Real Life Cellulite Success Stories

cellulite-success-storiesWe often hear claims that cellulite is genetic and untreatable.  The following cellulite success stories are evidence to the contrary.

I’ve communicated with most of these women personally.  They volunteered to share their experience for no other reason than to help spread the word that cellulite does not have to be a fact of life.

As you’ll see, every one of these success stories is in perfect alignment with the overarching theory we developed on how to get rid of cellulite.  To put the theory into practice, visit our cellulite treatments page which outlines the most effective cellulite treatments we’ve uncovered in our investigation so far.

I hope the following success stories will help inspire you to get started by showing that it is possible to get rid of cellulite, after all.

Click on each story below to read more.

1. More Saturated Fat — Nancy

Nancy got rid of her cellulite by adding saturated fats to her diet.  (See her comment on Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.)

I just wanted to tell you what happened when I changed my diet drastically in an effort to stop chronic yeast infections. That means cutting way back on simple carbs.  I also began working at an amazing restaurant that is not afraid of animal fat. I began eating lots of grassfed beef, free range eggs, butter, etc. Coconut oil is purported to be antifungal, so I began putting some in my yogurt in the morning. I noticed after a few weeks on the diet that my skin got softer. I’ve always been on the thin side of average, but for years have had some cellulite on my thighs. Recently I looked in the mirror and, to my surprise, noticed a significant difference in my cellulite. It’s almost unnoticeable! I should also add that I’ve been doing a little bit of stretching and toning for my physical therapy, but I’ve always been pretty active.

I read The Oiling of America, an article on trans fats and saturated fats by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell. I decided the change must be due to saturated fats. I looked it up and here’s the proof!

2. Bikram Yoga — Anon

Another CI reader lost her cellulite with Bikram yoga.  (Read her account on Bikram Yoga as a Cellulite Treatment.)

I stumbled on your cellulite blog, and thought I would let you know that my cellulite disappeared last year within one week of taking up bikram yoga. I had always had a bit of it on my butt and back of my thighs, and by that time I was starting to have it on the front of my thighs, which depressed me. I was about ten pounds overweight at the time. Bikram yoga is practiced for 90 minutes in a 105 degree room. I was doing the yoga for other reasons and not looking for or expecting a loss of cellulite, but after about a week, or 4-5 practices total, I was cellulite free.

3. More Saturated Fat — Sarah

Sarah of The Healthy Home Economist got rid of her cellulite after switching to a high fat diet.  (See her comment on Cellulite Stories, Declassified.)

I first noticed cellulite at age 19 after going away to college and starting to eat the nasty cafeteria food. It stayed with me for years despite being rail thin. I never did anything about it or tried any treatments, but it went away on its own when I switched to a high fat diet in my mid-30′s. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils I think were the main reason for my cellulite. I am now in my mid-40′s and eat tons of fat yet it is natural, wholesome fats like in whole milk and eggs. No cellulite to be found despite having 3 kids!

4. Real Food Diet — Liz

Guest blogger Liz Schau got rid of her cellulite after switching to real food.  (Read her account in  Is Gluten Intolerance Related to Cellulite?)

I never had very noticeable cellulite — mine was very mild and mainly concentrated on the back of my legs… I was never actively working to fix it, and it wasn’t a real source of contention.  Its absence was just one of those things I happened to notice once being on real food for a while.

5. Coconut Oil — Katie

Katie of Kitchen Stewardship lost her cellulite when she added coconut oil to her diet (see 5 Food Everyone Should Eat More Often for Optimal Health).

“Less cellulite at 30 than 20?” My friend was ready to eat the next words out of my mouth when I told her I blamed one dietary change for my incredible loss of cellulite… Personally, I think the easily digested saturated fats may have been my cellulite’s undoing. Including coconut oil in our regular diet was one of many changes I’ve made in our family’s nutrition over the past two years, so my claim is certainly not backed by empirical data…but the coconut oil surely isn’t hurting!

6. Eliminating Pasteurized Dairy — Kat

Kat from Kat’s Food Blog lost her cellulite when she eliminated dairy from her diet (see her original tweet about it here)

@CelluliteFiles thought you might be interested, since I went dairy-free 2 weeks ago for acne, my small amount of cellulite disappeared Mon Aug 9 08:17:14 2010

7. Anti-Candida Diet — Anon

An anonymous CI readers tells us about her experience losing cellulite on an anti-candida diet (see Cellulite Stories, Declassified: Codename Vegan Sunset).

I recently started a Candida Cleansing Diet. I eliminated all sugars, refined carbs, gluten, mushrooms, alcohol, fermented foods, fruit and yeast. I am basically eating organic grass fed meat, small amounts of homemade raw milk yogurt, lots of organic vegetables and small amounts of soaked, sprouted whole grains.

