Have you suddenly realised that your once peachy bum is now covered with the dreaded orange peel like skin associated with cellulite? While, for the majority of the time, our butts remain out of sight and out of mind, sometimes a glimpse in a changing room mirror or photograph can reveal the unfortunate truth; that our once smooth buttocks now resemble something more akin to a tub of cottage cheese. A slight exaggeration perhaps, but if you’re one of the 80% of women who suffer from cellulite, you’ll probably want to know whether there’s anything you can do to get rid of it.
Why do I get cellulite on my buttocks?
Unfortunately, if you’re a woman, you’re likely to develop cellulite at some point in your life, due to your genes, your lifestyle choices and the fact that a woman’s fat cells are predisposed to storing fat in certain areas of the body, particularly the buttocks and thighs.
If you were to examine your fat cells under a microscope, you’d see that they are arranged side by side in a columnar structure, surrounded by connective tissue. As these fat cells become full, they expand, pushing up vertically against the skin, giving it that characteristic orange peel or cottage cheese texture. Sitting around all day just makes the problem worse; so if you’re prone to buttock cellulite, one of the best things you can do to reduce it, is to literally get off your butt and get active.
Improving the appearance of butt cellulite
Despite claims from cellulite specialists, there’s no magic formula for getting rid of cellulite, however there are many things you can do to improve its appearance. Of course, as women, we naturally have fat around our hips, buttocks and thighs, but by following a healthy diet and ensuring that we get plenty of exercise, we can help to keep this at an acceptable level.
Make sure that you eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and foods with a high fiber content to help to remove toxins from your body, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. It’s also important to commit to a regular program of exercise.
While any kind of cardiovascular activity, such as running, aerobics or swimming, will help, just ensuring that you get out for a walk every day will also show improvements.
And don’t forget some strength training. Lifting weights will help you to keep your muscles and connective tissues strong, and your skin taut.