Getting rid of cellulite may be on your wish list of things you want to improve through dieting. You might know cellulite as cottage cheese or dimples, but it is nothing more than excess body fat. A diet intended for cellulite reduction should be a balanced and nutritious diet that promotes a healthy weight through fat loss.
Cellulite can appear on men and women in any area of the body. Common areas for cellulite include the arms, legs and the butt. Cellulite occurs when the body has excess fat and the fat cells accumulate. According to the American Council on Exercise, cellulite gets its bumpy appearance as it is separated by connective tissue beneath the skin. As the connective tissue pulls the skin downward and the fat cells build up and protrude, cellulite forms.
Dieting can be used to improve your nutrition habits, boost your immune system, fight off chronic disease, improve your weight and make you more conscious about how your food impacts your body composition. A healthy diet includes nutrient dense foods that offer vitamins, minerals and antioxidants without excessive calories, fat, sugar and carbohydrates. According to Help Guide, a healthy diet includes foods from all of the basic food groups, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fiber rich foods and protein. The nutrition label can help identify the value of each food item. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, you should eat foods with less than 400 calories per serving, less than 5 percent of the daily value of fat and avoid foods with sugar as one of the first five ingredients.
There are numerous lotions, surgeries, pills and medical treatments advertised to help reduce cellulite. Fitness and medical experts are in agreement that managing your weight with a healthy diet and exercise is the best way to reduce cellulite. According to the American Council on Exercise, daily aerobic exercise, two to three weight training sessions and a healthy diet are essential for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Dieting can help to greatly reduce your cellulite but you may always live with cellulite. As you diet and lose body fat, cellulite will begin to reduce but at some point your body will stop losing fat. Your body uses body fat for heat and energy and it would be next to impossible to get rid of all of your body fat in a healthy manner. As long as your body has fat cells, you will always run the risk of having cellulite.
In addition to dieting, you can use exercise and medical interventions to help reduce your cellulite. According to a 2008 study in the "Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy," laser and radiofrequency treatments can be effective for cellulite reduction and the results can last up to six months. These methods combine deep tissue massage with laser and radiofrequency on a twice-weekly basis. Strength training exercise helps to build lean muscle tissue and can improve the appearance of your skin. Cardio exercise helps to promote a healthy weight by burning calories and fat for energy.
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- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americansrel="nofollow"
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- American Council on Exercise: Exercise and Celluliterel="nofollow"
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