What Foods Cause Cellulite?

Does the diet contribute to cellulite?

The lumps that you love to hate. We get it; it can be unsightly and make you feel uncomfortable in shorts or swimwear. It can make you feel like there’s a spotlight on your thighs and butt and make you feel super self-conscious – but you’re not alone. About 90 percent of women have cellulite – including women of all sizes, shapes, and levels of fitness. It can be related to your genes, behavioral factors, and apparently to some foods that you eat.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition that develops when the connective tissue below the dermis layer of your skin weakens. When this happens, the fat below bulges through, creating a lumpy and bumpy appearance.

3 Foods That Cause Cellulite

In some instances, weight gain can contribute to the formation of cellulite, so time to toss out unhealthy food. But, before you throw out everything and turn to celery for the rest of your days, read on.

1. Carbs

Carbs Cause Cellulite

Specifically processed carbs such as pastries, sugary cereals, candy, and pasta. It’s not because these foods can cause weight gain, but because they also cause inflammation. Inflammation can cause fat cells to start to get bigger and also cause the body to retain fluid. When this happens, connective tissue breaks down and the skin gets bumpy.

2. Processed Foods

Processed Foods Cause Cellulite

Foods like chips, baked goods, sodas, processed mixes, and meats can also spike inflammation. These foods also contain high levels of sugar, fat, and salt. Like complex carbs, these foods cause fat cells to enlarge, you to retain fluid, and increase in toxins.

3. Salt

Salt Causes Cellulite

Love salt, but hate cellulite? You may want to put that salt shaker down and check this out. Although salt has not been linked to causing cellulite, it can cause fluid retention, which makes bumpy areas look, well, extra bumpy. Limit your salt intake to 2,300 milligrams per day, which is the American Heart Association’s recommendation.

Can You Fight Cellulite with Food?

Some foods – particularly ones rich in antioxidants and polyphenols can help fight inflammation and heal damaged cells. These foods include berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and foods with healthy fats like salmon, mackerel, tuna, nuts, and olive oil. Also, eat foods rich in collagen-like chicken, turkey, egg whites, and low-fat dairies like cheese and yogurt. These foods can help keep your skin tighter and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

For more information, check out: Anti-Cellulite Diet: 10 Foods to Reduce Cellulite

What Else Can Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite?

Innovations Medical has several cellulite treatment options, including:


Cellulaze is a multi-targeted treatment plan that yields outstanding results. Cellulaze can target fatty tissue and also stimulate collagen production – which produces exceptional results for you.


SmoothShapes is a great way to treat classic cellulite, especially in the back of the thighs or buttocks.


Thermage is a powerful way to help reduce cellulite that is linear-patterned and cellulite on the front of the thigh.


Also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy. AWT is an excellent way to break down cellulite pillars that cause dimpling, bumps, and unevenness.

Contact Innovations Medical for Information on Cosmetic Procedures

If you’re looking to get rid of cellulite, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.

To find out how we can help smooth out your cellulite, and to learn how Innovations Medical can improve your life, call us at (214) 643-8665 or schedule an appointment.