Hi Mamas, how was your holiday? I’m back from my mini-vacation and ready to hit Red Rocks this Saturday . . . if you are in town, you simply have to come! It’s the only time I truly feel a head-to-toe workout.
Well, what has started as butt week has now turned into butt month. And today, I am going to begin talking about what to eat to help make those disgusting dimples disappear. P.S. I have some too . . . but I am constantly battling them and have been since college.
What exactly is cellulite? Cellulite occurs when pockets of fat push up against connective tissue underneath the skin. Why the tush area? The skin in this area is thinner and also one that tends to carry more fat. You do sometimes see it on the tummy or on the back of your arm — but more often, mostly on your butt.
In addition to actually doing cardio . . . running, jumping rope — moving the actual area in question, the only other solution is in your diet. Below are some things you can do to your diet to help reduce the appearance of cellulite:
- Hydrate (8-10 glasses a day) and reduce your intake of sodium and sugar. Sodium and sugar cause fluid retention and cause your fat cells to enlarge.
- Eat a cleaner diet. Reduce or completely rid your diet of things that have been processed and eat food that is as close to nature as possible. Reduce your meat intake — try vegetarian at least twice weekly.
- Fruits and vegetables should rule your refrigerator — eat them all of the time.
- Add Kelp . . . in pill form or sprinkle it on your food. Kelp is supposed to help reduce body fat. (I haven’t done this one yet — but am headed to Whole Foods today for some).
I know it sounds too simple — but paired with good cardio sessions (at least 3 weekly), targeted butt exercises (I’ll give you more), a clean diet really will help reduce your cellulite. Take an honest look at what you eat — and think of areas that you could make some improvements. Don’t be in denial about what you eat — you can make changes TODAY. It’s never too late to start. And this doesn’t mean you are punishing yourself or that you will never eat something fun again. Just make it a habit to eat clean — and on rare occasion, treat yourself to what you love.
Tomorrow I will talk about topical treatments — things that do cost money for sure — but I’ve heard that they work . . . .
And, to get you started, here is a fantastic recipe from my girl Martha — vegetarian and clean. A great meal to start your cellulite attack! Couscous salad with roasted vegetables from Martha Stewart