Cellulite is a word that strikes fear into the heart of every woman, no matter how fit she is. Appearing as unsightly dimples in the skin is, cellulite is the term for free-floating fat cells. As women age, their skin loosens and the fibrous support tissue that keeps fat cells in place weakens with it. It’s also tied to genetics and hormone levels, which is why some women seem to struggle with it more fiercely than others.

Contrary to what the health and beauty industry would have you believe, there’s no magical “cure” for cellulite you can slather on your skin, but there are three key ways to combat it naturally – from the inside out.

1.     A balanced diet with plenty of leafy greens and fruit

Getting your eating habits under control by cutting out processed food, watching portions, and eating a balanced diet with a special focus of fruits and vegetables is a sure way to get leaner. Eating cleaner will also help reduce the appearance of cellulite as your body eliminates toxins and fights inflammation.

Whole foods rich in Vitamin B6, C, D, calcium, potassium, iodine, zinc, and selenium are especially helpful for fighting fat gain and promoting weight loss.

2.     Hydration

It might seem strange that drinking more fluids (water) is the best way to combat fluid retention, but that’s how it works. The more salt and the less water you consume, the more you’ll hold on to fluids – worsening the appearance of any cellulite you may have. Water is also vital to maintaining skin’s elasticity, fighting the aging process, and improving muscle function. All these, in turn, help fight cellulite.

Aim for 8, 8-ounce glasses of plain or fruit-infused water each day, and avoid overly sugary or salty electrolyte beverages after your workouts at the fitness center.

3.     Exercise

Finally, exercise is one of the best “cures” for cellulite, for a few reasons. First, exercise burns calories, which can result in overall fat (and hence cellulite) loss. Second, exercise releases chemicals known as endorphins into the body, which work to eliminate toxins camping out in our cells. Third, both strength training and cardio (especially interval training) boost the metabolism for more efficient fat-burning.  Lifting weights also tones and builds muscle, which makes the body appear tighter and leaner. Ultimately, exercise reduces both the presence and appearance of cellulite for a double win.

If you struggle with cellulite, you’re not alone, even among the fittest of women. Instead of placing your hope in doubtful home remedies and expensive creams, trust in these three simple, tried-and-tested lifestyle habits. Consuming a balanced, whole-food diet, drinking plenty of water, and working out on a regular basis at the fitness gym are the best natural remedies for cellulite – and living a long, healthy, active life.