Saturday, November 15, 2008

Can You Get Rid of Cellulite Through Diet?

Those of you who have followed my journeys on this blog about getting rid of cellulite should be able to tell even by the title line that this is an arena that I can feel somewhat comfortable with, given the different topics I have researched so far. One thing that I am thoroughly convinced of is that diet and exercise have more of an impact on cellulite reduction than probably any other thing, and between the two, diet slightly pushes ahead as probably the primary determining factor in whether or not the right environment for “cottage cheese thighs” to develop even ever comes into play. I sometimes hesitate to use the word “diet”, because the knee-jerk reaction for most people when they hear that word is to think that you are referring to eating only rice cakes that taste like cardboard, or some bland tofu product that leaves you unfulfilled and even borderline angry after you eat it (LOL). But diet, in the sense that I would like to refer to it, is the basic overall strategy or general style of eating that you engage in on a regular basis. I don’t want to come across as implying that diet is referring to a particular “regimen”, so to speak, with a set list of foods that must be eaten every day, neither am I referring to diet as all the foods that you CAN’T eat. Again, diet, in the sense that I interpret the word, is simply your basic eating habits or food preferences. My intent is not to put anyone in bondage, so I am definitely making an attempt to stay away from any of the negative connotations of or references to diet. Diet and nutrition are absolutely vital in reference to the development of cellulite, so it is imperative that we explore the question of whether diet can help you get rid of cellulite or not. While there are many theories about the bottom-line effect that nutrition and diet has on cellulite reduction, it is safe to say that you cannot act like what you eat has no effect at all on these things. For as long as I can remember back, I was always told that “you are what you eat”, and that’s more true than a lot of people even realize. I think that if we fully understood just how much our diet affects our health and well-being, we would take this aspect of our lives so much more seriously, and treat it with more respect.

It’s amazing because the eating rules that apply to general health also apply specifically to a “cellulite diet”, so to speak. It’s never a good thing to overload yourself with greasy or fried foods all the time. Most cooking oils contain trans-fatty acids which have the potential to block your arteries over time, and on top of that, the oil content can send your fat intake through the roof. Fried foods also have a damaging effect on your skin as well; I can speak personally about this, because any time I would overdo it with fried or greasy foods, my face would inevitably break out. That was one of the things that prompted me to stop eating them and start drinking a whole lot more water. Now my main drink is water, when it used to be everything but—you’re talking to someone who used to consume at least 6 or 7 various soft drinks every day, with little to no water intake at all! So if I could name one of the most essential ingredients to keeping cellulite at bay, it would be a robust water intake, at least 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses every day. Actually, if you can push for 10 eight-ounce glasses of water every day, you’re really knocking it out of the park. This may require you to cut down on other drinks so you don’t feel as bloated. The benefits of water cannot ever be overstated. Keep in mind that your muscles are comprised of 75% water, your blood is about 80% water, your brain is about 75% water, and your bone composition is about 22% water. Now tell me again…do you think it’s important to drink water? Water will keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy, and give it that “glow” that is so appealing. Water also aids in digestion, which is extremely important in eliminating toxins from the body, and if you have read my post about cellulite reduction where I explain about lymphatic drainage, you’ll remember that when the body retains toxins, it can have a direct effect on the development of cellulite. So if you don’t get anything else out of this post, please remember to DRINK MORE WATER!!!

Now here’s the amazing thing…I feel like I’m just getting started on explaining whether or not you can get rid of cellulite through diet, and now I have to go…I have some personal business to attend to, plus again, this post is quite long already. We will pick up at a later time. Until then, remember, I’m standing with you in your fight to get rid of cellulite!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get Rid of Cellulite on Thighs

Believe me when I say, you do not have to be overweight or obese to be able to find cellulite somewhere on your body. A real simple way to determine if it’s time to get rid of cellulite on your thighs or not is by conducting the “pinch test”: Simply grab about a two-inch-wide section of your thigh, give it a good pinch, and if you see the dimples showing up, or the “mattress skin” look, voila, you have cellulite to some degree. Some women don’t even have to pinch their thighs to see the cellulite, proving that there are varying degrees of the visibility of cellulite, primarily dependent upon body type. When fat deposits within the adipose tissue under the epidermis get engorged, it can create a type of “trauma” to that area of skin, causing a hardening of a sort in that general area. This unevenness of skin composition (the “pucker phenomenon”) is what creates the appearance of cellulite. Unfortunately, one of the most common areas where cellulite makes this unwanted appearance is the thigh area. This is without a doubt the primary area that women desire to see cellulite disappear from; the only problem with this is that there is no “one size fits all” cure for getting rid of cellulite in the thighs. The reason for this is that the origin of the conditions that set the stage for the development of cellulite can vary greatly from person to person. So, even though I would like to think that I can provide a blanket answer to everyone who reads this blog, it’s becoming more obvious to me that I can’t. This really sucks, but it is what it is. What I can do, however, is give some general guidelines that apply to the majority of people out there. You don’t know how bad I wish I could resolve the issue of cellulite with one easy statement, but unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that. So, what I will do now is provide some basic points that seem to be recurring themes as far as the answer to attacking cellulite is concerned. At the end of the day, they all promote a general overall healthier lifestyle, so you really can’t lose if you implement them regardless.

As far as getting rid of cellulite on thighs in particular, one thing you can do is to make your thighs the focus of some moderate strength training. The reason behind this is that when you train your muscles using weights, and tone them up through moderate weight training, you increase your metabolism even when you’re at rest. Lean muscle burns fat, so lean muscle development in the thigh area will burn fat or at least minimize fat in those areas, giving you a greater probability of reducing the appearance of cellulite. A great way to start this is by doing basic squats. The squat is one of the most all-inclusive exercises you can do; you work the quadriceps (the front of the thighs), the glutes (that’s the butt), and your hamstrings as well. The practice of repetitions with squats is also a good way to increase your balance and get a greater sense of your center of gravity. The basic way to perform a squat is to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, look straight ahead (not down), keep your back straight, and then squat down just as if you were sitting down in a chair. As a matter of fact, if you’re brand new to doing squats, it may be a good idea to practice squatting with a chair, and actually sitting in the chair with each repetition. This will again aid you in developing the balance needed to perform squats efficiently. Squats work the major muscle groups that will firm up your thighs, hips, and buttocks, and if nothing else, you will see and feel good results from consistently performing squats. I recommend doing 3 sets of 12 every other day if you’re just starting out. Again, firm thighs hold a greater chance of burning fat than thighs that are not so firm. Once you get proficient in performing squats, you can begin to use light dumbbells while doing squats, which is a good way to begin your strength training regimen.

As far as nutrition goes, it would be a good idea to choose foods that have naturally occurring diuretic properties. This simply means that they prevent fluid retention in the body, which in turn will foster smoother skin overall. Foods such as celery, asparagus, parsley, watercress, artichokes, cranberries, and apple cider vinegar fit this profile. Also consider pineapple, which is rich in bromelain, a water-retention-reducing substance. The aforementioned foods should give you a good head start in getting rid of cellulite on your thighs, along with the squats described above. Okay, I’m getting tired, the election is tomorrow, and I need to do more homework on what to write for my next post here on Getting Rid of Cellulite. So until next time…keep fighting!