Updated: Oct 12, 2019
It's the dreaded sign of ageing, that dimpled, "cottage cheese-like" texture to the skin at the back of your legs, buttocks, torso and arms. No matter if you are petite, tall or somewhere in between, fat, fit or skinny, this unattractive skin condition can crop up and leave you feeling very self-conscious.
In my line of work, it's the one problem I cannot easily solve. To be honest, I haven't met a woman who enters her 40s that isn't already on the lookout for those unsightly golf ball-like dimples. And when they crop up despite a healthy lifestyle, it can be very disappointing.
Good thing I have 7 proven lifestyle hacks you can try this week that go a long way in diminishing cellulite and improving your skin's texture and overall appearance.
Get Up And Move
Are you stuck at a desk all day or behind the wheel chauffeuring the kids in sixty different directions? Studies show that long periods of inactivity can contribute to a sluggish metabolism, poor blood circulation and loss of muscle tone, all of which have a direct link to the appearance of those unwanted fatty deposits under the skin.
Make sure you get up every 30-60 minutes and move around. Walk to the water cooler or park your car further away than usual so you have to walk a bit. Make the gym, a brisk morning or evening walk a top priority every day. When the body is too stagnant, cellulite can start to become a problem. Need help? Let's work together!
Green Tea Magic
Want to ward off cellulite? Have a cuppa. A steaming hot cup of the matcha green tea can increase your fat metabolism rate, inhibit fat absorption and aid in glucose regulation, of which helps you burn off excess calories and unwanted body fat. Less body fat, less cellulite.
Naturally diminish cellulite with Japanese tea by harnessing the high concentrations of antioxidants present in the green tea leaves, known as polyphenols.
One of these rejuvenating antioxidants, called catechins, is said to be the beauty secret to the fat-burning, metabolism boost. The only drawback is, that in order to consume enough tea to boost your metabolism, you’d need to drink approximately 5-7 cups of per day for maximum benefit.
Now, that's a fair bit of caffeine and not everyone enjoys the taste of green tea. If you are one to turn your nose up at matcha tea, you might like to try this supplement. Otherwise, there are still many health benefits to be had from a few cups of matcha per day.
If you don't mind the taste, add green tea to your beverage menu. It's a fantastic weight loss drink, and one I always recommend to clients who suffer from emotional eating or mindless snacking. A 500ml cup instead of a snack or a cuppa 15 minutes before a meal goes a long way in warding off the munchies and helping people eat less, feel more satiated for longer and manage their weight.
Fat Blaster Tonic
What do cactus and fat burning have in common? Turns out a fair bit. Prickly pears (Opuntia ficus indica) belong to the cactus family, and are a resistant species of succulent plants that produce fruits boasting many properties, among which is the ability to burn fat. Who knew, right?
The juice extracted from the fruit has a diuretic and laxative effect while the seeds are known to have astringent properties. Nutritionally, the plant’s leaves contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, well as sources of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C, and trace minerals calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. All good stuff!
But this cactus fruit also boasts slimming properties by preventing the body from assimilating too much fat making the tonic beneficial to those wanting to shed unwanted kilos. When consumed or the extract ingested, the plant’s fibrous compounds work to reduce hunger pangs by slowing down sugar absorption after meals. This leaves you feeling of fullness last longer. Win!
When combined with premium plant-based nutrients such as saffron, pomegranate and red orange, the fat burning properties of prickly pear are magnified. Get your hands on some here.
Hydrate Like A Mermaid
Water is definitely your best friend if you are battling cellulite! A hydrated body functions better on all levels from digestion, elimination of toxins and nutrient absorption to clearer, plumper, more dewy looking skin. In this case, beauty really is an inside job.
Hydrate with 3 litres of water every day and watch how fast your skin clears, energy soars and fat and cellulite lessens. I recommend that you try infusing your water with healing herbs, fruits and veggies making your own DIY vitamin water. For how-to and inspiration, click here.
Eat More Fibre
Dietary fibre is the indigestible parts of plant sourced foods, think leafy greens, fruits, whole grains, beans and legumes. Fibre is a carb that works to keep our digestive systems healthy, scrub the colon and aid in keeping regular. It is recommended that most adults get at least consume 20–25 g of fibre daily.
The beauty of consuming a diet high in healthy sources of fibre is that it helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer, this means less food cravings and snacking. When your body is assimilating enough of this good stuff every day, your entire digestive system will be functioning at its best to process foods, absorb essential nutrients and keep you regular.
If your diet isn't sufficient in fibre, the digestive tract becomes sluggish, fat storage is more likely, and cellulite is likely to start showing up. Fibre is definitely one dimpled skin fighter you want to be consuming of enough of every day!
Get Your Antioxidant On
Antioxidants are compounds that can protect the cells in your body against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. We need a steady supply to look and feel our best, especially as we age.
Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants is fairly easy. Just increase your intake of colourful fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and high fibre, brightly coloured veggies. Antioxidants can also be found in many herbal teas making it super easy to supplement by drinking a few cups a day. Too easy.
I love dandelion and green tea for this and the many other cellulite zapping health benefits. It's the active ingredient Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, in dandelion, ginger and green teas, that revs up your metabolism and increases the fat burn. This process can halt the expansion of fat cells that creates cellulite. Add detoxifying lemon and you’ve got at potent tonic!
Combined with the caffeine present in green tea, this cellulite tonic works with EGCG to flush out toxins and dehydrate fat cells minimising how they press up under the skin. Reduce that dimpled look with every sip. If you're not a fan or green tea or caffeine, try this supplement and get all the benefits is capsule form.
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