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How to Deal with Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Evlin Symon

Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 10:25am

When you have lost a lot of weight, in some cases you may be left with some excess skin. It is possible to have surgery to correct this problem but this can be expensive and may not be necessary in all cases. There are certain steps that you can take to improve the elasticity of your skin which will help to resolve the problem of loose skin.

Check Whether It Is Skin Or Fat

In some cases even though you may think you have loose skin, there may still be some fat underneath it that you haven’t lost yet. If you have reached your target weight and you still have areas of your body that have more fat than you would like, it may be a better idea to find specific exercises that target these areas of the body rather than trying to lose more weight as there is no guarantee that the extra weight would be lost from these areas.

Build Up Your Muscle

Some people have the misconception that if they build up too much muscle they will start to look too much like a bodybuilder and this can put them off doing any exercise that will build up their muscle mass. However, building up muscle can tone up the areas of your body where fat was previously stored and this can help with the issue of loose skin. A further benefit of increasing your muscle mass is that you will burn more calories throughout the day, even when you are resting, which can help you to keep the weight off.

Be Patient and Take Your Time

If you lose weight more slowly then you are less likely to end up with loose skin as the elasticity of the skin will be able to adapt to the shrinking amounts of fat in your body as these are lost slowly. A crash diet where several pounds are lost in a short space of time is more likely to leave you with loose skin as it has less time to adapt. If you have a lot of weight to lose then only losing small amounts of weight can seem frustrating as it means it may take you a long time to reach your target weight. However, losing weight slowly also means that you are more likely to keep it off and is considered a far healthier way to lose weight than crash dieting.

Always Stay Hydrated

If you do not drink enough water during the day then your body will retain the water that it does have. This can lead to you becoming bloated and if this fluid which is retained is pushing against your skin it can make it harder for your skin to adapt to the amount of fat that is being lost from your body. No longer retaining water can not only reduce the likelihood of you being left with loose skin after your weight loss, it can also help to lose up to 7lb of fluid from your body.

Accept Yourself For Who You Are

If you are focusing on your loose skin then it may appear more noticeable to you than it would to others. It can also stop you appreciating the achievements that you have made, such as how much weight has been lost. It may help you to make a list of everything that you have achieved since losing weight that you wouldn't have done before. Focusing on this list and reading it every day can help the issue of loose skin seem less important.

Conclusion

While loose skin after losing weight can be a problem that affects your confidence, it may not be as much of a problem as it appears to you if you are obsessing about it. Focusing on your achievements can help you to appreciate how far you have come since reaching your target weight. There are steps you can take after you have lost weight to reduce the amount of loose skin that you have such as drinking plenty of water and building up your muscle mass. If you are still in the process of losing weight, then trying to lose weight safely and effectively to an average of 1-2 lbs per week can mean that loose skin will not become a problem at all. 

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