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Dr. Oz: Cellulite solutions and tips to end overeating for easy weight loss

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Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed cellulite treatments and how to stop mindless overeating to enhance weight loss on July 23 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz said it's a myth that only overweight women have cellulite, and pointed out that most thin women have it too. Cellulite is subcutaneous fat that gives skin a lumpy, bumpy appearance. It's caused by genetics, poor diet, hormone changes and lack of exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Contrary to popular belief, exercise alone cannot get rid of cellulite, said Dr. Oz. But eating a high-fiber, water-rich diet, using certain creams, and exfoliating your skin with a dry brush can minimize the lumpy, cottage-cheese appearance of cellulite.

Dr. Oz recommended drinking plenty of water, and adding high-fiber vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers, melons, radishes, carrots and strawberries to your diet.

He also said three cellulite-fighting remedies have been shown to dramatically reduce the appearance of lumpy cellulite: caffeine creams, retinol creams, and dry brushing. Two audience members used a caffeine cream and retinol cream for 10 days and both visibly improved their cellulite.

Awareness Is the Key To Ending Overeating

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz discussed why you overeat when you're not hungry and how to combat mindless eating to promote natural weight loss. Dr. Oz said there are several things that trigger overeating.

One trigger is eating from snack-sized bags of chips or cookies. While these portion-controlled snacks were intended to limit overeating, studies show they actually cause you to eat more.

Another overeating cue is dining with friends. You'll eat 35 percent more when you dine with one friend and 96 percent more when you eat with seven friends, according to Dr. Brian Wansink, a professor of consumer behavior at Cornell University. You don't need to become anti-social to avoid overeating, but you should be aware that social settings can cause you to overeat, said Wansink.

Finally, you should be aware that restaurants and food companies do rigorous testing to "hook" you on their products, so when you crave something, it's the result of intentional, well-placed psychological and visual cues.

The only way to combat this is to practice intentional, mindful eating, said Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Awareness is the first step to regaining control of your diet and your health.

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