Cellulite, those pesky pockets of fat that are stored under your skin, the fat pushes against your connective tissue creating small pockets which appear like dimples on the outside. Cellulite discriminates against no-one, you can be any shape and any size and all of us will find it somewhere on our body at some point, in actual fact if you twist the skin on your arm or legs you will probably find it’s been hiding there all along.
You might not have spotted it in my videos but I have cellulite, usually around the sides of my butt cheeks but these dimples come and go, which is my reason for this post, let’s talk about why you get it and how you can reduce it!
Why? Cellulite loves a slower metabolism, dehydration, if you have decreased your exercise regime, let your diet slip or experienced hormonal changes such as a new birth control or a change in your usual menstrual cycle. Admit it, all of the above can change throughout the month.
What can you do? Exercise is probably the last thing you want to hear but you know it’s true, nutrition changes everything. If you want to reduce the excess fat that leads to cellulite on your body then you need to look at cutting the processed sugars and saturated fats from your diet.
Alongside your nutrition exercise is your next point of call, if you’re diet is well balanced you can push your body to use your fat stores for energy, reducing your body fat percentage while tightening your skin, increasing muscle mass and hitting those high fat areas before they start to dimple. Try adding some these cellulite fighting foods into your diet:
- Salmon, rich in antioxidants which break down the fat cells in celluite, also the omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon can reduce inflammation helping to repair and strengthen your skin tissue.
- Sunflower seeds, full of of vitamin E, potassium, zinc and B6 which helps our bodies to metabolise the protein that strengthen and repeat our connective tissues.
- Chili and cayenne peppers, high in Vitamin B6 which restores and fortifies connective tissue as well as boosting your metabolism by up to 25% for three hours after you eat them, making your body more efficient at burning calories and fat loss.
- Dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries, full of antioxidants which break down fat attached to connective tissue and known to enhance collagen prosecuting, creating new skin tissue which can improve tone and texture.
- Apple cider vinegar, the potassium and magnesium in the vinegar help flush our toxins and relive water retention around stomach and thighs.
- Olive oil, provides polyphenols that help to keek our thyroid healthy, a healthy thyroid boosts your metabolism, burns fats and energies skin building cells.
- Dark Chocolate, natural cocoa is full of antioxidants which improve the function of all skin cells and the caffeine aids in hydrating the fat cells under your skin helping to even out the surface so opt for 70% next time to go shopping!
While there is no miracle product to completely remove cellulite I do recommend some pampering time. I use a Coffee Scrub twice a week,(usually on the same night as I want to fake tan) the motion of scrubbing the caffeine into your skin will help dilate your blood vessels, remove any dead skin cells and increase circulation giving the appearance of smoother, tighter skin. To make you own mix: 1 cup ground organic coffee, 1 cup organic sugar or salt, 1/2 Cup organic coconut oil, 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon (optional) and 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (optional).
Foam rolling is your best friend when it comes to cellulite and muscle soreness. The grooves and ridges within the foam roller act like knuckles increasing circulation and blood flow while breaking up the fat and connective tissues, it’s a painful one but totally worth it! If you don’t fancy doing it to yourself book in for a deep tissue massage and ask if they can really work into any areas of cellulite.