How to get rid of Cellulite

Do you want to burn off excess body fat and stay away from dangerous weight loss strategies? I am going to explain natural ways to burn off cellulite and current research regarding liposuction. Make sure to read the action steps at the end for the specific guide to burn off cellulite.

Almost 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures were carried out in the U.S. in 2011, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and these included 205,000 liposuction procedures. This practice is growing in popularity as people struggle to maintain a healthy weight, but it is not a simple means of going from size 16 to size 6 overnight. Nothing can substitute for diet and exercise when long-term weight loss and overall health is required.

Is it True that Liposuction Fat Comes Back?
Recent research appeared to show that patients who had undergone liposuction found that the fat reappeared within one year in a different place. Researchers at the University of Colorado studied 32 patients; 14 had liposuction and 18 did not, acting as the control group. Although none of the patients changed their diet or exercise routine, those who had liposuction found that fat returned. However it was not subcutaneous (just under the skin) that returned, but deeper, visceral fat that came back which is associated with heart disease and early death.

Although it appeared that liposuction did not produce lasting results, Dr. Gerald Imber explained that the fat returned after the liposuction procedure because the patients did not make any lifestyle changes. For example if you have fat removed from the hip area but continue to eat and put on weight, the body continues to make and store fat. As liposuction has removed the fat cells on the hips, the fat is simply stored in fat cells elsewhere in the body.

Dangers of Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and it carries the same risks as many other medical procedures. Patients should be aware of the seriousness of the consequences, should the procedure go wrong. Most patients only suffer bruising and swelling after liposuction, which heal over time, but there is always the risk of more serious side effects mentally and physically.

Anyone undergoing anaesthesia during surgery is at risk of heart arrhythmia, adverse reaction to the drugs or even brain damage in extreme cases.

I want to be clear that necessary medical procedures for health-related problems are deemed worth taking the risk, but in most cases of liposuction this is not the case.

I recently had a friend who lost over 200 pounds from diet and lifestyle changes. She started burst training daily and ate a diet of mostly superfoods and her body transformed. After losing the weight she decided to have surgery in a few areas to tighten up loose skin. Overall, I admired her approach because rather than jumping to surgery first, she worked hard to get her body healthy.

What is Cellulite?
Many women consider liposuction to improve areas of dimpled skin that are caused by cellulite around the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. It is caused by the uneven texture of fatty deposits beneath the skin and is not serious but it can be unsightly. It is more common in women than men, with about 80% of women having some measure of cellulite, particularly as they age and the skin loses its elasticity.

Diet for Cellulite

According to research published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology July 2000 found cellulite can be caused by increased levels of catecholamines due to high stress and raised cortisol levels. Also, reducing body fat thru a healthy diet reduces cellulite.

Losing weight through diet and exercise and using anti-cellulite nutrients such as bromelain, green coffee, african mango and fucoxanthin supplements may all help reduce the effects of cellulite for those who do not wish to resort to liposuction.

Types of Exercise to burn Cellulite
Along with diet, Exercise can be your best ally is getting rid of cellulite. Although long distance cardio can be of some value in burning fat, doing interval training also known as burst training will be 3-9x more effective.

Interval or Burst training is known to increase metabolism and burn calories long after (24-48 hours) your workout is over. It incorporates short intense exercise such as sprinting and then returning to jogging again. Two more effective strategies are weight training and isometric training such as Barre, BarreAmped, and Pilates.

BarreAmped is an effective fitness regime based on Pilates, dance, yoga and deep stretching and is another good way to reduce fat, improve cellulite and tone the body without having to resort to the possible risks and short-term benefits of liposuction.

Look out for the upcoming BurstFit DVD series that combines Burst Cardio and Resistance Training to optimize your bodies ability to burn-fat fast by exercising just 20 minutes a day, for more information visit


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38 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Lisa says:

    Dr. Axe, What do you mean by green coffee?

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Lisa – It’s a supplement in an extract form. You cannot get the same effects from drinking your morning coffee. Green coffee beans are unroasted, have little aroma and are extremely bitter – because they contain over 50% chlorogenic acid. This is why you want to take a high quality, pure green coffee bean extract.

  2. jill claypool says:

    How do I find out more about BarreAmped exercise?

