How to get rid of Cellulite with Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an efficient way to get rid of cellulite naturally and safely and it works in most cases.
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Cellulite is an unpleasant skin condition. It makes us unconfident and forces us to feel not as attractive as we could’ve felt. We try many ways to get rid of it, but it doesn’t always help. 

Intermittent fasting shows great results in beating this skin problem. Read our article to understand how it works.

Written by
Vera Bokor
Health and Wellbeing Coach

Do you struggle to get rid of cellulite? You’ve tried different types of sport, saunas, dry massage with a brush, chocolate body wraps, coffee peelings, but nothing helps? There is one more natural and efficient method that will help you and it is called intermittent fasting.

What is cellulite?

We usually call cellulite skin, which looks like an orange peel. The surface of the skin looks uneven, it has bumps and dimples, some areas of the skin can be thicker than others. 

Usually, this condition appears in tights, hips and buttocks areas, sometimes you can see cellulite on your belly or above the knees. 

Cellulite is not a disease, it is more of a cosmetic issue, but it can cause serious psychological discomfort (1).  

What causes cellulite?

We mentioned that cellulite is bumps and dimples on the skin, the main reason for them is an uneven buildup of fat in fat (adipose) tissue.


Imagine, there are many fat cells or adipocytes under the skin and if one cell is enlarged, hypertrophic and filled up with fat more tightly than another, it will cause a crooked surface (2). 

There are many reasons for the adipose tissue to develop chaotically, from hormonal disbalance and gender to inactive lifestyle and poor diet.

Can you get rid of cellulite?

We have a certain amount of adipocytes in our body and we can only decrease this amount by having liposuction (3,4). This surgery is quite traumatic, expensive and not necessary. Does it mean that there is no way to get rid of cellulite?

Don’t worry, there is!

You don’t have to lower the number of fat cells when you can make the cells themselves smaller. To do so, you need to create a situation where your body will use the fat from those cells to provide your body with energy.

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Intermittent fasting as a tool against cellulite

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When we don’t consume food, our body still requires a lot of energy for proper functioning and uses stored fat as a source of energy fuel.

Intermittent fasting leads to fat loss, which causes shrinkage of adipocytes because they get empty due to usage of “stored energy”. The more you use fat for fuel, the smaller are the fat cells. This smooths out the difference between the cells; the bumps and dimples get less visible and adipocytes get similar in size (5). That's how you get rid of cellulite.

Practising intermittent fasting is not painful, costs nothing, doesn't require recovery and shows amazing results in fighting a battle for beautiful skin.

When will I see the first results?

We all want to see fast results, but they depend on your current health and skin conditions, your discipline and your motivation. Women with slight cellulite might see their first results in two weeks- a month. Those who have more severe cellulite will need to be patient because the process of getting rid of cellulite can take a few months (6).

You also can speed up this process by having a proper diet.

How long and often should I fast to get rid of cellulite?

Intermittent fasting has variable protocols. You can start with the simplest ones as 16/8 and 18/6 daily and add longer fasts a couple of times a week. The main rule here is consistency. 

If you want quick results, you need to have longer fasts for your body to use fat more efficiently. You can practice OMAD (One Meal A Day), but make sure that you get all essential micro and macronutrients. And for better results find a type of activity that you will also enjoy. 

The bottom line

Many women struggle with cellulitis. Even if it is not harmful to your buddy, it is still not a pleasant skin condition to have. There are not many really efficient ways to fight cellulitis, but intermittent fasting is one of them. 

Intermittent fasting has many health benefits and getting rid of cellulitis is a nice bonus to them. 

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  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Medical Encyclopedia. Cellulite
  2. Cohena P, Spiegelmanb B. M. Cell biology of fat storage. Mol Biol Cell. 2016 Aug 15; 27(16): 2523–2527. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E15-10-0749. 
  3. Encyclopedia Britannica. Health & Medicine. Anatomy & Physiology. Adipose cell
  4. Nordqvist C. Your Fat Cell Numbers Remain Constant Throughout Your Life. Medical News Today. May 5, 2008. 
  5. MacLean P.S., Higgins J. A., Giles E. D., Sherk V. D., Jackman M. R. The role for adipose tissue in weight regain after weight loss. Obes Rev. 2015 Feb; 16(Suppl 1): 45–54.  doi: 10.1111/obr.12255
  6. Fernando H. A., Zibellini J., Harris R. A., Seimon R. V., Sainsbury A. Effect of Ramadan Fasting on Weight and Body Composition in Healthy Non-Athlete Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients. 2019 Feb; 11(2): 478. doi: 10.3390/nu11020478

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