Can Your Diet Really Help To Reduce Cellulite?
When I was a kid, my mom had to explain cellulite to me. She probably didn’t want to, but I was as curious as any kid. And when I saw plump skin hanging off my mom’s thighs, I simply had to ask her what it was.
Of course, I understand now that it wasn’t a polite question to ask your own mother. Nobody wants someone to point their cellulite out to them. They especially don’t want their daughter to point at it and ask “MOM. WHAT’S THAT?!”
Cellulite is defined by the dictionary as “persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin, especially on women’s hips and thighs.”
It doesn’t sound nice, and it isn’t especially nice to look at. It is, however, something that happens. It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular woman or a million dollar pop star, cellulite befalls us all if we’re not careful.
The good news, though, is that adopting healthy eating habits can actually reduce cellulite and restore your legs to their former glories. After all, we are what we eat, and when we eat the wrong foods, pesky fat will start to deposit itself on our skin.
Here are a few changes you should make to your diet in order to beat cellulite:
Stick To A Schedule
Eating your meals and snacks according to a schedule is important for training your brain so that it knows when to expect food and when not to expect food.
Why is this important? When your brain doesn’t have a schedule, it means that you’re more likely to gorge on snacks whenever you feel like it. You’ll be out of control.
When your brain has a schedule, it’s more likely to stick to it so that you only become hungry at certain times. Subsequently, you’ll be less inclined to snack at random hours, and will therefore stick to a stable weight.
It’s like a cat or a dog. Because you always feed them at certain times, they know intuitively when it’s time to wake up and ask for food.
Be A Vegetarian Once A Week
If you’re not already a vegetarian, I’m not suggesting that you have to become a full-on convert. But going vegetarian just once a week can help to shift the fat from your legs.
People who eat more meat are more likely to have cellulite and belly fat than those who avoid it altogether.
If possible, go vegetarian for a few weeks a week! Vegetables are rich in all kinds of micronutrients that will help you shift cellulite over the long term.
Eat More Whole Grains
Studies have shown that people who eat plenty of whole grains have less cellulite on their legs than people who eat hardly any complex carbs at all.
Moreover, whole grains also do a grand job at preventing belly fat, too.
There really is no excuse in 2016 not to eat more whole grains. More and more of us are now health conscious and we’re very aware of what we’re eating. Supermarkets have reflected the change in our eating habits by stocking up on more whole grains.
Whole-wheat bread should be a key part of your diet, too. Rich in fibre, it will leave you feeling full for longer.
When hunger starts to really gnaw at our stomachs, we want to eat everything in the house. To take the edge off hunger so that you don’t overeat, you should opt for an appetiser before your main meal.
Picking at a few vegetables satisfies both your brain and your stomach so that you invariably eat less. Opt for vegetables rich in fibre, and opt for a big portion so that your brain gets tricked into thinking you’re actually eating a lot of food.
Get Over Your Fear Of Fat
When I tell people who are trying to lose belly fat and cellulite to get over their fat phobia, they look at me as though I’m a scary demon.
“But … but … fat is evil! It must be defeated!” they contest.
Look, there are two types of fats:
- Good fats
- Bad fats
If you’re to eliminate cellulite, you need to eat more good fats, such as the kind you’ll find in olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
You need these fats because, as well as adding some much-needed flavour to your diet, they also help you to feel full for longer. Eating avocado on toast for breakfast is a good idea because it keeps you nicely satisfied without adding weight.
However, it’s important that good fats are never the main attraction. Just use them as condiments and you’ll be a-okay.
Do you know how to cheat? Far too many of us don’t.
Cheat-day is an important part of anyone’s weight loss regime. Without it, many women would find it hard to stay motivated.
But for some, cheat day becomes a cheat party that spills over into cheat week. Not cool.
A cheat day is not meant to be a free-for-all where you literally eat whatever the heck you want. It isn’t supposed to be like that. If it is, you could easily undo all your week’s hard work in just a few plates.
Don’t splurge for a whole day. Cheat – but take it easy. Treat yourself but never too much. Don’t rob the calorie bank. Just take out a small loan.
Don’t Overdo It With The Flavours
Did you know that too many aromas and tastes sizzling away in your pan can actually instigate the production of hormones that ramp up your hunger from 2 to 10?
Think back to the times you’ve eaten in a restaurant. When you first sat down at a table, perhaps you weren’t all that hungry. But as soon as the succulent smell of food drifted up your nostrils, your appetite was catalysed and you wanted to eat ALL the food.
Smells will do this to you, and this is why it’s important that you don’t cook with too many spices. Use one bold, hot flavour that makes the dish standout.
Stay happy and healthy!