(Vocus/PRWEB) December 06, 2010
Cellulite is an aesthetic condition that comprises superficial fat accumulation, skin laxity, fluid retention, inflammation, fibrosis (connective tissue internal scarring) and toxin accumulation on the female thighs and hips. Contrary to popular belief, lifestyle factors are the most important causes of cellulite, with heredity playing a smaller role. The fact that 90% of women in the western world will eventually develop cellulite is a testament to the role of lifestyle in the development of the condition. Arguably paleolithic women did not have cellulite. So any step towards a natural, healthy lifestyle is a step towards smoother, firmer and healthier legs and bottom.
Twenty days ago cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos has presented 20 tips towards a cellulite-free body. Today, another 20 tips follow 20 days before Christmas, in time for the festive season.
1. Avoid all caffeinated drinks and prefer decaf tea, decaf green tea, decaf coffee and cocoa. These drinks are packed with antioxidants but without the caffeine burden. Caffeine is helpful when applied locally in cream form, as it boosts fat loss and circulation, but it is not that great when consumed internally, as it leads to the excessive elimination of minerals and it’s overly stimulating for most people. Do not bother with coffee bean brushing either, as coffee beans do not contain enough readily absorbed caffeine to have any effect on cellulite.
2. Spice up your life. Spices and herbs contain anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and other ingredients that typically support connective tissue health and discourage fat cell expansion - perfect for your figure. Just go easy on the chilli if it irritates your digestive system.
3. Receive regular anti-cellulite treatments that work and are good value for money. Such treatments include strong, cellulite-specific massage, pressotherapy, certain ultrasound cavitation treatments (depending on equipment used) and some radiofrequency treatments (depending on equipment used). Most other types of anti-cellulite treatments either do no offer good value for money/time or simply do not work.
4. Learn to love vegetables and salads. The more your fill your stomach with vegetables, the less space there is in it for carbs and fat. In addition, vegetables, provide you with flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and fibre. A typical western meal contains a large plate full of carbs, some protein and a side dish of salad or vegetables. Try to reverse this and have a large bowl of salad or cooked vegetables, a good serving of lean protein and a small side dish of carbs.
5. Save you money and do not bother with gimmicks like the so called “anti-cellulite” pants, jeans and trainers, “detox” foot and skin patches and “detox” foot baths. Cellulite can not be reduced by these methods and the only thing you will lose is money.
6. A pot of low fat yoghurt, sprinkled with berries and a 4-5 pistachios or almonds is the ideal snack - and only takes a minute to prepare. Much better than biscuits, muffins or chocolate...
7. Do not fall for the hype of overly expensive, “lunchtime cellulite removal procedures”. The only thing these “procedures” will remove is your cash. Cellulite cannot be reduced in two or three very expensive sessions - regardless of how expensive those sessions are. Typically 10-15 sessions are needed for best results - regardless of equipment or technique used. Your body needs repeated stimulation for a period of time to change - it cannot change overnight.
8. Make sure you eat enough lean protein. Your skin and blood vessels are made of protein - if there isn’t enough protein those tissues will suffer - and most women simply do not eat enough protein to maintain optimum skin and blood vessel health. Examples of lean protein include fish, chicken (without the skin), lean cuts of beef, pork and lamb, and eggs. Vegans can opt for pulses such as lentils, peas, beans and chick peas.
9. Avoid cooking and/or eating food, especially liquid food, contained in cans, plastic containers or cartons. The plastic lining of many of those containers typically contains BPA or other endocrine disrupting chemicals (xenoestrogens) which can act as artificial estrogen in your body. Prefer fresh produce instead.
10. Cellulite creams do work if they are concentrated and if they contain several synergistic ingredients. Apply a good anti-cellulite cream twice a day for at least two months - ideally one that contains several natural anti-cellulite ingredients in high concentration.
11. Avoid all fats and oils, except extra virgin olive oil (sparingly used) and oily fish (consumed freely). Cheese, fatty cuts of meat, butter, margarine, nuts, seeds and oils are all very fattening.
12. Avoid eating out too much. Most restaurant food is laden with an excess of fat, sugar and salt to make it more palatable. In addition, most restaurants do not use the quality ingredients you would use at home.
13. Consume liver-supporting foods to aid detoxification. Examples of such foods are artichoke, extra virgin olive oil (in moderation), lemon juice, milk thistle, dandelion root tea, phyllanthus (amla), turmeric, and lecithin.
14. When eating out opt for grilled food and vegetables or salad, and avoid sauces, starchy food and desserts.
15. A small glass of wine every second day is absolutely fine, especially if you follow a low carbohydrate diet, but any other type of alcohol or higher consumption will undermine your cellulite reduction effort.
16. Never consume hydrogenated fats (trans fats) which cause inflammation and are implicated in the development of cancer and heart disease. Always look at the label for trans fat content or, better still, buy fresh food that does not contain nasty, man-made fats.
17. Eat foods rich in soluble fibre such as flax seeds (linseeds) and oats with plenty of water, to aid with digestion, elimination and detoxification.
18. Plastic surgery does not remove cellulite - it only removes deep fat. Cellulite is an integral part of your skin, which of course cannot be removed. Opt for liposuction (especially vaser liposuction) if you want to remove deep fat, but do not expect your cellulite to change. Also, make sure you budget for post-liposuction recovery treatments for maximum results.
19. Do not binge-drink or binge-eat. Your body cannot metabolise excessive amounts of calories and dumps them on your hips instead. Bingeing is a major cause of cellulite and overweight.
20. Never ever fry - fried oils are damaged, oxidised oils that act as toxins in your body. Limited stir-frying with a very small amount of extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin coconut butter is fine though.
Georgios Tzenichristos has specialised in cellulite reduction since 2000 and has helped more than 1,000 women reduce their cellulite in that period of time. Georgios and his assistant offer a high quality boutique service from their practice in South Kensington, London, catering for a demanding, international clientèle.
For the next 20 days leading to Christmas all customers are offered a 50% discount on introductory treatments. Please mention offer when booking.
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