Reader Q&A: What Can I Do to Reduce Cellulite?

Posted 04/04/11 at 03:04PM by Audrey Fine

Please tell me the truth once and for all: Is there any exercise that will help reduce cellulite? -- Rachel G.

For the answer to this week's reader question, we turned to Ashley Borden, a celebrity fitness and lifestyle consultant. Here's her take on reducing cellulite...

"I would say there are things you can do to improve it," says Borden. "Myofascia release -- or as i call it 'rolling out' -- helps eliminate the appearance of it because it breaks up the tissue."

What exactly is myofascia release? On his website, Dr. Ben Kim explains: "The goal with myofascia release is to promote healthy superficial fascia, which is a layer of connective tissue that lies between your skin and your muscles. Over time, sub-optimal food choices, lack of optimal rest and activity, and emotional stress can contribute to a buildup of metabolic waste throughout your body's superficial fascia. When this happens, your superficial fascia can develop restrictions that impede proper flow of nutrients and waste products between your skin, fascia and muscles."

Myofascia release can be achieved via massage but when Borden refers to "rolling" she's talking about a technique where you use your own body weight to roll on a foam cylinder. The pressure -- a sort of self-massage -- helps to restore the "flow" that Dr. Kim referred to.

If that sounds too 'hippy dippy,' Borden says, "old school strength and cardio work is still great -- any time you build muscle it keeps your metabolic rate higher and burns fat."

She explains: "When you do cardio for longer than 20 minutes in your target heart rate zone your body burns body fat efficiently. Invest in a heart rate monitor ASAP, it will change your life. Most people don't know where they are working when it comes to their effort threshold."

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And the survey says...
1-6 of 10 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 08:37am

    Cellulaze....

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/06/11 at 12:38pm

    I always heard that you can't really get rid of cellulite? Has anyone tried this yet?

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/22/11 at 08:37pm

    @kenya--what she's talking about is called "foam rolling" by runners. You can pick up a "foam roller" at any running specialty store. Runners, especially distance runners, do it to massage their muscles and "loosen" them (it breaks down the scar tissue in sore areas). If the area is sore, it can be a little painful. I've never heard of it reducing cellulite though.

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  • Posted by MissPurple on 04/29/11 at 03:35pm

    I need to get one (or 5) of those.

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  • Posted by lea_m_gibson on 04/21/11 at 02:29pm

    nice.

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  • Posted by WhitneyScott on 04/12/11 at 11:47am

    I meant "own" not "won"

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