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What is the difference between fat and cellulite?
There is a very fine difference between fat and cellulite. Fat and cellulite are closely interrelated.
Fat is present in the food that we eat. The primary function of fat is to provide energy for the proper functioning of the body system. Fat is made up of molecules called triglycerides. It can be stored in the body for later use.
The fat layer is bound to the muscles beneath by collagen fibers. When we consume more fat than needed the extra fat is stored under the skin as subcutaneous fat.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is nothing but visible fat deposits in the body. They appear as bulges, dimples or raised ripples on the skin.
Cellulite is formed when -
- fat cells enlarge and bulge out as lumps on the skin.
- the enlarged fat cells push against the collagen fibers, and the fibers are stretched beyond the limit. Due to this, the fat cells bulge out as thickened ripples on the skin.
Facts on cellulite
Both cellulite and fat are one and the same. They are both fat cells.
Cellulite affects both men and women.
Cellulite forms only in certain parts of the body –thigh, buttocks, abdomen and breasts.
Cellulite cannot be eliminated, but the appearance of the skin can be smoothed.
Once a fat cell is formed it cannot be eliminated from the body. A fat cell can be flattened out by proper diet and exercising.
Causes of cellulite
Cellulite forms due to the following -
- intake of food rich in carbohydrates and fat
- intake of high amount of salty food
- fluid retention in the body
- hormonal changes
The difference between fat and cellulite
The primary difference between fat cells and cellulite is that fat cells are not visible on the skin and are smooth and uniform. On the other hand, cellulite is enlarged fat cells that are lumpy and are visible as dimples, raised bumps or ripples on the skin.
How to prevent the formation of cellulite
Cellulite formation can be prevented by -
- Eating a healthy balanced diet.
- Exercising regularly.
- Stopping smoking and consumption of alcohol.
- Losing weight
Treatments for cellulite
Cellulite can easily be reduced by exercising and reducing weight. Regular massages have also proven to reduce cellulite, as massages drain extra fluids and toxins that help to smooth out the skin.
Liposuction draws out the fat deposits from the body that results in a uniform skin. Liposuction is not a permanent cure.
Cellulaze is another treatment approved by the FDA (source -fitsugar.com). Cellulase targets the fibrous bands beneath the skin and prevents them from pulling against the skin; this makes the skin look smooth in appearance. Cellulaze also induces the production of new collagen fibers. The newly formed collagen fibers improve the appearance and texture of the skin.