Foods that Combat Cellulite, A Times Online Report

Here’s another find for our series about Cellulite News From Around the World.  Thanks to a fellow cellulite sleuth in the UK for bringing this article about cellulite and nutrition to our attention. It’s from the British version of the Times Online

The author answers a reader’s question about foods that help fight cellulite. Here are the three types of foods she recommends:

  1. Daily servings of foods that contain lecithin to increase the strength of dermal cells. According to Howard Murad, author of The Cellulite Solution, eggs, soy, spinach, cauliflower, peanuts, iceberg lettuce, and apples all contain significant amounts of lecithin.

  2. Lean sources of protein to help repair, strengthen and stimulate production of collagen and elastin. The author specifically mentions turkey, extra-lean meat, pulses, nuts or skimmed milk at every meal.

  3. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to “zap” dermal-cell and collagen-wrecking free radicals formed in the skin by stress, pollution and sun exposure.

I don’t know about you, but I find these types of recommendations less than satisfying –words like “generic” and “haphazard” come to mind.

I like that the author promotes food sources instead of supplements (check out this article for important information about soy lecithin supplements), but it still feels like she is a long way from uncovering the key to the elusive anti-cellulite diet.  At the end of the article, she admits her advice boils down to a general “healthy-eating” style diet and that “this diet may” help with cellulite.

“The point is, it can’t do any harm,” she concludes.  Not exactly the most convincing evidence, is it.

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Debbie says:

Will have to increase my intake of some of those foods:)

Elizabeth Walling says:

"Generic" is a great term for these, Melissa. They almost hit home, but not quite. I would replace them with 1. NATURAL sources of lecithin (aka not soy, see below), 2. NATURAL sources of protein (eggs, whole milk products, grass-fed meat, etc) and 3. Fermented fruits and veggies in addition to raw (since these have even more nutrients and probiotics available).

Lecithin is great, but I definitely recommend getting it from other sources besides soy. Soy lecithin is basically the sludge in the bottom of the bucket during soy processing, only they figured out a way to market it as a health product. It's less harmful than drinking a ton of soy milk, but I'd personally still rather get my lecithin from egg yolks.

karen@fitnessjourney says:

I'm glad you said it first, I'm already doing all of those things, but that darn cellulite isn't budging!


I like the way you modified the list, Elizabeth. I think one reason the original list bothers me is because it's so haphazard. The first recommendation is a very specific micronutrient, the second is a sweeping recommendation for lean protein, and the third recommendation is as generic as they come: more fruits and veggies.

Ms. Understood says:

Booking this page to reference back to Elizabet's comments. I love reading this blog Melissa. It always has great information.


Thanks, Ms. Understood! Elizabeth has a great health-related blog called The Nourished Life. It's amazing how many of her posts can be applied to cellulite!


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