Bikini Body Ready
Cellulite sounds like a medical condition. Yet, it is nothing more than accumulated toxins in the fat cells beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above to appear dimpled. Cellulite isn’t harmful and is more common amongst women than amongst men.
The good news: You can permanently get rid of cellulite without expensive products or special treatments.
FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE VISIBILITY & AMOUNT OF CELLULITE
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
TAKE THE RIGHT NUTRITION
There is mounting evidence that foods that break down fat, slow down the breakdown of collagen, and improve circulation and blood flow help to combat the appearance of cellulite.1 Add these foods to your diet:
1. Whole grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables
Contain key nutrients and phytochemicals that burn fat and help reduce cellulite. Try to cut back on bad, refined carbs like white bread, cookies, and muffins. You’ll want to cut back on sugar, except fruit. Pretty side effect: your love handles diminish too.
2. Coffee, tea, and cocoa
High in caffeine and help burn fat. To really accelerate your fat-burning results, brew yourself some delicious organic green tea.
3. Celery, onions, eggplant, asparagus, and watermelon
Natural diuretics which will help reduce fluid buildup. Stay away from foods high in sodium, which have the opposite effect.
4. Water (lots of it!)
Helps eliminate waste and toxins from your body and maintain normal blood pressure and blood flow.
5. Salmon and other fatty fish
Rich omega-3 fats that expand blood vessels to improve circulation and blood flow.
6. Red wine, red grape juice, and red grape skins
Block the function of two enzymes that break down collagen, which is believed to prevent the production of cellulite.2
DO THE RIGHT EXERCISE
Adding red wine alone to your diet won’t do the trick unless you also follow an effective workout program. A personal trainer is really useful for picking the right workouts for your body. Two exercises that really work for toning and leaning your legs are lunges and squats.
7. The perfect lunge
Stand up straight, with your abs lifted, arms hanging by your sides, and your feet together. Inhale, and take a large step forward with your right leg, keeping your arms by your sides. Bend both knees so your right knee is directly over your right ankle and your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Hold for two seconds and then exhale as you stand up and straighten both legs. Repeat this motion with the left leg forward. Make sure to keep your body weight centered.
Moderation: If you’re having trouble, use a chair for support.
8. The perfect squat
Stand up straight, with your abs tight and your feet at hip distance apart. You can clasp your hands in front of you or let your arms hang straight down. Inhale and bend your knees as if you were going to sit back in a chair, lowering down until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. Pause at the bottom of the motion, then exhale as you slowly stand up.
Moderation: If you’re having trouble, start by sitting in a chair and standing back up, using your hands to help you.
- 1,2 Kleiner, Susan M., PhD, RD, FACN, CNS. The Ultimate Anti-Cellulite Diet. Fitness RX. October 2005
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