is cellulite normal

I always thought fat cells are the body’s way of storing reserves of energy for later use. When you eat more calories than you burn, your body stores the excess as fat. Since most of us eat more than we burn on a daily basis, the fat accumulates in certain predisposed areas depending mostly on our individual genetic makeup. Then it just sits there, a perpetual bench-warmer growing ever more dejected as it waits for its big chance to get back in the game.

the last fifteen years or so, scientists are discovering that fat is much more complicated (and clever) than we tend to believe. Fat is not a passive repository but an active organ that performs a variety of essential functions, functions we are just beginning to understand.

Endocrinologists recently discovered that fat is the largest endocrine organ in the body. Like the pituitary gland and the thyroid gland, fat is responsible for sending and receiving certain key hormones. These hormones work to relay important messages between the fat and other organs, including the brain.

cellulite differs from normal fat in other ways, too. In our interview with world-renowned lymphatic specialist Dr. Bruno Chikly, he points out that fat is something that will dissolve during an extreme fast. Cellulite will not. This explains the studies showing that women often see an increase in cellulite when they lose weight. It also explains why liposuction is notoriously bad at treating cellulite