I have been following this diet for a little over 2 weeks and am doing so to treat some severe symptoms such as extreme fatigue, chronic fungal infections, hormones completely out of whack, hair loss, sinus infections, coated tongue, allergies, anxiety and hives. I have noticed a huge improvement in all of these issues, and much to my surprise my cellulite is completely gone as well. I am in total shock, and didn’t expect this to happen.  During [my vegan] years, the cellulite was not only on my upper thighs and rear end, but on my entire legs and upper arms.  After I discontinued vegan eating, the cellulite on my lower legs and arms disappeared.

8. Real Food (a.k.a. High Fat) Diet — Jenny

Jenny of Nourished Kitchen lost her cellulite on a “real food” diet (see her comment on Is Cellulite Just Part of Being a Woman?)

I agree with you, Melissa. Cellulite is not just part of being a woman. I don’t have cellulite, it’s not because my cellulite is less visible due to muscle mass or low body fat (I’m not thin). I did have cellulite once but it disappeared when I transitioned to real food and it did so within a matter of a few months.

9. Anti-Candida Diet — Heather

Heather H. lost all her cellulite when she went on an anti candida diet, too.  (Her comment was originally posted in the comments section of this page.)

My cellulite also disappeared after a few weeks on the Anti Candida diet. I already had a great diet of whole foods, but was still eating simple carbs, sugar, and grains. After I eliminated the sugar completely I noticed a drastic improvement and so did my husband. I wish i had taken some good before and after pictures for you. Its really amazing to have perfectly smooth skin. I’ve always been very fit and thin and used to run marathons, but the cellulite was always there no matter how thin or in shape i was. This has made me 100% believer in real whole traditionally prepared foods.

10. Low Carb Diet — Samina

Samina lost all her cellulite when she went on a low carb diet.  (Her comment was originally posted in the comments section of this page.)

I went on a low-carb diet to lose about 30 pounds. I had ugly, noticeable cellulite from knee to butt…lol. To my surprise, most of my leg cellulite disappeared in about 2 months on the low carb diet. I ate mainly beef, chicken, veggies, salads, and dairy (I cannot live without cheese) and cut out bread, pasta, sugar. I still had some cellulite on my butt, so after some research I began to take glucosamine, vitamin E, a vitamin B complex, and fish oil daily. IN ONE MONTH my backside was as smooth as I had ever seen it. No more backing out the bedroom!! hahahaha…. And I am not skinny, I am 5’8″ and about 150 pounds.

11. Body Brushing and Coconut Oil — Gaelle

Gaelle got rid of her cellulite by dry skin brushing and changing the fats in her diet. (Read her post about it here: Getting Rid of Cellulite.)

There was a time when I was troubled by cellulite, and I sure didn’t like it. The things that got rid of it for me were, first of all, dry skin brushing, and then changing the fats that I eat.

Dry skin brushing worked right away to reduce the amount of cellulite that I could see, but it didn’t stop cellulite from coming back. However, after I stopped eating fats that were bad for me, my cellulite went away, and didn’t come back.

Trans-fats are out of the question, of course, but even organic vegetable oils can turn into trouble when they are heated. So I cook only with coconut oil or ghee. I use olive oil in my salad dressing every day. That’s it. I’ve never felt better, and I no longer have cellulite.

12. Bikram Yoga — Jeanette

Jeanette is another one who got rid of her cellulite with bikram yoga (Read her original comment here: Bikram Yoga as a Cellulite Treatment.)

I have completed 5 sessions of Bikram Yoga so 7.5 hours to-date over 9 days. I have no cellulite any more, after years of envying my friends on the beach I cant wait to get into a bikini. I am going to keep the Birkam up, I’m planning 3-4 sessions a week and I hope to keep seeing the benefits. The area I have noticed the improvement the most is on my stomach…. It’s unbelievable. I also do a fit camp class and I have noticed in that class how much more flexible I am……I recommend!

13. Bikram Yoga — Chelsea

Chelsea lost her cellulite when she started doing bikram yoga regularly to prepare for her wedding.  Then it came back when she stopped going!  (Read her original comment here: Bikram Yoga as a Cellulite Treatment.)

I always had cellulite, even when I weighed 115 pounds and working out it was always there (butt and thighs). I then was introduced to bikrams and loved it. Not when I was there but after I left I felt so much better. I was getting ready for my wedding so I started doing it appr. 3-4 times per week for 4 months and my cellulite was GONE!!! It was amazing!!! I was drinking appr. 3 liters of water per day to stay hydrated. I then quit after by wedding because I moved and there wasn’t a studio close by and the cellulite came back!!! Now it’s also on the front of my thighs! I went a couple times recently and started noticing a difference but you have to drink a ton of water. It is a huge time commitment but to not have cellulite it’s worth it!!

