Fighting Cellulite with the Dukan Diet Cellulite Rhythm
It is not a very well known fact that Dr Dukan considers that his Dukan Diet “is set apart from most others which have no specific effect on cellulite”. He has even specially adapted the Cruise Phase rhythms to target the weight loss impact on the thighs, hips and knees for which he advocates a 2/0 rhythm. This is two days of pure protein on Mondays and Thursdays with sensible eating in between. Dr Dukan believes that this rhythm is particularly suits women who are small on top but who carry their weight around their hips and thighs.
So besides the Cellulite Rhythm what else does the Dukan Diet provide that Dr Dukan believes make it effective in fighting cellulite:
- Reduction in salt consumption
- Reduction in alcohol consumption
- Drinking mineral water
- Eating a diet high in protein
- The Dukan Diet Exercises
Reduction in Salt Consumption
By its emphasis on real unprocessed foods the Dukan Diet will naturally steer you towards a low salt diet which helps prevent water retention. Following a low salt diet is of particular importance to any woman who is prone to water retention as a result of her hormones. This additional water is often retained in those areas where cellulite occurs and makes the cellulite worse.
Reduction in Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol works in much the same way as salt and it can cause the temporary build up of fluids within the body, as it slows down the transit of water through your body.
Drinking Mineral Water
As with so many things not all mineral waters are the same. You are looking for a mineral water which is low in sodium but which has a good assortment of other minerals as your body finds it easy to absorb these minerals. Mineral water also helps cleanse your body as the minerals can have laxative and diuretic properties. You should avoid purified water as the purifying process removes the vital minerals as well as the harmful bacteria. If there are no minerals in your water your body will steal the minerals such as potassium, magnesium,sodium and calcium from elsewhere in your body to make the mineralized water that your body needs.
Eating a Diet High in Protein
Foods high in protein act as a natural diuretic and by having high levels in your diet you can lose weight without losing muscle or skin tone.
The Dukan Diet Exercises
Three out of the four Dukan Diet exercise target the problem areas for cellulite, stomach, hips, thighs and bottom. I’ve found the guidance in the book very hard to follow and have provided my interpretation on the exercises in these posts.
Dukan Diet Exercises: Dukan Diet Thigh Squats
Dukan Diet Exercises: Sloping Stomach Crunches
Dukan Diet Exercises: The Bottom Bounce