If you're not building muscle mass, you're losing it at a rate of about 5 pounds every decade. Wayne Westcott, leading strength training researcher and expert on body composition, explains, "You have this shrinking foundation under this growing fat layer, and eventually the fat clumps. It's not just a matter of having too much fat. It's a combination of too much fat and too little muscle."
He adds that dieting in the absence of strength training can actually promote the appearance of cellulite by causing muscle loss. He strongly believes that lifting weights to build and to maintain muscle is key.
Back to the products that promise to smooth out all those dimples and rid the world of cellulite. Supplements, creams, lotions, pills, wraps and more continue to prey on consumers desperate for a quick fix. Unfortunately, these products don't live up to their claims. If even one did, there would be no reason to market another. Instead of investing money in a jar of false hope, consider this:
Adding or substituting muscle-building strength training to your workouts will give you your best shot at a cellulite-free physique. Hitting the weights at least twice a week can make your body as strong and smooth as possible.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.