Cellulite is fat – as fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin while the connective cords that link the skin to the muscle pull down. This creates the dimpled look. Hormones, genes, skin texture and body type all have a role in determining if a person will have cellulite and how severe it will be – and diet has a major role to play also.
Dr Lionel Bissoon, author of ‘The Cellulite Cure’, said: “The women of Peru don’t have cellulite, which, I believe, is down to the fact that they have a diet high in natural phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens), which balances their oestrogen levels.”
Flaxseed contains hormone modulators called lignans, which lower excess oestrogen levels.
Sprinkle one or two tablespoons of flaxseed – which can also be known as linseed – on porridge or in a smoothie.
Carbohydrates and salt
Speaking to Get the Gloss, Kate said: “We know that carbohydrates can encourage the body to retain fluid, as can salt, causing fluid to build and become trapped.
“Certain foods will encourage water weight to drop because they have a diuretic quality.”
So keep salt to a minimum, and don’t lean heavily on carbohydrates when planning your meals.