14. Nutritional Supplements and Derma Roller — Sophie

Sophie’s cellulite disappeared when she started taking nutrients to repair her connective tissue after a car accident. (read her comment at Shrimp Stock: My (Hopefully) Magic Anti Cellulite Elixir):

I have had cellulite for years and have tried everything to no avail…after a car accident this past march my therapist suggested Pure’s Ligament restore which contains vitamin c, glucosamine sulfate cartilage, hydrolyzed collagen, lysine,silica etc., I noticed a substantial improvement in my cellulite and firmness of the skin! That with the combination of derma rolling once a month for CIT (collagen induction therapy) my cellulite which was a grade 4 has virtually dissapeared! It took some time to see results with the derma roller but be patient after 3 months the results were amazing!

15. Foam Roller — Aundi

Aundi lost her cellulite by using a foam roller to increase circulation (see her  comment at Foam Rollers: Another Option for Rolling Out Cellulite)

I am shocked at what my foam roller has done for the appearance of my cellulite in the past month. I have always been very fit but in the last 7+ years I feel like my upper and lower body don’t match. I have very lean muscular arms and love wearing tank tops but when it comes to putting a bathing suit on and showing my arse and thighs I’m mortified… I found out about the foam roller at the new gym I joined and it caught my attention when one woman called it her “cellulite smasher”…which is what I continue to refer to it as.  I immediately bought one at Big5 for $24 and I’m hooked.

The first week it hurt so bad it was like knives in my legs. I would moan and work through it for about 20 min while I watched Dr. Phil. I’m on my second month and I can roll over it with way less pain and concentrate on working on some of the more stubborn areas. I am beyond amazed and wish that I took some before and after pics (however, I was so insecure I’m not sure who I would have let take pics). Anyhow, I hope this is helpful to anyone thinking about doing this. Think of it as a deep tissue massage. And even if you don’t have the results I do, it’s a great way to loosen your IT band and make you more flexible. Good luck!

16. Body Brushing, Coconut Oil, More Dietary Fats — Katie

Katie from the Wellness Mama blog lost her cellulite by dry brushing, moisturizing with coconut oil, and adding more fats to her diet (see her comment on the cellulite post at Mark’s Daily Apple)

I had a lot of luck with dry brushing also. I started it several months ago, and between that, using coconut oil for moisturizer and upping my good fat intake, cellulite is virtually gone (and I’m not at my lowest body fat either, since I’m 8 months pregnant!).  I also love the soft skin too! Between that and my new ability to tan thanks to eating healthy, I finally like my skin for the first time ever!

17. Hiking, Water, and Traditional Diet — Kirsch

Kirsch was surprised to see her cellulite had disappeared after a grueling hiking trek (see her comment on the cellulite post at Mark’s Daily Apple)

I know from experience that cellulite can be completely eliminated. I have had cellulite all my life but after a 4 week trek to Everest, I came back 15 pounds lighter, super energetic and without ANY cellulite. But it will return if one goes back to old ways and a sedentary lifestyle.

It came down to a lot of exhausting mountain hiking, drinking a lot of water to keep hydrated (especially important at altitude) and eating a non-Western diet.

Cellulite will disappear completely but it takes a lot of physical effort, daily activity level, proper diet and lots of water.

My advice to women is put on your hiking boots and head for the hills on a regular basis and drink lots of water. Forget all the gimmicks out there in the marketplace.

18. Gluten-Free Diet — Candace

Candace’s cellulite disappeared when she completely eliminated gluten from her diet (see her comment at Is Gluten Intolerance Related to Cellulite?)

I started a semi-gluten free diet about a year ago, no breads or baking with flour but every now and then I’d make a dish using something with gluten. I was told by a doctor due to my thyroid issues I should be gluten-free, but in the past I had tried eliminating gluten and it never seemed to make much of a difference so I thought “oh, this is gluten-free enough for me.” I am already soy, caffeine, sugar, and mostly dairy and chemical free and in the past I’ve been a vegetarian. I’ve also done loofa scrubbing and various exercise regimes but cellulite remained. I always assumed cellulite was just part of my genetics especially since my diet has always been fairly healthy. I never gave cellulite much thought unless I had to put on a bathing suit which I avoid!

