Nine out of 10 women have ugly cellulite on their thighs, buttocks or stomach. But relax, that unsightly "orange peel" effect can be improved using the Cellulite Diet.
Cellulite is a build-up of pockets of fat that push against connective tissue under the skin creating a dimpled lumpy finish. While men rarely have visible cellulite, even women who are not overweight may develop the dreaded signs of cellulite, with dimply uneven skin spoiling an otherwise smooth skin tone. That's because women have thinner, more porous skin tissue which make the fat cells more noticeable.
Excess estrogen caused by hormonal imbalances can also trigger cellulite production in women. People with excess blood glucose, such as diabetics, are also more likely to suffer from cellulite and will benefit from a Cellulite Diet.
Women spend over $12 million a year on creams and lotions to rid themselves of cellulite, even risking surgery to banish the problem. However, a Cellulite Diet can be cheaper and easier than any of these options, so read on.
Eat More Complex Carbs in the Cellulite Diet
A Cellulite Diet is high in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, oatmeal, beans, lentils and starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, corn and pumpkin. It also includes lean protein such as chicken breast (unskinned) and non-oily fish such as trout.
As the underlying problem of cellulite is fat cells, it makes sense to switch to a low-fat diet, particularly avoiding saturated fats. While oily fish, nuts and a little olive oil in a salad dressing is healthy, foods such as cheese, pizza, dairy products and ice cream are high in "bad" saturated fats.
Sugar is also stored in fat cells, causing them to expand, so the Cellulite Diet recommends no more than six teaspoons sugar per day; that's around 24 grams or one ounce.
Consume Less Salt and Caffeine
The Cellulite Diet requires you to consume less sodium (salt) and caffeine. These both encourage fluid retention in the body, another contributing factor to cellulite formation. Dr. Oz recommends avoiding foods that have more than 200 mg sodium per serving, such as chips and salty nuts.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water actually prevents fluid retention rather than exacerbating it. It helps flush the fats and toxins out of the body so they cannot be used to create more cellulite. The Cellulite Diet suggests drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day to flush out the toxins and plump up the skin, reducing the visible effects of cellulite.
After following these three steps as part of the Cellulite Diet, you will find your body becomes healthier with more energy, and most importantly, the visible effects of cellulite are diminished.