It is important to keep track of our cellulite success stories. Not only do they provide clues to help us unfold the cellulite mystery, they also offer motivation for times when cellulite recovery seems impossible.
We often hear claims that cellulite is genetic and untreatable. The following cellulite success stories are evidence to the contrary. I’ve communicated with each of these women personally. Most of them 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.
I hope you find their stories inspiring.
1. 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. 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.
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!
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. 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!
7. 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.
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. Heather H. lost all her cellulite when she went on an anti candida diet, too (see her original comment in the comments section of this post!)
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. Samina lost all her cellulite when she went on a low carb diet (see her original comment below)
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!
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. 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. 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. Marianne got rid of her cellulite by using Chinese cupping therapy (see her comment on the CI Welcome page)
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. 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.
Will you be next?
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