Combat cellulite with a healthy diet
Cellulite is a problem that plagues the vast majority of women and quite a few men. Surveys reveal that nearly 90% of women and 10% of men have cellulite, prompting many of them to visit the plastic surgeon’s office. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there are various cellulite treatments that can be performed to smooth the skin including the use of various lasers and radiofrequency technology.
So what exactly is cellulite?
Put simply, cellulite is a combination of dimpling, loose skin, and swollen fat pockets that most commonly occur on the thighs and buttocks. Any factor affecting one or more of these elements can affect the severity of cellulite. Although genetics can contribute to the presence of cellulite, lifestyle factors can impact it as well, including what a person eats. Yes, the food you eat can affect how much cellulite you have.
SOME FOODS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CELLULITE:
White Carbohydrates: White carbohydrates are refined grains, where basically the fiber and other nutrients are stripped away in order to lighten their taste. Removing the fiber also causes white carbs to be digested very quickly, resulting in blood sugar spikes. Chronic spikes in blood sugar damage the collagen and elastin in our skin by creating a condition called inflammation. This can worsen cellulite.
Margarine and Butter: One study found that people who ate lots of butter and margarine had worse skin than those who ate less. This is because eating large amounts of saturated fats causes inflammation, similar to what you get with chronic spikes in blood sugar.
Potato chips, French fries: Even if we ignore all the saturated fat in potato chips and French fries, we can’t ignore what the salt in these foods does to us. Consuming large amounts of salt causes our body to retain water and the fatty pockets of cellulite to expand. This worsens the dimpling of cellulite.
SOME FOODS THAT REDUCE CELLULITE
Green Tea: Green tea just may be the most powerful anti-oxidant drink there is. Anti-oxidants are the body’s prime mechanism in fighting cellulite-worsening inflammation. One study found that the antioxidant catechins in green tea are 100 times more powerful than Vitamin C. Ideally you want to consider drinking 2-3 cups of green tea every day, but be aware that it contains caffeine, so don’t drink too much before you sleep.
Salmon: Oily fish like salmon are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids act as protectors to the skin, causing it to be smooth, moisturized, and healthy. They also have general anti-inflammatory effects. Aim for 2-3 servings a week.
Water: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is the best way to flush out free radicals and other toxins that contribute to the damaged skin and bloating of cellulite. One interesting fact, drinking ice cold water actually has negative calories! Because water has no calories and your body uses energy to warm the water, you actually end up at a net negative for calories when you drink ice cold water.
While nothing you eat or drink will permanently cure cellulite, a good, balanced diet full of anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can help make your buttocks and thighs as smooth as possible. And who doesn’t want a smooth derriere?