Then about a week ago I decided to take steps to heal this leaky gut idea. I’ve also been reading it’s not enough to be 90% gluten-free as the effects of gluten will remain in your body for up to three weeks or more. I’m now 100% gluten free, actually 100% grain free. It’s actually quite easy although at first there was a bit of a re-education learning curve and realizing how much food has gluten in it. (I’m still finding out weird facts like tuna, chili powder and hamburger are often packed or made with gluten!) Anyway, my cellulite has disappeared! And that’s in addition to all the other health improvements I’m experiencing. It’s not that hard eating fresh vegetables, fruits and meats.

19. Cupping Massage — Marianne

Marianne got rid of her cellulite by using cupping therapy (see her comment on the CI Welcome page.  UPDATE: Comments from this page are no longer visible after a website redesign. 😥 )

I have been using everything to remove my cellulite – you name it, I tried it! I cannot tell you how much money I have spent over the years.  About 4 months ago, I was referred to a spa, to try this “cupping massage”. Instead of the glass fire cups, she used some kind of rubber suctioned cups. They simply suctioned onto my thighs and she went on and massaged in circles, up and down etc. I continued this for three months, three times a week.  I cannot tell you how happy I was with the results. Somehow, the vacuum sucked up all the toxins (that’s how she explained it) and once the toxins are close to the surface of the skin, it is easier for the blood to carry them out and dispose of them. Anyway, I can say that after years of not being able to wear shorts, I finally was able to this summer!!! What a joy!

20. Sauna Therapy — Kim

Kim got rid of her cellulite by working out in a sauna suit.  (Her comment was originally posted in the comments section of this page.)

I got rid of my cellulite, by working out in a sauna suit! I didn’t know losing my cellulite would be a side effect, and I was pleasamtly surprised. I started googling some info. on the internet, and have similar stories. It works, and very quick!

21. Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free Diet — Kara

Kara eliminated her cellulite by going on a gluten-free, sugar-free diet (see her comment on Does CelluPulse Work to Get Rid of Cellulite?)

I have the WORST willpower ever, but have managed to eliminate bread and sugar from my diet and feel absolutely incredible. Bye bye another dress size and most of all, bye bye cellulite – I have also brought my biological age from 41 down to 28 (I am actually 40 and did a bio age test before starting the clean eating to see what kind of improvements it would make). Given I have been injured and unable to do any exercise over this time…cellulite elimination has come PURELY from the inside. I never, ever thought I would see results like this.

 

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Excellent article on the basics of gluten intolerance. Very interesting details I’ve not read anywhere else. Thanks. I’m online this morning searching for cellulite/gluten connection. I started a semi-gluten free diet about a year ago, no breads or baking with flour but every now and then I’d make a dish using something with gluten. I was told by a doctor due to my thyroid issues I should be gluten-free, but in the past I had tried eliminating gluten and it never seemed to make much of a difference so I thought “oh, this is gluten-free enough for me.” I am already soy, caffeine, sugar, and mostly dairy and chemical free and in the past I’ve been a vegetarian. I’ve also done loofa scrubbing and various exercise regimes but cellulite remained. I always assumed cellulite was just part of my genetics especially since my diet has always been fairly healthy. I never gave cellulite much thought unless I had to put on a bathing suit which I avoid! Then about a week ago I decided to take steps to heal this leaky gut idea. I’ve also been reading it’s not enough to be 90% gluten-free as the effects of gluten will remain in your body for up to three weeks or more. I’m now 100% gluten free, actually 100% grain free. It’s actually quite easy although at first there was a bit of a re-education learning curve and realizing how much food has gluten in it. (I’m still finding out weird facts like tuna, chili powder and hamburger are often packed or made with gluten!) Anyway, my cellulite has disappeared! And that’s in addition to all the other health improvements I’m experiencing. It’s not that hard eating fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. Yeah, I might miss seafood fettucini or Thai curry, but I’m experimenting with various combinations to create similiar recipes using real food. It was way harder to give up caffeine or sugar. Good luck to all, and thanks again for the article on gluten.

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Wow, great compilation of success stories! I think this confirms my belief that cellulite is a sign of metabolic imbalance. Whatever corrects that imbalance (which for many people can be basic dietary changes), would correct the cellulite. Still trying to correct mine, though. 😉 I hope to one day be another success story!

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Me too, Elizabeth. I think certain cases are more complicated than others. I still suspect mine has something to do with all this fluoride in my system…

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Chelsea says:
2/5/2012

I tried endermologie massage about 18 months ago, going 2-3 times per week for 45 minute sessions, for about 15 sessions. It was great and did wonders for my cellulite, making my skin almost totally smooth in the buttocks/thighs which is where my problem is. Unfortunately I stopped going (because it’s expensive and time consuming!) and my cellulite is back 🙁 But I’m hoping adding Bikram Yoga and dry brushing to my routine might help. If I’m desperate I’ll try endermologie again, although like I said it’s very time consuming because you have to go to the gym afterwards too (or do some kind of physical activity to burn through the fatty acids that are released through the rollers).

