6 Foods that Cause Cellulite

· February 2, 2015

In order to fight cellulite, you need to eat a balanced diet, drink water, exercise and apply anti-cellulite creams, etc.  There’s a lot of advice around, but knowing which foods cause cellulite is just as important as knowing how to prevent it.

Below we are going to explain which foods you should eliminate from your diet to prevent the appearance of cellulite, or at least to reduce it.

White sugar

White sugar does not provide any nutrients, and a lot of nutritionists consider it to be a poison today.  It contains what are known as “empty calories” which also contribute to the appearance of cellulite and being overweight.  It is a risk factor for developing type 2 Diabetes and it could also damage your teeth.  White sugar also acidifies the blood and robs the body of minerals, like calcium, leaving teeth and bones even weaker.

We are going to present a few healthy alternatives for white sugar:

  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Cane sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave nectar
  • Grain molasses (from rice, barley, etc)
  • Natural Fruit syrups (from apples, pears, etc.)

sugarjudyRefined, or table salt

It is especially important to leave table salt out of your diet because it is a refined salt, which only contains sodium chloride, and causes fluid retention and poor circulation.  This, too, leads to cellulite.  It’s a lot healthier to chose sea salt or Himalayan salt, which are rich in minerals and trace elements that are, in small amounts, necessary for the body.

Another alternative, which not only does not cause fluid retention but also helps eliminate excess fluid, is using ocean water in cooking.  You can buy it in herb stores and diet stores, and even at some supermarkets.  It can be used in stews, soups, or whenever you want to boil pasta or rice.

Fried foods

Fried foods are high in fat content and in a lot of cases, it’s low quality fat.  Whenever you heat fat to too high of a temperature, they create toxic substances that the body tends to accumulate in areas far away from vital organs so as to avoid any risks.  We recommend choosing to grill, steam, bake, saute, or cook in a wok.  

Alcoholic beverages

Alcoholic beverages do not directly cause cellulite, but they do constrict blood vessels in the skin, which makes the situation worse.  They also contain “empty calories”, which lead to weight gain and don’t provide any nutrients.  When the body metabolizes them, they are converted into sugar.  Alcoholic beverages also promote fluid retention and increase Fat deposits in certain areas (the thighs, arms, abdomen and glutes).  Rather than drinking alcoholic beverages, we suggest drinking natural juices, infusions, or if you don’t like those, simply water.

carbonated beverage -foilmanRefined foods

Foods prepared with refined, white flour are difficult to digest, and they also cause toxin accumulations within the body which could turn into cellulite, skin imperfections, etc.  They also cause constipation.  That’s why we recommend avoiding white Bread and flour, and even choose whole grains instead: rice, pasta, etc.  If you make these pastas at home, you could even use whole grain flour.

On the other hand, even though you may consume whole carbohydrates, it’s also important not to eat too many throughout the day.  They provide a lot of energy, and if you don’t use it, it will turn into a reserve.  It’s best to consume balanced portions each day of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and protein (animal and/or vegetable sources).  

Junk food

Junk food in general (pastries, Hamburgers, fresh fries, sandwiches, sauces, pre-cooked foods, etc.) combine the majority of the worst foods for cellulite.  They contain refined flour, sugar, refined salt, trans fat, which are extremely harmful for body health.  They have been shown to increase the risk of suffering from coronary diseases.  By using these components, the body not only does not receive the nutrients it needs, but they are sent directly to the “reserves”, which is to say, accumulated fat and cellulite.

These foods do just the opposite of satiate Hunger.  You need huge amounts of them for it to feel like it’s enough, and because of the salt, sugar, and artificial flavoring used in them, they create addictive effects which generally make you want to eat more.  This usually leads to people being overweight, which facilitates cellulite production.