Once you’ve decided to start a new diet or fitness plan to lose weight, a new burning question arises. How can you avoid getting loose skin?
While the thought of getting saggy skin might be scary, there should be no worries because there are a number of ways you can keep your skin firm. While you won’t be able to totally prevent getting loose skin, we compiled a list with a couple tips to try to avoid that.
Lose weight gradually
Experts state that if your losing weight plan follows a gradual routine, you don’t have to worry about loose skin. Losing weight naturally, so no strict diets or starvation, gives skin the time to adapt to your new size.
When losing from 1 to 5 pounds a month, the collagen in your epidermis proactively works on tightening up the skin. Also, following diets that promise losing weight quickly take a great tool on the health of your skin, compromise the contours of your face and have a great impact on your overall success in keeping the weight you lost off.
Exercise your muscles
Lori Shemek, Ph.D., author of How to Fight FATflammation! says “You want the muscle to essentially replace the fat that is being lost to prevent loose or sagging skin. When your underlying muscle is toned and tight, it helps give your skin a strong foundation to rest on.”
It is essential to replace that fat that once filled your skin with muscle and you can do that by focusing on a fitness routine. Aim to do 4 days of resistance per weeks, and the recommended training includes dumbbells, machines or body weight. Your training should include 2-3 days of high-intensity workout too, to build even more muscle mass and increase your metabolism.
Use skin protection
Skin is one of the largest organs of the body, so it needs specific protection. If you are doing your exercises outside, you should take steps to avoid exposure to UV-rays. Use a sunscreen or a protective clothing layer to protect your skin and prevent any damage to it.
Apply moisturizer daily, especially to your face and neck to keep your skin firm and hydrated. In your moisturizer, you should find ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Soy Protein, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, E or A.
Skin elasticity plays a great role in your skin evolution. Although age plays a great factor in determining how well your skin will look after you lose those extra pounds, your diet has a lot of influence over that too. In general, good skin is a result of following a diet that is filled with nutrient-rich foods and that are low in fats and sugar.
You need to make sure you are taking enough vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production, from foods such as kiwis, oranges, red and green pepper. You should limit your sugar, soda and sweet treats intake, because too much sugar may damage your skin, giving you a higher risk of sagging.
Adequate hydration also reduces the chances of skin sagging. The amount of water you should consume varies from one individual to another based on his or her diet, exercise plan, health, and climate. An adult should start with 1 quart for every 50 pounds.