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What Is the Difference Between Fat and Cellulite

Nithya Venkat is a skin care enthusiast who loves to research and write about topics that involves all aspects of skin care.


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 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 exercise.

Causes of cellulite

Cellulite forms due to the following -

  • intake of food rich in carbohydrates and fat
  • intake of a high amount of salty food
  • fluid retention in the body
  • hormonal changes
  • aging
  • pregnancy

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.

Formation of cellulite

Formation of cellulite

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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 smooth skin. Liposuction is not a permanent cure.

Cellulaze is another treatment approved by the FDA (source 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.



© 2013 Nithya Venkat


Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 05, 2015:

Joyfulcrown thank you , don't we all!

Joyfulcrown on January 05, 2015:

Interesting article. I wish I could make cellulite disappear like magic.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 02, 2015:

teaches12345 thank you for your visit and share.

Dianna Mendez on January 02, 2015:

Good information to know and women would benefit from the advice. Sharing with others.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on August 24, 2013:

HappyMikeWritter thank you.

HappyMikeWritter on August 21, 2013:

I am soo happy I am a man but your article should be read by everyone :-)

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 21, 2013:

rajan jolly yes cellulite is definitely not good. Thank you for the vote and share.

Kathryn Stratford yes, I wish so too! Thank you for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on July 21, 2013:

This is interesting. Oh, how I wish I could turn back time and eat healthier during my 20s. I have always been good with exercising, and for the past 5 years have had a healthy diet. But the damage has already been done, and no matter how little I weigh, the cellulite is there to stay.

Thanks for sharing this useful information, and have a wonderful weekend.

~ Kathryn

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 20, 2013:

Interesting and useful information. Cellulite is definitely not good to look at.

Voted up, useful and shared.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 16, 2013:

Nell Rose cellulite is our enemy and we have to be up in arms against it!! Thank you for stopping by.

Nell Rose from England on July 15, 2013:

I think we all dislike cellulite, so this is fascinating! lol!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 08, 2013:

Mrs.BrownsParlour thank you.

MrsBrownsParlour on July 08, 2013:

Interesting and encouraging!

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 03, 2013:

tillsontitan thank you and am glad my hub throws light on what is cellulite. As you say people should know about cellulite. Thank you for your votes too.

Mary Craig from New York on July 03, 2013:

We all hear about cellulite but when it comes right down to it, not all of us know exactly what it is. This is a great educational piece anyone over 25 should read. Isn't the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? Well, this hub is certainly worth a pound!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 02, 2013:

sid76 thank you for stopping by.

Jackie Lynnley you are right we all really want to avoid cellulite. Thank you.

rasta1 thank you and am glad you came to know about the facts.

always exploring thank you for reading and yes cellulite is really dreadful.

radhikasree yes, cellulite causes scars. Thank you for the votes.

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on July 02, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this great information. Cellulite may cause scars in our body if they burst out rapidly.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on July 02, 2013:

Very informative hub about the dreadful cellulite. Thank you......

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on July 02, 2013:

I have never thought that cellulite was fat. I thought it was the hardening of the skin. It is a good thing you clarified this in such a simple format.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 02, 2013:

Very good write, something we all want to avoid for sure. Certainly ugly.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on July 02, 2013:

Vinaya thank you for reading and am glad you found my article comprehensive.

billybuc thank you, you are right it is important to know about cellulite.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2013:

Very useful my friend. Middle aged people everywhere should read this.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 02, 2013:


this is the most comprehensive article I have ever read about fat/cellulite. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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