Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled or lumpy appearance that is typically found in the thigh and glutes area although it does occur in other areas of the body. Cellulite forms when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. While experienced by both sexes, cellulite is more common with women due to the difference in distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.
Rather than avoiding particular clothing or the beach during swimsuit season, revamp your diet to reduce the appearance and formation of cellulite. Use the tips below to find the right foods to add to your diet and the ones to consider leaving out.
- Pizza and fatty foods – Pizza is one of the top sources of saturated fats in American’s diet, and these fats eventually clog arteries, leading to poor blood circulation and oxygen flow. From there, connective tissues begin to weaken, and cellulite becomes more pronounced.
- Sugary drinks – It is no surprise that sugary drinks, such as soda, energy drinks, and processed juices, are not good for you. However, what is less known is that the vast amounts of sugar within them accelerate the destruction of collagen cells or the protein that supports the appearance of smooth skin.
- White bread – It is suggested that those looking to get rid of or reduce the appearance of cellulite cut out foods made from white flour, such as white bread, and the reason is quite simple: refined carbohydrates are converted into sugar and then glucose, a nutrient that damages collagen, making cellulite look worse than it really is.
- Salmon – If you’ve never known a power food, expect to find them in this list. Starting with a top power food, salmon is an all-around healthy protein. It’s omega-3 fatty acids reduce appetite while repairing and strengthening skin tissues and fibers. This decreases the build-up of toxins inside blood vessels and improves circulation.
- Sunflower seeds – As a good source of Vitamin E, potassium, zinc, and vitamin B6, sunflower seeds have been recognized as an essential resource in metabolizing proteins and eliminating excess water and bloating.
- Nuts – We already know how important nuts can be for diets but are we aware of the extent? While nuts are typically added to diets for their fatty acid content, the Omega-3 fatty acids work to keep skin healthy and smooth in two ways: it blocks harmful compounds like toxic chemicals while holding healthy elements to make skin softer, fuller and wrinkle-free. Those fatty acids also contribute to the delay of skin’s aging.
- Water with lemon – Sometimes it is the simple answers to the solutions that work. Drinking water with lemon hydrates the body, flushes out toxins, and provides a boost of vitamin C. Dehydrated skin increases the appearance of cellulite, while properly hydrated skin appears softer and smoother. *Drink warm water with lemon to help the body absorb more quickly.*