Eating right to prevent cellulite
Yes, smart eating habits can help in preventing cellulite too. Use these tips by nutrition experts to stay on track with mindful eating.
Eat meals and snacks on a schedule
“Sticking to a regular daily pattern trains your brain when to expect food and when not to, so you’re less likely to nosh between meals,” says Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at Tufts University and co-author of The
“I” Diet. “It’s those unplanned snacks that tend to trip you up because they’re often high-calorie or high-sugar foods,” she says.
Nix white-flour foods
At least two studies have found that people who eat the most whole grains have less belly fat than those who eat fewer complex carbs (yeah, you can have cellulite around your middle, too). With the variety of whole-grain products on store shelves today, it’s easier than ever to snub the refined stuff. The higher fiber content in wholewheat bread and pasta keeps you feeling full longer, so you won’t have to contend with a rumbling belly.
Make friends with fat
Healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil, can actually help with weight loss and even cellulite. They provide flavou r, texture, and a feeling of satisfaction, all things you need if you want to stick to a healthy eating plan. “Just use them as condiments, not the main attraction,” says Delia Hammock, R.D., a nutritional consultant in New York City. Spread a tablespoon of mashed avocado onto a sandwich for lunch or toss a teaspoon of sunflower seeds with veggies at dinner.
‘Cheat’ the right way
The concept of a cheat day is a weightloss staple, but it’s also the Achilles’ heel of many eating plans. A day of eating whatever you want can add up to thousands (yes, thousands) of extra calories. It can also make it harder to get back on track the next day, when your brain has a chocolate cake hangover. Instead of splurging for an entire day, Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., the author of The Portion Teller Plan, recommends limiting yourself to just one cheat meal each week. “Plan it, enjoy it, and as long as it happens just once a week you won’t break the calorie bank.”
Focus each meal on one bold, hot flavour
Loading your plate with too many tastes or aromas may trigger the production of hunger inducing hormones that can make you overeat without realizing it. Instead, keep the flavour simple but make it stand out: Go for spices like crushed red pepper, paprika, and chilli powder, all of which contain capsaicin, a compound that may increase satiety and help you eat less, according to recent research published in the International Journal of Obesity. Not into spiciness? Try flavourful spices, like cumin, turmeric, or coriander.
Go vegetarian one day a week
A recent study in the International
Journal of Obesity found that people who ate the most meat were about 27 percent more likely to be obese. While 33 percent more likely to have abdominal obesity (dangerous fat that accumulates around the organs in your midsection and increases your risk of heart disease) than people who ate the least amount of meat. They also consumed about 700 more calories per day, on average.
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