Body beautiful | Cellulite solution

24/05/2015

Lais Ribeiro photographed by David Bellemere and styled by Samira Nasr for Shore thing / Elle US June 2014 / nutrition tips for reducing cellulite / body beautiful series / beach body plan / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Women are like fruits. Apples, pears, peaches... Call us anything and we will happily agree - as long as the conversation doesn't include a particular fruity comparison that we'd rather die(t) than hear. 

The orange. It's everywhere, like a curse. Curvy girls have it. Skinny girls have it, too. It comes to the girls with degrees and those without. Short and tall. Young and wise. Coffee-drinkers and green tea lovers. Veggies and carnivores. The cellulite knocks at our doors at the time of puberty to gently inhabits the bums and thighs and cover them with dimples resembling orange peel. It happens to 90% of us and yet, being women, we discard reality and still long for a dream, the idea of an airbrushed-looking bottom. True, we may never achieve it, but at least, we can try and, while at it, improve the appearance of our bums and adopt a few good lifestyle habits as a bonus, too. Lets face it - the summer is almost here, life is a beach and we have to deal with it.

Camille Rowe photographed by David Gubert for Seafolly Spring/Summer 2014 campaign / fashioned by love british fashion blog
WHAT EXACTLY IS CELLULITE? 

It is...
... a condition that can develop over time.
... caused by several factors including diet, hormonal changes, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, medication, aging, stress, genetics and excess weight.
... a result of specific fat storage in thighs, legs, arms and hips where collagen fibres resemble a honey comb - unlike other areas of the body where the fibres form a fine mesh.
... an unhealthy tissue in which the microcirculation of both blood and lymph has been disrupted causing structural changes in subcutaneous fat tissue (fat under the skin) and surrounding matrix of golden fibres, so eventually the fat cells become visible on the skin surface.
... partly toxins trapped within fat cells due to poor circulation: the longer these toxins remain in the tissue, the more pressure they create within the cells, eventually leading to cellular damage. As a result cells become thicker and firmer, which disrupts the circulation even more.
... virtually impossible to get rid of completely.

As harsh as the truth may sound, it is still possible to improve the look of the unwanted dimples. It will require some dedication and time, but the result will really worth the effort.

Candice Swanepoel photographed by Sebastian Kim and styled by Melissa Ventosa Martin for Self March 2015 / nutrition tips for reducing cellulite / body beautiful series / beach body plan / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
WHERE TO BEGIN?

First of all, analyse your diet. Cellulite does not like it when you starve yourself. However, it does not like it when the diet is full of junk, either. Remember that every strict or unbalanced diet can lead to a toxic overload in the body, hence, the cellulite will ripen like a juicy Spanish orange, not a smooth and velvety peach.

Toxicity is a major contributing factor for cellulite build up with constipation being one of the primary causes because it prevents natural detoxification of the substances we get as a result of natural bodily functions, eating non-organic diet (think pesticides and hormones), smoking, using plastic packaging and relying on beauty and household ingredients full of chemicals. 

Not drinking enough water is also a problem as water is required to flush out the waste products of metabolism.

Alcohol, smoking, certain types of fat and lack of physical activity can also contribute to cellulite formation.

Rhianne Ten Haken photographed by Petrovsky & Ramone and styled by Marije Goekoop for Jouer a la plage / Vogue Netherlands July/August 2012 / nutrition tips for reducing cellulite / body beautiful series / beach body plan / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
WHAT TO DO?

Eat a balanced diet, which means clean, organic foods from all food groups including whole gluten free grains, oily fish, eggs, moderate quantities of goats, sheep or buffalo dairy, lean poultry, legumes, tofu, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and, of course, raw virgin coconut oil and essentials fats from raw nuts, seeds, avocado, EV olive oil, hempseed oil and flax oil. Mediterranean diet is your best bet closely followed by lacto-ovo vegetarian adaptation of it.


Love your vegetables (green and bright coloured ones are your best friends) and fruit (berries, apples, citrus fruit, kiwi, papaya and pinapple) - they will work as a brush for your intestines and support production of collagen fibres helping your skin maintain its structure. As an additional benefit, adequate intake of vitamin C (found in broccoli, bell peppers, cabbages, citrus fruit, kiwi, berries etc) can boost fat loss by 30%, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2005. Remember, vegetables come first, fruit - second.

Eat wholegrains, but go for the organic and gluten-free options. Not only they deliver fibre that has a detoxifying effect, but also contain vitamin B6 known for its ability to reduce fluid retention and stengthen connective tissue - thus reducing appearance of orange peel. Still concerned about old tales that grains cause weight gain? According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, almost 50% of women who consumed brown rice and other wholegrain weighed less than those who didn't, and were also less likely to gain weight during the 12-year study. In other words - enjoy.

