Normally looking great involves losing fat and toning your muscles, however for some people there is a much harder task at hand- getting rid of the persistent and nasty fat and water deposits called cellulite.
The reason I say that getting rid of cellulite is much harder than building muscle and losing fat is because it involves doing both, plus adding the additional need of detoxification. Yes that’s right, many health experts and nutritionists nowadays believe that cellulite is caused by a buildup of toxins, most of which come from your diet. This means that carving the sexy cellulite-free legs, arms and butt will only happen by carving the proper diet.
So here is the list of magnificent foods that will help you detox, lose fat and get rid of cellulite!
Thanks to their lower glycemic index (relative to refined grains) these foods don’t cause a jump in your insulin levels, which is also known as an insulin spike. Insulin spikes contribute to your cellulite by making your body store more fats. Moreover, whole grains are a great option thanks to their low fat and high fiber contents. The fiber has two great effects- first it cleanses your body (exactly what you need) and it also fills you up faster and keeps you full for longer.
Of course keep in mind that although whole foods are much less likely to cause an insulin spike compared to refined grains, they can still do it if consumed in great amounts.
The reason raw foods are preferred to just going vegan (or vegetarian) for a couple of days, is because cooking your food robs it from much of its nutritional value.
I also do a raw food diet for 3 days occasionally and it feels great! It was only hard the first time, now it’s just a walk in the park so don’t look so terrified! Just give it a go.
One of the simplest ways to reduce body fat and detoxify is water. I just can’t stress enough how important water is.
First of all, water helps you eliminate the waste in your system. As we pointed out above, toxic buildup is one of the major reasons for cellulite.
Second, when you don’t get enough water, your liver has to jump in and help with the detoxification process, which distracts it from one of its main duties-the metabolism of fat cells. This means that drinking more water = more burned fats!
Another reason to drink more water is to prevent yourself from drinking the wrong type of beverages. Sodas, fruit juices with added sweeteners, alcohol and so on, contain loads of sugar (insulin spike!) and toxins so you need to avoid them at all costs! If you really want to get rid of cellulite that is…
Oranges, limes and especially lemons are known to be great detoxifiers. In fact this is the very reason nutritionists around the world recommend beginning your day with a glass of water and freshly squeezed
lemon in it.
lemon in it.
As I pointed out consuming more water is one of the keys to getting rid of cellulite; however, water is actually one of the main reasons for cellulite in the first place! As I mentioned in the beginning cellulite is caused by fat and water deposits. We’ve mentioned a few good ways to reduce the fats, but what about the water? The only way to flush out these water deposits is through minimizing water retention in your body. Instead of drinking less water you should go for foods that remove the water and restore your body’s fluid balance. These foods are known as diuretics. Some great diuretics include carrots, celery, leafy green veggies, peppers, beets, lemons, oats and apple cider vinegar. Also you may want to consume foods high in the mineral potassium. Such foods include bananas, potatoes and spinach.
This was the last entry in our list of foods that will help you get rid of cellulite. Besides these you should also include foods rich in antioxidants such as berries, carrots, peaches, plums, grapes and others. They fight free radicals and get rid of toxins.
They are a great source of bioflavonoids (just like citrus fruits). Bioflavonoids have the effect of strengthening your capillaries, which helps more blood reach every part of your body (including those that have cellulite) and bring valuable nutrients. Blood circulation is also known to be a great detoxifier (which is why cellulite massages do work to a small extent).
Tomatoes are also very rich in the skin healthy vitamin A and in antioxidants that directly fight toxins.
I know you’ve read that caffeine gets rid of cellulite, and it kind of does to a small extent (again). So telling you to substitute your daily latte for a herbal tea will sound crazy on too many levels, however, the only way caffeine can fight cellulite is by rubbing it into the affected areas (not by drinking it). On the other hand teas can really have a great detox effect. Green tea, lemon balm, chamomile and ginger teas are known to flush the toxins right out of your system (and some of them do contain some caffeine to get you going). Trust me, it’s worth it!
Nuts and seeds
Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds (my personal favorite) and pumpkin seeds are jam packed of vitamin E which is great for your skin. Better yet, vitamin E is known to be one of the strongest antioxidants. As such it is very efficient in fighting free radicals (toxins). Another way these nuts and seeds will help you is with their high fat content. Wait what?!
All fats are not made equal! Saturated fats will add to your cellulite, however, the fats in nuts, seeds, fish, avocado and olive oil, are known as healthy fats. They don’t contribute to your cellulite; in fact they may help you get rid of it thanks to their fat burning effect. Yes eating fats can help you burn more fats! Only if you don’t get carried away with them that is...
Follow this healthy diet and you will not only cleanse your body from the toxins, but also burn more fats. And of course, to top it all off, don’t forget to do the top 5 cellulite reducing exercises! Also, I invite you to read my The 3 Crucial Steps That Truly Get Rid of Cellulite post
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