What are the best and worst foods for cellulite? In other words, what should you eat and what should you avoid to rid yourself of the appearance of cellulite? The list below can be used to help you modify your diet by swapping in the good foods for the bad.
Below Are The Best Cellulite-Burning And Worst Cellulite Building Foods
While there are umpteen lists on the internet on the best foods for cellulite one thing should be pointed out up front to help you with your battle against that orange peel look:
You can eat all the best foods to help fight cellulite but if you don’t minimize or eliminate altogether the worst offenders you are likely not going to see much of a difference.
Eliminating the bad is much more important than adding the good.
Certain Foods Contribute To Cellulite
The three primary nutritional priorities as far as cellulite is concerned is:
• Fat accumulation – eating fatty foods that lead to weight gain is only going to increase the appearance of cellulite
• High blood sugar levels – when blood sugar levels are high your body turns into a fat storing machine
• Adrenal fatigue – High estrogen levels start a cycle in the body that results in cellulite build up. When you exhaust your adrenals you expose yourself to developing high estrogen levels.
• Green Tea – research shows that green tea helps release fat stores and increases fat burning
Bad Drinks Are One Of The Worst Cellulite Culprits
• Coffee – One to two cups a coffee a day is fine, but too much can lead to adrenal fatigue, which ultimately leads to cellulite.
• Alcohol – Burns out your adrenals (as well as Nicotine too) so limit alcohol to one day a week and drink moderately.
• Soda Pop – Again soda will burn out your adrenal glands as well as jack your blood sugar so this is definitely one item you have to eliminate.
• Fruit Juices – These drinks often contain as much sugar as soda pop so this is one of those foods that you may think is healthy but is really sabotaging your efforts to eat and drink better.
• Milk – Modern dairy has up to 30% more estrogen that dairy did 30 years ago.
Smart Snacks For Smooth Legs
• Fruit – Colourful fruits such as oranges, apples, and berries are high in vitamin C which prevents collagen breakdown (which leads to the appearance of cellulite. Fruits also contain enzymes, which also help fight toxin build up.
• Nuts – Research shows that people who regularly eat nuts have lower levels of body fat, besides nuts have the kind of healthy fats that makes your skin look great.
• Veggies – have all the benefit of fruits with even less sugar. Make sure 30% of your plate at every meal is made up of fibrous veggies (e.g. spinach, asparagus, broccoli, kale, peppers, etc.) and you will soon notice the difference with the appearance of smoother skin.
Snacks That Will Give You Cottage Cheese Thighs
• Sugar – The American Diabetes Association estimates that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes which makes those individuals five or six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes. When you eat high amounts of sugar your blood sugar levels rise telling your body to store fat.
• Trans Fat – There are good fats and bad fats. Trans fat has got to be the worst getting not only immediately stored as fat but also contributing to cardiovascular and heart disease. Look for this on your food labels and avoid it.
• Dairy (Yogurt and Cheese) – As with milk, dairy products have higher levels of estrogen, which contribute to cellulite build up. Also the two most prevalent food sensitivities are to dairy and wheat. So although you may not be allergic your body may not digest these items so well. Poor digestion will certainly lead to weight gain and worsen the appearance of cellulite.
Eat Carbs Guilt-Free
As with any carbs portion control is important. Eat too much of any carb and your blood sugar will rise causing you to store fat. But you need good complex carbs for energy, just use moderation. A portion size with your meals of about one and half times the size of your fist is good.
• Sweet Potato – High in fibre and won’t jack your blood sugar, this is the best carb you can eat.
• Potato – Not quite as good as sweet potato but still a great carb…just resist the urge to slather them in butter. Boiled and baked potatoes are best.
• Rice – Even white rice is good. Just look at almost any fitness competitor and white rice is part of their very lean diet.
Carbs That Slap On The Cellulite
• Wheat – Can be eaten but needs to be minimized. White bread is a definite no-no as it jacks blood sugar almost as bad as sweets. If you want to eat wheat make sure it is whole grain and you eat it early in the day (typically with breakfast). Again go easy on the portions.
Lean Proteins Are Good For Your Legs
• Fish e.g. salmon, sardines, oysters contain omega-3 fatty acids which combat the estrogen-raising effects of foods with omega-6 fatty acids which we consume as part of a normal diet.
Fatty Proteins Will Pack On The Pounds
• High-fat Red Meat – Lean steaks in moderation is fine (once or twice a week) but make sure you cut off the fat. Highly marbled cuts of steak will only contribute to weight gain as will ground beef (i.e. burgers and meat loaf).
• Fattier Cuts of Chicken – The same holds true for poultry. Skinless chicken breasts are best which drumsticks with the skin on no so much.
• Cured meats (sandwich meat and bacon) – Are high in preservatives, sodium, and often high in fat. Minimize these to cheat days.
Good Fats Will Lean Out Your Legs
Good fats are necessary. You need fat to proper hormone production so if you want to eliminate cellulite 20% of what you eat needs to be healthy fat. But don’t worry, healthy fats get used by the body right away for energy, almost like a carbohydrate.
Coconut Oil – Great for cooking in high heat. Fry eggs in the morning in coconut oil for a very healthy breakfast.
Olive Oil – Is great at room temperature, so it’s good for salads. But when cooked at high heat olive oil turns into trans fat so make sure not to cook with it.
Nuts – Have great healthy fat, curb hunger pangs, and taste great.
Health Foods Disguised As Lean Foods
Watch out for foods such as:
• Smoothies – Many contain high amounts of sugar.
• Foods labeled “Fat-Free” – Often contain lots of sugar so read the label.
• Sugar-Free Foods – Often contain lots of fat and sodium so read the label here too.
• “Half-the-Fat” Foods – Food companies will actually raise the fat levels in their core products just to make the claim that their healthy versions have less fat. Nasty fact but it’s true.
Getting Rid Of Cellulite Through Smart Eating
You didn’t get unbalanced hormones and high blood sugar levels over night. It has built up from years of poor eating habits. Make the switches above and watch your body transform.
Changing habits isn’t easy at first but it will be worth it. Eventually after only a few weeks and months you will grow to like the changes you have made over your past indulgences.
You will have more energy, feel better, and most certainly look better too.
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