The Cause of Cellulite on Legs & How to Get Rid of It

How to Get Rid of Cellulite on the Legs

By far the worst place to end up with cellulite would have to be on the legs. You will usually find that women who suffer from leg cellulite will often stay away from wearing those hot little dresses, shorts and even bikinis. For some, this is a death sentence and they will often stay away from wearing these types of clothing, just so that their cellulite is not seen by the world.

What Causes Cellulite on the Legs?

To understand why cellulite shows up on the legs, you first need to have a better understanding as to what the skin condition is.

“Cellulite refers to the appearance of dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen of most women and some men, too. Cellulite is most common in areas of fat deposits and is the result of the unevenness of this fatty tissue beneath the skin surface.” ((“Cellulite”. Retrieved 2012-09-01))

The unevenness of the fat cells under the skin often results in lumps and dimples of the skin on the body, especially in the leg area. Cellulite can be caused by a variety of factors, not just weight gain (which is common thinking). Hormones, age, genetics and lifestyle are all factors that contribute to this skin condition. Cellulite does not discriminate as it affects women of any size, age or ethnicity.

So How Do You Get Rid of Cellulite on the Legs?

There are a ton of options available when it comes to reducing the look of leg cellulite. Some options may work in eliminating cellulite, while some may work to reduce the overall look of this skin condition.

The general idea to lose the cellulite on your legs is to reduce the amount of fat that is in that region. While losing the fat, you can also build muscle or firm and tone the leg area. If you are dedicated, then you should be on your way to being cellulite free.

Below are some of the best options available to get rid of cellulite on the legs.


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Exercise is by far the most effective way to get rid of the cellulite on the legs. When working out or getting yourself in shape, you are going to lose weight, get fit and toned.

Running – By getting out there and running, you are going to be doing something that is a good cellulite buster. Running is a good form of exercise and you will find yourself dropping the pounds, once you eat properly. As you run, you will also be toning the leg region, building muscle and firming up. If you run consistently you will find that the appearance of cellulite on the legs will be reduced.

Walking – For those of you who are not inclined to run, you can also get some great toning to the legs by walking.

The Gym – The gym is the perfect place to target your legs, as you can specifically workout the affected region. You can lift weights or do specific exercises that will allow you to build more muscle or tone up the legs. Once that section of the body begins to firm up, you will find that the look of cellulite should start to decrease once you eat properly and lift weights/go to the gym on a regular.

Yoga – Have you ever seen someone who does yoga on a regular basis? Their bodies are tight and firm. Yoga is an excellent way to firm up all parts of the body

Check out this video to get an idea as to the type of workouts you can do to tone your legs.


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Diet and exercise go hand in hand. In order to lose weight (and cellulite), you need to eat properly and workout regularly.

A proper diet that is geared towards beating cellulite is one that cuts out all the junk and focuses on more healthy food.

You are going to want to eat more:

–          Fruits

–          Vegetables

–          Grains

–          Whole wheat products

–          Grilled or steamed foods

You are going to stay away from:

–          Processed snacks

–          Junk food (Burgers, pizza, ice cream)

–          Greasy/saturated fat foods

–          Salty foods

–          Bleached products like (white rice, white sugar and white bread)

–          Sweets

–          Foods full of carbohydrates.

As long as you eat healthy and workout 3-4 times a week, you will be on your way to reducing the look of cellulite on the legs and the body.

Home Treatments

Cellulite Creams

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The easiest way to start reducing the look of cellulite would be using home treatments and home remedies. I cannot vouch for the validity of these treatments, but a lot of my readers have

Cellulite Creams –For under $10, you can purchase these magical creams that are marketed at removing cellulite from the body, especially the legs. Do they work? Well, they are not a cure, but there is enough testimony from women who state that it is a good temporary fix. Once you apply the cream, you should see a reduction in the look of cellulite.

Coffee Rub – The Coffee rub is the cost-effective home remedy to reducing the look of cellulite on the legs. This rub is made with used coffee grounds and it is applied to the affected area of the body. A lot of women have success with this home treatment. So if you want a cheap option, you can give it a try.

Cellulite on legs when Pregnant

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Unfortunately, some of the bad things that come along with being pregnant are stretch marks, out of whack hormones and cellulite!

If you are pregnant and have cellulite on the legs, then you can chalk it up to either weight gain, fluid retention or the change of hormones in the body.

For some women, this may just be a temporary condition, as once the baby is born and they start to lose the weight, then the cellulite will go away.

If you are pregnant and you have leg cellulite, then the best options are to:

  • Eat properly, lay off the soda and junk food
  • Even though you are pregnant, you can still workout and keep yourself in-shape.
  • Try the coffee ground rub on the affected area on the legs.
  • You can massage your legs to help with the circulation and also manipulate the fat layers under the skin.

If you do all of these together, there is a good chance that after a couple of weeks, you may see a reduction in the amount of cellulite on the body. If it doesn’t work, then there is a good possibility that the cellulite will disappear after the baby has been born.

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