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How Do I Get Rid of My Cellulite? July 25, 2012

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How Do I Get Rid of My Cellulite?
Posted by abornstein | May 16, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series called, “One GREAT Answer.” Each week we ask our readers what they want to know, and take their questions to the world’s smartest experts.
How do I get rid of my cellulite? -Jen, Shelby, Ohio Forget special creams or miracle pills. While some women are genetically more likely to have cellulite in certain spots, resistance training is a proven way to eliminate it—no matter how impossible it may seem. Cellulite is simply fat that is dimpled, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., author of The Female Body Breakthrough. The reason it looks worse is because it reflects a higher percentage of body fat. So if you’re intent on changing the way you look then you need to make sure you build new muscle and lose fat. After all, it’s not your weight that creates cellulite, which is why you might be happy with the number on the scale but not your appearance in the mirror.
The good news is that you only need to visit the gym two or three days a week for visible results, says Cosgrove. The secret: Make sure your workouts focus on compound (multi-muscle) movements. These exercises will help you add muscle, which will increase your metabolism and burn off the fat on those stubborn, cellulite-prone areas. Combine that with a diet that focuses on lean protein (chicken, fish, eggs), vegetables, fruit and lots of water and you will see results.
A great compound exercise that will help you see instant results is the step-up, suggests Cosgrove, who owns Results Fitness, one of the top fitness facilities in America.This exercise will challenge your glutes and hamstrings—the area where most women have cellulite. Not only will this help you build long and lean muscles, but it will also help you burn more fat for the look you desire.
Here’s how to do it: Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and lift your right foot and place it on a bench that is at knee height. Then, push your body up by driving through the heel of your right leg. Without using your left leg, press your body up and onto the step so your right leg is straight and your other foot hangs off the bench. Lower your body under control and return to the starting position. Perform 8 to 10 repetitions on your right leg, and then switch legs and repeat. If this is too hard, simply perform the same movement but without dumbbells
Read this article and see an instructional video @ http://www.livestrong.com/blog/blog/how-do-i-get-rid-my-cellulite/

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