The Easy Anti-Cellulite Diet
Essentially, cellulite is caused when the collagen and elastin, which comprise the connective tissue, break down around the adiopose tissue (fat layer) in your body. This causes the fat cells to bulge upward, creating the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin. To combat this, you need to focus on a diet that lowers your fat intake in order to reduce the amount of fat stored in the adipose tissue. Also, you would need to increase your antioxidant intake because the collagen and elastin can break down due to free radicals in the body. Antioxidants scoop up free radicals. As a bonus, since free radicals also cause cancer, increasing your antioxidant intake will help fight cancer as well! In order to keep your skin supple and hydrated, which will reduce the appearance of cellulite, you will want to increase your essential fatty acids as well.
Luckily, this diet is suprisingly simple. There are no tasteless recipes or a strict schedule to follow. There are no rules, just guidelines. In fact, there are only four simple guidelines to prevent cellulite.
Four Steps to Prevent and Reduce Cellulite
If you do nothing else, try to follow these four guidelines to reduce and prevent cellulite.
1. Decrease your caloric intake
Reducing the amount of calories you eat per day will help you decrease the amount of fat you have stored in your adipose tissue. An average person should consume between 1200 and 1500 calories a day.
2. Decrease the sodium in your diet
Sodium is an osmotic, which means that it pulls water into the cells and tends to keep it there. This is called fluid retention and it is a major cause of cellulite in thinner people. The excess fluid tends to gravitate to the already swollen adipose cells. Fight fluid retention by drinking plenty of water to flush out excess sodium and cutting down on the amount of sodium in your diet.
3. Increase the antioxidants in your diet
The collagen that surrounds the adipose cells is damaged by free radicals. Try to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegtables a day to supply your body with free radical fighting antioxidants.
4. Reduce "toxins"
Saturated fat, sugar, alcohol, and cigarettes all have a part in cellulite formation. They trigger free radicals and slow down the lypmhatic system. The lymph system flushes "toxins" from your body, but when it's sluggish, it can create fibers that bind to the cellular walls of adipose tissue, which squish them down, making them bulge even more. Try to reduce, if not completely avoid, saturated fats, sugars, alcohol, and cigarettes.
What to Enjoy and What to Avoid
Seem easy? How about if I make it even easier? Below are lists of examples of foods to enjoy and foods to avoid. Believe it or not, the foods you can enjoy are delicious and there is so much more variety than the ones to avoid. Did I say diet? This cannot be a diet!
Examples of Foods to Prevent and Combat Cellulite
Protein, such as chicken, white fish, beans, and legumes contain amino acids which fight fluid retention.
Fish contain essential fatty acids which keep skin supple and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, oily fish are a good source of protein.
Avocado contains essential oils for hydrated skin. Avacados also contain essential fats that burn unwanted body fat.
Blackberries, Black Currants, Raspberries, Pomegranate...
Dark fruits are excellent sources of antioxidants. Remember, antioxidants destroy free radicals, which can break down the connective tissue in your skin.
Eggs are high in detoxifyng agents.
Oat and Bran Cereals
Bran and oat cereals are exellent sources of fiber, which helps flush the body of toxins. These cereals also contain high levels of antioxidants. Additionally, eating breakfast actually boosts your body's metabolism, helping you to burn excess fat.
Asparagus, Celery, Cucumber, Watermelon...
High water content fruits and vegtables are natural diuretic foods, which helps fight fluid retention. Additionally, they are low in calories. Many diet plans consider these "free" foods, meaning you can eat as many as you want without negative consequences for your diet.
Oranges, Pineapple, Papaya, and Other Citrus Fruit
Citrus is high in vitamin C, which is vital in collagen formation. Vitamin C is also a great antioxidant. Bonus? Vitamin C also boosts your immune system.
Low Fat Dairy Products
Dairy is an excellent source of calcium, which has been shown to increase the amount of fat you lose when dieting. Just make sure the dairy you consume is low fat.
Bananas are great for increasing circulation and flighting fluid retention.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid anything with a high saturated fat content. These are high in calories and will make adipose tissue worse. Also, saturated fats cause free radicals.
Avoid foods high in sugar. They are empty calories, and actually produce more free radicals that saturated fat. Empty calories means that there is no nutritional value to the calories.
High Glycemic Index (GI) Carbohydrates
For example, white bread, white rice, and baked potatoes. These raise insulin levels. Insulin production actually impedes fat breakdown.
Coffee and Other Caffeinated Drinks
Aside from being hard on your kidneys, caffeine is also hard on your lyphatic system, which is responsible for flushing toxins from the body.
Alcohol is another product that contains "empty" calories, increases free radicals, and may actually increase fat storage.
High Sodium Foods
For example, potato chips, canned soups, microwave dinners, salted peanuts, etc. These increase fluid retention.
As with any diet, the trick is to find what you love and stick to it. This is not a temporary change, but a lifestyle change. If you "cheat" a few times, that is ok! You cannot be perfect all of the time, and giving yourself a treat every now and again can be good for you. Remember these guidelines and to drink plenty of water, and you will be on your way to a healthier, leaner, and cellulite reduced body!