"The pain passes, but the beauty remains."
Pierre Auguste Renoir
How to Beat Cellulite and Look Like Daisy Duke
By Monica Ciociola
We've all read about the extraordinary measures celebrities
go through to wipe out every molecule of cellulite from their bodies. Remember
how pop star Jessica Simpson followed an aggressive exercise and diet plan to
be able to wear Daisy Duke's signature shorts in the Dukes of Hazzard movie? Her fitness
regimen included two hours a day of intense squats and lunges with her personal
trainer, and her diet plan required that she cut out all sugar except fruit.
But you don't have to have your own reality show to banish cellulite forever,
and here's a simple and affordable diet and
exercise plan that proves it.
There is mounting evidence that foods that break down fat,
slow down the breakdown of collagen, and improve circulation and blood flow
help to combat the appearance of cellulite.1 Just as Jessica cut out sugar, you'll want to cut back, too. Plus, add these
foods to your diet and watch those unsightly lumps and bumps fade away:
- Whole grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables contain
key nutrients and phytochemicals that burn fat and help reduce cellulite. But,
as we keep saying, try to cut back on bad, refined carbs like white bread,
cookies, and muffins.
- Coffee, tea, and cocoa are high
in caffeine and can also help burn fat. To really accelerate your fat-burning
results, taking a green tea supplement such as Beachbody's Slimming Formula may also do wonders for your backside, especially when combined with an
- Celery, onions, eggplant,
asparagus, and watermelon are natural diuretics and will help
reduce fluid buildup. Stay away from foods high in sodium, which have the
- Water (and lots of it!) helps
eliminate waste and toxins from your body and maintain normal blood pressure
and blood flow.
- Salmon and other fatty fish have omega-3
fats that expand blood vessels to improve circulation and blood flow.
- Red wine, red grape juice, and red grape skins block the
function of two enzymes that break down collagen, which is believed to prevent
the production of cellulite.2
Just adding red wine to your diet won't do the trick (regardless of what those banner ads tell you!) unless you also follow an
effective workout program. As mentioned, Jessica followed an intense program of
squats and lunges with her personal trainera luxury most of us can't afford.
Instead we'll need to learn the right moves, or even better, follow an
effective in-home fitness program along with online trainer support. Here's
what you need to know . . .
- How to do the perfect lunge. Stand up
straight, with your abs lifted, arms hanging by your sides, and your feet
together. Inhale, and take a large step forward with your right leg, keeping
your arms by your sides. Bend both knees so your right knee is directly over
your right ankle and your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Hold for two seconds
and then exhale as you straighten both legs. Repeat this motion with the left
leg forward. Make sure to keep your body weight centered. Special Tip:
If you're having trouble, use a chair for support.
- How to do the perfect squat. Stand up
straight, with your abs tight and your feet at hip width. You can clasp your
hands in front of you or let your arms hang straight down. Inhale and bend your
knees as if you were going to sit back in a chair, lowering down until your
thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. Pause at the bottom of the motion,
then exhale as you slowly stand up. Special Tip: If you're having
trouble, start by sitting in a chair and standing back up, using your hands to
- Best fitness programs for lunges and squats. In Slim
in 6®, celebrity trainer Debbie
Siebers will show you the right technique and motivate you to keep going for
your best toning results. If you've already completed a Beachbody fitness
program, you'll want to skip Slim in 6 and go straight to Debbie's advanced Slim
Series program. You'll learn even more ways to do lunges and squats than
you ever thought possible, go deeper, and do more reps with added resistance
until your thighs and buns are smooth, toned, and tight!
- Best online trainer support. You can
get more tips on technique and more support to reach your goals at Beachbody's
online diet and support club, TeamBeachbody.com.
1,2 Kleiner, Susan M., PhD, RD, FACN, CNS. The
Ultimate Anti-Cellulite Diet. Fitness RX. October 2005.
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Chocolategate: 6 Myths Unmasked
By Denis Faye
thought the spin doctors in Washington, D.C., were masters of the craft, they don't hold a candle
against the slicksters working in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Every couple of years, the
chocolate industry comes out with this claim or that about how chocolate is
good for you. While there's a shred of truth to this, for the most part,
chocolate is chocolate is chocolate and the health benefit it has is outweighed
by the saturated fat and sugar that will clog your arteries and make you fat.
me wrong. I love chocolate. In fact, you have no idea how much I love it. I'd
bathe in it, if I couldbut I'm also willing to admit that it's just not good
it? I thought that might happen so, in the spirit of fairness, I challenged a
member of the chocolate community to a debate. The following is an excerpt from
a conversation between me and the Red M&M Guy. Given he's obviously smarter
than the Yellow M&M Guy, it makes it more of a fair fight.
Red M&M Guy: Chocolate is a good source of
Beachbody: Wrong. Sure it has potassium, copper, and magnesium, but as stated above, it
also has plenty of saturated fat. If you're looking for a sweet source of
minerals, eat a banana.
Red M&M Guy: Chocolate is packed with antioxidants.
Beachbody: That is correct. The
cocoa bean contains flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants, but so do
fruits, veggies, tea, and coffeeand these things don't contain (say it with
me now) saturated fat and tons of sugar.
Red M&M Guy: You're a sarcastic jerk.
Beachbody: Yeah, probably, but
that's off topic. We're talking about chocolate here.
Red M&M Guy: Chocolate's saturated fat isn't bad saturated
Beachbody: Hogwash. Stearic
acid, a "good" saturated fat, is indeed present in chocolate, but the
stuff's also full of other saturated fats, like palmitic acid, that are nasty
as can be.
Red M&M Guy: But studies show its benefits!
Beachbody: Here's where the real
spin comes in. Yes, in 1998 Harvard University published a study
that indicated men who ate chocolate lived up to a year longer. But if you read
the fine print, you'll see the guys who benefited most ate a small amount one to three times a month.
Red M&M Guy: Wow. This is all really depressing.
It makes me want to . . . eat chocolate! Wait a minute. I've read that
chocolate works as an antidepressant! I've got you this time, wisenheimer!
Beachbody: You do have a point, but there are
a couple other things that have proven more beneficial in the long term to
fight a case of the blues: diet and exercise.
Red M&M Guy: I hate you.
Beachbody: Come on, man! I'm not telling you
to cut it out completely. I love chocolate and eat it regularly, but as a
treat. It's all about moderation. Like a margarita or a Bruce Willis movie,
chocolate isn't good for you, but it's an acceptable, occasional pleasure.
Those fellas in the Harvard study probably lived a little longer because they
knew how to relax a little without overdoing it.
As a matter
of fact, I haven't had a treat in at least a weekand you're looking pretty
Red M&M Guy: Get away from me.
Beachbody: Come back here, little buddy! It's
All characters in this articleeven
those based on real peopleare entirely fictional. All celebrity voices are
impersonated . . . poorly. Well, you can't hear them, but trust us, they are.
The facts, however, are all true.
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