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You can fight cellulite with exercise, and there's proof to back this up.

Two small studies done by Wayne Westcott, fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Mass., shows that exercise helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by adding muscle and reduce fat. More muscle and less fat means your thighs and buttocks stay smooth and shapely rather than dimpled and lumpy.

In one of Westcott's studies, 72 men and women performed 30-minute workouts three times a week for eight weeks. One group performed only aerobic exercise (cycling) and lost four pounds of fat but gained no muscle. A second group spent 15 minutes cycling and 15 minutes strength training, losing 10 pounds of fat and adding two pounds of muscle.

The takeaway? Mix cardio training with weights so that you build muscle—which means a body composition with little room for cellulite.

In a second study, participants exercised three times a week, each time performing 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of jogging or walking on a treadmill. After 8 weeks, participants had lost 10 pounds. Combining a diet with the exercise regimen boosted fat loss from 4.5 pounds to 9.1 pounds lost.

Lesson? Exercise can help reduce cellulite, but exercise combined with dieting gets even better results. For the best cellulite-blasting workouts, consider personal training that is tailor-made for you.

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