The Anti Cellulite Diet
Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.
No woman wants to have cellulite on her thighs... in fact most women want to banish cellulite forever. Realistically speaking however, most women have cellulite on some area of their body. Even top models have cellulite (it's just airbrushed away giving the illusion of perfect thighs). I've seen skinny teens with cellulite on their thighs. It's important you realize that there is no diet that is going to magically get rid of all the cellulite on your body. In fact, even the best diet may not completely remove cellulite or even improve its appearance. The good news however is you can lower the total fat in your body, and this will likely reduce the amount and appearance of cellulite you have.
The Anti-Cellulite Diet
You can take steps to improve your overall health and well being, and reduce the amount of fat stored in your body. Cleansing the body and removing excess toxins may help improve your skins appearance and reduce your tendency toward cellulite. What types of foods should you be eating?
Organic fruits and vegetables are excellent foods for cleansing your body and helping eliminate stored toxins. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain multiple compounds like fiber, phytochemicals and minerals that help rid the body of pollutants. Fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants that help reduce the damage inflicted on our bodies by free radicals (like those in smoke and alcohol).
Which fruits and vegetables are the best at fighting toxins and combating cellulite? Here are some of the most beneficial and nutrient packed fruits and vegetables:
- Blueberries and blackberries
- Strawberries and raspberries
- Bell peppers
Are There Foods You Should Avoid?
Some foods may make cellulite appear worse. None of us want that so it's best you limit your intake of these foods or avoid them all together. The worst offenders include alcohol (which dehydrates your body), refined foods (including foods high in artificial additives and sweeteners), soda, and eating a diet overly high in animal protein.
One of the best ways to combat cellulite is not by dieting alone. A diet and exercise plan will help fight fat in all the right places. You should strive to exercise at least three times per week, every day if you can fit it in. Even a brisk walk around the block will help stimulate circulation and get the blood pumping in all the places it needs to be. What should you not do? Focus on 'spot training'. No amount of spot training is going to remove cellulite if you don't reduce the total amount of fat in your body. That said, if you are overweight you should aim to follow a sensible diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins combined with regular exercise.
Most importantly, remember that women are beautiful regardless of their shape and form. If we lived a few hundred years ago, men would be falling head over heals over our cellulite. Take a look at any picture in an art gallery and you'll see loads of gorgeous women, jelly rolls and all. Remember to take pride in your body and yourself regardless of your shape or the amount of dimples you have. Beauty comes from within.
The Biology Of Cellulite
To understand why cellulite is so insidious, you first have to understand what cellulite is. No one knows exactly why women have cellulite. We certainly don't know how to cure it. If we did, no one would have it and someone would be a billionaire right now marketing the world's most successful anti-cellulite product.
What is it and why do we hate it? Cellulite is basically fat that is localized in one or more areas of the body. Some people have more of it than others (thanks to their genetics). Women often have more cellulite than men, partly because of the way the fat cells are lined in our bodies (there is nothing we can do about that ladies). Studies in fact show that women have more irregularly patterned and discontinuous connective patterns of tissue beneath the skin, resulting in a dimpled appearance. This same skin is smoother in men. Doctors believe that a combination of factors including our lifestyle, genetics, diet and hormone levels may impact the amount of cellulite we have.
Someone a long time ago must have decided that cellulite was bad and had to be cured. Because of this thousands of women pay billions of dollars into the anti-cellulite market to try and get rid of their cellulite. There are a ton of anti-cellulite treatments on the market today. Some work better than others, but none will cure cellulite.