THE LAZY PER­SON’S GUIDE TO LOOK­ING LEAN

A cheat sheet to keep­ing arms, legs, bust and belly look­ing great with hardly any work. By Tengku Zai

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An all-in-one cheat sheet

Let’s be real. For many of us, “go­ing for a swim” re­ally means re­lax­ing by the pool. But we want to look good do­ing it, so here’s how — with­out hav­ing to swim all those laps. As for the gym-go­ing lot out there, con­sider th­ese firm­ing and slim­ming beauty buys another way to keep lean.

GOR­GEOUS GAMS

Who doesn’t want stun­ning legs? The thing is, re­gard­less of whether you’re slen­der, chances are your legs aren’t per­fectly smooth, es­pe­cially around the thigh and bum area, but that’s okay. Cellulite af­fects some 90 per cent of women from the time they hit their 20s, so you’re not alone. What’s im­por­tant is that you un­der­stand what it is and are aware of some of the mis­con­cep­tions sur­round­ing cellulite.

Con­trary to popular belief, cellulite is not caused by a build-up of tox­ins, but rather it oc­curs when fat de­posits ‘push through’ par­al­lel strands of con­nec­tive tis­sue in the fe­male skin, thus giv­ing it that ‘orange peel’ ap­pear­ance.

It’s hor­monal. Sort of. As women age, their bod­ies pro­duce less oe­stro­gen, which means poorer blood cir­cu­la­tion. This can lead to a de­crease in col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, which is es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of con­nec­tive tis­sue.

You got it from your momma. If she has cellulite there’s a high chance you will too. But keep in mind that ge­net­ics are only a small piece of the puz­zle — diet, ex­er­cise and weight play a role too.

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