Basic rules to banish cellulite
**If ugly, dimpled thighs are the reason for your daily depression dose concerning your appearance, this two week anti cellulite plan could solve all your ‘orange-peel’ problems. You'll learn how to get smooth and toned legs (and also burn some fat and some pounds of course) from Helen Foster, a famous diet expert."
Cellulite is fat, not toxins
Helen tells us that although beauty experts always tell us that cellulite is a build up of toxins in the tissues, the dimples on our skin are actually fat held in stacked lipid boxes. It's that simple! If you gain weight or the collagen fibres holding those boxes together start to thicken, the fat is squished upwards, creating a dimpled look.
And as this fat has high numbers of water-attracting cells, fluid is drawn into those boxes, leading to more lumps. So the severity of your cellulite depends on: how much fat and fluid your lipid boxes contain; how thick the collagen fibres become and how firm your skin is.
The basic rules for beating cellulite
Among the factors that influence the appearance of cellulite we should mention: genetics, age and the number of free radicals in your system – but they can be radically improved by the foods we eat.
The nutritional therapist and homotoxicologist, Karen Devine says that our diet alone can determine whether we get cellulite or not cellulite.
So let's see what rules we need to follow to banish the lumps and bumps on our skin.
1. Burn fat
While slim women do get cellulite, excess fat makes the condition far worse, so this diet plan gives around 1,400 calories a day, on which you should lose about 2lb of fat a week. ‘To maximize fat burning, it’s vital to increase the healthy fatty acids in our diets. Our intake of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which triggers fat release is one of the most important factors the burn cellulite.’ reveals nutritionist Henrietta Bailey of London’s Pure Sports Medicine.
In fact, when US researchers gave one group of women a herbal anti cellulite pill alone and another group the same pill plus 800mg CLA, the CLA group lost two-thirds more fat from their thighs and were five times more likely to say their cellulite had improved.
2. Plump the skin
'Cellulite is aggravated by the dehydration of our skin' says Henrietta. This is because the more water there is in our skin cells, the plumper the skin will be over the fat boxes and the less the dimpling will show.
Healthy fats hydrate the skin because they encourage fluid to remain inside the skin cells rather than in the fat cells. So nuts, seeds, olives and oily fish are important elements of this plan.
3. Reduce fluid retention
This is the most important rule, as eliminating excess fluid from your fat cells will dramatically reduce the amount bulging from those stacked lipid boxes.
So you need to cut out salt, drink more water and eat more naturally diuretic foods, including cranberries, celery, fennel and asparagus.
4. Decrease oestrogen levels
‘The women of Peru don’t have cellulite, which, I believe, is down to the fact that they have a diet high in natural phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens), which balances their oestrogen levels’ says New York-based cellulite specialist Dr Lionel Bissoon, author of ‘The Cellulite Cure’.
Oestrogen is involved in cellulite production as it triggers the production of fat cells and encourages fluid retention. In fact, according to Karen Devine. ‘One of the most important cellulite fighting foods is flaxseed, which contains hormone modulators called lignans, which lower excess oestrogen levels.’
Just sprinkle one to two tablespoons of flaxseed (also known as linseed) over your morning cereal or porridge.