Foods that Cause Cellulite or Can Make It Worse

· October 7, 2015
Cellulite can be very annoying and have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Look at how your diet might be making the problem worse in the article below, and give yourself the opportunity to make things better by changing your habits!

You have surely read about the homemade remedies to treat and reduce cellulite, but you might still not know about the foods that cause cellulite and make it more visible.

Perhaps that’s why natural treatments or creams are not giving you the results you want. In the following article, you can find out which foods might increase the appearance of cellulite.

Which are the foods that cause cellulite and make it worse?

Most women suffer from cellulite, a problem that appears mostly on the thighs and gluteals. It’s every girl’s nightmare and all of them want to know how to remove it from their skin.

Besides avoiding tight pants and sitting down for many hours a day, it’s good to also stay away from the following foods that cause cellulite or make it worse in some people.

Sweets

Yes, we know that they’re delicious and that you can’t live without them. However, in order to have tight and smooth skin, you should reduce your consumption of sweet products as much as possible. Focus on cutting out especially those processed candies that are always full of chemicals.

Sweets increase the amount of fat in the body and worsen the cellulite problem. Cookies, pancakes, chocolates, and candy are delicious but they’re also rich in fatty trans fats, which cause the most inflammation.

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Excess sugar in drinks is also bad, especially if you use refined sugar because it tends to accumulate in different parts of the body, especially in the legs, hips, and stomach. Substitute it with stevia or unrefined cane sugar or a sweetener. Eat a little bit of dark chocolate if you have a huge sweet tooth.

Sweets

Fats

A lot of the foods that you eat today are full of unhealthy fats. Fast food restaurants, with their foods full of fat, are your body’s number one enemy, including your skin. They can cause that accumulation of fat that is later seen as ugly pockmarks on your thighs and gluteals.

Because of this, avoid eating whole dairy products (not skim), mainly margarine, Chantilly cream, heavy cream, and butter. Fried foods, even the homemade ones, should also be minimized. The same applies to store-bought products that contain trans fats.

In terms of protein, avoid red meat and cold cuts, such as salami, ham, sausages, bacon, and chorizo. All of these might also worsen your struggles with cellulite.

Salt

Sodium (or all those foods that contain some of it) is an enemy of your health for various reasons. First, because it causes fluid retention–the perfect environment for cellulite to appear. To avoid this, we suggest not consuming more than 1.5 grams of salt a day.

To do so, try not to cook with too much salt, use herbs to season food, and don’t bring the salt shaker to the table. Also, choose sea salt or Himalayan salt instead of common table salt. Reduce your consumption of salty snacks like french fries or pretzels. Also, be mindful of certain varieties of cheese.

Salt

Carbonated Beverages

These beverages are bad for your skin’s health and in general. Carbonated beverages, especially the cola kind, have a lot of sugar and chemicals.

Also,  some people think that drinking the diet or zero kinds of these products is the best option, but that is not true. You should always favor drinking water. If not, at least choose natural fruit juices or cold herbal infusions.

Coffee

Its main component (caffeine, also found in carbonated beverages) can harm your skin. Because of this, limit your intake to 2 or 3 cups of (neutral) coffee a day, at most, with a little bit of sugar, milk, or cream. What is more, use coffee grounds to make a homemade remedy with olive oil as an exfoliant for the skin and to reduce cellulite.

Coffee

Read also: 5 Beverages to Avoid and Their Healthy Alternatives

Refined Flour

Refined flour refers to the white kind, the one that is present in most foods that you eat every day. Bread, cookies, rice, and pasta that are not whole grain go against your cellulite reduction plans. This is because they have a lot of yeast, which is difficult to metabolize.

If you cannot live without eating bread, try making it yourself; use whole wheat flour whenever possible. If you buy it, try to get the black kind with seeds.

Dressing

Mayonnaise and mustard, as well as spicy dressings and tomato sauce, also wreak havoc on your skin and are allies of cellulite. You can make your own dressing using natural herbs and condiments. Regardless, try reducing your consumption of these products, especially the store-bought ones.

Light mayonaisse

Instead of buying tomato sauce, choose to make your pasta’s sauce with natural tomatoes Don’t add mayonnaise to everything you eat. Or, if you like it a lot, try making it with egg and lemon juice. You can also find mustard seeds in natural stores and make your own recipe.