Five Tips to Reduce Cellulite According to a Fitness magazine survey, cellulite is the number one beauty bummer reported by respondents. And, whether you're ready or not, it's getting to be THAT time of year where your short shorts are in best style.

Even though a reported 90 percent of women have cellulite on their bodies, it's still an embarrassing thing to show off. After all, you've got those cute Daisy Dukes or a short skirt you're dying to wear, but the look is totally thrown off by your hail dents.

Cellulite is the result of losing elasticity in skin and poor circulation. This may be caused by hormones (ugh!), lack of exercise or poor nutrition. And, while it's a common thing to have and makes all of us extremely self-conscious, it's not totally curable! Because women are supposed to have some amounts of fat on their bodies, we are prone to having this condition.

BUT -- while you can't be assured of completely getting rid of it, you can do things to diminish it, reduce its chances of worsening and improve the appearance of your skin.

  1. Exercise: Of course, the first thing I'm going to tell you is to work it off! Choose workouts that focus on your legs, butt and lower abs. Do these at LEAST three times per week. Getting active builds muscle, which helps reduce fat. (In case you didn't realize it, cellulite is fat.) By increasing your muscle, the appearance of cellulite is going to be reduced greatly. Additionally, becoming more active will improve your blood flow to your skin, which will also aid in diminishing the orange peel effect. Experts believe that women who have desk jobs are also more likely to experience increased cellulite levels, due to decreased blood flow to their butts and legs. If you work at a desk, make an effort to get up regularly and stretch.
  2. Stop smoking: Kick the butts and improve your butt! lol! Smoking decreases your body's ability to produce collagen. Collagen is a necessary component to your skin's elasticity. When the elasticity is reduced your connective tissues are weakened, and cellulite is much more likely to form. Stop smoking now and your skin will repair itself in the future.
  3. Tighten up your diet: Experts will tell you that 80 percent of physical fitness is related to your nutrition. It's all true. Even if you exercise daily, your diet can still sabotage your efforts to get slim and trim. (And, reduce that cellulite!) Consider the following tips to create a cellulite busting meal plan:
    1. Make friends with fat: Incorporate healthy fats from nuts, seeds, coconut oil and avocado in your diet. They help with weight loss and cellulite, but be careful and use them only in moderation, as many are high in calories. Avocado, for instance, can be used as a condiment on a sandwich. Or, sunflower seeds may be tossed in with veggies.
    2. Drink more water: Experts agree that everyone should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily. It flushes toxins from the body. These toxins are bad for you in many ways, but especially when discussing cellulite. They contribute to the buildup of it and reduce your circulation, which leads to worse dimples. Additionally, when you don't get enough hydration, your body retains water. This only makes the appearance of your cellulite worse.
    3. Avoid refined sugars and flour: Choose whole grains, instead.
    4. Reduce your sodium intake: Salt increases water retention, which causes bloating. Bloating makes your cellulite more exaggerated. Try to avoid anything that contains over 200 mg of sodium.
    5. Go bananas: Bananas have the highest potassium to sodium ratio of any food. They work as a natural diuretic and increases blood flow as they flush toxins from the body.
    6. Enjoy the sun: Sunflower seeds, that is. Sunflower seeds, though high in calories, contain insane amounts of vitamin E, potassium, zinc, selenium and vitamin B6. The combination of all of these vitamins and nutrients work to repair connective tissue (which helps to reduce appearance of cellulite) and function as a diuretic to reduce bloat that aggravates cellulite.
    7. Like it hot: Consume chili and cayenne peppers. Not only do they contain vitamin C, E and B6 and potassium, but they cause your body heat production to increase...this, in turn, increases your metabolism and burns crazy amounts of calories, which helps aid in weight loss.
    8. Consider other foods that may help: Ginger root, Brazil nuts, eggs, pineapple, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, blueberries, barley, quinoa, watercress, asparagus, green tea, papaya, broccoli and dandelion seeds all have qualities that increase circulation, flush toxins and burn calories. Some have antioxidant qualities that repair skin and others are simply good for weight loss and general health. A diet that contains these foods will help you fight cellulite and feel better, too.
  4. Drink Shakeology: Coincidentally enough, Shakeology has selenium, vitamins E, B6, C, potassium, zinc and many other nutrients that will help get rid of cellulite and aid your efforts to tone up.
  5. Love yourself anyways: Nobody is perfect. Even fitness pros, supermodels and movie stars fess up to having a few cute dimples on the backs of their legs and bums. It's part of being a woman. Embrace yourself as you are.

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