rep.
  • Squats – Reps: 3 sets of 20 – While holding something heavy to your chest, bend down and squat as low as you are comfortable going. The important thing is to really put your leg muscles to work, so don’t take the easy way out and hold a phone book or your purse while you squat. Push yourself and use something heavy so you can feel the burn.
  • Single leg dead lifts – Reps: 3 sets of 20 – Stand up straight and place a 5- to 20-pound weight in your left hand. Pick your left leg up off the ground. While paying careful attention to keeping your back and knee as straight as possible, take your right hand and reach down to your right foot. To keep yourself in balance, your left leg will automatically reach behind you. Stand up straight, switch the weight to the other hand and repeat with the other leg. This is one of the most effective exercises for cellulite on the front of legs.
  • Single leg hip extension – Reps: 3 sets of 15 – Lie flat on your back and place your arms out to the side. Keep your right knee bent up as if you were making a bridge with it. While you keep the right knee straight, lift your left leg off the ground a few inches until the left leg is roughly in line with your right thigh. Then, raise your hips up toward the ceiling as far as you can. Pause at the top, then return your hips to the ground. Do one with your left leg, then one with your right. This constitutes one full set.

With the combination of a balanced and proper diet along with cardio and strength training exercise, you will not only be burning fat and reducing the unsightly appearance of cellulite, you will also be ensuring that you are in the best overall shape and health that you can be.

While you want to look good, isn’t being healthy the overall goal?