If you search online you will not find a single book or a program called “Anti Cellulite Diet”. Yet you will find many articles written about foods that fight or even cause cellulite. It appears that what you put in your mouth will make or break your control of this pesky problem. Is an anti cellulite diet a key ingredient in your battle against the “orange peel syndrome”? Let’s find out.
Our diet is of utmost importance for our body’s general well being, weight maintenance and even anti cellulite control. The quote “We Are What We Eat” is so true. Indeed the diet we eat will determine how we look, how we think and how healthy we are or will be.
There are many “anti” foods, meaning nutrients that are believed to help fight certain diseases and health issues. There are also “anti” foods that seem to fight this pesky problem of women.
In today’s anti cellulite diet overview we will look at the factors that contribute to the development of the orange peel syndrome and what dieting modifications you should make to reduce its appearance on your body.
To give you a better understanding of the notion of an anti cellulite diet, let’s first examine how the cottage cheese look forms and what are the underlying cellular and tissue factors in your body that contribute to its development.
How Cellulite Develops
The primary cellular and tissue factors that contribute to the development of the bumpy, dimply look are:
- fat cells
- connective fibers and tissue
The most common areas of the dimply look in women are the thighs, hips and buttocks. Those areas are the primary fat accumulators in female bodies. As more blubber accumulates in those parts of the body and as fat cells get bigger and bigger, they will begin to push into the surface of the skin. The skin will pucker out and the bumps and dimples will become visible.
Fatty cell, in addition to storing fat for later energy use, also accumulate various toxins. Because there are so many toxins (pollutants or the ones we ingest) bombarding our bodies, we are not able to process all the toxins via the normal biological detoxifying processes. The toxins that cannot be processed are stored in these cell and contribute to the enlargement of them.
Comparison Of Normal And Cellulite Skin
Connective Fibers and Tissue
The connective fibers are responsible for the “orderly” organization of the tissue under the epidermis. The fibers appear to form chambers which keep the fatty cells contained within. As more fat cells are formed, for example during pregnancy and a significant weight gain, or when the fat cells become enlarged, there is nowhere for them to go but to push up.
The second issue is the connective tissue underneath the epidermis. One of the primary components of connective tissue are collagen fibers. These fibers are the key elements required for support of the skin structure. They are essential for keeping the skin firm, resilient, elastic and youthful looking.
During aging, collagen production is decreased. At the same time, naturally occurring enzymes start to break collagen down. This anti collagen process results in thinning, fragility and loss of firmness of the skin.
In addition to the natural internal processes of collagen degradation, there are extrinsic (external) factors which may cause collagen degradation prematurely. Some of the factors include:
- air pollutants (toxins we inhale, including cigarette smoke)
- toxins we ingest
- free radicals
To summarize, there are several factors that play role in development of the dimply, bumpy look of the skin.
- Fat distribution under the skin – too many fat cells or greatly enlarged ones push out and cause the bumps and dimples
- Depletion of collagen in the connective tissue – as a result of aging or external factors, depleted collagen causes the skin to become thinner, less firm and less resilient
By this point you should have had an “AHA moment” and realize that an anti cellulite diet can bust (or at least minimize) the “orange peel syndrome”.
It would have to be a diet which
- gets rid of fat
- stimulates collagen production
- contains anti free radicals elements (antioxidants)
- includes anti toxin foods (detoxing diets)
When you think of it, an anti cellulite diet is a pretty common sense undertaking.
Components Of A Healthy Anti Cellulite Diet
Here is a summary of the different components of an anti cellulite diet. Click on the links within each section if you want to read a more in depth article.
1. Lose weight. As fat cells are one of the two prime players in cellulite formation, it is essential that you lose weight if you are overweight. This will cause your fat cells shrink. As they shrink, their pressure on the skin will decrease and many of the dimples will disappear. Losing weight will not necessarily get rid of the cottage cheese look completely, but it will definitely reduce it.
2. Detoxify your body. Over time you have accumulated a lot of toxins in your body. Some of the toxins settle in your fat cells. Detoxifying your body is the first step you need to take when you start a program to get rid of or minimize the “orange peel syndrome” on your body. Detoxing is also essential if you want to prevent this pesky condition from developing.
3. Eating unprocessed foods. Healthy unprocessed foods is the only way to go. Processed, packaged and refined foods are full of additives, unhealthy oils, and other “unhealthy food stuff”, to make the processed food taste good. Especially avoid artificially sweetened drinks and foods. The artificial sweeteners are toxic to our bodies yet they are still used in many foods, including soft drinks.
4. Drink water, water and more water. Drinking plenty of water is essential for good health. It is also an important element of an anti cellulite diet. Water helps you lose weight, keeps you hydrated and helps the natural, internal detoxification process.
5. Include antioxidants rich nutrients in your menu. Antioxidants are important for neutralizing the free radicals rampant in your body. Blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, green tea, sauerkraut, cinnamon and beans are just a few antioxidant rich superfoods you will find on your grocery store shelves.
6. Load up with vitamin C rich superfoods. Vitamin C helps strengthen the connective tissue and firm up the skin. The best vitamin C rich foods include kiwis, green peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruit and berries and a whole lot more.
7. Include a healthy dose of good fats in your diet. Omega-3 fats are a must! (Forget worrying about omega-6 as we get unnaturally too much of them in our modern eating patterns). Salmon, walnuts, sardines and tuna are just a few samples of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
As you can see from the samples above, anti cellulite diet is not a rocket science. Most of the foods need to be powerhouses of nutrients and healthy chemicals. They will help you eliminate or reduce the cottage cheese look on your thighs and butt. They will also help you lose weight (if you have to), improve your metabolism, keep your weight in check, help your skin acquire a healthy youthful look and impart a healthful effect on your body in general.