There are a few things to bear in mind when looking to burn body fat and target cellulite. Here’s everything you need to know.
Cellulite is caused by small deposits of subcutaneous fat that build up and lead to dimpling of the skin.
Just like belly fat, Cellulite can be unsightly and can be irritatingly difficult to shift. For those of you who are looking for some definitive strategies to help you banish it forever here are a few tactics that are proven to work:
Exercises that isolate your glutes and hamstrings are a brilliant way of reducing cellulite, by building more toned muscles in these problem areas you will go a long way to replacing soft and squidgy fat tissue with lean muscle.
Some of the best exercises for combatting cellulite include:
Barbell squats (wide stance) – These are a great way of firming up your butt and burning fat, and by placing your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart, you will make sure you isolate your glutes even more.
Walking Lunges – These can be performed with a dumbbell in each hand or a barbell on your back.
Hamstring curls – Another great exercise for strengthening the backs of your legs and getting your muscles firing.
All Fours Kickback – This exercise is just what it sounds like and involves being on your forearms and knees and lifting your leg up behind you, pushing your foot towards the ceiling. It can be performed with ankle weights for an added burn.
Short periods of high intensity exercise are very popular with sports scientists at the moment. This basically means going at it hard for short intervals, whilst building in periods of rest in between. This can mean doing sprints, or alternatively doing circuits of three or four exercises in quick succession. This will help you get your heart rate up and get your body burning fat more efficiently.
Eating clean is one of the fundamentals that will help you get rid of cellulite in a short period of time. Exercise can take you a long way but if you continually spike your blood sugar levels by eating lots of white carbs and other sweet foods, your body will continue to store fat. By taking an educated approach to diet and supplementing with the right vitamins and antioxidants, you will see results very quickly indeed.
For some women, a dedicated fat burner or meal replacement can also be really helpful when it comes to sticking to a new and improved diet. However, it’s really important to remember that these products should always be used to assist you with your routine rather than as an excuse not to look after your body. And whilst definitely not an absolute necessity, if you’re on the hunt for effective supplements you can see our guide to the best weight loss supplements for women here.
Last but definitely not least, get plenty of quality sleep. Around seven to eight hours a night is optimal and consistency is the key. Sleep plays a vital role in reducing the stress hormone cortisol – if you have too much of it in your system, you could find your efforts to shake the cellulite and get that beach body are severely hampered.
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