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which foods fight cellulite

Salmon
plate of salmon

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.

Sunflower Seeds
sunflower seeds

They’re the new nuts, says nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of the forthcoming The One One One Diet. That’s because they’re a good source of vitamin E, potassium and zinc, as well as vitamin B6, a super lump-fighter. “Not only does B6 help metabolize proteins that strengthen and repair connective tissue,” says Batayneh, “but it’s also a natural diuretic, eliminating excess water and bloating that can make cellulite more visible.”

Chili and Cayenne Peppers
cayenne peppers

Break out the hot sauce! These peppers’ vitamin B6 restores and fortifies connective tissue, making them an excellent weapon in fighting unwanted dimpling, says Batayneh. Research also shows that hot peppers’ capsaicin “can boost your metabolism by up to 25% for three hours after you eat them,” says Dr. Shemek. This makes your body efficiently burn off calories, which aids in fat loss. It also improves blood flow, flushing out toxins and reducing fat deposits under connective cords, lessening the puckered look.

Dark Berries
blueberries

Blackberries and blueberries enhance collagen production, creating new skin tissue, says Dr. Shemek. And that improves skin’s tone and texture. But that’s not all: These dark berries also contain antioxidants, which break down fat attached to the connective tissue. “This allows skin to keep fat beneath it at bay and not push forward and appear lumpy,” says Dr. Zeichner.