No matter what age, shape or size you are, the dreaded cellulite will appear on your body. It is almost guaranteed, as 90% of women will develop this pesky problem over time. It is not a life threatening condition, but most women consider its appearance unappealing and will take all kinds of measures to fight it. Most treatments do not work effectively. Diet and lifestyle play a significant role in cellulite’s development. Accordingly, adding the right kind of foods to your diet may help you reduce the bumpiness. To help you out, I prepared a list of top 20 foods that fight cellulite.
What Is So Special About Foods That Fight Cellulite?
To answer this question you need to understand how cellulite forms.
The cottage cheese look on your skin is a result of disarray of fat cells and connective tissue under the epidermis. Among other, weight gain and toxicity in our bodies cause fat cells to enlarge. The connective tissue, which gets weaker as we age, becomes unable to constrain the fat cells. As the fat cells get larger and larger, they will begin to push out on the epidermis, causing the bumpy look.
To fight cellulite and restore a more even appearance of the skin, it is necessary to shrink the fat cells and strengthen the connective tissue. To some degree we can achieve this by changing our diet and eating “special foods”.
The foods that fight cellulite are foods that will help you:
- burn fat
- reduce toxicity in your body
- revitalize the connective tissue
- strengthen the epidermis
Types Of Foods That Fight Cellulite
- Antioxidant rich foods – They protect your body from harmful free radicals, toxins which may cause much damage to your tissues. Free radicals may affect your liver and cause toxin accumulation in the fat cells.
- Vitamin rich foods – Several vitamins, namely, A, C and E are known to boost collagen production and help fight inflammation of connective tissue.
- Foods high in omega-3 – Omega-3 are essential fatty acids . Our bodies cannot make them, thus it is important that we eat foods which contain these fatty acids. They are beneficial for a whole host of conditions, including tissue inflammation and circulation. Inflammation of connective tissue as well as poor circulation will lead to the unappealing dimply skin.
- Fiber rich foods – Fiber helps us lose weight and it helps us get rid of toxins, both essential functions in our fight against the “cottage cheese look”.
- Hydrating foods – Hydration is is an absolute must for a healthy skin, flushing out of toxins and losing weight.
List Of Top Foods That Fight Cellulite
Below is a selection of foods that fight cellulite. They are all very powerful. You may consider them “superfoods”. They are not listed in an order of importance. Eat them regularly for good health, beautiful and younger looking skin. But primarily eat them to get a smoother skin on your thighs, bum and anywhere else where this pesky problem targets you.
Berries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. Blackberries top the chart. In fact just 1 cup of blackberries contains half of your daily vitamin C intake requirement.
The best berries to eat are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. It does not matter whether you eat them fresh or frozen. I add them to my oatmeal at breakfast, but you can make a smoothie and sip the goodness anytime.
Guava is a common tropical fruit typically found in Central and South America. It is a highly fragrant fruit, with a similar smell to a lemon rind. It tastes something like a mix of peaches, mangoes and pears.
The fruit is rich in skin smoothing lycopene. In fact, it packs more of this nutrient, than tomatoes do. As well it is packed with vitamins C, essential for boosting collagen. It is also loaded with vitamin A which helps skin cell turnover.
You may find different spelling for this fruit: lychee, litchi, liechee, or lichee. Although China is the main importer of this delicious, sweet smelling fruit, it is also grown in other South Asian countries, India and South Africa (Ref). The juicy part of this fruit taste like a cross between watermelon and strawberries.
It is an amazing fat “melter”. This is due to its very high fiber content and presence of oligonol which is believed to prevent absorption of fat and aids fat breakdown. As well, oligonol is beneficial for circulation. These characteristics of oligenol will help you fight the “cottage cheese appearance. Fresh fruit can usually be found in Asian markets. If you do not have an access to such markets, try the international food section and look for canned lychees (sugar free).
4. Cayenne Peppers
If you can learn to accept the “hotness” of these supper spicy morsels, the cayenne peppers will do a world of good to your overall health, including your fight against cellulite. The magic ingredient is capsaicin. The many healing properties which have been recognized for capsaicin, include the boost of metabolism and improvement of circulation.
Cayenne pepper also acts as an appetite suppressant. Capsaicin increases the levels of appetite suppressing hormone and reduces the levels of ghrelin, an enzyme which heightens hunger. Capsaicin also aids your liver excrete excess fat!
The best is to buy cayenne pepper powder at your grocery store. You can also buy a “hotter” one at any health food store. Add it liberally to your dishes.
