For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Paleo Diet, Mark’s Daily Apple is the primary blog source for info and inspiration related to the paleo movement. It’s also one of the most popular blogs I know of, which is why I was so excited when last week, The Cellulite Investigation was featured on the site!
Mark’s wife, Carrie, recently started responding to reader’s questions related to womens issues, so of course the subject of cellulite was bound to come up. She did a great job of explaining what cellulite is (“the pitted appearance of fat deposits in the body”) and the various contributing factors (hormones, changes in weight, toxic buildup, etc).
She did rely on the genetic argument to explain why thin women have cellulite, but overall the article was right on target. Check out her summary of how to treat cellulite:
You can enhance the health of your connective tissue and skin’s collagen through regular exercise, whole body movement like yoga and Tai Chi, avoiding sugar, and by incorporating relevant nutrients into your diet like EFAs (especially omega-3s), clean saturated fats, and glucosamine. (Sounds suspiciously Primal, doesn’t it?) Consider it a good excuse to make some healthy homemade broth on a regular basis.
She even throws in an endorsement for CI!
I’d recommend checking out the Cellulite Investigation website for more Primally-compatible tips.
The reader comments at the end of the article are worth reading, too —especially because they include two cellulite success stories from real women, as opposed to the contrived testimonials we are accustomed to reading on sites that endorse conventional anti cellulite products.
Kirsch tells us that her cellulite disappeared after a grueling hiking trek. Here is her exact comment:
I know from experience that cellulite can be completely eliminated. I have had cellulite all my life but after a 4 week trek to Everest, I came back 15 pounds lighter, super energetic and without ANY cellulite. But it will return if one goes back to old ways and a sedentary lifestyle.
It came down to a lot of exhausting mountain hiking, drinking a lot of water to keep hydrated (especially important at altitude) and eating a non-Western diet.
Cellulite will disappear completely but it takes a lot of physical effort, daily activity level, proper diet and lots of water.
My advice to women is put on your hiking boots and head for the hills on a regular basis and drink lots of water. Forget all the gimmicks out there in the marketplace.
I’m not saying we should all head for Mount Everest, but it is worth noting that Kirsch’s experience fits with our current theory that cellulite can be eliminated through increased movement and eating a non-industrialized diet.
I had a lot of luck with dry brushing also. I started it several months ago, and between that, using coconut oil for moisturizer and upping my good fat intake, cellulite is virtually gone (and I’m not at my lowest body fat either, since I’m 8 months pregnant!). I also love the soft skin too! Between that and my new ability to tan thanks to eating healthy, I finally like my skin for the first time ever!
Our list of real life cellulite success stories seems to be growing longer each week now. Are you inspired by these latest accounts? If anything, they tell us that it is possible to get rid of cellulite.
Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation. Things are a little quite around here at the moment. I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home. Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!