Eating To Beat Cellulite


Cellulite: 99% of us want to get rid of it and eating the right foods is a major part of that. Forget anything you’ve read about cellulite being made from stored toxins: it’s not true. Cellulite is fat just like that on your tummy, but in cellulite it’s gone a bit wrong. In women, body fat is collected in small box-like cell structures. In normal areas these boxes are hidden under the skin, but in cellulite they get squished upwards for a mixture of reasons (including excess weight, fluid retention and damage to the walls of the boxes) and they press against the skin, creating that domed and dimply look.


how to beat cellulite


The key to eating to beat cellulite is therefore to choose foods that help counteract the processes that trigger ‘squishing’ – and avoid foods that make them worse. If you can do this (and combine it with the other cellulite fighting tricks in this section like exercise, body brushing and a bit of a pampering) you can eliminate minor cellulite totally in four weeks and make enough difference to more severe cases to wear that bikini with pride. Plus, you’ll also lose up to half a stone, slim down your stomach, hips and thighs, and potentially improve the look of your skin from head to toe.


If you do nothing else to fight cellulite, these four steps will make a difference.


1. Cut down on calories: If you’re overweight, losing weight will shrink the fat boxes. Aim for 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, focusing on low-fat, higher-protein and fruit and vegetable packed meals.


2. Fight fluid retention: Areas of cellulite contain higher than average amounts of water-attracting cells: if you have excess fluid in the body this will gravitate to these cells swelling the boxes (a major cause of cellulite in thinner women). Cutting down on salt and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day helps fight this.


3. Increase antioxidants: The walls that surround the fat boxes are made from collagen and therefore get damaged by free radicals (produced by things like smoking, sunbathing, pollutants etc). This makes them tougher and causes them to shrink, which stretches the skin more tightly over the top of the fat boxes making them more noticeable. Aim to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, to help supply antioxidants that fight free radicals.


4. Reduce toxins: While it’s not true that cellulite is stored toxins it doesn’t mean that saturated fat, sugar, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes don’t play a role in its formation. All of these trigger free radicals, and they also put pressure on the lymph system (which flushes toxins from your body). This is bad news, as when the lymph system is sluggish it actually creates fibres which bind to the walls of the fat boxes, making them thicker. This is turn creates extra pressure on the fat squishing things further upwards.


how to beat cellulite

Cellulite-fighting foods


However, to truly fight cellulite you should also aim to include in your diet foods that help power up all the processes above: Aim to eat at least of these top foods every day to improve results.


  1. Proteins such as white fish, chicken, beans and pulses: these contain amino acids that fight fluid retention.
  2. Oily fish: As well as being a good source of protein, this also contains essential fats that hydrate the skin (making cellulite less noticeable).
  3. Avocado: also vital for healthy skin – plus essential fats help you burn more body fat.
  4. Blueberries, blackcurrants, raspberries: Among the highest sources of antioxidants out there.
  5. Eggs: Incredibly high in detoxifying agents.
  6. Bran and oat cereals: Breakfast stokes the metabolism leading to easier weight loss – plus cereals contain high levels of antioxidants.
  7. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and asparagus: Diuretic foods that fight fluid retention.
  8. Citrus fruit, pineapple, papaya: All high in vitamin C, vital for creating healthy collagen.
  9. Low-fat dairy products: calcium in these increases the amount of body fat you lose while dieting.
  10. Bananas: Circulation boosting and good fluid-retention fighters


Foods that make it worse


  1. Anything high in saturated fat – high in calories and free-radical producing.
  2. High sugar foods – sugar actually produces more free radicals than fat.
  3. High GI carbohydrates (like white bread, rice and baked potatoes). Raise levels of fat storing insulin.
  4. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages: These pressurise the lymphatic system.
  5. Alcohol: increases free radicals and may boost fat storage.
  6. High salt foods like peanuts, crisps, ready meals, canned soups etc