Many people have successfully dealt with obesity or overweight issues, only to come face-to-face with another battle: the flabby/loose skin!
The skin is the largest organ in the body. When you gain weight, it stretches to accommodate the increasing body size. If you stay in the overweight or obese state for long, your skin’s elasticity is reduced. This causes it to sag when you lose weight, especially if you do so suddenly or abruptly.
Nobody wants to acquire a new body size only to have folds and wrinkles all over. That is why you have to make sure that you take precaution when losing weight so that you don’t create a new problem immediately after solving the old one.
Here are quick facts to help you to keep your skin tight during weight loss:
1. No Hurry
When you lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, the skin does not get sufficient time to shrink to its normal size. This leads to flabbiness. Taking your time to lose weight and end up with your ideal body size and shape is much better than rushing with the whole thing and ending up with more problems. It is widely recommended, especially by The American College of Sports Medicine, that the maximum weight that you lose should be 2 pounds per week.
2. Drink Water in Plenty
Water has so many benefits to the body that it is now a standard requirement in very many health programs, including weight loss and even treatment of several diseases. Taking plenty of water will help you to stay hydrated. The skin’s hydration level is one of the most important factors that influence its elasticity. A well-hydrated skin will remain firm, hence elastic, and will easily get back to shape after weight loss.
3. Maintain Skin Elasticity
Maintain your skin’s elasticity in the course of the weight loss program through vitamin A (found in green leafy vegetables), whole milk, and liver. These will help to keep your skin’s elasticity at its peak as well as repair any damaged cells. Be sure to fill your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables in order to optimize your vitamins and minerals intake.
Perform strength and resistance exercises that increase your body’s resistance. Use exercises assisted by equipment at least three times a week to give your body a full workout. It is recommended that the days are non-consecutive in order to strike a proper balance. This will ensure that even as you lose the excess fat, you also you also build muscle, define your body, and keep the skin tight.
5. Abstain from Smoking and Drinking
Biochemical changes caused by smoking cigarettes accelerate ageing. It is a known fact that ageing causes loss of the skin’s elasticity. This leads to sagging or loosening of the skin, making your weight loss and perfect-body goals elusive, or totally hard to achieve. This also renders the entire exercise a futile one, no matter how much you try.
We all take up weight loss programs with a dream to attain that ideal body size and shape. Nobody wants their skin to look uglier after putting in efforts to look better. The skin, like any other living organism, will always respond positively if treated well. Again, treating it well will make the results of our weight loss efforts even more visible. Do not neglect the needs of the skin. If you have decided to follow a weight loss program, go all the way and you will be more satisfied at the great results, especially portrayed on your skin.