Cellulite occurs when fat is stored along irregularly patterned connective tissues beneath the skin, according to James W. Brann, M.D., of the Women’s Health Care Topics website. Your hormones and genetic makeup are responsible for cellulite, and while cellulite cannot be removed completely, adding a few healthy eating habits to your diet can prevent fat storage, reduce the appearance of already stored cellulite and improve overall health.
Raw Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables provide your body with antioxidants and fiber to aid in healthy digestion and eliminate toxins from the body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Antioxidants increase the circulation to your skin cells, improving the overall look of your skin and preventing cellulite from moving toward the surface. Vegetables are also a valuable source of vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet. Apples, oranges, grapefruit, spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper and carrots are some of the best fruits and vegetables to clean up your body and fight cellulite.
Ditch the sodas and coffee and make sure to get plenty of water every day. Not only does drinking water help your liver and kidney flush out toxins, staying hydrated reduces your appetite, making you less likely to binge on cellulite-causing foods. When you feel like reaching for the bag of chips or that extra slice of pizza, drink a glass of water first. You may not be hungry at all.
Not all fats are bad, and eating plenty of oily fish (salmon, mackerel, herring) gives your body a dose of essential omega fatty acids, according to the Mayo Clinic. These healthy fats help regulate your body’s fat metabolism and can help you burn off cellulite fat stores. Animal proteins, as well as trans and saturated fats, can lead to cellulite formation. Substitute fish for animal proteins in your diet and avoid fast foods that tend to be high in these bad fats.
Whole grains, such as oatmeal and bran cereals, are high in fiber. Fiber-rich foods help expel waste products and toxins from your digestive tract and control your blood sugar level. In addition, eating foods with fiber tend to keep you full longer and have fewer calories for the volume of food compared to other carbohydrates. Not only will adding whole grains to your diet help treat and prevent cellulite, it can help prevent type 2 diabetes and lower bad cholesterol.