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This is really interesting, Chelsea! I just received an email from a clinic offering to provide me with a series of endermologie sessions. Unfortunately they are located in a different part of the country. 🙁 I can see how endermologie would be beneficial in the short run but if you don’t eliminate the source of your cellulite, it will just come back when the sessions are over.

Any idea what your “kryptonite” is? The common sources of cellulite we’ve discovered so far are too much sugar, trans fats, fluoride, and undiagnosed food allergies. Please let us know how it goes with the yoga and dry brushing!

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Maggie says:
2/21/2012

I’ve been tooling around your website all evening after finding it through Cheeseslave. Great information here! I’ve had cellulite all my life, even when I was at my thinnest (135 lbs on a 5’10” frame). I never thought it was possible to lose it until I had three experiences that showed me otherwise:
1) in 1998 I had my first colonic, and woke up the next morning with no cellulite! It only lasted a couple of days, but gave me my first hope that something could be done to eliminate the embarrassing condition.
2) in 2008 I stopped eating a number of foods including eggs, and through random trial and error noticed that my cellulite lessened drastically and, after eating eggs I would develop cellulite again within 24 hours!
3) Over the last few months I was able to largely eliminate my cellulite again with targeted diet and exercise – running and yoga. After giving up my membership to the gym I started relying solely on running and guess what? My cellulite has returned! I’m doing yoga again starting this week, at home thanks to free podcasts from Zuda Yoga, my favorite yoga studio. I expect a few weeks of regular yoga to help me once again.
Obviously there’s a lot of trial and error for me, as I discover various things that contribute to the problem. Reading your website helps even more! Thank you!

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Maggie, this is so exciting!! So many questions for you. First, how often do you do yoga to see a difference in your cellulite? How long are your sessions? I just downloaded my first Zuda Yoga podcast. I’ve never done yoga from an audio-only podcast before but I think I could probably follow this one. I have several yoga videos that I like, the latest is the Barkan Method DVD. I even bought a space heater to warm up the room. I love it.

Okay, the eggs. What do you think was the connection between eggs and your cellulite? Eggs are supposed to be good for cellulite because of the lecithin and other nutrients. Do you not eat eggs anymore? Do you think it was an allergy of some sort?

Colonics… colonics and enemas are one class of treatments I can’t see myself investigating personally, even if they do banish the blight in hours! I’m thankful for people like you though who are willing to test them out and share your results! 🙂

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SomeGirlOnTheInternet says:
6/20/2014

Hey… this is my first time commenting but I love your site. Anyways, I just wanted to comment on the colonics and enemas. I actually did my first enema at the age of 9 (coffee enema) when I was very sick. I’m in my 30’s now and I do them still (although I didn’t really start back again until my early 20’s). I do coffee and herbal enemas maybe once a month – once every other month, or if I am detoxing. I can see this helping with cellulite as it reduces the toxic load in the body. Coffee especially as it contains a chemical in it that cleanses the blood, and causes the body to dump old toxic bile. It detoxs the liver, and cleanses the colon. It’s usually at the top of the list for what I recommend to people who are detoxing, feeling under the weather, or want to do some internal cleaning. I time myself for total retention time and aim for 30-45 minutes of total retention time. The whole enema might take an hour and a half as I stop my stopwatch when I get up to use the restroom. The first time or two doing it its a weird sensation because the body is so used to elimination when that kind of pressure is inside of you, but if you build up slowly that helps, and if you start feeling like its intense turn off the flow and just sit there. I also aim to hold the coffee for increments of 3 minutes… so I might hold it for 6, 9, or 15 minutes… sometimes I can only hold it for 3… and sometimes you can’t wait for that next minute or so to go by… just do the best you can. You can easily find information on this through The Gerson Method (just google Gerson Method Coffee Enema and you should be good). Some kid even made an awesome documentary on the whole Gerson thing (its about overcoming health problems through a natural diet.. its bigger than that, but I’m not trying to derail this thread).. anyways.. in that documentary he interviews them and he makes this little drawing to explain in but yeah. I’ll stop rambling. I just wanted to comment on it since I’m an avid coffee colonic’er .. that’s a word now. To answer what most people ask.. No… you aren’t going to feel jacked up from the caffeine. I don’t consume any caffeine (no coffee, no caffeinated tea (aside from maybe green or white tea once every couple months), I really don’t even eat chocolate all that often. I am highly sensitive to stimulants.. even natural ones so I shy away (plus it robs the body of Jing energy, but that’s a whole other topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine). Anyways, I never feel any caffeine effects. After about 30-40 minutes of retention though (actual time retaining.. not total time doing the colonic) I always experiences this feeling that comes over my body.. its like a uphoria, it sort of reminds me of the way a pain pill feels and comes on the way Nyquil does.. that sort of blanket that rolls over your body. Lol… I used to use some pretty unhealthy products, I know. hahaha.. anyways, it’s not energizing, but relaxing without feeling tired. It’s how I imagine runners high.. Colonic’ers high? Anyways, I’ll stop now but before I do I just want to say that you should always use plain organic caffeinated (it’s important that it has the caffeine) coffee beans. Your colon doesn’t need Vanilla Hazelnut.. really.. please don’t.. it’s not beneficial.. especially if its artificially flavored.

