I was perusing the internet recently when I came across something that has been haunting me lately: The C word. You all know it, and you all don’t love it. That’s right: cellulite. Everyone hates cellulite, and as I have gotten older, I have certainly grown to be just like everyone else. Cellulite may be natural, but it is the worst!
Here’s what it looks like up close. Basically, when your fat is pushed up against your skin, it sometimes presses through fibers in your tissue, giving it a wrinkled, dimply appearance. It’s the same fat as anywhere else on your body, but because of these fibers it looks totally different.
But there is good news! There are ways to combat cellulite, and it’s not just about exercise.
AVOID: Alcohol, foods high in sugar, foods high in salt, fried foods, sugary alcohol beverages, and packaged snack foods. I hate to break it to you, guys, but these things that we already know are bad for us really, truly are bad for us. Especially in regards to cellulite. If you don’t want cellulite, don’t give in. (more…)
Fat makes you fat, right? Wrong.
For years, all fats have been made out to be a delicious incarnation the devil. As a health and nutrition coach, I get questions all the time from my clients about low-fat diets and avoiding avocados and olive oil in case they cause weight gain. Some have even justified eating an entire bag of Twizzlers because it says, “No Fat”.
Listen up: Fat is not the enemy! At least, not entirely.
Let me be clear in saying that there are many kinds of fats, including the saturated and trans fats found in candy bars, processed foods, and T-bone steaks—these are generally no good. But there are also the natural fats found in whole foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon, coconuts, and olive oil, which are so, so good!
The Flat Belly Diet is centered around fat, but not just the kind around your waistline. It’s a book and eating philosophy put together by Liz Vaccariello and nutritionist Cynthia Sass of Prevention magazine. The plan centers around MUFAs (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids). Monounsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature, but may solidify in your refrigerator. They help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
There is no shortage of eating with the Flat Belly Diet, as you are recommended to have four 400 calorie meals, all with a MUFA source. So what foods are rich in monounsaturated fatty acid? Foods high in MUFA include nuts, avocados, dark chocolate, sunflower oil, canola oil and Rachael Ray’s favorite- olive oil.
Check out this spotlight on the Rachael Ray show that recently aired.