You know what cellulite looks like—cottage cheese, anyone?—but you may not know what it is exactly. As fat cells accumulate and expand beneath skin, they push against tissue, causing an uneven appearance “commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and back of arms,” says osteopathic physician Robert A. Kominiarek, DO.
But you don’t need to stay inside during swimsuit season or avoid clingy clothing. Adding the right foods and drinks to your diet can reduce cellulite. Munch your way to a smoother-looking body with these nutritious picks.
Reel in a serving of this healthy catch. It’s rich in antioxidants, which break down fat cells in cellulite, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt.
Sinai Hospital in New York City. The omega-3 fatty acids also in salmon “reduce appetite and low-level inflammation and repair and strengthen skin tissue and fibers,” says Lori L. Shemek, PhD, a certified nutritional consultant in the Dallas area.
This decreases the build-up of toxins inside blood vessels and improves circulation—the waste trapped in the tissues that push against skin filters out.
They’re the new nuts, says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of the forthcoming . That’s because they’re a good source of vitamin E, potassium and zinc, as well as vitamin B6, a super lump-fighter.