Cellulite is a complex issue, and there is no quick-fix way to solve it. However, there are a number of techniques to get rid of cellulite naturally that can and will work well.
Before resorting to external measures, take control of your eating and exercise habits to lose excess fat, reduce systemic inflammation and get your toxin elimination pathways working optimally to give you the dimple-free skin you desire.
Here are 7 of the top dietary mistakes women make when they try to get rid of cellulite naturally. We’ll tell you how to avoid these
common pitfalls and get you on track.
1. Crash diets:
Simply shedding excess pounds doesn’t automatically get rid of cellulite. But it’s a good place to start.
There are so many different fad “diets” out there, which one to pick? Perhaps it’s the New Year and you’ve been persuaded into a juice “detox” diet. Or an expensive “meal replacement” powder.
These are unsustainable, you may lose a little weight but you’ll rebound like a beach ball in no time.
Aggressively cutting calories will result in your body down-regulating metabolism in order to preserve fuel. This will prevent you from losing fat. If you are battling hunger all the time, your stress levels will rise, disrupting hormonal balance.
Common diets and their downsides:
Low calorie: Possible nutrient deficiency. Down-regulated metabolism burning less calories. Potential thyroid problems. Stress leading to chronically high cortisol. Hormone imbalance. Read our Banish the B.S series on the pitfalls of low-calorie diets here.
Low fat: most so-called “low fat” foods contain far too much sugar, trans-fats (“bad”, toxic fats) and are often low in nutrients.
Low carb: can be used very effectively, but long-term low carb dieting can lead to the same problems as low-calorie diets.
Juice “fasts”: juicing takes out fibre, one of the most important ways to
keep your digestion moving, feed your gut flora, bind toxins and give a feeling of “fullness” (satiety).
Meal replacement shakes: many of the products that you can buy online or in stores are low quality providing little nutritional benefit. If you are determined to go down this path to get rid of cellulite, consult an experienced practitioner who can recommend pharmaceutical grade products and guide you.
What to do: ditch the fad “diet” and start our recommended anti-inflammatory, whole-food based approach which promotes health, supports detoxification and fat loss. Click here for your own free guide to get rid of cellulite naturally.
2. Inadequate hydration: quite simply, not
drinking enough water.
Water is necessary for almost every metabolic process in the body. Not least, elimination of toxic waste products. A diet high in processed or refined foods, drinking too much coffee or alcohol all contributes to dehydration. Being adequately hydrated will also allow your body to stop retaining water, which can improve the appearance of cellulite.
What to do: set yourself a goal of at least 8 large glasses of water per day and stick to it. Take regular drinks of water (or unsweetened herbal teas), rather than drinking 2 litres all in one go. If you are exercising regularly and sweating, you will need to increase your water intake. If you don’t like plain water try adding lemon or lime and mint to your water jug!
3. Too much sugar
Sugar creeps into so much of what we consume that we hardly know it’s there. Fruit juices, sugary drinks, energy bars, so-called “healthy” cereals and packaged food. Sugar provides empty calories and increases blood sugar causing your body to release more insulin. Insulin can promote fat storage, stimulate hunger and lead to food cravings. Getting blood sugar under control means you won’t have times during the day when you feel sluggish.
What to do: replace any sugary drinks (including fruit juices) with water or unsweetened herbal teas. Replace refined carbohydrates such as bread and pasta with green vegetables. Ditch the desserts. You’ll find all the information here.
4. Not enough fibre
Fibre is necessary to keep your digestion healthy, moving, eliminating waste products. It also binds to oestrogen by-products in the gut. Excess oestrogen by-products have been shown to have a direct effect on women not being able to get leaner legs; and the “pear-shaped appearance” with
larger hips and thighs. Fibre slows the digestive process, making it more efficient and can reduce food cravings. Studies have shown that increasing dietary fibre increases the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel.
What to do: eat a serving of vegetables, beans or lentils at every meal. If you can’t manage to eat vegetables with your breakfast, have a small serving of oats instead (without sugar, obviously). For more ways to increase your fibre intake click here.
5. Not enough good fats
So many people have been taught to “fear fat”. The right dietary fat is not your enemy.
Good fats include olive oil, butter, coconut oil, fat from unprocessed meats and fish, nuts and avocados. These nutritional powerhouses can help up-regulate your metabolism, improve hair and skin tone, eliminate symptoms of PMS, improve brain function and help you burn fat.
Bad fats include all processed vegetable fats such as canola oil, sunflower oil, corn oil which oxidise easily. These contribute to inflammation, hormone disruption, weight gain, lack of energy and reduced brain function.
What to do: replace vegetable oils with olive oil or coconut oil. Ditch the margarine in favour of butter. Beware of “low-fat buttery spreads”, anything that has “hydrogenated” or “partially-hydrogenated” on the label. Incorporate avocados, nuts, seeds and fresh oily fish (such as salmon and sardines) into your diet. For more in-depth information on how healthy fats can help you get rid of cellulite naturally, click here.
6. Too much Alcohol
We all know that excess alcohol is bad for us. Too many empty calories, the clear correlation between excess alcohol consumption and bad food choices, disruption of gut function, liver toxicity: need we go on?
What to do: we all enjoy a drink sometimes. A small glass of red wine a couple of times a week in the context of a whole food, well-balanced diet, along with good hydration can have positive effects. Ditch the sugary mixers, be sure to drink good quality wine, and give beer a wide berth. Avoid that late-night pizza stall afterwards.
7. Not looking after your gut flora
Your GI tract contains millions of “good” bacteria. These do everything from breaking down nutrients, eliminating toxins, to guarding against “leaky gut” and boosting immune function. When these good bacteria get
disrupted, issues such as malabsorption, food intolerances and digestive problems such as bloating – or worse – can result. If your digestion is sub-optimal, fat loss will be inhibited, inflammation will run rampant and your efforts to get rid of cellulite naturally will fail.
What to do: fermented foods contain strains of probiotics (“good bacteria”), be sure to incorporate these into your diet daily. Foods such as yogurt (be sure to choose “live” yogurt, unsweetened or flavoured), kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi. For more in-depth information about gut flora and probiotics go here.
So now you know some common dietary pitfalls when trying to get rid of cellulite naturally, it’s time to get started on the rest of your journey towards the cellulite-free body you desire.
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