Newsflash: Did you know that 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men have cellulite?
Perhaps you have it yourself, and you are looking for a way to get rid of it. I have it too, and although it is unsightly, it is something that I have learned to accept. Especially after I learned that it is really common in women, and I knew I wasn’t alone.
I’m going to tell you something that you don’t want to hear, but I need to be honest with you, it is nearly impossible to get rid of cellulite.
However, a vegan diet can possibly help reduce cellulite found in our bodies.
Yes, it seems like following a more vegan centered diet can be beneficial to those living with cellulite! Keep reading to find out how.
What is Cellulite?
If I had to describe what cellulite is in the simplest way, I would say its dimples and lumps that form under the skin. If you want to get medical, then it’s called Gynoid Lipodystrophy. It’s basically a bunch of fat deposits under the skin.
The presence of cellulite on the body particularly the buttocks, abdomen, and thighs can make some people feel conscious and uncomfortable.
Cellulite can be seen in both women and men but is more common in the former due to the different distributions of the following:
- Connective tissue
Apart from the term “cellulite”, it is also often referred to:
- Hail Damage
- Orange-peel skin
- Cottage-cheese skin
- Mattress phenomenon.
What Causes Cellulite?
The exact cause of cellulite can’t be pointed out. What can be pointed out are the factors that are linked to its development.
While it is generally connected with fat, it is not totally due to weight. While weight is somehow a factor, cellulite can affect anyone including the thinnest person you know!
There are several factors linked to the development of cellulite in our bodies.
1. Age and Hormonal Factors
As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and thinner. In women, their bodies are producing less estrogen which is the hormone responsible for keeping the blood vessels flowing well. When there is less estrogen in the body, this can lead to poor circulation which affects the breakdown of the connective tissue and production of new collagen (to learn more about vegan collagen sources CLICK HERE).
2. Genetic Factors
One’s genetic makeup is a factor in the development of cellulite. If there are members of your family who have been sporting cellulite in their lifetimes, best believe that the chances of you developing it are high.
Speaking of genes, the following factors affect the development of cellulite:
- How fast or slow our metabolism is
- How fat is distributed under the skin
- Circulatory levels
3. Diet and Lifestyle
Our dietary and lifestyle choices can also play a part in the development of cellulite.
People who consume little fiber, too much salt, fat and bad carbohydrates are most likely to develop more cellulite. Also, the chances are also high for those who smoke, do not engage in physical activities, or are standing and sitting for an extended period of time.
How Does It Form?
There is without a doubt that when we hear the word “cellulite”, our minds might automatically link it to “cells”.
Cellulite becomes entrapped within cells. When they begin to swell, they transform into lumps and dimples in our bodies.
In our bodies, there is usually a layer called “septa” that is found between our skin and fat cells. The septa stops the fat cells from impacting the skin’s appearance or texture.
However, when cellulite is trapped in the fat cells, they seep through the septa which can affect the way the skin looks.
Cellulite Severity Scale
Back in 2009, a Cellulite Severity Scale (CSS) was mentioned in one study. In the said study, cellulite was ranked according to the following:
- Grade 1 (Mild)
In this stage, cellulite has an “orange-peel” like appearance with superficial depressions falling between 1-4. Another note related to its appearance is that it looks like it’s sagging.
- Grade 2 (moderate)
Cellulite classified under this has a more “cottage cheese” like appearance with a depression depth between 5 to 9. When you take a look at the skin, it looks moderately draped compared to Grade 1.
- Grade 3 (severe)
As this is the more severe classification, the cellulite has a more “mattress” like appearance with the skin severely draped. Its depressions are between 10 or more.
Can Cellulite Be Treated?
In today’s world, there are various medical procedures and natural remedies out there that may reduce the visibility of cellulite. These “treatments” won’t necessarily remove cellulite permanently but can reduce its appearance and visibility.
When you take a look at the current medical procedures available, don’t be surprised if your wallet ends up crying! These procedures are not cheap at all! If you are considering it, check with your healthcare and insurance providers first!
In lieu of these costly cellulite medical treatments and procedures, perhaps you should consider more natural remedies! If you want to know what they are, you can start with:
To make your cellulite a little less noticeable, you can try exercising. Doing so would help with reducing body fat. You can sign up for a training program that focuses on both strength training and aerobic exercises.
Also, when working out, make sure you focus on the cellulite prone areas on your body.
With these exercises can help you burn your body fat and they can also define your muscles. The more defined and toned your body is, the firmer you will look, making your cellulite a little less visible in the process.
- Dry Brushing
An Ayurvedic technique (also known as Garshana) that has been practiced for centuries, dry brushing is one natural method of cellulite reduction that you should try.
