The best foods and drinks to prevent / reduce cellulite

Satiety + phytochemicals + low calories = the ideal anti-cellulite food

The best foods against cellulite are the ones that keep your stomach and brain happy/satiated due to their high fibre content, contain a negligible amount of calories and at the same time contain a high amount of phytochemicals.

A good mix of phytochemicals from a varied diet rich in vegetables, fruit and herbs / spices can fight all aspects of cellulite, i.e. boost circulation, act as antioxidants, fight fat accumulation, reduce inflammation, inhibit fibrosis, reduce glycation and stimulate collagen production.

 

All vegetables (cooked, or as salads)

Examples: broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, parsnips, etc. Eat as many as you want - the more the better!

You may use lemon, wine/cider vinegar (not balsamic vinegar, which is sugary), a bit of olive oil and sugar-free mustard to dress your salad/cooked vegetables, but no honey mustard, mayonnaise or other ready-made salad dressings...

Do not use soya sauce regularly as it contains very high amounts of salt. You may use low salt if you wish (low salt contains 66% potassium and 33% sodium). Exceptions: avoid beetroots and too many carrots, which are carb-rich.

 

All herbs and spices

Examples: parsley, dill, turmeric, coriander, fennel, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onions, cumin, paprika, etc.

Exceptions: increased intake of chili, pepper, horseradish and mustard may irritate your stomach, so it is not recommended.

 

Seaweed

Examples: wakame, nori, dulse, etc. Exceptions: seaweeds are fantastic anti-cellulite foods, but prolonged use of high amounts of seaweed is not recommended, as it may lead to extremely high levels of iodine in the body.

Therefore, you must either have a high amount (one seaweed salad every day) for a small period of time (up to three months), or a moderate amount (one seaweed salad, two to three days a week) indefinitely.

 

Berry fruits

Examples: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, goji berries, cranberries (unsweetened, of course), maqui berries etc. Berries are high in polyphenols / antioxidants and low in calories / sugar, so they make great anti-cellulite foods.

Exceptions: do not drink berry juice drinks, which are sugary and diluted, avoid packed juices, and in general prefer actual fruits even to fresh juices.

 

Decaffeinated green tea, decaf tea, decaf coffee, cocoa

These drinks contain huge amounts of antioxidants per gram, so they can be classified as superfoods and you can have as many as you want of those. Don't worry about the decaffeination process, these days all manufacturers decaffeinate their coffee/tea via the water process, which is absolutely natural.

Exceptions: normal (caffeinated) coffee, tea and green tea contain caffeine, so you are only allowed a total of 2-3 caffeinated drinks in total.

Also, if you put sugar (including honey, agave and brown sugar) in your tea/coffee/cocoa, forget these drinks altogether, as the sugar will offset any benefits you derive from the anti-oxidants (sugar is the number one cause of cellulite).

The only sweetener you can use is the natural sweetener stevia, which you may use conservatively once a day - but no more. By the way, avoid artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame like the plague...

 

Still / sparkling water

Drink two to three litres a day (no more). Contrary to popular belief, sparkling water is absolutely fine and does not cause cellulite. Exceptions: flavoured water contains artificial sweeteners, flavourings and preservatives.

Also, prefer glass bottles to plastic bottles which may contain harmful BPA and other endocrine disruptors.

 

Food + exercise + treatment + cream = impressive cellulite reduction

Food is important for cellulite reduction, but exercise is equally important. Yet, for fast and more impressive results, you should consider adding a good cellulite treatment and/or cellulite cream to the mix.