Cave women did not have cellulite...
In our previous article about the relation between Paleolithic living and cellulite I explained how our modern lifestyle today causes generative disease, obesity and cellulite and why cellulite was not existent in our female stone age ancestors although the pre-cellulite "infrastructure" exists in all human beings.
In this article I am going to explain how to learn lessons from the pre-agricultural era to prevent, stabilise or reduce cellulite.
13 lessons our stone-age ancestors can teach us about cellulite prevention and reduction
It is not as difficult as it seems to adapt our modern lifestyle to the needs of our Palaeolithic genes. Here are a few tips:
- Although game meat is very expensive these days, you can emulate the nutritional properties of game by choosing low fat meat. You may be surprised but there is such a thing as low fat meat, i.e. beef, pork or lamb meat with as little as 1-5% fat. You just have to choose the right cuts of meat. Just look at the label at the supermarket or ask for lean cuts of meat - typically red with no marbling. Chicken, turkey and duck breast (without the fat!) are also very low in fat and adhere to Paleolithic standards.
- Fish and seafood are typically low in fat, and oily fish in particular (salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout and halibut, among others) can actually help you lose weight by stimulating the release of fat from your fat cells via interaction with the so-called PPAR-alpha receptors in your fat cells.
- You do not need to forget about starches such as rice, potatoes, corn and wheat either. All you have to do is eat starchy meals immediately after one hour of exercise (or more prolonged physical activity), and the carbs will not be deposited in your cellulite tissues - provided you keep portions small!
- In fact you do not need to eliminate sweets either. You just have to eat them strictly only after one hour of vigorous exercise, in small amounts, and only a couple of times a week. Of course you cannot have both a dessert and a starchy meal after a single bout of exercise without risking inflating those cellulite fat cells...
- Sedentary occupation may be a problem but you can always power-walk to and from work (at least partially) and hit the gym in the morning, lunchtime, evening, and especially on weekends. If you dislike the gym, cycling, running, dancing and playign sports like tennis, basketball, hockey etc. will also do help undo the damage that office-work is causing to your bum!
- Vitamin D may not play a significant role in cellulite reduction but it does play a huge role in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, auto-immune disease and osteoporosis. Although I would not go as far as recommending sunbed tanning, I would strongly recommend sunbathing when on holiday (using the lowest SPF necessary to prevent sunburn). Taking a daily vitamin D3 supplement (2,000~5,000IU per day, according to your bodyweight, always in combination with some vitamin K2) is also a great way to boost your vitamin D levels.
- It is my firm belief that if you want to stay slim and healthy (and prevent cellulite) you must start loving vegetables and herbs. Not just put up with them, but love them! Vegetables and herbs provide you with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory substances, fibre, water and, most importantly, a feeling of fullness - with almost zero calories! Our paleolithic ancestors used to eat vast amounts of vegetables and herbs, especially compared to modern humans. Over millions of years, our cells, tissues and organs learned to depend on vegetable and herb ingredients in order to accomplish their tasks, such as energy production, detoxification, tissue repair etc. Simply put, vegetables and herbs represent the number one anti-obesity, anti-cancer and anti-cellulite food group.
- Berry fruits are pretty similar to vegetables and are ideal Paleolithic/anti-cellulite foods. Other non-sweet fruits are also great, but steer clear of things like dates, grapes and bananas which contain way too many calories in comparison to the micronutrients they provide.
- Although nuts have been a part of the Paleolithic diet, they are simply too calorific to be part of a Paleolithic diet adapted to modern needs, so please consume sparingly. The same applies to oils, including olive oil. Olive oil is good for you but it is still very fattening, so use in moderation.
- Pulses, such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, are extremely healthy foods with a balanced ratio of nutrients verus calories, especially the bright-coloured varieties.
- Throughout our millions of years of evolution, we never had access to calorific liquids such as fruit juices (except perhaps milk during our first couple of years of life), so fruit juices - unlike fruits - have a fattening effect on the body. After all fruit juice cartons do not grow on trees, do they?
- Avoid flooding your body with excessive levels of artificial estrogen contained in hormone-based contraceptives. Estrogens are clearly a group of adipogenic (fat cell number-increasing) chemicals and are part of the cellulite epidemic today.
- Eliminate xenoestrogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals used as preservatives or contained in plastic cartons, plastic bottles, kitchen wrap and tins. Prefer fresh, organic food that is not packaged in those containers instead instead.
Listen to your DNA
This was a quick summary of how you can align the needs of your DNA (including the genes that control the development of cellulite) with today's hectic, artificial lifestyle.
Naturally, I do not expect that you can follow all this advice 100% of the time, but you can at least attempt to follow it 80% of the time, or even 60% of the time, and make up for the difference with regular quality cellulite treatments, in combination with the regular application of a quality anti-cellulite cream with high concentrations of active ingredients.