Many people’s favorite time of year is summer. After all, we didn’t come up with the expression “lazy days of summer” for no reason.
Summer is when most of us take a vacation and relax just a bit more than usual.
But there’s one thing we tend to be the least relaxed about in summertime—our bodies.
If all those magazine headlines about developing your “bikini body” make you want to run for the hills (until winter returns), you’re not alone.
You’d never know it from movies, TV, or all those glossy magazine ads with scantily clad (and airbrushed) 23-year-old models promoting anti-aging skin products, but about 80-90% of women have cellulite.
You heard it here first ladies: at least 80% of us don’t have the bodies Hollywood has convinced us are the norm. Which actually makes us the norm, and the images they’re feeding us weird, doesn’t it?
Many things can cause cellulite, including hormonal imbalances, excess weight, elevated blood glucose, lack of exercise, and stress. But a lot of us have cellulite simply because developing it was in our genes.
Okay, so what do you say we agree to stop trying to be “perfect” this summer and just go for feeling and looking our best?
Now, I know that doesn’t mean any of us are ever going to love having cellulite. There are some things that just don’t seem lovable, and those fatty deposits under the skin that make our legs and bottoms look dimpled are near the top of the list.
So I say we do what we can to minimize them in a way that’s gentle, loving, and contributes to our overall health.
The best way to do that is by consuming healthy foods that are natural cellulite fighters.
Here are My Top 10 Cellulite-Fighting Foods
- Apple cider vinegar: Helps reduce the appearance of cellulite thanks to minerals, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, all of which help flush out toxins and reduce water retention. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into an 8-ounce glass of water. If you like, you can add a small amount of honey to improve the flavor. Drink this once daily in the morning or twice daily in the morning and the evening.
- Beets and beetroot juice: Has been demonstrated to improve hair and skin. Beets contain numerous amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including compounds that exhibit diuretic and circulatory effects that can help fight cellulite.
- Chili and cayenne pepper: Can lessen the appearance of cellulite by helping restore connective tissue, boosting metabolism, increasing blood flow, burning fat, and eliminating toxins. In addition to adding these in powdered form to foods, you can make a detox drink by starting with an 8 oz. glass of water and adding 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, and juice from 1 lemon.
- Garlic: Helps the body break down fatty deposits, boosts metabolism, and reduces the absorption of fat cells. Also promotes circulation, eliminates toxins, helps prevent weight gain, promotes weight loss, and fights inflammation.
- Green tea: Researchers believe that the catechins green tea contains help prevent the breakdown of collagen, speed up metabolism, and increase fat burning. The most effective green tea is the kind you buy as loose leaves rather than in tea bags.
- Lemons and limes: Increase blood flow to the skin and help remove toxins from the body. Drink a cup of warm lemon or lime water every morning upon waking. This will also help your body digest food better for the rest of the day.
- Leafy green veggies: Veggies like chard, kale, and spinach promote skin elasticity, circulation, and detoxification.
- Parsley: Most of us know parsley as a garnish. But consuming several grams of it a day helps fight cellulite by supercharging the elimination of toxins, reducing water retention, and decreasing blood glucose levels (which, when elevated, can contribute to weight gain).
- Turmeric: Contains curcumin, which helps remove toxins from the body and is a strong anti-inflammatory.
- Bone Broth: As you age, you lose firm muscle mass and replace it with jiggly fat. In addition, your skin loses collagen, so it can’t rein in your fat as tightly as it once did. The result: those cottage-cheese thighs you hate. So fight cellulite by combining muscle-building exercise with bone broth. Those same collagen building blocks that erase your wrinkles will also strengthen the skin on your butt and thighs, keeping them firmer and smoother.
In addition to including these 10 foods, if you’re fighting cellulite, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep the toxins moving out and get regular exercise to increase and maintain muscle tone.
Now, will eating these cellulite busters make all your cellulite disappear? Probably not.
But it will help you keep cellulite to a minimum so that when beach season hits, you can feel more beautiful and comfortable than in seasons past.
Here’s to a gorgeous summer!
Keep Thinking Big & Living Bold!