If you REALLY want to lose cellulite, then it’s crucial you have the right cellulite diet.
I know what you’re thinking… ugh… another diet.
Anything containing the evil words diet or lite have us running for the hills.
I feel you, girl.
I’ve done the craziest things to get rid of cellulite on my legs and booty.
Flashback to me rubbing coconut oil (it cures everything right?) all over my legs and proceeding to wrap my thighs in saran wrap.
Halfway through the work day (yes, I was at work) I burst into the bathroom and mall walked my way to the last stall to cut myself out of my manmade cocoon because I had successfully cut off normal circulation.
Not one of my finer moments.
Or the time I did the whole master cleanse with cayenne, lemonade, and maple syrup that Beyoncé swore by, because if the Queen Bey does it, so will I.
I honestly haven’t been able to look at a maple syrup bottle the same since.
All that to say, if you want to lose cellulite, you’ve come to the right place!
It’s as frustrating as it is common. PSA- literally everyone has cellulite…celebrities, fitness moguls, your WCW, and your best friend.
So we’re all in this together.
Power in numbers, ladies.
Luckily, there’s a ton of different ways you can lose cellulite.
Here are 17 different cellulite treatments you can start using today.
But one of the easiest, most affordable, and most effective places to start is with your diet.
Hence this magical, totally doable cellulite diet.
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty so you can start seeing results now!
The Best Cellulite Diet To Naturally Smooth Skin
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The beauty of this diet is that it doesn’t take much, I promise you.
Give your body an ounce of what it needs and deserves and you’ll reap the benefits exponentially.
And it’s a whole lot easier and more practical than saran wrapped thighs and maple lemon cayenne concoctions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This plan zaps cellulite from the inside out by strengthening all parts of your body.
Here are the simple steps to get your best-looking body and skin!
1. Focus on clean, whole, fresh, unprocessed foods
It’s time to go back to our roots.
We live in a world riddled with processed, fast food that does a number on our backsides.
We need to switch our focus to fresh foods and healthy staples.
Eat a diet rich in:
- Vegetables (eat a variety of colors, especially dark greens)
- Legumes (such as beans, lentils)
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean protein (fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, pork tenderloin, lean beef)
Whenever possible, buy these foods fresh and organic to avoid any unnecessary and potentially damaging chemicals, additives, and hormones.
These healthy staples will provide you with protective vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will help balance hormones and keep you at a healthy weight.
2. Aid Your Body With Anti-Inflammatory Foods
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Inflammation is a natural process that our body needs.
It protects us from things like dangerous infections, stress, and toxic chemicals.
When our body senses these dangers, our immune system retaliates by releasing proteins that protect our precious tissues and cells.
Unfortunately, too much inflammation can wreak havoc on our bodies and some foods actually cause inflammation (we’ll get into that in just a bit).
Chronic inflammation can damage a myriad of areas like our digestive tract, gums, joints, lungs, skin, organs, and bones.
It can also lead to a higher risk of heart disease, cancer, weight gain, depression, faster signs of aging, and sleep disorders.
That’s why it’s crucial to have a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods that contain powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals, which weaken the dermis and lead to unsightly lumps and bumps.
Wonderful anti-inflammatory foods for your cellulite diet are:
- Dark chocolate
- Kidney beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Wild-caught salmon
- Pumpkin seeds
If you notice, these foods can be found in the categories of our healthy food staples from our previous section.
So, you’re killing two birds, or cellulite mongrels, with 1 stone!
3. Boost Circulation and Support Lymphatic System
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Some major causes of cellulite are poor blood flow and ill-functioning lymph systems.
It’s believed that the majority of women with cellulite have sluggish lymphatic systems or deficiencies.
Why is this the case?
Well, blood delivers all our vital nutrients and vitamins throughout our body.
Our lymph system is like our own personal garbage disposal, getting rid of all the waste, toxins, and debris.
If there’s a kink in the system, we’re left with a backup.
The good can’t make their way in and the bad can’t go out, so it sits there and piles up.
This leads to weakened and damaged collagen, elastin, and connective tissue.
If the skin doesn’t have strong structural support then fat cells run amok and cellulite takes over.
And we know what happens then… our once baby smooth skin turns into a dimpled, rippled orange peel.
So, make sure you get plenty of circulation and lymph boosting foods:
- Sunflower seeds
- Goji berries
- Bell peppers
- Flax seeds
4. Strengthen Your Skin
Like we said earlier, our skin provides structure that keeps the fat cells in line.
When everything is in order, we have beautiful, smooth skin that can’t wait to be showed off.
Our skin has a big job to do, so we need it in tiptop shape to keep cellulite at bay.
Unfortunately, many things can weaken our skin like excess body fat, lack of exercise, imbalanced hormones, poor circulation, and lack of muscle tone.
Luckily, by following this cellulite diet, we can help correct many of these areas!
Also, there are foods you can eat that naturally promote and strengthen collagen, connective tissue, and skin.
These foods include:
- Dark green vegetables
- Sweet potatoes
- White tea
- Citrus fruits
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
To zap icky cellulite, it’s crucial to hydrate and drink plenty of water.
This seems like a no brainer but sometimes it’s hard to stay diligent with proper water consumption.
There are just so many other beverages out there taunting and calling our name…
I totally feel you.
Sugary, uber caffeinated coffees, energy drinks, and sodas are easy pick-me-ups, followed up by more than necessary happy hours with wine, cocktails, and spirits.
However, these drinks actually dehydrate you. Yikes!
Let’s look at a quick analogy.
Think of your skin as a grape vs. a raisin.
A grape is super plump, round, and filled with water.
A raisin is depleted of water, dried, wrinkled, and shriveled.
Clearly, we can see which looks better.
The simple truth is that dehydrated skin makes cellulite look worse.
So we want to stay hydrated to make sure our tush is oh so grape-like.
The easiest ways to get enough water are through:
- Plenty of plain ol’ purified water
- Freshly juiced vegetables
- Smoothies with a water base
- Herbal teas
- Eat fruits with high water contents: watermelon, strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, plums, cherries, bananas, apples, and of course… grapes!
- Eat veggies with high water contents: cucumber, lettuce, eggplant, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, green peas, red cabbage, and zucchini
6. Foods To Avoid
While there are tons of healthy, cellulite fighting foods, there are also foods that plague us with cellulite.
By having plenty of good foods and eliminating the bad, cellulite stands no chance!
Here’s what to nix from your diet:
- Processed foods (often times boxed or pre-packaged)
- Refined flours (usually breads, pastas, cereals)
- Sugary junk foods
- High sodium, refined salt foods (deli meat, bacon, and salami)
- Trans fat
- Saturated fat (cheese, cream, high fat dairy products, fatty meats, butter)
- Fried foods
- Alcoholic beverages (keep it to a minimum, 1-2 drinks if possible)
- Coffee (same rule as alcoholic beverages)
So, What Are You Waiting For?
You’ve just been blessed with a totally doable cellulite diet.
There’s no crazy stipulations or weird concoctions.
It’s just real, whole foods that beautify from the inside out.
Focus on vegetables, fruits, lean protein, nuts, and legumes.
Don’t forget plenty of water!
Stay away from processed foods and junk as much as you can.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to kick cellulite for good!