Cellulite has always been a woman’s nightmare and we all want to get rid of it regardless of our age or weight. Cellulite refers to the dimpled patches of skin on thighs, hips, buttocks and other areas with high fat deposits. It is caused by uneven deposition of fat under the skin causing dimpled effect. Cellulite is bad and if your mom has it, you too have it (it’s genetic). But even if it runs in the family there are ways that can help you get rid of cellulite.
While there is no specific cure for cellulite, there are ways, which can help in minimizing its appearance. Including foods that hydrate our skin, boosts collagen and prevent fat storage can help in getting a smoother and sleeker body.
IT’S TIME TO FIGHT CELLULITE!
Avoid too much sugar and salt
Healthy diet can help you in reducing cellulite. Excessive intake of sugar causes the fat cells to expand. Sodium in salt causes water retention, which makes the appearance of cellulite even worse. Try to limit your sugar intake to not more than 6 teaspoons a day and limit your salt intake to not more than 200 mg.
Flax seed maintains estrogen levels and boosts collagen growth, which helps in strengthening the skin. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons a day in your breakfast to see the results for yourself.
Make it a habit to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Water helps in getting rid of the harmful toxic wastes and hydrates the skin to lessen the appearance of cellulite. Staying hydrated helps your body release excess fluid your body might be holding on to.
Kelp contains a compound found in green plants, which helps the body burn fat, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite. You can consume it in dried form by adding it your soups and salads or in capsule form at your local drugstore.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Colorful vegetables are loaded with Vitamin C, which helps in preventing the breakdown of collagen, which forms the support structure of the skin. Add more of citrus fruits like oranges and lemon to your diet to maintain the elasticity of the skin. Add at least 75 milligrams of Vitamin C daily.
Cellulite is a type of fat causing dimply appearance on your skin. The tried and tested way of getting rid of fat is to burn it off. Include intense cardio workouts such as running, swimming, hiking, cycling etc. It may take several months before your overall body fat percentage would decrease and you would notice a difference in the appearance of your skin.
Get Proper Sleep
Its important for you to get enough rest every night to ensure a healthy heart, lower your risk of high blood pressure and help in weight loss. Getting at least seven to eight hours a night also helps to get rid of cellulite.
Refined grains like white bread, white rice are converted into blood sugar quickly and cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Insulin spike causes the body to store this blood sugar as fat instead of burning it. Include more whole grains like brown rice, rice bran, whole wheat, wheat germ and oatmeal in your diet to prevent rapid blood sugar level spikes. Get at least half of your daily serving of carbohydrates from whole grains.
Hydration is one of the primary reasons for the appearance of cellulite. Apart from drinking lots of water, it is also important to consume food in high water content. These include cucumber, celery, watermelon, broccoli, lettuce, tomato and cabbage. It’s best to have these raw for maximum benefits.
Fruits like cherries, apples, pears and peaches have low glycemic index and raise your blood sugar levels slower than fruits with high sugar content like melons, mangoes and pineapple. Hence cherries and other fruits help in maintaining the insulin levels under control.
Onion and garlic
Onion and garlic are great at reducing your insulin levels. It’s best to have them raw to enhance their medicinal effects. Include them in your salad as a dressing for a meal packet with health benefits.
It’s the perfect food you can have to balance your insulin levels and to get rid of cellulite. Though it’s high in fat, it’s also loaded with fiber, potassium and folate. Replace your butter with avocado in spreads to enjoy its benefits. Moderation is a key here.
The antioxidants in green tea improve your metabolism and prevent the buildup of cellulite before it even starts. It also helps in weight loss which is the best way to get rid of cellulite.
Once you have decreased your body fat percentage, tone your body and build muscle by doing strength training. Try working on the trouble spots by toning your leg and core muscles.
Even if you are eating right, getting enough rest and exercising, nothing can ensure cellulite to completely disappear. So the best thing to do is to love yourself. Don’t spend too much time obsessing about what your thighs look like. Just be confident in your self and you will look sexy in that bathing suit!