Let’s start with a quick disclaimer, first and foremost:
Cellulite can affect anyone for a number of reasons from genetics to blood flow to hormonal imbalances. 80-90% of women will experience cellulite in their lifetime. It’s not something to be ashamed of and, in my opinion, should be normalized.
The fact that my cellulite has decreased was purely by chance. It wasn’t something I was working towards – my goal has been overall fat loss and no longer living in pain.
Still, I can’t help that old part of me that was obsessed with appearance, a feeling of satisfaction when I saw my legs recently. I’ve dealt with extreme cellulite pretty much since adolescence. Even at my lowest weight, I had cellulite.
The times my skin has been smooth have been in my pregnancies – which of course makes me wonder if it’s hormonal in my case (although it’s probably also attributed to how my fat is stored and genetics).
I’m obviously not pregnant now (thank goodness, I could not deal with the morning sickness AND my chronic pain), so what exactly has caused the minimizing of cellulite on my thighs?
I’ve looked at all of the changes I’ve made, and there’s only a few that can be attributed to the change.
As you guys know, we recently moved. We went from a small two bedroom/1 bathroom casida to a three bedroom/3 bathroom, two story house.
That’s right. Two stories. I am constantly going up and down the stairs. All day! Every day is leg day. The perks about climbing these stairs all day are not only building the muscle tone, but it burns more calories than jogging. If you don’t live in a building or two story house, you can easily incorporate stair climbing at your gym or purchase a step platform from Amazon! #notsponsored
The second tip on this list will seem a little odd because of the woo that’s been spread about it, but I’m here to tell you that I kinda love coconut oil. Let me clarify that I would never put coconut oil in my food. I’m kind of a major olive oil and butter purist when it comes to food.
However, coconut oil has a lot of benefits for your skin, namely hydrating and smoothing out your skin. It also boosts collagen production when massaged into your skin. Collagen is known for its skin-tightening qualities (and if you want to take a supplement, I find it helpful with my joints and tendon issues). Take a shot every time you see the word skin in this post (kidding, don’t do that).
Here’s how I incorporate it into my night time ritual: after the boys go to bed, I finally have time to shower! So I clean my body, wash my hair, and rinse off. Then I pat my body down and massage the coconut oil everywhere EXCEPT my face. That’s a no-no zone for coconut oil. Even my husband has noticed a difference in my skin.
The final tip I have is to clean up your diet. That doesn’t just mean eating more vegetables. A major culprit of fat storage is excess carbohydrates. Most of us Americans eat waaay too many carbs and I’ve definitely been in that category. Not only that, but a lot of us don’t drink as much water as we’re supposed to. The idea is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 fl. oz. of water each day. If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know I’ve been trying to stay on top of my daily water intake for a few weeks now.
I’d like to make it very clear that I still have cellulite, and I may always have it, but if I can decrease the appearance with a few easy lifestyle changes, why not?
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Is there anything differently you do to decrease the appearance of cellulite?