Worried about a stubborn little problem called cellulite? Those tightly grouped fat cells causing lumps and bumps beneath the skin thanks to hormones, junk food or a sluggish digestion. You could spend a fortune on anti-cellulite beauty products but start with your diet. Ella Waving discovers the dietary tricks for smooth, healthy skin
LEARN ABOUT LECITHIN
Dr Howard Murad (professor of dermatology at University of California and the name on many a-lister’s speed dial ) recommends a diet containing foods rich in lecithin, which helps restores the strength of dermal cells. These include eggs, soy, spinach, cauliflower, peanuts, iceberg lettuce and apples. Get them in your cupboard now.
According to nutritional columnist for The Times, Amanda Ursell, we need to be eating plenty of oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, halibut or trout. Highly unsaturated omega-3 fat found in oily fish has been proven by multiple studies to help reduce body fat in humans.
THE RIGHT TIME FOR CARBS
Russell J. Martino Ph. D, well known in the US as The Voice of Health, advises avoiding high-glyceamic carbs, such as bread, potatoes and white rice for up to two hours before exercise, as these foods increase insulin levels and block fat release from muscles during the workout. Great tip.
Sugar is the number one cause of cellulite today, causing fat accumulation, skin ageing and inflammation. Avoid all types of sugary foods, including those containing fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, honey, brown sugar etc. Dr. Perricone, another a-list favourite, is a strong advocate of a sugar-free diet for optimum skin health.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
A good, daily intake of water will go a long way to eliminate cellulite-forming toxins from the body. Many people struggle to consume the recommended two litres a day, so take a tip from Victoria Nixon, author of Supermodel Beauty Secrets, and find a more manageable quantity by drinking one 8fl oz glass of water per 20lbs of your body weight.
AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Don’t be fooled into thinking sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame and stevia are a healthier choice. Using non-calorific sweeteners perpetuates your cravings for sweet food. Instead, it is preferable to detoxify yourself from the sweet taste altogether.
AVOID EXCESS SALT
Salt causes water retention which exasperates the appearance of cellulite. Ideally, avoid salt in the diet altogether but if this isn’t possible use low sodium/high potassium alternatives, which can now be found in most major supermarkets. Check the labels on all food packaging to avoid the dangers of ‘hidden’ salt in pre packaged meals, sauces and dips.
BE WARY OF ‘HEALTHY JUICES’
Fruit juices, as well as carrot and beetroot juice , supply the body with too quickly assimilated calories. Opt for whole fruits instead – or at least fresh, home-made thick smoothies that are digested more slowly. Vegetable juices are great, however whole vegetables are still preferable as they provide you with much needed fibre.
NOT ALL FRUITS ARE GOOD
Some fruits such as bananas, grapes, pineapples, mangos and dates are high in natural sugars and calories and are best avoided when trying to combat cellulite. Replace these fruits with berries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries etc. Berries contain an abundance of flavonoids that support your connective tissue and contain very few calories.