The best thing is that many modeling jobs don’t even need you to expose your legs, and remember it’s a quick fix on Photoshop anyway! But you can also reduce the amount you have by making a few dietary changes, in conjunction with exercise and skin brushing, and that’s what this page is all about.
So what is Cellulite? Cellulite is a mixture of trapped fat, toxins and water that affects females of all shapes and cultures after puberty. Genetic predisposition certainly plays a role in cellulite, however a great place to start in the fight against cellulite is by cleaning up your diet. An overall reduction of fat will help shift those pesky dimples. These tips will not only help you to avoid cellulite, but also will also improve overall health.
HydrationKeeping yourself hydrated ensures that toxins and waste are continuously flushed out of your system. These toxins are thought to be the major culprits in cellulite production, so this should get you some results.
You should aim to drink around 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your metabolism revved up and ensure that at least some of that fat will not stick around. If you aren’t a fan of drinking loads of water, add a little bit of fresh juice or lemon to the water to add flavor and up you intake of fruits and vegetables.
Skin BrushingThis is a technique, used in many Asian spas, to eliminate cellulite by stimulating the lymphatic system. The idea is that firm but gentle brush strokes across the skin will improve your blood circulation, breakup those pesky fat cells, and enable your body to remove toxins faster.
Start the skin brushing with the soles of your feet, using slow, gentle, circular movements. Move up your body, all the time brushing towards your chest, but be careful to avoid areas where your skin is particularly sensitive.
If this habit seems like too much of a chore, the easier way to attain the same effect is to get weekly massages!
Cellulite Diet 'No-No’s
- CoffeeSorry, but that means all caffeinated beverages, sodas and energy drinks! It is believed that caffeine constricts blood vessels, thereby reducing the blood and oxygen circulation to cells and damaging the connective tissue. While we're on the subject of unhealthy habits, cigarettes do pretty much the same thing.
- AlcoholA drink in the evening might be relaxing (and red wine even has some health benefits), but unfortunately alcohol is toxic for your body in plenty of ways. One of these is the way that it stops your body from efficiently processing other toxins. These toxins are stored in your fat cells, and can end up as cellulite.
- Junk foodProcessed food is full of preservatives, sweeteners, and salt. Sometimes these substances just can’t be processed by your internal organs, and your body’s defense mechanism is to lock them away in fat cells.
One of the main ingredients in junk food in trans fat, found in partially hydrogenated oil, margarine, and vegetable shortening. Studies have recently shown that trans fat is metabolized differently than good fats, and results in more weight gain. It causes an inflammation response within the body, which increases cortisol and blood glucose levels, inhibits insulin function, and increases your fat and cellulite.
Eating foods containing trans fat is basically like eating plastic, so try to avoid it! This means cookies, cakes, donuts, most crackers, french fries, frozen meals and many packaged foods. Here’s the key lesson you need to remember - check labels and make sure the foods you eat contain zero trans fats!
- Sugar (and foods that break down to sugar)Another enemy in your battle against cellulite is sugar. By that I mean sugar itself, or other foods that convert to glucose. Some of this glucose is used immediately by your body, but a small amount is converted to glycogen and is stored in the muscles and liver. When these organs are full, any excess goes straight to your fat cells and can appear as cellulite.
Its not just the obvious foods that contain refined sugar (e.g. soda, candy) that you need to watch out for. Refined carbs such as white bread, white pasta and white rice are just as bad. So lay off the desserts and switch to wholewheat bread and pasta.