Many of you (ok, mostly the women) ask me to suggest recipes that can help lessen cellulite. Especially during the summer time! So I decided, along with Christos, to shed some light on this matter that seems to troubling so many of you.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is not a dermatological problem. It has to do with the pressure that the subcutaneous adipose tissue (that is the fat) to the connective tissue (a component of our skin). In a few words what creates the “orange peel skin” is a fat deposition and not one of your own bad habits. The real reason is not known yet…
What can make it worse?
There are many factors that make cellulite worse when it has made its appearance:
- Lack of exercise
- Low water intake
- Bad nutrition (usually from a catastrophic diet to quickly drop weight)
- Large fat deposition in the body
- Perhaps the transition into menopause (hormonal changes)
- Type of skin
- Diseases that reduce metabolic rate (ex. hypothyroidism)
Truths about cellulite
- Cellulite “attacks” women, more often but also men, in lower percentages.
- Cellulite is a “malfunction” of the body that appears as much in obese or overweight people and in thin (or low fat content)
- Cellulite is not an inflammation. The fat cells that create it are healthy!!!
- Cellulite does not go away if you go on a weight loss diet. You will lose the weight but not the cellulite…
- Often this “malfunction” is found hiding in our genes.
- It usually appears in the thighs but can also be found in other areas on our bodies.
- Cellulite can even appear on women who work out daily.
- It mostly appears on light skin toned individuals.
Θεραπείες που μπορεί καλυτερέψουν την εικόνα:
- Cryolypolysis, lazer treatments and massage can help with the appearance (without completely correcting the problem) with visible results from 6-8 months.
- Applying various dermal creams does not seem to offer any substantial effect.
- Applying various radio waves also offer short term effects.
- In addition, it must be said that most times the results are short term but if someone can handle any of these treatments financially and making sure that none of it will hurt their health.. why not?
Can I eat anything I want?
Of course not! Your diet should always be low fat, including large amounts of anti-oxidant foods like nuts, fruit, vegetables and whole wheat products. Cellulite will make itself at home in your body and become much worse if you overindulge in alcohol and over processed foods and deli meats.
More to the point, it should be said that:
- Eating enough sardines or salmon or walnuts, gives you enough Omega-3 fatty acids that can help protect you against cellulite overall.
- Consuming red grapes and basically receiving good quantities of resveratrol could possibly protect your skin from aging and the imminent arrival of cellulite.
- Consuming lean meats like chicken or turkey or raw garlic and onions, you can keep your insulin levels low. This seems to help keep cellulite at bay.
- Vegetables which contain folic acid (ex. asparagus) seem to have a beneficial effect.
- The systematic consumption of tea offers a lot of anti-oxidants and protects your skin.
- Effective hydration is really as beneficial as medicine. Water and beverages as well as vegetables rich in water like cucumbers will actually lead to more visible results.
You should be extremely careful with any injectable treatments or with liposuction procedures and you most definitely need the opinion of a dermatologist.
It’s always good to be careful with anything we do to our body’s my dear friends. Let’s try to enjoy our health without chasing any phantom “problems”. …
This article was written in collaboration with Kitchen Lab’s Dietician/Nutritionist Christo Papavaggeli.