If you’re looking for the best anti cellulite diet you have probably run into a massive amount of information. There are simply way too many diets and experts for the average consumer to navigate through.
And unless you have a PhD in cellulite nutrition it’s virtually impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Unfortunately, the more time you spend analyzing and bouncing from diet to diet the less time you have for actually getting rid of your cellulite.
So in this guide I will show you the best anti cellulite diet for “smoothing out” your thighs and legs in the shortest amount of time possible.
And this diet will not be based on some exotic ingredient from a distant jungle or on some new “scientific breakthrough” that nobody in the medical community is aware of. Instead, it will be based on peer reviewed research and decades of experience.
The Pillars Of Cellulite
To better understand my anti cellulite diet, you first need to know what causes cellulite. This will clear up all the confusion and give you a better understanding on how to approach the problem. It will also prevent you from falling victim to yet another weird nutrition plan.
So in a nutshell, here are the primary causes of cellulite:
- Excess fat deposited in uneven layers (dimples)
- Too much estrogen and too little testosterone
- Reduced circulation
- Damaged capillaries (small veins)
- A lack of lean muscle tissue tone
- Decreased collagen production
Disclaimer: exercise is the only way to increase muscle tone. So don’t rely on diet alone – the focus of this guide – when getting rid of cellulite. Combining exercise and diet is the most effective solution.
Having said that, the right diet can help you exercise harder and recover faster which will translate into much faster muscle toning.
Getting back to the list above, here is how a diet can address all the causes:
- Excess fat deposits – by lowering blood sugar and allowing you to eat less calories with minimal hunger
- Estrogen/testosterone imbalance – by including a large quantity of healthy fat
- Reduced circulation – by reducing intake of animal saturated fat, different from plant saturated fat
- Damaged capillaries – by reducing intake of animal saturated fat
- Lack of muscle tone – by providing the right nutrients for increased workout energy and accelerated recovery
- Collagen production – by including all the amino acids and anti oxidants
So which diet can accomplish all of this?
The Anti Cellulite Diet
The best diet for the reduction of dimply cellulite fat will have balance between the following groups: protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fat.
Leave any group out of the equation and there will be negative consequences. This is one of the reasons why fad diets that rely on eliminating entire food groups are impossible to stick with long term.
To drive home my point, here is just a small sample of what happens when you eliminate each one:
- Protein: hunger increases drastically
- Carbohydrates: exercise becomes extremely painful
- Vegetables: immunity decreases
- Fat: testosterone decreases
And the list goes on. Thus, I recommend picking one item from each group every time you assemble a meal. The only exception here would be your last meal, more on this later…
To get you started ASAP, here are some good food items for each group:
Protein: wild salmon, tofu, oysters, white chicken, non-fat cottage cheese.
Carbohydrates: black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, lentils.
Vegetables: kale, chard, endives, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce.
Fat: flax seeds, macadamia oil, olive oil, brazil nuts.
Now the key here is to keep things simple. As your diet becomes more complicated your rate of adherence will decrease. To keep things as simple as possible I recommend picking a subset of meals that has “just enough” variety to keep you satisfied.
Then, eat this subset of meals over and over again.
By doing this you will learn how to prepare these meals like the back of your hand. Eventually, the meal prep will become automatic and you’ll figure out shortcuts as well. This will translate into massive time savings and less headache.
This is how you streamline your anti cellulite diet and increase your chances of success. Compare this approach to figuring out and preparing a “healthy” recipe every time you want to eat. The latter is inefficient and time consuming.
As an added bonus, eating as outlined above will automatically decrease your hunger. This will make entering a caloric deficit much easier. You might not even feel it.
However, you still need to have some method of portion control in place because you can gain fat while eating healthy.
To do this I recommend maintaining a food journal for two weeks and then increasing or decreasing food intake depending on how much fat is coming off your body.
Once you have mastered the basics, you can begin to fine tune your diet by following these tips:
1. Eat smaller, but more frequent meals. For the best results eat a small meal every three hours. If this doesn’t fit with your schedule, spread out your meals as much as possible.
2. Eat breakfast within thirty minutes of waking up. Delaying or skipping breakfast will mess up your levels of blood sugar for the rest of the day.
3. Make the last meal of the day smaller. This will help your metabolism slow down and make you fall asleep faster.
4. Eliminate carbohydrates from your last meal. This can possibly increase growth hormone output which makes your skin more supple, burns fat and accelerates recovery.
5. Drink yerba mate or green tea if energy flags. Natural sources of caffeine, both of these loose leaf teas give you anti oxidants and energy without the typical crash.
6. Eat less carbs on non resistance training days for accelerated results. You will have to experiment to figure out how much you can cut back here, but this is a very powerful technique.
7. Have a liquid meal after your resistance training workouts. Use whey protein and dextrose. Or, if you want to stay away from supplements blend milk and oats and sweeten with raw cocoa, carob or stevia. This will accelerate recovery.
8. Have caffeine before your workout. You can take it in tablet form or in natural form (i.e., green tea, yerba mate, coffee).
9. Reduce intake of fruit. It has sugar and should be consumed sparingly until you reach your goal.
10. Reduce intake of whole grains. They digest faster than beans and legumes. Position their consumption around intense training only.
11. Eliminate easy access to junk food. Proximity affects frequency of consumption. It’s easier to manipulate your environment than it is to manipulate self control.
12. Cover half of your plate with vegetables every time you eat. This is a simple, yet effective trick to reduce caloric intake while simultaneously decreasing hunger.
Now all you have to do is take action. Avoid gimmicky anti cellulite diets and stick with a plan that will produce lasting results. A plan that will finally allow you to get the smooth thighs and legs you deserve!