Anti-cellulite nutrition: foods that counteract water retention and blemishes

Cellulite can have different causes: poor blood circulation, hereditariness, water retention, hormonal factors, all aggravated by sedentary life, stress, smoking and nutrition.

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To fight cellulite effectively it is important not to neglect nutrition, by choosing foods that promote drainage and detoxification of the body. Then let’s find out what to eat to say goodbye to the much hated orange peel skin.

Cellulite can have different causes: poor blood circulation, hereditariness, water retention, hormonal factors, all aggravated by sedentary life, stress, smoking and nutrition. To reduce the annoying orange peel effect it is therefore important to perform regular physical activity, perform massages and follow a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, foods that promote drainage and detoxification of the body. Following an anti-cellulite diet also means reducing the consumption of foods rich in sugars and fats to get a firmer and smoother skin. Let's find out how!


Anti-cellulite nutrition: here's what to eat and what to avoid to fight cellulite

The first thing to do to fight cellulite is to follow a healthy and adequate diet by consuming those foods rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins that help fight water retention and hated orange peel skin, promoting blood microcirculation and counteracting the absorption of fats by the body. Here are the recommended foods and those to avoid to get rid of cellulite.

Recommended foods: white meats, cereals, fruit and vegetables for a winning mix

Among the protein-rich foods prefer consumption of white meat that help increase muscle mass. We are talking about lean meats that do not therefore force the body to get energy from fat cells. White meat also contains less toxins than red meat and it is richer in iron. Eggs are also a good source of protein: eat them no more than 2 times a week.


Fruits and vegetables are the foods that must be present every day in our diet: they fight water retention and are a source of vitamins and minerals: very important is the vitamin C that protects the capillaries, but also the potassium that promotes lymphatic drainage. Among the vegetables, prefer eating spinach, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, celery, fennel, eggplants, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Instead, among the fruit that should not be missing in your anti-cellulite diet, we find apples, pink grapefruit, cherries, red fruits, pineapple, orange, apricots, peaches, melon, kiwi, dried fruit, all fruits rich in antioxidants and vitamins useful for the good functioning of the blood microcirculation and that favor the drainage of liquids, eliminating the "orange peel" skin effect.


Prefer then also the blue fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties and deflate the tissues, also promoting skin hydration.

Legumes and whole foods are essential for a balanced and healthy diet useful to combat cellulite: among the legumes, choose mainly lentils that contain iron, a mineral that promotes the transport of oxygen in the blood. The advice, however, when you eat this legume, is to avoid coffee after lunch, as caffeine absorbs iron. Whole foods: bread, pasta, cereals, rice, etc… These are very good foods as they increase the sense of satiety and absorb toxins. Remember, however, to consume rice and pasta no more than 3 times a week.


Then water is also essential to free the body from waste: drink at least 1.5 liters a day, even to better hydrate the body. Drink also one or two cups of green tea during the day, preferably without sugar.

Food to be avoided: salt, fats and sugars, main allies of cellulite

Salt is the number one ally of cellulite as it increases water retention: exceeding consumption would only worsen the situation. It’s better to replace it with spices, lemon, white vinegar (balsamic one or apple one), pepper and ginger, foods that enhance the flavor of food and also perform an anti-inflammatory action. To limit the consumption of salt, and mainly sodium, also avoid the consumption of foods in salt, sausages and packaged foods.

Also reduce the consumption of foods rich in fats and sugars: butter, fried foods, cured meats, fat and aged cheeses, alcohol, sodas and sugary drinks, desserts. Obviously you don’t have to completely get rid of these foods, but they must be consumed in moderation.


Practical tips to combat cellulite more effectively

Let's now look at some food tips, and not only, useful to effectively combat cellulite.

Dedicate one day a week to detoxification, better on Monday or anyway after a big binge. Consume preferably liquid foods such as herbal teas, juices and teas, vegetables and fish, to replace the consumption of meat. In this day also remove the fats, preferring only olive oil as seasoning. Dedicate yourself to physical activity and, if possible, also make a sauna that will promote the elimination of toxins.

Always carry water with you, trying to drink 1.5 to 2 liters per day, increasing the dose when you sweat a lot: in summer or when you workout.

Limit the consumption of drinks, fruit juices, sweetened coffee, all drinks that, in addition to providing water, bring many calories. They should therefore be used in moderation.


Among the cooking methods prefer steaming, baking and grilling, limiting condiments.

In addition to nutrition, exercise regular physical activity, not just sports, but also a daily walk at a fast pace for at least 40 minutes.

To reduce the orange peel skin more quickly, also make lymphatic drainage massages.

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