1. Consume a diet rich in high-quality macronutrients and micronutrients.
Macronutrients (carbohydrates, dietary fat, and protein) housed in the foods you eat can greatly influence the development of cellulite. For instance, regularly consuming high-quality carbs (vegetables and fruit, legumes, and whole-grains) and protein-rich foods helps inhibit excess fat cell buildup while taking in “good” fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds) increases the mobilization (release) of fat cells from existing fat stores.
In addition to the direct effects of macronutrients within foods, the collection of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) they contain can substantially boost the body’s inherent fat-burning capabilities in ways that help stop cellulite from forming.
2. Avoid overly processed carbohydrates and foods containing trans fats.
Overly processed carbs and trans fats are like fuel for fat cells within subcutaneous and reserve layers. Such foods include commercially baked goods (cakes, cookies, and crackers), white bread, rice and pasta, soft drinks, battered and/or deep fried foods (French fries, fried meats, and doughnuts), shortening (Crisco) and stick margarine. As these foods can really augment the overall appearance of cellulite, better to just avoid them whenever possible.
3. Regularly monitor your calorie consumption and expenditure.
You can greatly minimize your risk for weight gain by regularly monitoring the amount of calories you consume during meals as well as the amount you expend (burn) during exercise and other types of physical activity. Weight gain begins when you consume more calories than you burn, as this creates calorie surpluses in the body, speeding up fat cell accumulation and, ultimately, cellulite development.
A pound of fat houses about 3,500 calories; therefore, if you accumulate in excess of 3,500 calorie or more, you’ll gain weight. To avoid this, consider using MyFitnessPal or another free online calorie tracker.