Has anyone noticed whether adopting the primal/paleo lifestyle has reduced to appearance of cellulite on their legs/arms?
I am fairly plagued but am convinced that the CW way of living has given me this curse rather than my genes (the so called explanation of today). Does anyone know why this fat is deposited like this and how to stop it, as I can't help but feel like its all the toxins of my old life hanging around and id love to shed that!
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on February 26, 2011
at 09:21 PM
I just read (in "The Sugar Fix" by Dr. Richard Johnson) that reducing fructose should reduce cellulite. He thinks that it's due to the same type of inflammation in the fat cells of the legs that fructose causes to fat cells all over the body. Give very low fructose a try and see if it helps.
on September 06, 2011
at 04:20 AM
Isn't having SOME cellulite a normal part of being female? Obviously not having loads of it, but I've never seen a post-pubertal woman who didn't have at least a tiny amount. I've seen it described as basically a secondary sex characteristic, which sounds right to me. I hate the modern obsession with making women feel bad about having some dimpling in their upper thighs or whatever so they'll buy expensive (useless) anti-cellulite creams. Cellulite is not a disease. Most women have some. FWIW, I'm thin, have pretty much always been thin, but I have some cellulite on my back upper thighs. Paleo hasn't affected it at all.
on February 26, 2011
at 10:44 PM
What I'm finding useful while losing fat is dry body brushing :-)
I think the combination of low carb/paleo AND body brushing helps get the lymphatic system & adipose moving.
Worth a try? Buy yourself a natural bristled brush and start brushing before showering/bathing.
on March 01, 2011
at 05:51 PM
Nope. Cellulite is mostly hormonal and genetic IMO. Although if you have excess body fat, it will be more noticeable and there will be more of it.
I have a little cellulite and I have a BMI of 17.5 - which is the highest it's ever been, thanks to a primal diet. And I've definitely noticed more cellulite since gaining weight... I had it even when I had a BMI of 15, though.
I've been primal for over a year, very low fructose, and all my former inflammatory issues are cleared up. So I don't think my diet has anything to do with how my fat looks.
on February 26, 2011
at 09:41 PM
Cellulite is just normal fatty adiapose tissue, dieting will help to reduce it. There are other things that can be done consuming more foods with anti-oxidents, reuduce fiber and increase protein will help. I think the best solution would be to become more active and maintain paleo though
on February 12, 2012
at 12:44 AM
Two things I have read:
One is that cellulite is a result of weakened skin structure which needs nutrients like collagen from stock and broth to help rebuild.
Other places I have read that it's the result of lack of hydration, which is not to say one should chug more plain water, but it's more about cellular hydration, which relys on a potassium intake at about 5K a day and sodium of 1.5K a day - electrolytes.
The only time I was totally cellulite free was one year into breastfeeding each of my kids. It came back both times by the way.
on June 16, 2013
at 08:57 PM
I have been eating Paleo off and on for over 15 years, and there is no doubt in my mind that this way of eating helps eliminate cellulite effortlessly. In addition, I notice other benefits almost immediately when I return to the Paleo way. For example, recently my weight hit an all time high, and after giving into my Carbohydrate addiction for far too long, I was borderline type two diabetic. In addition to weight gain, I suffered from many symptoms. One curious symptom was the severe bleeding of my gums whenever I touched them, but after only two weeks of my return to Paleo, and not a drop of blood present in my saliva when I brush my teeth: coincidence or remarkable?? Another interesting tid bit for paleo eaters is that when you eat the paleo way your saliva becomes alkali, and unfortunately this can cause extra plaque build up on your teeth: especially behind your lower front teeth where saliva can pool. While this is not a nice side effect, I take comfort in knowing that Cancer is not supposed to be able to grow in an alkali body, and if my saliva is alkali, my body must be alkali too!? While this is not been scientifically proven to my knowledge, I have made the deduction that paleo followers will undoubtedly be less susceptible to cancer. If you do your research you will find that sugar was linked to cancer by scientist back in the early 1900's, and it is well know that cancer cells love sugar in all forms
on March 10, 2013
at 10:50 PM
I believe Traditional Chinese Medicine sees it as a problem of excess dampness and mucous in the body, with poor digestion being at the root of the condition. Surprise! Everything always seems to come back to the gut...
on March 10, 2013
at 05:09 PM
I won't be able to find the reference, but I remember reading an article in which elderly people said that cellulite definitely wasn't the norm many decades ago.
I don't know what causes it, but I'd bet money that it is not normal, genetic, nor a part of being female. I think it's one of those many things which are so common that we think they are normal, when in reality, it's a symptom.
on March 10, 2013
at 04:57 PM
I have been doing Paleo only a week and have lost about 4 pounds but I have noticed a HUGE difference in the amount of cellulite I have on the back of my legs. HUGE. My boyfriend noticed immediately after coming back from a business trip yesterday. I am much smoother. I have been this weight before and had no change in amount of cellulite so I know it's not the weight loss. I have not had any sugar or processed anything for a week. I also noticed the swelling in my legs is much less after a day of work.
on February 07, 2013
at 10:00 AM
I use to think that most women were indeed plagued by cellulite...that is, until I went to Hawaii and noticed that every single Japanese female tourist I saw, both young and old (I'm talking 50ish), had the smoothest, dimple free skin. I go to Hawaii regularly, so this isn't a one time observation.
After having witnessed this several times, I have to question the premise that most women get cellulite...
I should note that other Asian tourists, i.e., Koreans (these were the two groups of languages I recognized) also had cellulite free skin.
I know they eat lots of fish and seaweed but could that really be it? And I also don't think it's genetic...I have several Asian friends who are plagued by cellulite, so it's not like Asians aren't susceptible.
Maybe it's not that we don't drink enough water or eat properly...maybe it's the water and food themselves...I vaguely remember reading an article about the possible connection between fluoridated water and skin problems, e.g., acne, cellulite...maybe there's also a connection between preservatives and pesticides in our foods?
What's most frustrating is knowing that Asian women don't eat Paleo by any stretch. Lots of rice (white, no less) and sodium, and lots of yummy looking snacks and sweets. So not fair.
on February 11, 2012
at 11:13 PM
I have been plaqued with cellulite for 20 years. Harmones, genetics, and diet are the three main causes. I started the PALEO challenge this month and for the 1st time I have seen a reduction - although slight, in the appearance. I take fish oil and lecithin capsules & started dry brushing. Every other day and scrub my legs with coffee grinds and oil. I think the main reason why I have so much is b/c for 10 years I never drank water and consumed a lot of alcholol which in turn made me dehydrated. I also used to take LONG hot showers will also dries the skin. In 23 days, my Paleo Challenge Diet will come to and end I am anxious to see if I have more results from this lifestyle of low/no sugar and no processed foods. <>