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Dr. Oz: Cellulite treatments and how to stop overeating

Dr. Oz busts cellulite myths and reveals cellulite fighting remedies and diet
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Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how to get rid of cellulite and end mindless overeating on the April 24 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Oz said it's a myth that only overweight women have cellulite, noting that most skinny 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.

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

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

Dr. Oz said three cellulite-fighting remedies have been proven to dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite:

  • Caffeine cream. Two audience members used the caffeine cream and the retinol cream for 10 days and said they both noticeably improved their cellulite.
  • Retinol cream. Retinol is the main ingredient in wrinkle creams, and has been shown to break down fatty deposits under the top layer of skin.
  • Dry brushing. Exfoliating your skin with a dry brush before you shower will give your skin a smooth appearance.

How to Stop Overeating

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz revealed why you overeat when you're not hungry and how to combat mindless eating. 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 Professor Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating. This doesn't mean you should be anti-social, but you should be aware that social settings can cause you to overeat.

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, author of The End of Overeating. Awareness is the first step to regaining control of your diet and your health.