Say goodbye to cellulite this summer!
Almost ALL woman have cellulite. So what? It’s not a bad thing. You have two choices: Love your dimples or do something about it. We will tell you exactly what contributes to cellulite and how you can get rid of it fast.
What is cellulite exactly?
Cellulite is a skin condition in which fat deposits accumulate beneath the skin, giving it a lumpy, dimpled look. Also known as cottage cheese skin or orange peel syndrome, it is most prominent in the hips and thighs. Cellulite can happen to skinny women as well as those with more weight.
REASONS FOR CELLULITE:
- Unhealthy diet
- poor lifestyle
- lack of exercise
- fluid retention
- hormonal imbalances
HOW TO GET RID OF IT:
Hydration is KEY
We all know the importance of water intake, but the majority of us is still struggling with sticking to it. Replace ANY drink like coffee, energy drinks, sodas or juice with water. By getting more water into the system, you’ll be naturally improving blood flow, increasing skin quality, and helping the metabolism. Water also reduces fluid retention and helps to support your body’s natural detoxification.
Sugar causes fat accumulation, inflammation, premature skin aging and reduced elasticity. These 3 things are some of the primary factors involved in cellulite production. If you need a sweet tooth fix, better opt for gum, smoothies, fresh fruits or a protein shake.
Reduce fluid retention
Reduce your salt intake and eat more naturally diuretic foods, including stinging nettle tea, cranberries, celery, fennel and asparagus. Salt contains sodium which causes fluid retention, making cellulite appear even more.
Avoid coffee, alcohol and nicotine (at least for a while)
Be careful with alcohol, as it dehydrates your body and puts a strain on your liver so it cannot process toxins as well. Instead drink green tea! Research shows that it helps release fat stores and increases fat burning. Nicotine is also loaded with acid-forming toxins, so try to avoid smoking.
Reduce the levels of bad fats in your diet and eat healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, nuts and oily fish instead. Good fats are necessary for a proper hormone production so if you want to eliminate cellulite, 20% of what you eat needs to be healthy fats.
Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega 3 is a type of fat, which boosts circulation and has an anti-inflammatory effect, a double defense against cellulite. Great sources of this nutrient include oily fish, such as salmon and sardines. If you are vegetarian you may want to consider a supplement. A two-tier solution would be to include flax seed oil and walnuts into the diet for a higher omega 3 intake.
Water-rich veggies and fruits
Try to eat more alkaline and water-rich foods and make sure you eat colorful fruits and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants and will help to prevent cell damage.
Vitamin C can help to strengthen the skin’s connective tissue, which may prevent and reduce appearance of cellulite. Make sure you include a lot of foods high in this essential nutrient like oranges, kiwis, peppers and berries.
Get enough protein
Protein like eggs, chicken, fish, lentils and quinoa help to strengthen the skin’s connective tissue and collagen fibres, which decrease the appearance of cellulite. Try to consume a good source with every meal and snack. By reducing the size of fat cells, this will also help with weight loss.
Do both cardio and weights
The combination of cardio and weights will decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass. Exercise also improves blood circulation, which will help decrease cellulite.
Dry body brushing has shown to increase circulation and reduce cellulite. It causes a direct and immediate blood flow increase to the region being brushed. Use a dry, clean brush and slowly rub the affected area in a circular motion. Do this 1 time per day for about 5 minutes.
Don’t waste your money on expensive creams and lotions, it won’t treat the real cause of your dimples. Crucial is to increase the circulation within the skin. Massaging the dimpled areas can help. Using coconut oil will moisturize the skin and help with the healing process.