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.