Do not fry your food - steam it, boil it, roast it instead. 

Make at least one of your meals a raw one - salads, cold soups, vegetable juices - you name it, it's all good and delicious.

Avoid sugar and any processed and packaged foods full cellulite-forming sugar, sweeteners, salt, trans-fats and saturated fats.

Reduce coffee intake down to 1 cup a day and stick with freshly brewed and organic only. Add a few cups of green tea and, if you like, herbal teas - and the job is done.

Spice up your life with cayenne pepper, chilli, saffron, parsley, turmeric, garlic and ginger. They will reduce collagen break-down and improve circulation.

Eat a piece of raw chocolate every day - as a treat and because of the wonderful antioxidants that help to beat cellulite.

Avoid alcohol and fizzy drinks - satisfy the thirst with plain, ideally filtered, water (add some cucumber slices or mint leaves for a hint of flavour, if you like)

Do not microwave your food. Ever.

Behati Prinsloo photographed by Bjarne Jonasson and styled by Jennifer Eymere for Jalouse June 2013 / nutrition tips for reducing cellulite / body beautiful series / beach body plan / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
ANYTHING ELSE?

Once you sort out nutrition, look at your beauty and fitness regimes. 

Stay active - if you love exercise, enjoy it. If not - walk everywhere and forget about lifts.

Remember about body-brushing - it will help improve circulation and appearance of the skin. Get a brush made with firm natural bristles. Once a day, preferably in the morning before you take a shower, sweep the brush over the body focusing on your thighs and bottom. Always brush towards the heart, staring from the soles of the feet and working upwards. Use long, smooth strokes. Start off gently and, as the time goes by, increase the pressure.

When buying beauty supplies, choose organic and natural products free from hormone-disrupting parabens,  phthalates, fragrances, PEGs, SLS (sodium laureth sulphate), triclosanye, petrolatum,  benzophenones (often found in sunscreens) and anything ending with "-methicone" packed in glass containers.

Use essential oils to maintain and improve the skin - if you aren't into blending your own concoctions, treat your gorgeous self to Weleda, Organic Pharmacy, Fushi, Dr Hauschka, Tata Harper or Clarins.

Never underestimate the power of tan - fake it with Tan Organic, Green People, Lavera, Elemental Herbology, True Natural or Chocolate Sun.

Love your body (and your imperfectly perfect bum) today because it will help you create the best version of you comes tomorrow.

Karlie Kloss photographed by Gilles Benison for Vogue Paris May 2014 / nutrition tips for reducing cellulite / body beautiful series / beach body plan / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Photo source: Lais Ribeiro photographed by David Bellemere and styled by Samira Nasr for Shore thing / Elle US June 2014, Camille Rowe photographed by David Gubert for Seafolly Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, Candice Swanepoel photographed by Sebastian Kim and styled by Melissa Ventosa Martin for Self March 2015, Rhianne Ten Haken photographed by Petrovsky & Ramone and styled by Marije Goekoop for Jouer a la plage / Vogue Netherlands July/August 2012, Behati Prinsloo photographed by Bjarne Jonasson and styled by Jennifer Eymere for Jalouse June 2013, Karlie Kloss photographed by Gilles Benison for Vogue Paris May 2014

8 comments:

  1. Наташенька,спасибо за прекрасно подобранные фото ко всей необходимой информации здесь для всех девушек,дам и леди!!!
    Теперь дело всё за тем,чтобы все советы терпеливо использовать и применять в каждодневной жизни:)))
    Прекрасного Вам воскресенья!

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  2. Thankfully, I don't have any cellulite, however I've no doubt it will arrive at some point and so I'll bear these tips in mind! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  3. Wow, this was inspirational!
    So may gorgeous photos, and such a well researched and well written explantation of that yucky mess called cellulite.
    XX, elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  4. awesome!

    i invite to me too


    www.live-style20.blogspot.com

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  5. Как мне нравятся твои последние посты о красоте и здоровье:)
    Наташа, а что не так с микроволновками? Чем вредна пища нагретая таким способом?

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  6. Dear Natalia, I think you are really right with your tips and I love the wonderful pictures you have chosen for this post. Fortunately I don't suffer on cellulite, I'm thankful for this although I really don't know the reason. Happy Pentecost (if you celebrate it) <3
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  7. Very interesting! I need to work on hydrating and remembering to body brush...

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  8. I think this is the wake up call I needed. I need to stop frying my food for a start...I do a lot of these already!

    Tara x

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