So today I thought I would address something that particularly us women tend to struggle with….the dreaded cellulite/cottage cheese skin! I have been there tried the creams and ‘do this exercise to banish the cellulite’ or ‘eat these foods to detoxify and rid fat cells’. Keep reading if you want to find the REAL truth how I managed to rid my cellulite – no fads sold here!
What is Cellulite it?
Look it up online (I’m sure many of you will have read up on it already) and it will tell you it is fatty deposits pushing through our skin causing that bumpy, uneven skin texture – not what we want. There are lots of different theories for its cause – but essentially fat will build up in areas we don’t use or areas of poor circulation. Sadly girls we also have a slight disadvantage to men in the fact we naturally carry more fat especially around the hips and thighs and also have less connective tissue to hold it in place. Picture a brick wall around the fat cell (males) now put a few holes in it/less cement – thats us!
What Can We Do?
Exercise, why? Because cellulite/fat cells will build in inactive areas/areas of poor circulation, so getting your body moving and getting the blood pumping to the area is the first step. If you spend a lot of time spent sat down or working in an office you many find your bum and thighs are the main problem area. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in the gym – going out for a brisk walk at lunchtime or I like to start my day by taking the dog for a walk – gets the blood pumping and fresh air is a great way to clear the head!
Cardio vs. Weights
Weights always wins! Now cardio bunnies this is probably not something you want to hear but all that cardio is actually making your problem worse. To cut a long story short, in cardio/LSD/Long-steady state your burn calories yes, but a large proportion of this will be coming from your muscle (as we know more muscle= higher metabolism – higher resting calorie burn) so burning muscle is NOT something you want to be doing! Instead, by building lean muscle mass you are burning a lot of calories during exercise still but most importantly it’s the calorie burn after the exercise – studies show up to 48 hours after! Plus muscle may weight more but it takes up far less space than fat – so you get a smaller, leaner more athletic look – winner! (Beside who really enjoys running/cycling for hours on end – I’ve been there and done it and will happily admit I went from hating my workouts to loving them!
But I Do Lift Weights and Still Have Cellulite…
Now this is something that I have only just been helped to realise. Again as many of you will know Sam (Team Vaughan) has become a great friend of mine as well training buddy as helping to improve my training, technique and physical appearance #byebyecellulite!
I have been lifting weights for just over 2 years and although I didn’t have masses of cellulite it was still noticeable on my bum and triceps particularly – since I have worked on technique and learnt to squat/deadlift/move correctly and massively work on posture it is rapidly vanishing and my whole physique has changed. Although I have not lost weight (in fact I think I may have gained a couple of pounds) my clothes fit a lot better and my overall appearance is leaner and fitter – although I used to lift heavy and train hard I never really looked that lean, athletic build I wanted to be – technique really is everything especially where stubborn fat/cellulite is involved!
My Journey #byebyecellulite!
I personally used to squat with an arched lower back and my quads and back took a lot of the load resulting in lazy gluts and hamstrings = cellulite. My poor form was largely down to poor posture from tight hip flexors and rounded shoulders from my years of horse riding which also was a cause of my triceps cellulite where these muscles had become stretched/inactive (from the rounded shoulders).
So by fixing my technique in the big lifts and working towards correct posture I have noticed huge improvements including massive reduction in cellulite (just need to stop rounding the shoulders!)
Now you may/may not be aware that the way you are lifting right or wrong but I am guessing if you are reading this looking for answers you most likely could look to tweek your technique slightly.
1.)Watch this video here by Sam Vaughan (PT at The Park Club, Milton) – a great method of teaching the squat which a lot of my clients will recognise!
2.) Video yourself – this is a great way to analyse your technique and pick up and identify your weaknesses
3.) Invest in a personal trainer – but choose wisely sadly a lot of our industry is money driven – be sure to ask lots of questions and watch how they train/are with their clients – don’t be led into something you aren’t happy with but trust me the right trainer and it is well worth the investment – if its money you are worried out – ask for it as a christmas present or perhaps come January cut back on the amount you are going out or start making your lunches instead of eating out and the money you save invest in yourself and your health – it will be the best investment you ever make!
4.) Diet – Exercise is key but so is your diet, you can’t out exercise a bad diet. Focus your foods on whole natural ingredients feel better and look FAB! Vivo Life have a great range of quality, natural, organic products and a skilled knowledgable team who are honestly so lovely and helpful – amazing what they know, so ask away! They also have handy little tools like this to help you workout out your daily calorie and protein requirements – take the guess work away and achieve those results!
So you have finally reached the end of the article and I hope you have enjoyed reading! Please remember that on our quest to get fitter/leaner/whatever your goal may be – always love yourself – you may want to change a certain aspect of the way you look but fat does not define you – make the change because you love you, do it to be a better version of yourself because you are already incredible (especially because you have taken the time to read this and put up with my waffling)!
As always I love hearing from you guys and any feedback you may have and if you have found this useful/helpful and if you know anyone who could benefit or would be interested in this article please do share!
Instagram – @scm.fitness
Facebook – SCM Fitness