Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dos and Donts of Anti Cellulite Diet

By Mandy Adamsen

Cellulite is a condition we can definitely do without. Unfortunately, as long as we are seen in the public, we are most likely to be concerned over the cellulite on our bodies. Although cellulite isn't really a cause for medical alarm, it does emotionally scar many individuals. It is considered embarrassing, uncomfortable and even a social stigma. Many names have replaced the term "cellulite," including "orange peel" and "cottage cheese." These names are less than pleasing when describing the look of the skin. Thankfully, we now have more methods that target cellulite than ever before. Many look into natural methods mainly because they are less invasive (compared to surgery), generally safe, affordable and equally effective as other previous methods. When talking about cellulites, one of the first recommendations we are almost always told is to stay fit! This is because it is already well established that diet and exercise are some of the best and natural methods to get rid of cellulite.

Food Diet - Dieting is definitely a dreaded word, but it doesn't have to be. It doesn't necessarily mean starving yourself. Healthy dieting could mean making the right choices in food and the times that you eat during the day. What you put in your body will often manifest outwardly in your physical appearance. Although it's been said that genes influence cellulites, your diet can play a bigger role in triggering the development of cellulites. So don't just blame your genes and instead start taking action. Remember, cellulites really don't just appear out of nowhere, and they can happen to anybody regardless of age, weight, build or gender.

Cellulite and Diet - So how exactly does a poor diet affect the appearance of your skin? There are many ways your diet can fire back at you. The sad truth is, our skin is in worse condition than ever before. Back in the day, people had meals at home more often, there was not much pollution, there was not much stress and there was no such thing as processed food. Today, we are eating more processed foods, quick meals (fast food) and more meals with more additives and zero nutritional content. If you look around, more teens are suffering from acne, and notice how even many adults today still have skin problems that are supposed to be "reserved for puberty."

Skin Nourishment - The fact is skin needs nourishment, after all, skin is a part of our body just like our heart and lungs are part of our body. Whether you are dieting to lose weight or gain muscles, there are still some diets out there that affect your body, and therefore your skin, negatively. For instance, popular low carb diets can help people lose weight, but good skin is sacrificed because these diets rob the body of antioxidants. Antioxidants help combat free radicals that cause premature aging and other skin problems like cellulite.

Fiber and Cellulite - Research has shown that there is indeed a link between fiber and the prevention of cellulite. Fiber is already well known to help us maintain a healthy weight because of its natural cleansing-action in our system. To get more fiber into your diet, eat more fruits, vegetables and grains.

Detoxification - Going through a detox plan is also a great way to reduce cellulite. A detox plan could serve as a jumpstart for your long-term nutrition plan-your body will be able to adjust better to your new eating habits. Generally, detox diets allow for lots of water, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, fish and herbal teas. There are detox diets that may require an all-liquid plan where you can only drink water and healthy fruit-juices for an amount of time. The main purpose of detoxification is to eliminate toxins that may encourage your body to store more fat and trigger unwanted conditions like cellulite.

Healthy Food - Finally, eat more nutritious foods. Fruits and vegetables are highly recommended because they are packed with antioxidants. As mentioned earlier, antioxidants fight against free radicals that are responsible for premature aging and numerous skin problems. Fruits are delicious because of their natural sweet taste and the variety that are available-it all just takes some re-programming and getting used to. Plus, there are many ways to enjoy veggies! You can steam broccoli in a zesty lemon sauce or create the many kinds of green salads with different types of low-fat dressings.

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