Have you worked your ass off for months and months trying to lose weight only to be left with a hand-full of skin that is ugly and embarrassing? Would you like to know what it takes to tighten this skin and show off your new, impressive body you have worked so hard for? If your answer is yes, this article is specially written for you.
Some people have developed unhealthy obsessions with looks and images for sure, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a strong, lean, healthy body that doesn’t only look good but feels good as well. If you are dealing with loose skin, especially if you are someone that has just had major weight loss, here’s what you can do to resolve this problem.
1. The problem isn’t always loose or excess skin
While there are legit cases of excess skin after major weight loss, what many people think is loose or excess skin is actually just excess body fat, which is always soft and jiggly and easily mistaken for skin.
Until you lose that fat, your skin has no reason to return to its former size and tautness. Remember that skin isn’t a curtain of passive, inert flesh; it’s a living organ that adapts to its internal and external environments. And as long that fat is attached to it, it will sag.
If you’re a man, you shouldn’t consider surgery to deal with loose skin until you’ve hit 10 percent of your body fat and if you’re a woman, 20 percent is the number.
2. Building muscle and reducing excess skin
A big part of tightening loose skin is building muscle. The reason for this is simple.
There are two layers of tissue underneath your skin: fat and muscle, both of which press up against your skin and keep it from sagging loosely.
When you gain a large amount of weight, your skin must expand quite a bit to accommodate the increase in body size. When you lose the fat, however, and especially when you lose it quickly, your skin doesn’t necessarily shrink at the same rate as your fat cells. This imbalance can lead to loose skin.
3. Improving skin elasticity
Your skin elasticity is its ability to expand and shrink as needed and still return to its proper size. This happens naturally. When your skin loses elasticity, it finds it difficult to return to its proper size. This happens naturally with age but can also affect young people. There are several things you can do to improve your skin elasticity:
- Stop smoking
- Eat enough protein
- Eat your fruits and vegetables
- Consider supplementation