While no diet can ever cure you of cellulite or prevent you from developing it completely, there are certain foods you can eat, or avoid to help keep cellulite at bay. Here are some top tips to make your diet as cellulite-unfriendly as possible. And what’s even better - these tips are good for your general health as well!
The Cellulite Villains
Refined carbohydrates, like white bread, rice and pasta are all problematic. They’re all inflammatory foods, and when you begin to suffer from inflammation, your fat cells start to enlarge retaining fluid and toxins, which is a key step in the development of cellulite.
Processed foods, like chips, sodas, processed meat, ready-made meals, and convenience foods often contain a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates. These foods can cause spikes in blood sugar, causing your body to produce more insulin and as we’ve seen with refined carbohydrates, this too can cause fat cells to grow, retaining fluid and toxins, which again leads to cellulite.
Salt may not cause cellulite but it could certainly make it looks worse. Salt causes you to retain fluid in the fat cells and tissue, which leads to the problem of puckered lumpy flesh we call orange peel skin.
The Cellulite Heroes
Eating whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates (whole-wheat flour, brown rice and wholegrain pasta instead of their white versions) has been shown to help with weight loss. While thin people also suffer from cellulite, putting on extra fat certainly won’t help with reducing cellulite. Whole-grains also help you feel full for longer, helping you avoid unhealthy snacks, and they’re high in antioxidants, which help to reduce toxins that can cause cellulite.
While you should avoid processed fats it’s vital that you include some healthy fats in your diet. The fatty acids in oily fish like salmon and mackerel can help your body to metabolize fat (including the fat in your cellulite). Oily fish contain a lot of antioxidants and the fatty acids also help strengthen skin tissue, which can reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Other foods containing healthy fats, like nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil also help with weight loss. Olive oil also contains fats that keep your thyroid healthy (monounsaturated fats and polyphenols), which boost your metabolism and help skin-building cells, leading to a reduction in fat cell expansion and stronger thicker skin. Remember, if you’re cooking with olive oil use a low temperature, or even better, use it cold in salad dressings.
Fruit and vegetables should be a part of any healthy diet but we have a few favourites that are particularly good at fighting cellulite.
As we mentioned before some foods should be avoided because they cause inflammation, but don’t worry, there are plenty of foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants and polyphenols are particularly good at reducing inflammation, and they can be found in fruits like berries and oranges.
Oranges and other citrus fruits also contain vitamin C which helps your body produce collagen, strengthening your skin. Lycopene is another antioxidant found in fruit, which helps improve circulation, smoothing cellulite away. You can find it in watermelon and pink grapefruit, which also happen to be great metabolism boosters.
Dark berries like blueberries and blackberries can also help with collagen production, and they also include other antioxidants that can help break down fat attached to your connective tissue, which should help reduce the lumpy appearance of cellulite.
Let’s not forget the family favorites apples and bananas. Bananas contain zinc which helps with healthy skin and potassium which aids circulation. And apples contain antioxidants and pectin which helps detoxify your digestive tract.
When your mom told you to eat up all your greens she was doing you a big favour! Some of our favourite vegetables contain top cellulite busting components.
Asparagus and cucumber both have diuretic properties, relieving fluid build-up and reducing bloating, helping remove toxins, reducing the appearance of your cellulite and helping to prevent it develop further. Asparagus also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help stimulate circulation, both of which are important when preventing cellulite.
Some vegetables contain more vitamins than others and broccoli is one of those stars. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as alpha lipoic acid. This substance helps prevent collagen hardening and contributing to cellulite. Bean sprouts are another vitamin bomb, containing A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as a wide number of vital minerals. This help stimulates circulation and helps liver function, all of which help prevent cellulite.
We mentioned lycopene in fruit, but it also appears in some vegetables too, including tomatoes and beetroot (yes, we know - tomatoes are technically a fruit), where it will help stimulate your circulation and help smooth your cellulite away. Beetroot also contains vitamin E which is important for healthy skin and vitamin A which helps boost your collagen. Tomatoes contain vitamin C which is also good for skin health.
This list of cellulite busting foods is by no means complete, so why not share your favorite cellulite busting ingredient or dish with us on our Instagram using the tag #GloWomen
And watch this space, where we’ll have a second article looking at even more cellulite busting foods, including everyone’s favorite, dark chocolate!
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