Battling cellulite no easy task

You can’t do much about these deposits of fat and waste products that dimple the skin on your thighs and buttocks, but you can do something, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune:

• Lose extra pounds. Yes, thin people can get cellulite. But extra fat in the body tends to increase dimpling and lumpiness.

• Eat well. Along with plenty of water, a low-fat diet that’s high in fiber and complex carbohydrates — fruits, vegetables and whole grains — helps flush out waste.

• Try massage. Some people say kneading cellulite for a few minutes a day can stimulate the flow of blood and other fluids that break down waste.

• Be wary of “miracle” products. There is little to no scientific evidence that cellulite creams are effective.

 • Exercise problem spots. All workouts are great, but ask a trainer about specific moves that target your legs and butt.

• Stop smoking. Studies have found a link between cigarettes and cellulite. One reason is that smoking weakens skin. You can also try cutting down on alcohol, coffee and soda.

• Talk to a doctor. If cellulite really bothers you, laser treatments might be able to help.

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