Friday, November 4, 2011

How to Get Rid of Cellulite for Vegetarians by Laura Ng

Do you know how your cellulite forms? If you know that, it'll be easier to help you get rid of cellulite the vegetarian way. Let's take a quick look at how cellulite forms before I show you what to do to remove that ugly "cottage cheese" sticking on the skin of your thighs and buttocks. It sure looks embarrassing on you when you wear shorts, mini-skirt or worse, bikini.

How Cellulite Forms and What Causes Cellulite Appearance?

When your fat tissue (right underneath your skin) expands, it pushes up against your skin, forming cellulite. But why would your fat tissue expands? These are the reasons:

1. When you never drink enough water to hydrate your body, your body will store more fluid within the fat tissue than it normally would.

2. When you consume more calories than your body needs, excess calories will turn into body fat and get stocked up in the fat tissue.

3. When you wear tight pants or underwear, causing poor blood flow around your buttocks and thighs. When blood doesn't flow well, more toxic and wastes will accumulate in your fat tissue causing it to expand upwards.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite as a Vegetarian

As a matter of fact, you're not actually removing cellulite but instead making the appearance less visible by stopping your fat tissue from expanding upwards. The problem now is, your fat tissue has already been in the "push-up" position for long time, so now we must do what we can to pull it down and get rid of the cellulite dimples on your skin. Let's do it now.

1. Make sure you drink enough water for optimal body hydration. Avoid alcohol and sweetened beverages. Best, stick to just plain water where possible.

2. Keep your salt intake to the normal level of around 4 - 5 grams per day. Ingesting too much salt can cause your body to retain water and hamper blood flow, causing cellulite formation.

3. Increase your fruit and vegetable consumption. But remember, intake of these natural foods forms part of the total fluid you consume. Meaning, when you already eat lots of fruits and veggies for the day, you may only need 3 - 4 glasses of water. Exercise your own judgment on this.

4. As your fat content is also one culprit that pushes the tissue up against the skin to form cellulite, you must get rid of the fat by burning it off. You can go with cardio if that's what you prefer. But if you want to cut down the time on exercising, do interval training which will burn more fat for you in shorter time.

For example, brisk walk for 1 minute, then jog (at faster pace) for 1 minute and brisk walk again for another minute. Do it for 10 - 15 minutes every alternate morning. You can apply such interval principle on any exercises you love, such as cycling, swimming, strength training, body workouts etc. (Note: you should not do more than 5 interval trainings in a week to prevent muscle injuries)

5. Catch enough sleep at night. A good night's sleep will help improve your blood circulation and prevent water retention.

6. Avoid tight pants, jeans and underwear to help improve your blood flow around your buttocks and thighs.

That's it. Put these 6 cellulite-removal tactics into work with your vegetarian lifestyle and do it for at least 10 days, you'll be able to reduce cellulite and see dramatic improvement in your skin appearance.