First, an important fact: losing weight won’t erase cellulite. Even slim people can suffer from dimply thighs, because the fat has penetrated the skin’s upper layers and become entwined with the collagen and elastin fibers. Dermatologists refer to these upper layers as the ‘dermal cells.’
So by keeping those skin cells healthy—including your collagen and elastin levels—then you create a ‘tighter weave’ that prevents the fat cells from leaking through and showing up on your skin. Here are some things you can do.
Foods that are high in lecithin can dramatically improve the strength of your dermal cells. So include one of these in your daily diet: eggs, cauliflower, peanuts, iceburg lettuce, apples, soy and spinach.
You also need protein, which will repair cells and make them stronger, and even stimulate your body’s production of collagen and elastin. But to control your fat intake by picking the leanest possible cuts. Turkey is a good choice, as well as chicken breast. You can also get skimmed milk, which most women need anyway to meet the calcium requirements (and prevent osteoporosis). Vegetarians can get protein from nuts and pulses, as well as tofu.
Free radicals, caused by stress, pollution and UV rays from the sun, can also break down your body’s collagen and elastin (and increase your risk for cancer). Take foods that are rich in anti-oxidants. Fruits and vegetables are always a good choice! Plus, filling up on vegetables will help you control your portions; you can take smaller cuts of meat (nutritionists recommend that you take just a card-sized amount of meat every meal) without feeling hungry. Moderate amounts of red wine can also help.
Oily fish such as salmon are truly a wonder food. Aside from lowering cholesterol levels and lowering your risk for heart attacks, these can control the skin inflammation which tend to exacerbate the appearance of cellulite. Try to eat these at least twice a week.
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