Are there any foods that reduce cellulite?

I've read about all types of diets claiming they can make my butt skin less lumpy, and I don't know which one I should try. A woman wrote on a forum that cranberry juice didn't work for her. Is there something that works? I would love to hear other opinions too.


F, 49, Pennsylvania

Tags:woman age 45-54 cellulite diet

For me, it has been totally possible to eat away most of my cellulite. The secret to getting rid of cellulite is to replace the collagen and elastin our bodies loose as we age. I regularly eat foods that replenish my lost elastin and encourage my body’s natural collagen production. Spinach, salmon, and sunflower seeds are all good promoters of collagen. I also got into taking biotin (or hair, skin, and nails supplements) and marine collagen vitamins to assist in my skin’s recovery and rejuvenation. An added bonus of taking these supplements has been a crazy reduction of the stretch marks that I’ve carried around for most of my life.

I tried drinking glass after glass of cranberry juice to try and reduce cellulite. Then I realized that I was just putting a ton of sugar back into my body. It made my cellulite worse because sugar can trigger more cellulite. I searched for natural, whole foods that worked with my body to strengthen it. What I found is that foods like cucumbers, salmon, and berries improved the look of my skin and the cellulite was less noticeable. My friend drinks green tea every day and swears it helps her cellulite. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to be good too, but I just can’t get past the taste of it! Definitely cut back on sugar because it will just add to your fat deposits.

I wish there was some sort of miracle food that could make cellulite disappear, but sadly, I don't think there's any food that is a complete solution. When you see cellulite, you're basically just seeing the bands of tissue that connect your skin to your muscles. Fat cells bunch up between these vertical lines of tissue, making the skin look lumpy. Since cellulite is more of a structural issue, what you eat cannot entirely erase it. However, I do find that my cellulite is less noticeable when I lose weight, so you might benefit from eating more low calorie foods like fruits and veggies. A balanced diet should increase your metabolism. I've also heard that improving skin elasticity might help with cellulite, so you might want to try eating fatty fish, eggs, nuts, and other sources of healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

I usually try to avoid eating too many carb heavy foods like potatoes and sandwiches, along with eating a balanced diet. One cause of cellulite is excessive body fat, so I try to not overindulge in fatty rich foods or sugar packed foods and drinks. When I stopped drinking soda every day, I lost close to 13 pounds within one month! Skin that is lacking in collagen and elastin also strongly allows for the appearance of cellulite. To remedy that, I snack on a lot of sunflower seeds and salads that are heavy in fresh spinach. These foods are good for replenishing the nutrients my skin loses. Drinking lots of water also helps my skin keep excessive cellulite away. I’ve heard that eating dark chocolate is good for your skin and aids in preventing cellulite due to its natural antioxidant properties, but I don’t know about that. It seems to me that any kind of chocolate would cause cellulite outbreaks through weight gain.