Getting to the point, foods that cause cellulite are generally those that are high in sodium (salt), sugar and/or saturated fats. And the full list of those foods is way too long for this page.
But, despite their number, identifying foods that increase weight gain, and don’t deliver the nutrition that can help strengthen your skin and reduce cellulite, isn’t always easy. Very often, even those foods you think might be helping your weight loss and nutrition can actually be working against you.
Beware These Foods That Can Make Your Cellulite Look Worse
While there’s no way to get rid of cellulite, you can at least take steps to lower your consumption of foods and beverages that can lead to cellulite issues.
Barbecue Sauce - We’re starting with BBQ sauce as an example of foods that many people don’t suspect as having a role in cellulite problems. Most people appreciate a good barbecue sauce as a great flavour enhancer that also keeps barbecued meat tender and juicy.
But read the label. A two-tablespoon serving of a name-brand regular barbecue sauce has 2.5 teaspoons of sugar and 330 mg of salt. That is about 20% of the USDA recommended daily intakes of both salt and sugar - from 2 tablespoons!
And other condiments and sauces, like ketchup, are just as high in sodium and salt.
Fruit Juice - This is one that you think must be good for you, but it contains way more sugar than most people realize. A 10 oz. bottle of name-brand “no added sugar” orange juice has 7.5 teaspoons of sugar. The USDA recommends you consume no more than 10 teaspoons of sugar a day - and the World Health Organization says you should limit sugar intake to 5 teaspoons a day.
- Pizza - Straight up, one slice of a large Garden Veggie pizza has about 20% of the recommended daily intake of salt. And if you go for the all-time favourite, a slice of a New York pepperoni pizza gives you about 30% of the recommended daily salt intake.
To start improving the appearance of your cellulite and its cottage cheese effect, you should always check nutrition labels and online nutrition information, even for foods you think are healthy. And if you want to instantly add flattering shape and fight cellulite, Mass & Slim anti-cellulite leggings offer strategic support and a gentle massaging action as you wear them.
To learn more about anti-cellulite shapewear, check out our article “Does a Cellulite Waist Shaper Work?”.