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Angel says:
4/9/2012

Hello I am a 45-yr old woman who have been dealing with both cellulite and acne on and off for about 30 years now. Over the years I have read many books on cellulite, followed countless of diets, from Atkins to low fat versions, treated myself to lymphatic massages, and done almost anything except going under the knife to treat the cellulite (no liposuctions). 95% of my life I have stayed fairly active maintaining a slim body (size 2-4) throughout my life with routine workouts. Despite all of that I am what some refer to as “skinny fat” a skinny person that tends to have a fat percentage over my expected BMI for my body/frame. Despite much working out and reducing at times my fat % below BMI I have never really won the battle against cellulite only gained a firmer appearance which reduced much of my cellulite appearance.

So now after much other research I have recently come across the idea that stress can be a major factor in contributing both to cellulite and acne (if you saw my skin one month ago you would think am a hormonal15 year old!). Stress activates certain hormones to overdrive and the body does its thing to react as if it were in danger – and goes through its own mechanism to “protect” itself. This is going to be especially worse for those of us dealing with the worst kind of stress, the emotional stress, which unlike healthy normal stress, is not resolved but compounded over time.

If you can learn to control your reaction to stress (or better yet control the stress itself) then you are likely to have conquered half the battle to cellulite right there. Of course the other battle is how well you take care of yourself through mindful eating and exercise, because the key to repair of the skin is collagen production and that it is unfortunately greatly diminished as we age.

Low carb diets can help because they control sugar intake which is why it is said to help control mood swings (greatly reducing how you deal with stress) and at the same time curbs your appetite and sugar cravings… Exercise in general is said to increase the endorphin levels in your body which helps you feel good however exercises like Yoga allow you to focus on your breathing and this does the trick to “relax” your mind and massage your central nervous system. Getting restful deep sleep is really key in the cellulite battle. The body is repaired through sleep so the more relaxed one is the better and deeper the sleep is (and the body repair is faster). At least now that am practicing these is when am finally seeing much less acne than ever before and yes I am seeing a reduction of the cellulite. And I am making the changes in my life to keep the ridiculous amount of stress I have dealt with at bay as much as possible.

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Angel, thanks for sharing your hard-gained wisdom with us! I agree, yoga and deep sleep are two excellent cellulite treatments.

Of course Reducing stress is smart, too! I do think we tend to over focus on external stressors though sometimes. In my experience, the way my body responds to stress is almost completely dependent on my diet. If I’m not eating nutrient dense food (even if it’s not “bad” food), I’m just not able to deal with stress as easily. Likewise, if I’m eating nutrient-dense foods that detox bad elements from my body too quickly (aka fluoride), then my body isn’t able to handle stress well, either.

It’s funny, I can be completely stressed out by being 10 minutes late for work, or completely unstressed at being late by 45 minutes. How well I handle situations like that depends on the amount of internal stress my body is under at the time. And for me, that’s mostly about diet, sleep, and other ways I can support my body’s natural detoxification processes.

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ANDREA says:
6/27/2012

Hi Im new here. Im 24 yrs old with cellulite and spider veins. It came to a point that i just had enough. I dont even let my boyfriend of 2 years let me see me in my bra and panties. It sucks. So its been like 3 months I been reasearching on ways to get rid of it without paying all that money. Im a new stay at home mom (2months) and I dont work only my byfriend. So I read aout chinease cupping massage. I ordered the plastic cup with the pump. I would think it workes just like the belabacci cups. Its been 2 days that I been using them. 15 on each leg. I really hope it works. o far my legs been really soe. Especially when im massaging, it hurts where te cellulite is worse. but they they say beauty is pain right? So im praying this works. I also have been changing my diet. No Pork at all, jst fruits n veggies, fish and chicken, only drinking water, a multivitamin, an trying to cmpletly cut out yeast and sugar. Im jus dyin for all this to go away by next summer. Oh n for the little spider viens I have, supposly the cupping will clear them, combined wih soaking a rag with raw apple cider vinager on my spider viens for30 minutes. I red tht it will clear them……….im desperate

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Jessica says:
7/26/2012

I really want to know if the cupping helps with the spider veins. I was getting incrementally more of them over the past year, and then during pregnancy my legs blew out from top to bottom with incredible cellulite. It’s revolting. I’ve been following this blog for acne, and now I am back for the cellulite info. I definitely need to follow a more whole foods diet for chronic fatigue and candida, but it really takes something superficial like cellulite to motivate me! 🙂 I hope I don’t have to give up coffee eventually. That is my final addiction I want to keep. Sugar needs to go though.