Lentils are my favorite fiber and protein rich legume. Just 1 cup of cooked lentils contains 16 grams of fiber which represents more than 60% of your daily fiber requirement and 18 grams of protein, almost 40% of your daily protein requirement (Ref).
They contain selenium. This mineral is not found in most other foods, yet it is essential for our well being. Among others, it prevents inflammation and improves liver enzyme function and aids in the detoxing process. Brazil nuts, tuna and beef are also rich in selenium.
I have heard walnuts referred to as “the king of nuts”. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. And, they are beneficial for maintaining good health.
Walnuts help fight cancer (source), improve heart health and brain activity. They are powerful antioxidants and help us detoxify and reduce the burden on the liver. They help control the metabolic syndrome and are important for weight control.
Walnuts have more antioxidants than other nuts and many other fruits and vegetables, including strawberries.
Although, walnuts are rich in good omega-3 fats, overall they are very fatty and calorie rich. When incorporating them in you anti-cellulite diet, make sure not to overdo it, otherwise you” lose the fight. Just a small handful (1/4 of a cup) of this goodness daily is sufficient. I usually keep them in ziploc bags that keep them well sealed. If you will not keep them well sealed they will become rancid.
The most common common cause that leads to cellulite formation is a lack of hydration. Dehydration leads to accumulation of toxins in the body, reduced circulation and significant reduction of skin elasticity. Every one of these conditions leads to the dreaded dimpled skin.
To fight it you must keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water! That will help you improve circulation, flush out toxins and rejuvenate the skin elasticity.
Depending where you live you may not have access to fresh apricots. Dried apricots will work just as well. Both, dried and fresh, this little fruit is delicious.
Apricots are loaded with vitamins A and C, potassium, copper, fiber and antioxidants. They have many health benefits but in keeping with the topic of cellulite reduction they help you detoxify and are essential for skin health.
Kale is an amazing green vegetable. It is a true superfood. You might have heard of it as it is commonly used in healthy green smoothies.
Kale is loaded with vitamins A and C which help rejuvenate the production of collagen and increase cell turnover. It is also rich in calcium and copper which improve skin elasticity.
It is packed with vitamin K that is essential for good blood circulation. It is also loaded with iron. Because kale is low in oxalate, both calcium and iron can be absorbed. (Note, you may remember that calcium and iron present in spinach are not readily absorbable in our digestive system. This is due to the high levels of oxalate present in spinach).
This superfood is also rich in fiber and if this was not enough, it contains omega-3 fatty acids.
This orange colored spice is commonly used in Indian cooking. Western cooking usually does not utilize this spice. But to fight cellulite and a host of other ailments and conditions, you need to find ways to incorporate this spice into the foods you eat.
Curcurin is the main and important component of turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (ref). Not only will this magical spice help you fight cellulite, it appears to prevent Alzheimer disease and depression, ease chronic arthritis pain, reduce your risk of heart disease and “cancer-proof” your body.
Curcurin is not easily absorbed into the blood stream. You can overcome it by adding black pepper to turmeric spiced foods. Piperine, a component of black pepper, increases the absorption of curcurin by 2000%.
Watermelon is 90% water. It is sweet yet low in calories, so it can easily satisfy your sweet cravings. It is an excellent hydrating fruit.
According to Woman’s World magazine, it contains an amino acid that inhibits the enzyme responsible for making and storing fat. This is essential for shrinking existing fat cells as well.
It is a fiber rich fruit. Watermelon also contains an enzyme L-citrulline which reduces inflammation.
12. Green Tea
Some people consider green tea the healthiest beverage. (I’d say water tops the green tea). None the less, green tea has many amazing healthful benefits.
The green tea is full of powerful antioxidants. The antioxidants Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), appears to be one of the main reasons why the green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.
Green tea helps burn blubber and boost the metabolic rate. These properties, will not only help you lose weight but the fat cells under the epidermis will shrink and and this will result in smoothing the dimples on your lower body.
Quinoa is a superfood that needs to be included in your cellulite busting regimen. One cup of this delisciosness is packed with 5 grams of fiber and 8 grams of hunger busting protein.
It also contains iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin E.
You can use it as a side dish to replace rice or potatoes or you can have it cold in a salad.
Garlic has many health benefits and it was used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The potent medicinal properties come from allicin, an important compound of garlic. Garlic is packed with vitamin C, manganese and vitamin B6, among others.
Because of its high antioxidant content, garlic is a detoxifier. It specifically detoxifies the body from heavy metal toxins (ref).
