With Spring Break and swimsuit season underway, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you combat the one thing that all women (and men) loathe—cellulite. Lucky for you, a few small adjustments to your diet will help you eliminate all of that unnecessary jiggle.
One tip that is sometimes underrated is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
“Anytime the skin is well hydrated, it will look suppler and healthier,” Lona Sandon, R.D., spokeswoman[a] in Dallas for the American Dietetic Association said in an interview with Self Magazine.
Drinking more water will give you plumper skin to cover the fat cells underneath. Sandon suggested that you aim for about 8 1/2 cups of water per day.
She also said that if drinking a glass of water isn’t necessarily your favorite thing to do, you can also incorporate foods that contain a large amount of water to help you reach the 8 ½ cups a day goal. Foods that contain large amounts of H20 are apples, cucumbers and grapes to name a few.
Another great tip to remain sleek and fit is to incorporate bright, colorful foods into your diet.
Colorful foods pack a lot of Vitamin C, which is essential in preventing collagen breakdown. Collagen helps with the elasticity of your skin. The more elasticity your skin has, the less cellulite will be visible. So basically, when grocery shopping, think the brighter the fruits and veggies, the better.
Last, but certainly not least, try to incorporate whole grains into your diet. My grandmother always said, “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!”
Refined grains such as sugary cereals, white bread and white rice are converted into blood sugar (glucose) so quickly that they send your insulin skyrocketing. This spike in insulin triggers your body to store fat instead of burn it. The new fat cells are excess and will push through connective tissue and look more lumpy than usual. Stick to healthy whole grains like brown rice, steel cut oats and popcorn.
On top of tweaking a few of your usual diet habits, it is also important to incorporate exercise into your routine. Cellulite and fat is an inevitable fact of life, but there is no reason that we can try our hardest to hide it as much and possible and keep our skin looking tight, toned and healthy.
Photo Credits: Self Magazine //