Cellulite (also known as ‘orange peel’ skin) is an accumulation of fat most commonly found on the hips, thighs and buttocks. The fat becomes saturated with toxins and water and grows more dense. As it does so, these deposits make the covering skin appear lumpy and irregular.
It’s a common condition and one that can be caused by diet, hormones or dehydration. Fortunately there are ways we can help you to beat cellulite.
Most commonly found in post-pubescent women, cellulite is not considered a health risk, but many people regard it as an aesthetic issue.
What are the causes of cellulite?
One or all of the following can cause the onset or worsening of cellulite:
- Poor diet
- Fad dieting
- Slow metabolism
- Circulation problems
- Lack of physical activity
- Hormonal changes
- Family history
How to beat cellulite
There are a lot of products which claim to have active ingredients which help fight cellulite or salons offering targeted massage to assist in the breakdown of these fatty nodules. Whilst some of these remedies may have an effective short-term impact, there are three things which beat cellulite for good:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a balanced and healthy diet
- Avoiding toxins
To help beat cellulite you will need to exercise at least three times a week, and including the following sorts of workouts into your routine:
- At least 15 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per session.
- Toning the back of your leg muscles (1-2 times per week).
- Toning the inner and outer sides of your leg muscles (1-2 times per week).
- Toning the front of your leg muscles (1-2 times per week)
- Toning your calfs (1-2 times per week)
- Depending on your overall fitness, it is also beneficial to include an arm and abdominal workout three times a week.
Following a low cholesterol diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in saturated fat, sugar and simple carbohydrates will improve your overall health. To beat cellulite you should also be increasing your intake of:
- Legumes, particularly soy beans as these help regulate hormonal imbalances.
- Whole grains, as these improve the rate at which we eliminate toxins from our body.
- Diuretic foods, such as grapes, asparagus melon and peaches, and asparagus.
- Primrose oil. This powerful extract also helps control hormonal changes.
To help combat cellulite, you should avoid the following:
- Alcohol, as this increases the body’s storage of toxins.
- Saturated fat, found in fatty meat, full-fat milk and butter.
- Refined sugars that don’t have any nutritional value and just accumulate as fat throughout our body.
Unless you can follow all three of these steps consistently over a period of time, then you will not see any improvement to your symptoms. Be persistent and monitor your diet regularly to ensure that old habits aren’t slipping back.