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Dietary tips to reduce cellulite

As we are in the middle of spring and have just said goodbye to another winter which for the most part found us sitting (in the office chair, on the couch, or at the computer), eating a little more fat, treats and sweets, but to endure the cold of course, so now we are starting to worry about the approaching summer and about the time when we will need to take off our pants and appear with our bikini in front of all eyes on the beach.

The main reason that makes our forehead sweat every year at this time is of course cellulite! Yes, that well-known aspect of the skin that makes it look textured, with large or small dimples, looking like an orange peel…

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is caused by an abnormal concentration of fat and water between the skin and subcutaneous tissue. In the areas of cellulite, the connective tissue loses its elasticity (collagen) and the skin presents an abnormal appearance with dimples and bumps resembling the so-called “orange peel”.

But how can we deal with it nutritionally?

  • Avoid fatty foods and fried foods.
  • Avoid eating red meat (at most once a week and as lean as possible), as well as eating animal fats.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid sauces, mayonnaise and sour cream.
  • Limit the consumption of salt and sugar as much as possible.
  • Avoid soft drinks and caffeine consumption (they are “protagonist drinks” that contribute to the appearance of cellulite).
  • Limit frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • If you smoke, limit smoking and if possible stop.
  • Drink plenty of water with meals and throughout the day (at least 8 glasses of water per day).
  • Avoid meals after 8 pm as much as possible.
  • Get a good hormone checkup, consult your doctor and if possible avoid drugs that maximize fluid retention (eg contraceptives).
  • Increase your physical activity (eg walk, take the stairs on foot, don’t use transport for short journeys).