Cellulite is something that everyone wants to get rid of. Or at least lessen the appearance of. It affects both men and women both young and old. It has nothing to do with weight, age, gender, it does affect women more than men, 90% of women have it and only 10% of men. The reason that men have less cellulite is testosterone breaks down fat more than estrogen. Teens can have it but it really starts to show up in your early 20’s. The reason why cellulite is more visible on some people is that they start to lose estrogen faster and that leads to a decrease in circulation. When there is a decrease in circulation in your skin there is a decrease in collagen production, which is what keeps your skin looking plump and it doesn’t show your cellulite. If you don’t have collagen your fat cells start to show more which is cellulite.
The most common areas that cellulite is visible is the butt, legs, tummy and saddlebags. These area’s show cellulite more because there are more layers of fat in them. Cellulite isn’t just about fat it is also concerns your skin and your diet. When your skin gets thin that is overlying the fat cellulite is more apparent.
Foods that increase cellulite are processed food (fast food, frozen dinners, “diet food”), refined sugars and alcohol. Alcohol its full of sugar and it also makes your skin more dehydrated. Juices, even home-made, are high in sugar so it can make your skin look worse. So if you are juicing limit your fruits that you are adding and add more veggies.
Foods that will help you minimize cellulite are water rich foods. Such as celery, cucumbers, bean sprouts they are full of vitamins (A, B, C, D, E and K), as well as essential folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Water rich veggies will help your skin looking fuller. Try to eat them raw because you will get the most water content out of them.
Other foods that will help diminish the appearance of cellulite are:
Spinach it is high in vitamin A because it aids the production of collagen. Collagen will help smooth and plump your skin. An easy way to add it to your diet is having a spinach salad or throwing a handful into a smoothie.
Oranges are full of vitamin C and contain methoxylated bioflavonoids, which improve the blood circulation and correct cell imbalances that may lead to cellulite.
Broccoli contains Alpha lipoic is a naturally occurring substance that prevents collagen in the body from hardening, which causes cellulite.
Watermelon has an antioxidant called lycopene. This not only helps to improve blood circulation and make skin look smoother.
Apricots are high in vitamins A and C and also contain lycopene. They are also rich in fibre which will help your digestive track and slim down your waist line. If you don’t have fresh apricots eat dried ones.
Tomato paste it helps with lycopene and it helps fight sun damage and it inhibits the breakdown of collagen. If you want to eat fresh tomatoes you need to 6 tomatoes a day. You need to have 2-5 tablespoons of tomato paste. So go make some fresh pasta sauce!
Pineapple has Bromelain which has anti-inflammatory effects which helps fight against the breakdown of collagen. Bromelain also helps boost fat cell metabolism which helps releasing the fat from your fat cells. You just need to half a cup a day and the best time to eat it is after dinner. If you hate pineapple you can take a 500mg Bromelain supplement a day.
Green Tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Which helps speed up the metabolism and increases fat burn. Which in turn will stop the expansion of fat cells that cause cellulite. It also stops puckering of cellulite. You just need to drink 2 cups a day.