Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get Rid of Cellulite on Thighs

Believe me when I say, you do not have to be overweight or obese to be able to find cellulite somewhere on your body. A real simple way to determine if it’s time to get rid of cellulite on your thighs or not is by conducting the “pinch test”: Simply grab about a two-inch-wide section of your thigh, give it a good pinch, and if you see the dimples showing up, or the “mattress skin” look, voila, you have cellulite to some degree. Some women don’t even have to pinch their thighs to see the cellulite, proving that there are varying degrees of the visibility of cellulite, primarily dependent upon body type. When fat deposits within the adipose tissue under the epidermis get engorged, it can create a type of “trauma” to that area of skin, causing a hardening of a sort in that general area. This unevenness of skin composition (the “pucker phenomenon”) is what creates the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, one of the most common areas where cellulite makes this unwanted appearance is the thigh area. This is without a doubt the primary area that women desire to see cellulite disappear from; the only problem with this is that there is no “one size fits all” cure for getting rid of cellulite in the thighs. The reason for this is that the origin of the conditions that set the stage for the development of cellulite can vary greatly from person to person. So, even though I would like to think that I can provide a blanket answer to everyone who reads this blog, it’s becoming more obvious to me that I can’t. This really sucks, but it is what it is. What I can do, however, is give some general guidelines that apply to the majority of people out there. You don’t know how bad I wish I could resolve the issue of cellulite with one easy statement, but unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that. So, what I will do now is provide some basic points that seem to be recurring themes as far as the answer to attacking cellulite is concerned. At the end of the day, they all promote a general overall healthier lifestyle, so you really can’t lose if you implement them regardless.

As far as getting rid of cellulite on thighs in particular, one thing you can do is to make your thighs the focus of some moderate strength training. The reason behind this is that when you train your muscles using weights, and tone them up through moderate weight training, you increase your metabolism even when you’re at rest. Lean muscle burns fat, so lean muscle development in the thigh area will burn fat or at least minimize fat in those areas, giving you a greater probability of reducing the appearance of cellulite. A great way to start this is by doing basic squats. The squat is one of the most all-inclusive exercises you can do; you work the quadriceps (the front of the thighs), the glutes (that’s the butt), and your hamstrings as well. The practice of repetitions with squats is also a good way to increase your balance and get a greater sense of your center of gravity. The basic way to perform a squat is to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, look straight ahead (not down), keep your back straight, and then squat down just as if you were sitting down in a chair. As a matter of fact, if you’re brand new to doing squats, it may be a good idea to practice squatting with a chair, and actually sitting in the chair with each repetition. This will again aid you in developing the balance needed to perform squats efficiently. Squats work the major muscle groups that will firm up your thighs, hips, and buttocks, and if nothing else, you will see and feel good results from consistently performing squats. I recommend doing 3 sets of 12 every other day if you’re just starting out. Again, firm thighs hold a greater chance of burning fat than thighs that are not so firm. Once you get proficient in performing squats, you can begin to use light dumbbells while doing squats, which is a good way to begin your strength training regimen.

As far as nutrition goes, it would be a good idea to choose foods that have naturally occurring diuretic properties. This simply means that they prevent fluid retention in the body, which in turn will foster smoother skin overall. Foods such as celery, asparagus, parsley, watercress, artichokes, cranberries, and apple cider vinegar fit this profile. Also consider pineapple, which is rich in bromelain, a water-retention-reducing substance. The aforementioned foods should give you a good head start in getting rid of cellulite on your thighs, along with the squats described above. Okay, I’m getting tired, the election is tomorrow, and I need to do more homework on what to write for my next post here on Getting Rid of Cellulite. So until next time…keep fighting!

3 comments:

Kelly Graham said...

One good exercise to firm your thighs:
Stand close to the wall with your back against it. Push your back to the wall and slide down until you're in a sitting in air kind of position. Hold the position for 2-3 minutes. Do it frequently at home or at office. It really works!

Author said...

Kelly, I appreciate the tip...that can probably be challenging (and excruciating if held long enough), but I can definitely see where it would be effective!

--M.S. Phillips, Getting Rid of Cellulite

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