Cellulite. All women have it. And if they say they don’t they are lying. Even the magazines are lying with all the Photoshop used these days. But the truth is, although the amount of cellulite you have can rely heavily on your genetics, you also have the power to turn off some of these genes with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
So stop blaming your mama and start following these nine steps today!
1. Stop eating vegetable oil! ASAP.
According to the LA Laker’s nutritionist, Dr. Katherine Shanahan, vegetable oil spreads out your fat and makes it have a more liquid like texture, thus being prone to cellulite. It also damages your collagen (the stuff that makes your skin tight, so pretty freaking important!). Normal fat should be compacted and have a healthy amount of collagen, which keeps skin smooth and dimple free.
So if you are cooking with canola ,soy, or any other type of vegetable oil, then I urge you to switch to a healthy alternative like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
Scary fact- I bet you thought cellulite was just for adults. Well, guess again. Some babies who drink baby formula are starting to get it, as many formulas on the market today are made with canola oil.
2. Dry brushing.
Dry brushing restores radiance and elasticity to your skin by stimulating circulation, eliminating toxins, rejuvenating the nervous system, and removing dead skin. When dry brushing, always brush towards the heart. The best time to dry brush is in the morning before you shower.
3. Drink half your weight in water in ounces.
Staying hydrated helps to eliminate toxins. Yes, those same pesky toxins that are creating fatty deposits, causing cellulite. So find a method that works for you to keep track of how much water you are drinking. Perhaps set a reminder on you smart phone every few hours to drink a glass. I like to drink half a liter first thing in the morning.
This is crucial, folks! Focus on squats and leg lifts that will tone. Yoga and Pilates are great, as are high intensity interval training exercises.
5. Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.
Lemon water cleanses toxins from the blood, which keeps skin clear. They are also high in vitamin C, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemons also help flush out unwanted materials because they increase the rate of urination in the body. This not only flushes out toxins, but keeps your urinary tract healthy.
6. Eat REAL, WHOLE foods.
You will not have lumps of toxins gathering on your fatty deposits in your body if you are not eating junk food. A good rule to go by is if the food you are eating has more than five ingredients, it’s not real food. Stay away from hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, “natural” flavors, and ingredients you can’t pronounce.
7. Massage with coconut oil.
Massage areas with cellulite with coconut oil after you shower, as the fat in the oil binds with toxins and draws it out of your bloodstream. Be wary of the special “cellulite removing” lotions for sale at the pharmacy! These are loaded with chemicals. If you have used them and seen results, it’s not the lotion that did this; it was your action of massaging the area. So do yourself a favor and use natural coconut oil to avoid applying toxic chemicals on your body. Also, if it is in your budget, consider getting a couple of professional massages a month.
8.Take Hot/Cold Showers.
Detox the body by alternating between hot and cold water at the end of your shower. At the end of your shower put on the cold water for 30 seconds to a minute, then switch to hot for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat two more times. Not only will this help with cellulite, but it will facilitate weight loss as well.
8. Take Epsom salt baths.
Epsom salts draw out all those unwanted toxins!
I have been doing all of these things for some time now and I have personally found success. It’s amazing how eating healthy foods and exercising can make such a crucial difference. At 30, my skin looks better than when I was in my early 20’s because of my healthy lifestyle. Seriously!
So give these tips a whirl and please let me know how it turns out in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you! And if you have any other tips that I have left out, please share!
Health Coach Jenna