Those lumps and bumps on your thighs and hips are called cellulite, an accumulation of fat beneath your skin. It is not a serious medical problem, but it can be embarrassing and make you self-conscious. Controlling your weight and exercising regularly can help prevent cellulite from forming to a certain extent, as well as improve the look of the lumps you already have.
Fat collects in pockets under the surface of your skin, straining against the connective tissue and leading to the dimpled look of cellulite. It is a fairly common condition, and your genetics, sex, amount of body fat, age and even the thickness of your skin can all contribute to your development of cellulite. Having a sedentary life and failing to exercise regularly can lead to the formation of cellulite as well.
Regular exercise helps you lose weight, as well as control it once the pounds are lost. It also strengthens and tones your muscles and gets rid of excess body fat, which can improve both your skin’s tone and its texture. All of these factors can make your cellulite look less noticeable. Performing a combination of aerobic and strength-training activities is the best way to drop pounds, burn fat and reduce the appearance of your cellulite.
In addition to exercising, it is important to monitor your diet to ward off excess pounds and keep cellulite from getting worse. Eat plenty of produce and fiber, and avoid becoming dehydrated, which can make cellulite look more obvious. Do not smoke, and do your best to maintain a healthy weight. The ups and downs of weight gain and loss can worsen the appearance of cellulite.