If this is your first time hearing about dry brushing, it basically involves using a body brush or a plant-derived loofah to smooth the smooth.
Dry brushing opens up your pores, stimulating your body’s blood and lymph flows. This helps in breaking down cellulite in the body.
It is ideal to do this two times a day daily. Spare about five minutes each time that you that do!
While it may not eliminate or reduce cellulite significantly, it would help with stimulating the body.
BONUS: To get some tips on vegan friendly skin care to decrease cellulite, check out the video below!
Dietary Changes - Going The Vegan Route
Apart from working out and practicing dry brushing, one of the most natural approaches you can do to get rid of visible cellulite is changing your diet!
A plant-based diet is known to make our skin healthier. And given that it’s a skin concern, perhaps shifting focus on a more vegan one can help reduce cellulite.
With a plant-centric diet, it’s not just about lessening your fat intake. Lessening your fat intake won’t stop cellulite from developing and it won’t make it go away permanently.
It’s all about consuming healthier fats as part of the vegan diet. Through this, it would help in improving your blood circulation and your skin elasticity. These would then aid in the reduction of cellulite.
If you are keen to try a vegan diet in the hopes of minimizing the visibility of cellulite, there are some foods out there that you can try to incorporate in your diet.
In the beginning, transitioning to the vegans’ way of eating might be difficult but you would certainly be reaping the rewards once you see the changes in your body specifically your skin!
To ease your way into the vegan life, here are a few items that you should add to your grocery cart the next time you go to your fave supermarket:
contain high levels of the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
They are rich in protein, mineral, potassium, essential fatty acids and the good kind of carbs.
Avocados can help reduce cellulite by boosting the skin’s collagen levels because they are rich in Vitamin C. They also slow down the process of the skin’s thinning. With the Vitamin E and essential fatty acid content, they help maintain the skin’s elasticity and keep skin silky smooth.
Cranberry in juice form is a great cellulite combatant. It a good emulsifier of fat deposits, making it easier for the body to flush these toxins out. Also, it can get rid of your cellulite by cleansing your lymph system.
3. Whole Grains
Whole grains are rich in fibers which is pretty helpful to the way the digestive system functions. When the digestive system is working well, toxins are easier and quicker to remove, decreasing their chance of forming cellulite.
Whole grains are also good for our cardiovascular system and circulation which means it helps in reducing cellulite.
Bananas are rich in potassium which is a mineral that contributes to the reduction of cellulite in the body.
Potassium helps in reducing water retention (CLICK HERE) to learn more about water retention). in the body as well as aiding the lymphatic system in getting rid of toxins.
Did you know that our stress levels and our mood can somehow contribute to the formation of cellulite?
At first, I found it hard to believe but apparently, the more stressed we are, the higher the fat storage in our bodies increases.
Eating asparagus can stop cellulite from forming because of its rich folic acid level, and its blood circulating properties.
6. Dark and Leafy Vegetables
An antioxidant called Lutein is present in dark, leafy vegetables such as cabbage, Swiss chard, kale, and spinach. This antioxidant helps in prevent fat from accumulating and it fights the formation of cellulite.
7. Sunflower Seeds
Add some crunch to your vegan diet by trying Sunflower Seeds. These seeds are rich in Vitamin B6 which is essential in reducing cellulite.
Vitamin B6 helps in both blood flow and skin elasticity which in turn stops the buildup that causes cellulite to be visible on the skin.
8. Pumpkin Seeds
Another crunchy addition that you can include in your vegan diet is Pumpkin Seeds. These are rich in zinc which is a key factor in the strength and elasticity of the body’s connective tissues.
Zinc is also very important in how slow the collagen breaks down, and in cell repairment. These functions are vital in reducing the visibility of cellulite.
Some berry varieties contain antioxidants that help the lymphatic system break down toxins that could potentially lead to the formation of cellulite.
Berries are also rich in Vitamin C which helps in increasing the level of collagen in the skin. The stronger and tighter the skin is, the fewer chances of cellulite developing.
Just like other things in life, it seems that cellulite is something that we can’t escape! While it’s something inevitable, there are still some things we can do to reduce the chances of having certain parts of our body look like cottage cheese!
Apart from living a more active lifestyle and keeping our bodies hydrated at all times, a vegan diet is a great way to reduce the formation of cellulite.
With a diet that is more plant-based and less meat based, you can get the nutrients that the body needs in order to flush fat deposits out and to nourish our cardio, lymphatic and integumentary system.
If you have struggled with cellulite in the past and have turned to veganism for help, let us know down below what you did to get rid of the visible cellulite. And if you know someone who might be interested to know the link between being vegan and cellulite, share this on your socials and tag them!