Countdown to a peachy bum

Newsflash: Dieting and hardcore exercise won’t blitz your cellulite. But we know other tricks that will… Take a look!

4 MONTHS TO GO
Eat Fat
Cutting fat from your diet to lose inches off your thighs is plain silly, says a fitness trainer. “Not only will you feel hungry all the time, but the fatty acids in natural, unprocessed sources of fat actually help to process fat from the body,” he says. Just stick to good fat (found in nuts, fish, plant oil and avocados) and avoid hard, white fat or meat and anything deep-fried or with ‘hydrogenated’ on the label.

Chill Out
Stress gives you love handles and saddlebags; it sends fight-or-flight hormones racing around your body, and without a sabretoothed tiger to slay (your stress is more likely due to deadlines and credit-card payments), these hormones are stored as fat. Make it your business to relax more. Get immersed in a hobby, go for long walks, get a dog (stroking one lowers your blood pressure—fact), and replace jitter-inducing junk food, fizzy drinks and muffins with stress-busting berries, green veggies, and turkey.

3 MONTHS TO GO
Cut back on exercise
“If you exercise like a demon or stress yourself out to fit in your sessions, you risk getting podgy from stress hormones you produce,” says a trainer. That doesn’t mean exercise isn’t essential for fighting cellulite— just “limit your sessions to three a week, and replace one cardio session with yoga or Pilates to calm your system and stretch your muscles,” says James. Squats and lunges are still the best moves for a killer bum and thighs.

Feed your skin
Moisturise your skin with creams full of collage-boosting ingredients, using firm, upward strokes.

2 MONTHS TO GO
Invest in the Latest Treatments
These are all about breaking up the fatty, fibrous clumps under your skin, without any scalpels or needles. RADIO FREQUENCY (Available at VLCC and ISAAC MediSpa) What it is: It uses radio frequency waves to heat up the water in your cells. This boosts their metabolic function—ie, their fat-burning, and collagen-producing ability.Take a Supplement
Some powerful nutrients are proven to help the body burn fat and keep skin plump and healthy. “Look for Vitamin C, which helps build collagen. One kiwi or a cup of strawberries a day should do the trick,” advises a doctor. While Vitamin E helps improve circulation, Vitamin A reduces free radicals in the body. Food rich in calcium and low in salt and sugar works best in improving and preventing cellulite.

6 WEEKS TO GO
Go For a Massage
Massaging your legs can smooth and reshape them.Try a Cellulite Cream
No beauty editor has ever used a cream that made her cellulite vanish entirely. Fact. But using a good one for four to six weeks will make it less noticeable if it’s quite light. “High levels of caffeine and botanical extracts of algae, horse chestnut, and rosemary rev up skin’s micro-circulation and the metabolism of the fat cells underneath it.

1 WEEK TO GO
Have an Incredible Shrinking Bath
Try a Epsom-salt bath a few days before a holiday or photoshoot because the magnesium in them drains toxins fast and helps boost digestion. Well, then look what it does for you!

Courtesy: http://cosmo.intoday.in

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