  3. Donna Milham says:

    Where do we get african mango – so many on line, which do we trust.
    Also green coffee and fucoxanthin.
    Also amlaberry

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Donna – For African Mango I recommend Beyond Organic. Green coffee, I recommend a high-quality minimally processed extract, and Fucoxanthin I recommend <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>FucoThin</a> a high-quality fucoxanthin product by Garden of Life.

  4. Stella says:

    getting rid of dairy and wheat works great too ! you can easily lose 10 pounds by not having dairy- pasteurized dairy !

  5. kitty says:

    what is fucoxanthin???
    cultured dairy? just regular milk from the store?

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hey Kitty – Fucoxanthin is a carotenoid (like lutein and lycopene), a powerful antioxidant which protects cells from free-radical damage. It’s found in several different types of marine vegetables like edible seaweed- which is considered among the most nutritious vegetation on earth. Natural compounds in marine vegetables can significantly affect fat metabolism and fucoxanthin is one of the key ingredients. It’s also believed to have helped minimize health and weight issues among Asian populations where it’s consumed the most.

      Cultured dairy (Amasai, Kefir or Greek Yogurt) is the number 1 food in my article <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>6 Foods Fit People Love</a> article because It’s loaded with probiotics that can help with improved digestion and weight loss and also helps reduce inflammation. It’s really a superfood with tons of other health benefits as well. Kefir from your typical grocery store is going to be pasteurized and heavily processed. I personally drink Beyond Organic Amasai because it’s 100% greenfed and minimally processed.

  6. Darcie says:

    I have heard that cellulite has that dimpled appearance because that’s the way fat is stored in women’s bodies. Men don’t have it because they don’t have the same “fat design.” In my experience, as a thin woman, the only way to get rid of it is to get rid of the fat. The only time I got rid of it was when I was dangerously thin… too thin. Even thin women have cellulite, because that’s the way we are designed. You might be able to get your muscles toned well enough that you don’t see it, but it’s still there.

    Most important in my opinion, is to not compare your body to airbrushed photos of models or women who are 22 and work out 2 hours a day. Love your body the way God made it, fat and all. Be healthy and a good steward of your body, but know that beauty is not what fashion magazines show us.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Darcie- Thank you for your comment! I completely agree that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to models or magazine covers, some of them are doing unhealthy things to get skinny in the first place. But, being overweight can be a serious health concern, which is the reason for the article. I wanted to shed some healthy light on fighting cellulite because there’s so much wrong or misleading information out there.

      The best way to get rid of cellulite is to simply get rid of unhealthy fats, and do burst training.
      Unhealthy fats are found in fast foods, junk food, fried foods, snack foods and processed foods. They’re all loaded with unhealthy fats and accumulate into excess body fat and cellulite. To fight cellulite you’ll want to avoid these types of foods completely. Also avoid any food/product with trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils (check your salad dressing), or hydrogenated oils commonly used in cooking. Hope this helps!

      • Lynn Zeiner says:

        I agree, Dr. Axe, that this may IMPROVE cellulite but I think it is misguided to think that it will BANISH all cellulite. I know several thin, healthy women with cellulite and some overweight that do not. I believe some of it is genetics as well. I believe that these tips will definitely move us in the right direction. I have found restricting starches and refined sugars and incorporated HIIT workouts, I have seen an improvement but at 129lbs, 5 ft 6inch, I don’t think I will ever lose it all – no matter how much weight I would lose, unless I become too thin (unhealthy.)

  7. Julie Reynolds says:

    What is green coffee? Do you mean “organic”? Or something else – if so where do you get it? Thank you.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Julie – Here’s my answer to the same question that Lisa had:

      It’s a supplement in an extract form. You cannot get the same effects from drinking your morning coffee. Green coffee beans are unroasted, have little aroma and are extremely bitter – because they contain over 50% chlorogenic acid. This is why you want to take a high quality, pure green coffee bean extract.

  8. nora says:

    Please tell us which African mango you recommend. There’s so many out there!

  9. Zija says:

    I would like to know your replies to all these folk’s questions, because I have the same questions, or I am missing it in your website?

