Want to give your body a bit of a helping hand when it comes to firming up your bum and thighs in time for summer? Looking for a way to prevent and reduce cellulite more effectively? You could do worse than to sit down to a tasty breakfast of porridge with berries and nuts, or scrambled eggs with salmon washed down with some green tea.
Why, you ask?
If you’re serious about shifting the dreaded dimples and unwanted fat deposits around your derriere and upper legs, then you need to look at not only revving up your exercise plan, but also packing some cellulite-fighting foods into your diet. This is why we’ve taken the most important meal of the day – breakfast – and come up with some of the top ingredients you need to get your morning off to a fantastic, fat-blasting start.
If you’re keen to pack a bit of protein into your breakfast then look no further than salmon. Oily fish is full of the fatty acids that can help your body metabolise the nasty fats (read: the ones that are harder to budge) faster.
Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, this delicious green veg helps boost circulation and flushes out toxins that can cause the dreaded dimples.
Add some tomatoes to your brekkie for extra skin-strengthening benefits and a vitamin C boost.
As well as being packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, green tea also contains fat-busting ingredient theobromine, which helps break down and release stored fat deposits.
Fruit salads of antioxidant-rich berries such as blueberries are not only tasty but can also help stimulate collagen production, which can improve the appearance of orange-peel thighs.
Fresh citrus juice
Try supping on fresh orange or pink grapefruit juice – or eating a whole one for your breakfast. These are great sources of methoxylated bioflavonoids, which help pep up a sluggish circulation (a known cause of cellulite).
The perfect breakfast staple, eggs contain lecithin – an essential ingredient in helping the body repair cell walls and connective tissue.
Want to avoid the build-up of cellulite and help prevent your body from retaining excess fat across your bum and thighs? Swap starchy breads and cereals with high refined sugar content (which can cause a surge in insulin and encourage the body to store fat) for whole grains such as oats. Oats are a great source of fibre, which aids digestion and prevents excess fluid retention.
A great-tasting treat at the breakfast table, watermelon is also a fantastic source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps improve circulation and smooth out those problem areas over time.
Another great way to add some protein to your breakfast, nuts such as almonds and walnuts contain healthy fats and vitamins associated with firmer skin, and they can help regulate the body’s metabolism.
What do you usually eat for breakfast? What foods do you recommend to stay trim, toned and healthy?