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The Secret Weapon #2 in the Battle Against Cellulite: Strength Training

Posted by Nima Rafizadeh on
How many times have you thought “I think I’ll get more nutrition in my diet to help reduce my cellulite”? If you’re like most, the answer would be “never”. And that’s why Nutrition was Secret Weapon #1 in the Battle Against Cellulite. In this episode, and sticking with the idea that these are “secrets” because you probably have never thought of them – or used them – to fight cellulite, we look at the anti-cellulite effects of strength training. BUT – Don’t Click Away Just Yet Yes, we know that most people don’t want to bulk up. Heck, most people aren’t into strength training at all. But we think it’s important for you to know its benefits against cellulite and then you can decide for yourself whether or not it’s worthwhile. In the Nutrition post, we learned once again that losing the fat that causes cellulite is just about the only way to really reduce it. And we talked about how nutrition supports healthy, sustainable weight loos.

The Problem With Weight Loss that Strength Training Solves

When you lose weight, your measurements, including thigh circumference and hip circumference, will shrink according to how many pounds you shed. That means there will be less fat between your skin and the underlying muscle. If there is a problem with weight loss as an anti-cellulite fighter, it is that, unless you lose an incredibly unhealthy amount of weight (cellulite would be the least of your problems if you lost that much weight), you will still have a certain amount of fat between your skin and the muscle tissue beneath it, a layer of fat that contributes the orange-peel effect of cellulite.

Strength Training to The Rescue

When you do some strength training (make sure to talk to your doctor before you begin), you will build muscle. Not enough to walk around with a six-pack necessarily – you can get away with even slight, unnoticeable increases in muscle mass. But when you do, it helps your fight against cellulite in a number of ways:

1. Larger Muscles

Even if the change in the size of your muscles is unnoticeable, they are larger and extend closer to your skin, thereby reducing the thickness of the fat layer, which in turn reduces the appearance of cellulite.

2. Increased Metabolism

A higher metabolism helps you burn more calories.

3. Lower Weight

In addition to the increase in metabolic rate, you will burn more calories just from the activities you do in your strength training program.

We know strength training isn’t for everyone. But we also know it can work to reduce your cellulite. And now you know.

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