  10. Loreen Bury says:

    Different things that I have used at your recommendation have not worked. African Mango did not do a thing even though changed diet but you said that was even not necessary. Fucathin has done virtually nothing either. I am looking drop like 15 lbs, lose cellulite, and tone. Can you help? Thank you.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hey Loreen – My first question is what are you eating on a daily basis? Get rid of grains, sugar and dairy completely. Throw out all processed foods or any FAKE foods in your diet (or your house for that matter!). If you focus on eating a diet full of superfoods, organic meats and raw vegetables and drink lots of water- you’ll see some impressive changes. Next I’d start doing burst 3-5x’s per week (and you only have to spend about 20 min per work out). I go into more details on <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”>burst training here</a>. I wouldn’t focus on Fucothin or African Mango being the key to your results- they’re simply there to supplement your efforts. But you have to first start with diet and exercise. Hope this helps!! Blessings

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Loreen, what do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner? Also, what does your typical week of exercise look like?

  11. Rita Reynolds says:

    Is it true that Chia seeds is not recommended because of a mineral in it that pulls out the other vitamins?

    • MKGH says:

      Is this true about the Chia seeds? Have not run accords this idea before.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Hi Rita, I don’t believe that Chia pulls minerals. Sugar and processed foods will pull nutrients out of your cells. I actually had a shake this morning with ground Chia seeds. I think it a great food to add into your diet and should help anyone get in better shape.

  12. Lana says:

    I’m a petite lady and have never been over weight. I noticed dimples of cellulite on my thighs when I was just 15.So this can happen at any age not just as your getting older.

    • Dr. Axe says:

      Thanks for your comment Lana! It’s true that someone can be skinny and still have visible cellulite- but the real issue is not about being overweight vs. skinny. Just like someone can be skinny and completely unhealthy or even sick. It’s about eating unhealthy fats, trans fats, etc.. grains and sugars vs. eating what I call REAL foods, like raw vegetables, organic meats and wild caught salmon. And doing the right kinds of exercises. Hope this helps! Also, see my response to Darcie above. Blessings!

  13. sara says:

    Dr. Axe

    What brand green coffee supplement do you recommend? So many seem like a scam….

  14. Andrea says:

    Hi – Are you excluding Greek yogurt from the list of dairy because it’s fermented? It’s still pasteurized?

    Also, I am a super fit, lean trainer who eats tons of superfoods and practices high intensity intervals without overexercising.

    I am very muscular, but have significant cellulite. Any suggestions here? And what about lasers? Velalaser, etc? Thank you!

    • Stella says:

      Andrea from experience i cut out all dairy, i don’t have grass-fed dairy either, although Dr. Axe is a big supporter. Greek yogurt is pasterized. I dropped 15 pounds instantly just stopping with all dairy and grains, like wheat, pasta, rice. i take Dr. Axe’s suggestion and have a freshly squeezed juice in the morning than i have fruits salads, I kind of follow what Jay Kordich says too ” Juice your greens eat your fruits” many people say this is hard but it takes some getting use too. And i feel good too.

  15. Harold says:

    What would you reccommend instead of burst training for someone who can’t run? I was in great shape until an accident in which I broke both legs, broke bones in both feet and crushed two vertebrea. I have grown 50 pounds in ten years. I can walk fine now but lost alot of “umphf.”

    • Karen says:

      The idea behind burst training is just to alternate high intensity with low intensity. You can do this in a number of ways without running. If you can walk on a treadmill then alternate walking at your normal speed, with no incline, with walking at your normal speed at the highest incline you can do.
      Or you can use an exercise bike or elliptical trainer and alternate pedaling as fast as you can with pedaling at a normal speed.
      You can even use swimming by swimming at a fast pace alternated with treading water.
      You can do 30 seconds high alternated with 30 seconds low intensity or do 1 min and 1 min.
      Try to do at least 15 minutes total of intervals and then you could do another 15 mins at your regular pace to get the reccomended 30 min a day.

  16. Tom Bush says:

    I like this suggestion!

  17. julie says:

    Great advice. Thanks for the explanation and the diet!

  18. Dr. Axe, when you say you take the Beyond Organic African Mango, what product are you talking about specifically? The Mango Peach Amasai?!?

  19. Nick Marrs says:

    My favorite statement in this entire article was that there is no substitute for diet and exercise. With all the “quick hitters” in our world of instant gratification, I’m glad that experts are making it clear that the only long term solution is to be committed to your fitness and nutrition. Thanks!

  20. Lanan23 says:

    I want to share this easy anticellulite massage. Doing it daily it can be really helpful against cellulite. Take a look at it:

  21. keelyquinn says:

    Hi am on medication can i take african mango tablets please can somebody get in touch by email please thank you

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