Does a Low Carb Diet Help to Get Rid of Cellulite?


Low carbohydrate diets generally limit your consumption of bread, grains, rice and starchy vegetables and fruit while encouraging the consumption of protein and fat on the theory, in a way, that eating fat can rid you of fat. Since cellulite is composed of dimpled fat, one could logically ask whether a low carb diet could combat the formation of cellulite.

Loss of Water Weight

A low carb diet may contribute to weight loss, which may minimize the appearance of cellulite. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, low carb diets make your body burn glycogen, which contains a lot of water, so burning it lets go of water and increases bathroom trips. But it’s not fat you’re losing--only water, which will come back.

Expert Insight

According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies purport that a low carb diet diminishes the appetite, although why this occurs isn’t known. Again, eating less will lead to weight loss, which diminishes the appearance of cellulite, but this is true of any diet.


You will feel fuller longer on a high fat/protein diet because both take longer to digest; however, the risks associated with high fat/protein diets isn’t known yet, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Time Frame

The minute you start eating carbs again, you are going to gain the weight back--and maybe a bit more. A low carb diet isn’t easier than any other diet to maintain, according to the Mayo Clinic, especially when most people get over half their daily calories from carbohydrates.


According to the Mayo Clinic, stress, inactivity, and hormonal contraceptives may increase your chances of developing cellulite. Before giving up a life of bread and every other wonderful carbohydrate, try eating less of everything and moving more.

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