Anti Cellulite Diet – 5 Steps for Success
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite (adiposis edematosa) is a condition in which the fat deposits underlying the skin give an orange peel like appearance. The cellulite appears when the collagen and elastin, which comprise the connective tissue, break down around the adipose tissue in the body. This causes the fat cells to bulge upward, creating the dimpled appearance on the surface of the skin. It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs.
Some of the causes of cellulite are:
- Hormones – Estrogen, insulin, nor-adrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are considered a part of the cellulite production process.
- Genes – Some individuals are more predisposed to cellulite than other, depending on gender, race, metabolism rate, distribution of fat and circulatory insufficiency.
- Poor Diet.
- Lifestyle – Smokers, sedentary individuals have more chances to develop cellulite.
- Clothing – Limiting blood flow with tight clothes may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
Poor diet is one of the main factors which encourage the formation of cellulite. The most important guidelines of a diet focused on reducing and preventing cellulite are:
1. Reduce daily caloric intake – Fewer calories help decrease the amount of fat stored in your adipose tissue.
2. Use limited amount of sodium – Sodium pulls water into the cells and tends to keep it there. The excess fluid tends to gravitate to the already swollen adipose cells. The excess of sodium fluid can be flush out drinking more fluids.
3. Avoid saturated fat, sugar, alcohol, and nicotine – These substances have a bad influence over the lymph system which can create fibers that bind to the cellular walls of adipose tissue, squishing them down and making them bulge even more.
Foods which contribute to the forming of cellulite are: fried foods; canned foods; red and processed meat; cheese with high fat content; cakes and pastries; pasta; white rice, white bread.
4. Increase the antioxidants in your diet – The antioxidants from fruits and vegetables neutralize the free radicals which damage the collagen that surrounds the adipose cells.
Some excellent sources of antioxidants are: tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, avocado, watermelon, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapefruit, lemon, orange, cabbage, lettuce, eggs, cottage cheese, low fat milk and yogurt, fish, chicken or turkey meat, olive oil and nuts.
5. Drink at least 2 liters of water or unsweetened herbal tea each day.
The daily menu of the anti cellulite diet:
– 1 boiled egg;
– 2 slices of whole grain bread with a thin layer of peanut butter;
– 250 ml grapefruit juice.
– 3-4 boiled potatoes with olive oil and chopped celery;
– 100 grams salmon.
– A bowl of tomato soup;
– 50 grams of brown rice;
– 100 grams of turkey or chicken meat without fat.
Any snack like a handful of nuts, an orange, raspberries or other fruit, a piece of watermelon or an apple is a good option.
In addition to the diet, the use of an anti cellulite cream is recommended to regenerate the skin, to inhibit fat storage and to improve the blood flow which increases supply of nutrition and oxygen. To increase the effect of the anti cellulite cream a daily 5 minute massage on each affected area is recommended.