When attempting to lose weight or reduce cellulite, our automatic response is to starve ourselves of the things we love. Follow a strict diet that prevents you from any of the calorie-dense foods that would be the first thing you reach for in your fridge. And trying to stay unrealistically skinny.
Since cellulite is made up of densely packed fat cells, it makes sense that becoming skinny would rid you of it, right? What if I told you that there was a better, easier way, to achieve health, while still losing weight, boosting your mood, improving your health and increasing your energy levels?
So how do you really start eating healthier? Let’s start with the basics.
Always try to include the most important food groups in your meals – protein, fats, carbs and vegetables – but choose them wisely.
- Protein offers a high amount of energy that slowly metabolises throughout the day, thereby sustaining your energy levels while keeping you feeling full for much longer.
- Fats, when chosen wisely, aids in your general health. For example, Omega 3 fats aid in cognitive function and physical health, and protect your brain and heart from disease. Some foods that we were told to stay away from due to high cholesterol, such as eggs, are actually filled with what is called HDL cholesterol, which removes bad cholesterol from your arteries and veins.
- Carbohydrates should also make up a part of your daily intake, since it provides your body with the energy you need to tackle your day. However, it’s important to stay away from refined carbs – such as white rice, pasta, bread and pastries – and instead reach for whole wheat, unrefined options.
- Vegetables are the most important, and should make up the highest percentage of every meal, since they offer vitamins, minerals and fibre that is essential for heathy living. They also offer anti-oxidants for improved immune health, detoxes the body, controls blood sugar, and can be a low-calorie snack to nibble on when you’re feeling peckish. There is no end to the benefits of vegetables, especially when often accompanied with a fruit.
It’s important to remember that the ratios in which these food groups should be eaten is dependent on a variety of factors such as your body type (Endomorph, Mesomorph or Ectomorph), or what kind of weight-related goal you’re trying to achieve – simply being healthier, losing weight or building muscle?
There are also other small changes you can make to make the transition easier, such as steaming your food instead of frying it in oil. Replacing sweeteners with healthier options – such as swapping out cane sugar for Erythritol or Stevia, or the obvious best option being; cutting out sugar completely, however you might want to do that gradually. The College Nutritionist focuses primarily on healthy living for people who are pressed for time, and she offers many helpful hints and meal prep ideas on the matter. Follow them on Instagram.
Increasing Water Intake
Everyone knows that water is essential to your health, and its benefits range from the more obvious ones such as lubricating your joints, forming saliva and mucus, aiding the digestive tract and flushing out bodily waste. But did you know that it also delivers oxygen to the rest of your body, improves skin health and helps to regulate your body temperature?
There are even more hidden benefits in water that we commonly don’t think about – for example, many nutrients dissolve in water, which would make it much easier for your body to absorb said nutrients when increasing water intake. It also boosts your performance during exercise, and helps to regulate your food consumption by creating a sense of fullness which, by extension, also assists with the weight loss process.
This is the most well-known and yet most overlooked and avoided part in the fat elimination process. If you are someone who often disregards exercise because of lack of time or motivation, why not start small?
When you exercise, your brain releases hormones called endorphins. These hormones create a sense of happiness, so while you may not notice it at first, exercise increases your mood. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s start with a basic exercise regime – let’s take fifteen minutes out of your day to start being more physically active.
The most well renowned way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time is by doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). These workouts are jam-packed with bursts of intense physical activity, paired with short resting periods. This type of workout is designed to get your heart rate high and keep your metabolic rate faster for hours after you’ve completed the exercise. Here are some basic HIIT patterns that you can repeat for 15 minutes at a time:
- Mountain Climbers: Start in a high plank position, then lift your knees up to your chest in quick succession, as though you’re running, for about 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
- Jump Squats: After warming up, do jump squats as quickly as you can for about 45 seconds, then march in place for 15 seconds.
- Flutter Kicks: While lying on your back with your hands tucked behind your neck for support, and keeping your shoulders off the floor, keep your legs straight and lift them into the air one by one for about 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
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