A garlic clove a day will certainly keep the doctor away! If you are worried about garlic breath chew a sprig of parsley. Parsley’s volatile oils kill bacteria in the mouth which cause bad breath.
Normally people don’t consider dandelion a food, but rather a weed on their lawns. But all jokes aside, this plant is an amazing liver detoxifier. Detoxifying your liver is very important.
Many of the foods, particularly the processed ones, are “toxic”. They have additives and components which are not good for us. In additions, we ingest or inhale many pollutants and toxins from our environment.
Our liver has to get rid of all these poisons. If it does not, these toxins will be stored in the fat cells making them bigger and bigger. Inevitably, that will result in cellulite.
Dandelion is a diuretic and it cleanses and detoxify the liver making it work more effectively. So go for it. Have a dandelion salad or a lovely tasting dandelion tea.
Native to Mexico and Central America, avocados are a powerhouse of nutrients. They are loaded in vitamin A, E and omega-3 fatty acids. Because of the fatty content of avocados vitamin A is easily absorbed into the cells.
This beautiful and tasty fruit, is packed with a powerful antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione is used in manufacturing deep wrinkle repair serum. You can save yourself a lot of money by eating avocado, instead of buying the serum.
The fiber and the good fatty acids in avocado work to prevent accumulation of fat cells. Just half of an avocado will help you reduce the level of fat accumulation hormone and help you stay satiated longer by about 40%.
As well, the vitamins in avocado aid blood circulation.
Eating avocados benefits the skin from inside out. But you can apply avocado topically. It will boost collagen production and make your problem areas smoother.
To eat, you don’t have to use avocados just for making guacamole. You can use avocado as a spread instead of butter or mayo on your sandwiches or you can even bake it. Baked, it is delicious.
17. Cilantro And Parsley
Cilantro and parsley are both packed with chlorophyll which helps protect cells from the effects of toxins. They also flush toxic material from the liver and kidneys. In fact, both are diuretic and considered powerful liver detoxifiers (cilantro is more potent, but not everyone likes the taste, hence I added parsley as an alternative).
They are loaded with vitamins A and C, iron and folate. Both of these herbs contain at least 3 times more vitamin C than oranges!
Tomatoes are superfoods, packed with nutrients. They are rich in vitamins A , C and K, folic acid, choline, potassium and the antioxidant lycopene, among other. Lycopene of tomatoes is believed to have the highest antioxidant activity of all the carotenoids and it is believed to have anti-aging properties as well. In addition, a tomato has about 2 grams of fiber which is roughly 7% of your daily requirement.
Tomatoes are excellent for the health of your skin. Antioxidants (vitamins A and C) fight the cell damaging free radicals. As well, tomatoes keep inflammation in check.
19. Coconut Oil
Coconut is also a superfood. People who include coconut in their diet are among the healthiest.
The oil is unique. It consists of medium length fatty acids Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which are metabolized unlike other fats and this is beneficial to us. These fatty acids, speed digestion and boost fat-burning by as much as 50%.
Coconut oil also cleanses the liver of toxins.
With respect to skin, studies have shown that coconut oil can boost its moisture and lipid content (source). You can apply coconut oil topically. Its oiliness will be absorbed and will disappear after a few minutes.
Use only virgin, cold-press oil because processing destroys the MCTs and renders the oil useless and more harmful than beneficial. Use it in cooking, as a spread, in your oatmeal (I add 1 tsp of the oil into my oatmeal). Use it as moisturizer.
20. Pine Pollen
I bet you never heard of pine pollen. I didn’t either. Not until I was doing research for this article.
Pine polled has been used for over two thousands years in Asia by warriors to boost their energy.
But on topic, this pollen is loaded with over 100 nutrients, including an anti-aging enzyme superoxide dismutase. This enzyme is the body’s most crucial antioxidant. It is responsible for getting rid of the most dangerous free radicals, namely the highly reactive superoxide radicals (source).
Among other major benefits of this enzyme is the prevention of collagen breakdown. Perfect for the problem at hand!
Unfortunately, you cannot harvest the pollen from pine trees yourself. You can buy it at your local health food store. If your local store does not have it, you can purchase it online at Amazon (affiliate link).
Pine Pollen Extract
The foods that you eat directly affect your overall well being. Foods that reduce cellulite are rich in fiber, essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of water. To fight this aggravating problem, it is also important that you eliminate processed and refined foods from your diet, as they lead to accumulation of toxins and more dimples on your thighs.
Use this list of the top foods that fight cellulite as your guide. If you can, incorporate all of them into your meal plan. Not only will you get healthy and reduce cellulite, you will also lose weight.