I saw great results in my acne from finally giving up dairy and gluten 100%. I already knew I was allergic. Then I had a course of antibiotics, and although I am still dairy and gluten free, my skin started up again. It must be the yeast/sugar/digestive link. Hoping to have some great results to post here in a few months. Maybe I’ll even take a “before” picture (yikes!).

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SomeGirlOnTheInternet says:
6/20/2014

Hey, I know this is old but taking coffee orally isn’t healthy (unless used medicinally for certain things, but not as a beverage).. there is something you might find as a good alternative though.. have you considered Yerba Mate with chicory (you can add the chicory yourself).. the chicory adds a flavor more reminiscent of coffee, and you can add cinnamon (it helps regulate blood sugar and keep insulin from spiking).. you can even add a little vanilla extract. Put in a teaspoon of coconut oil instead of dairy which will help kill candida overgrowth, feed your thyroid, and speed up your metabolism, plus.. since its mostly medium chain triglycerides it can’t be stored as fat. 🙂 Sometimes it’s not about focusing on eliminating things as it’s about finding wonderful alternatives! 🙂

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Tammy says:
7/10/2013

Hi,
I am a 40 year old woman that has dealt with cellulite all of my life as well. It seems to have gotten worse over the last year. I have also struggled with my weight, but today is a new day and I am starting a new life. I am going to do the NO”” or ‘LOW” carb diet. I am honestly at my highest weight right now and it is summer 🙁 I went camping with my family and my boyfriend over the 4th of July weekend and I wouldn’t even take my tank top off to go swimming. So I decided to start today, because I have been reading blogs about diet and cellulite, and that is how I came across this blog. It’s interesting to hear all of these tactics to try, but I just wanted to encourage everyone and I will be posting updates to keep you all informed on my success 🙂
So as of today, I weigh 147lbs, at age 40, with cellulite from my knee’s up 🙁 I will try to keep everyone posted on Wedesday’s. I have heard I can loose up to 10 lbs in a week starting the no carbs….let’s see how it goes with that as well as my God awful cellulite…until next Wednesday… 🙂

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Mariel says:
7/6/2014

From all the Bikram Yoga success stories, do you think a Sauna would be just as effective? I’m trying to figure out which is cheaper/more accessible for my geographic space, but only if the Sauna’s effective. Maybe you’d have to do some of the moves obligatorily for it to be just as effective in a sauna? Btw, this is my absolute most favorite/important post on this site! Love you site!

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Stephanie says:
2/9/2015

Hello! Thank you so much for starting this website. I’d like to share how I am reversing cellulite. I first noticed some mild cellulite forming a few years ago after I started eating a high fat low carb diet. I thought it was healthier, but for my body, this was not the case. I began looking into other lifestyles (Eat To Live, Starch Solution, Engine 2) and while I don’t necessarily agree with the 100% vegan approach, the idea of oil free really resonated with me. For a few months now I have been avoiding oils as much as possible (including coconut and olive oil) and the little bit of cellulite that I saw forming is now almost gone! I still have oils when I eat out because they are hard to avoid, but now that I am seeing such a great improvement, it gives me motivation to be more diligent about avoiding them. I couldn’t be more excited, hence why I want to share this will all your readers.

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Lisa says:
2/11/2015

I just wanted to share what is working for me. I’m 44. My weight has always been normal, and I have been very regular with exercise since my twenties (5-6 days of intense exercise per week — cardio and weight lifting). I also have always eaten a very low fat diet. With all of these great habits, how could I have cellulite??!! I recently decided to make some changes. I changed my diet to this ratio: Carbs: 20%, Protein 40%, Fat 40%. I also started lifting much heavier weights. After about 2 months of this combination, I have noticed a significant change in the way my body looks. I can literally see that my body has less fat, and most notably, less cellulite. There is still a bit, but it is greatly reduced and almost not even noticeable! I only lost about 1 pound, and losing was not my goal, but I look totally different. The fats I am eating include avocado, olive oil, full fat Greek yogurt, and all natural almond or peanut butter. I would have never thought this would work, so I just wanted to share my happy news and encourage other who, like me, may have been afraid to try it!!

