Cellulite can irritate many woman looking to lose weight and craft a leaner, more slender physique. It is caused by a degradation in skin cells and connective tissue, giving the skin a lumpy appearance. Though the causes of cellulite aren't known for certain, diet and lifestyle factors do play a role -- though no one food is proven to rid your body of cellulite, which also has a genetic component. Those who eat a high amount of fat, carbohydrates and salt but too little fiber are at a greater risk of developing cellulite, notes Peter Crosta of Columbia University.
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The Power of Vitamin C
Foods that are high in vitamin C could be one of your best bets for fighting cellulite, according to registered dietitian Juliette Kellow. Vitamin C can help to strengthen your skin's connective tissue, which can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Increasing vitamin C intake means adding more vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits, kiwis, broccoli, bell peppers and berries into your diet.
Eating foods with more fat may sound counterproductive to crafting an impressive physique, but increasing your fat intake could help combat cellulite. Registered dietitian Naomi Tupper suggests increasing your intake of unsaturated fats. Foods high in polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, such as oily fish, walnuts and sunflower oil, as well as monounsaturated fats from nuts, seeds and avocado may be particularly beneficial.
Pick Up the Protein
Part of the reason cellulite develops is due to a breakdown in the skin's connective tissue, known as collagen. Collagen is a type of protein, so high-protein foods in your diet can help to strengthen the collagen fibers and decrease cellulite, according to sports nutritionist Ben Greenfield. Add lean meats such as chicken, lean red meat, white fish, beans, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese to your diet to bump up your protein intake.
The Nondietary Component
While eating specific foods may have a positive impact on cellulite, other factors play a role, too. Exercising significantly minimizes the appearance of cellulite, according to Greenfield, and certain skin creams can also be useful. Aside from strengthening connective tissue, you also need to lose body fat to lessen the impact of cellulite, which means reducing your calorie intake and increasing your levels of activity.