Cellulite–that frustrating and seemingly arbitrary dimpling of the skin–has been vexing women of all shapes and sizes for generations.

If you’ve struggled with the cottage-cheese-like skin known as cellulite that typically forms around the abdomen, butt, and thighs, you are not alone. Some studies suggest that up to 80 percent of women develop cellulite at one point or another.

Not that knowing other women are also affected will make you feel any better. But maybe this will: There are things you can do to lighten up your cellulite.

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Here are some tips and tricks:

Lower your body fat. At its core, cellulite is nothing more than fat. Hence, if you lower your overall body fat, you’ll lower your risk for developing cellulite.

Eat healthily. You know the old saying about how it’s easier not to eat calories than it is to burn them off on the treadmill or elliptical, right? Even up-sizing your French fry order can cost you as many as 30 to 45 extra minutes of cardio. So instead of promising to hit the gym every time you eat something unhealthy, just don’t eat it.

Do cardio. OK, you’ve made the decision to eat healthily. Now imagine how quickly you can cut body fat if you combine your new healthy diet with cardio. The fat will melt off your body. So: Do cardio.

Pump iron. You don’t have to be a body builder or power lifter. All you need to do is build a little bit of muscle in the areas of your body that are affected by cellulite. Muscle tone makes the skin look smoother.

Put down the cigarettes. Smoking is bad for your health on so many levels. It hurts your heart, lampoons your lungs, and can even increase cellulite. If you won’t stop smoking for your heart and lungs, do it for your skin. You just might notice a decrease in cellulite.

If you’re like most women and you’re tired of looking at cellulite, try the tips listed above. If you’re super serious about losing weight, contact the experts at BeLiteWeight.com to discuss other options.