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Darlene says:
5/6/2015

Hi ladies.

I’m one of those skinny, petite 5’3 26yr old women who weigh roughly 100 pounds, but have cellulite. It’s noticeable on my butt and now on my thighs closest to my butt. When I jump up and down, the cellulite jiggles and that’s how I realized I had more underneath.

I’m trying to figure out what diet works best. I’ve been eating salads and fruits daily and nothing else. Not sure how healthy that is but I don’t want to gain anymore so my stress hormone is keeping me from eating anything else, especially bc I’m so uneducated in the health world. I’ve done research but every article is different than the last. Does anyone have a website to share with actual real foods, Saturated fat recipes, and low card diets? Please and thank you!

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Nancy says:
5/11/2015

OK, so I want to share my astounding changes!!! I am in my 50’s, and have had cellulite since I was 10. Around 40, it started to creep past my thighs and butt, and move down to my knees. Then my calves. To my upper arms, and lately I’m seeing the early telltale signs of it on the inside of my lower arms!! It is SO deep and pitted, that even with leggings under my jeans, it shows through wherever the jeans touch my legs. It has been so awful, and in summer, I have wondered if I need to move to Antarctica!! I have never laid eyes on anyone who has it as bad as I do!!!
Nothing I have done has done a damn bit of good. I’ve tried exercise, diet, creams, cupping, lymphatic massage, dry brushing….you name it. And…nothing.
A little over 2 months ago, I went on the TQI (to quiet inflammation) diet. For those who don’t know about it, it is a very healthy eating program that helps you to identify what foods are causing inflammation. You go on an elimination diet for 3 weeks. You cut out sugar, dairy, wheat, corn, peanuts, bad oils, and ALL things with any kind of chemistry involved. You eat proportionally, meaning 1/3 protein and/or grain to 2/3’s veggies or fruit. There is no calorie counting. Anyway, after 3 weeks you slowly reintroduce each food to see if you respond negatively. Sometimes, you have to test other foods to discover if anything else is causing problems.
Well, I have gotten so used to the initial elimination phase, that I have decided to keep doing it. It was an intuitive feeling that by keeping the initial things out of my diet, I could really release all of this pent up stuff in my cells. It has been about 9 weeks, and I wasn’t expecting this, but I would say that I have lost at least half of my cellulite already!!!! It isn’t really deep anymore!! My skin feels less like dough when I squeeze it, and is much more supple. I cannot believe my eyes!!!! It makes so much sense though, that foods that cause inflammation for each of us, is keeping all this toxic crap stuck in our cells. And for many of us, that shows up as cellulite!!!
I am actually grateful that I store the toxins in my fat cells. Gotta be better than storing it in the organs, right? Ugly, but maybe healthier in the long run.
I just wish I had some before pictures, but I don’t think you could have paid me $1000 to look at a photo of how it looked before!!!
And, I know it will continue to be released, since I have had this much success already. It feels like the solution for many women!! Find what causes inflammation. Stop eating it!! Bingo!! I am so thrilled. I may not have to wear a burka this summer after all. ;)))))

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Nancy says:
5/11/2015

Oh, I guess I should add…I am much larger than I have been for most of my life. I slowly gained 30-40 through the menopausal years. Have lost and gained some since then. I have lost about 8 pounds on this diet so far, but the cellulite reduction is not because of a bunch of weight loss. I weighed less than I do now 2 years ago. Just wanted to clarify that it isn’t the weight, but the inflammation. 🙂

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Sabrina says:
11/14/2015

I too have also experienced my cellulite vanishing and then coming back, so I know I can get rid of it if I can just figure out what the culprit is. My cellulite appeared during my drinking days, so I firmly believe it is toxins that cause damage, and for some reason despite all the things I do to get rid of toxins, it doesn’t always eliminate them, so there must be something my body is missing.
I think I may be on to something – salt – and I was excited to see your site mentioned salt as a cure as well. After a day of taking a little bit of himalayan salt every hour and drinking tons of water (to cure symptoms I thought might be related to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance), I was astonished to notice that my cellulite had dissapeared. But I also was getting a headache when I first started supplementing with salt, right after I would take a tiny bit of salt and even though the headaches stopped happening I was still afraid because everyone says salt is bad for you, so I stopped adding the salt, and the cellulite came back just as bad as it was before. Seeing you mention salt as a cure for cellulite has encouraged me to try it again, this time I am going to try to stick with it for a couple of weeks.

Come to think of it, the morning after nights when I would treat myself to really salty things like pizza, or chips, I would notice that my cellulite looked significantly better, which I didn’t understand at the time because I thought eating junk food would have made it worse.

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