10 Ways to Get Rid of Cellulite

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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Cellulite — that unsightly, ripply fat around the buttocks and upper legs — has plagued women since the beginning of time, but seems to be more persistent these days. What’s causing it and what can you do to get rid of it? Let’s take a look…

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the product of two things — fat and connective tissue, otherwise known as collagen. You could also make the argument that there’s a third factor — being a woman. Women have three layers of fat under the most cellulite-prone areas of skin; men only have one. Also, for men, collagen has a cross-linked structure which essentially means it’s more rigid. For women, collagen is structured into rows and holds fat in place by forming fat compartments. This combination of factors is responsible for cellulite’s ripple effect. It’s worth mentioning that strong, toned muscles can do a lot to reduce the amount of rippling. [1] However, cellulite isn’t just an issue for heavier women; even the most slender women can find themselves with cellulite.

What’s Causing Cellulite?

Cellulite has a number of causes — too much estrogen, lack of exercise, excess weight, a toxic lifestyle, and poor diet. It’s thought to affect 90% of women in industrialized nations despite being, at one time, uncommon in women under 35.

High estrogen levels have been linked to the formation of cellulite. [2] Often estrogen and other hormones are imbalanced by endocrine disruptors such as pesticides, plastics, and a huge array of other chemicals that we’re all exposed to.

Cellulite is worse when circulation is interrupted. In other words, tight clothing around the hips, buttocks, and thighs is best avoided. [3]

A low-activity lymph system is also a factor in the development of cellulite. Your body’s lymph system is your waste network and lymph is fluid that carries waste and toxins away from cells so it can be expelled from your body. Unlike blood, which is pumped by your heart, the lymph system has no pump. It’s entirely dependent on you using and moving your muscles. This is a big reason by exercising, being active, and strengthening your muscles can help reduce cellulite.

What Can You Do About Cellulite?

I’d like to tell you that getting rid of cellulite is a quick remedy away but that’s not quite accurate. Unless you’re interested in liposuction, the only way to get rid of the orange peel complexion is time and concerted effort. Natural approaches that may reduce cellulite include:

  1. Balancing your hormones.
  2. Avoiding processed omega-6 fats, which means staying away from soy oil.
  3. Limiting your caffeine intake.
  4. Avoiding foods and products that contain or have been exposed to pesticides, plastics, harsh cleaning chemicals, and non-organic personal care and cosmetic products. They all contain hormone mimickers that disturb natural endocrine balance.
  5. Getting enough sleep! Your hormones simply will not stay balanced if you’re not getting enough sleep.
  6. Getting adequate omega-3 fats, such as those found in fish, olive, and nut oils.
  7. Adding one to two tablespoons of coconut oil in your diet every day. It’s a great building block for your hormones.
  8. Getting your lymph moving! I mentioned exercise before, but dry skin brushing can also be beneficial and it’s easy. Just use a soft natural-bristle brush and brush your skin in one direction for about five minutes once or twice a day. It’s relaxing, feels good, and is a great way to eliminate toxins!
  9. Exercising with weights to strengthen your entire body, but specifically your buttocks and legs.
  10. Eating a diet high in healthy fats and proteins and low in refined, processed carbohydrates.

Final Thoughts

Fighting cellulite can largely be summed up as adopting a natural, healthy lifestyle — and that’s something that offers countless benefits in its own right. Have you ever tried to reduce cellulite? What did you find to be the most successful? Please leave a comment and share your experience with us!

References (3)
  1. Katherine Harmon. Is Cellulite Forever?. Scientific American. May 8, 2009.
  2. Dr. Diana Howard. Cellulite. The International Dermal Institute.
  3. Peter Crosta. What Is Cellulite? What Causes Cellulite?. Medical News Today. May 10, 2009.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Maureen

    raised up with very athlete background and I exercise and teach my water classes daily. However, I still have celluite and I used to eat high raw vegan for 4 years. I’m 55 years old. I believe it’s lacking of estrogen on my balance. Nothing is working.

  • This is my remedy……..
    1.water,water,water add lemon if it is not akaline.
    2.castor oil is great for fatty buildup anywhere,good for overall skin
    3.greens,greens & more greens
    4.exercise,weighttraining,cycling,kickboxing & lots of yoga
    5.more water
    6.detox your body,if you dont have a clean diet,so you dont get a toxic build up……..
    7.you will be cellulite free,clear mind,clear heart,feel great & look preety good…………
    life,love & health,
    suzanne duffy

  • Melissa

    I remember looking at my dimpled thighs at 5yrs old and telling my older sister I was fat to which she replied, “That’s baby fat. You’ll outgrow it.” And she was right, I shot up tall quickly and my legs were very long and lean, I was head and shoulders above everyone, boys and girls, in my class. At puberty, I started to fill in the girth and the curves, and yes the thighs came back and brought with it the big butt. I was able to quickly get my weight under control before I ballooned too big but was still at least twice my size. I didn’t learn how to get rid of cellulite, no amount of dieting or exercise worked… one day a neighbor moved in, and my mom and I noticed that after about 2 weeks she emerged from her flat looking fit as a fiddle where she hadn’t been when she moved in. We asked her what was her secret, thinking maybe she had liposuction or something. Her answer was a mini-trampoline. 2wks of bouncing happily to her favorite music for 20 min everyday and voila. We went right out and bought one and tried it. My mom didn’t like it as much as I did so she only did it a few times per week and said she saw the difference. I had ambitions to be a professional model by then, I was 19 yrs old, and so my life was working out swimming, dance, weight-training, tennis, but when I added the trampoline to my activities, my metabolism took off literally like never before. It seems to be the combination of increased heart rate which most any exercise will do, the oxygenated bloodstream, and the joy of exercising which almost never seems to be real unless it’s not really hard. Jogging, dancing, bouncing, on a mini-trampoline is an excellent workout, your heart will pound and you won’t last long, sort of like jumping jacks or jumping rope, but if you persist your endurance will build along with your overall health and cellulite will vanish so long as you keep it up. By the way, with all those activities, I ate 3 full meals “meat and potatoes” “Mexican” “Italian” “Cheesecake Dessert” whatever a day I wanted because I was burning so many calories I couldn’t eat enough and I only weight 105 lbs at 5’8″ of cellulite free fitness and I continued this for about 2yrs. The agencies said I should not look too ethnic and lose 5 more pounds so I decided that business was not for me. I also drank at least a gallon of plain water per day in addition to any other beverages and tried to sunbath at least 1 hr per week to even my tan from outdoor activities. I continued the trampoline but not everyday because sometimes I was too tired after work and did not see any reason to work myself that hard. It took about 5 yrs before my metabolism started to decline rapidly, I gained weight, I acquired food sensitivities and had to adjust my diet several times. I never really lost all the weight. My metabolism was much slower and fussier than ever in my life during my late twenties. By my thirties, I was about 150 lbs and feeling fit still without really trying though I did go vegetarian for a year because of food sensitivities, I know now it was due to hormones and antibiotics fed to animals. I switched to “healthy” animal products and now I can tolerate small amounts of animal proteins and by-products again. By my forties, I was still very fit for my size without exercise but because of the carrying the extra weight without staying in shape regularly, I had a series of minor injuries such as sprained knees, pinched nerve in my neck, slipped disc in my lumbar, due to labor intensive or sedentary type jobs like Navy, driving or sitting at a desk for a living. I’m nearly 50 now, still in pretty good shape, I have cellulite now again very slight but I’m now weighing in at 186 lbs without exercise. I do stretch, I recovered from all of my injuries with natural therapies, and keeping as active and limber as possible. I still work on the computer a lot and also drive a lot so I have to be careful about stress and strain and relapsing old injuries. Jumping on the trampoline would be nice but with extra weight it actually puts strain on joints, shins, etc as much as jogging on pavement does. Swimming is great too but I don’t have time or access to a large enough pool to swim enough to make a real difference. Deep breathing, massage, healthy diet keep me from going off the rails until I can step up my fitness routine again. Ozone therapy is also very good but also expensive. The secret seems to lie in getting enough oxygen into the bloodstream to detox at the cellular level. Ozone is very effective this way and you can infuse oil with it to apply it topically, too. The problem is it is so expensive it’s out of reach for most working class people. A decent Ozone generator is on my list of things to buy next so I can ozonate my water, my air, and anything else I can infuse with it. That may ultimately be the best way I know. Cheers, Melissa, Los Angeles, CA

  • Melissa

    I forgot stretching, as often as possible. Very important!

  • AL

    Thank you for all the great information, Dr. Group & all the posters. I do have one question though: how do I get clean, healthy drinking water if I am to eliminate bottle watered? Even the filtered fridge water is full of chemicals! Please advise. Thank you in advance! 🙂

  • AL

    How do I get clean, healthy drinking water if I am to eliminate bottle watered? Even the filtered fridge water is full of chemicals!

  • Get a water purification pitcher or system for your house.

  • Cedrik Stevens

    thanks for the tips bro!!!

  • Denise Swain

    One of the best way to get rid of cellulite try to use DermalMD Cellulite Cream I’ve had also problem with cellulite for years. I’ve tried, DermalMD Cellulite Cream with successful results.The dimples on my thighs,legs and stomach have deffinitely improved. The ingredients in this formula are definitely working! It is slowly but surely firming, smoothing, and tightening up in those areas on my body.

  • Jerry Vittorio

    Well I noticed dimples in my thighs around dec2015. I looked for reviews on the internet of different DermalMD Cellulite Reduction Serum. I noticed great reviews on DermalMD Cellulite Reduction Serum, and decided to buy it. I have been using it for five months, and it has gotten rid of the celluite (dimples)!!! I recommend this product to anyone having trouble with celluite!!


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