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How to Deal with Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Of course, losing weight is great! However, for those of you who have managed a large weight reduction, you might be left with some newer and unexpected problems. Sometimes, when weight loss is achieved rapidly, you may be left with loose skin, most notably in the abdomen.  There are many products which claim to tighten skin, however their results are minimal. Surgery is an option in extreme cases, but before considering such a choice, it’s worth following these steps.

Give it Time.
As it is with the process of weight loss, time is a key ingredient to change.  You need to give your skin time to heal. Think how long it took you to reach your heaviest weight. It didn’t happen overnight, so you can’t really expect your skin to become taut quickly. 

Many surgeons recommend waiting two years from the day you reach your weight loss target before even considering surgery. Your skin needs time to regenerate and heal.

Take Care of Your Skin.

Nourish your skin and encourage it’s elasticity. Use a gentle exfoliator on your skin daily to encourage removal of dead skin cells. Or, use a great scrub or loofah. Doing this each day will stimulate your skin’s circulation which should help in tightening skin up. 
Treat yourself to a hot hour-long bath once or twice a week. While the bath is being drawn, add 1/2lb of pure sea salt to the water and allow it to dissolve. Besides relaxing your body and muscles, it will draw toxins out of your skin and will improve your overall skin tone.  Aloe vera extract, soy protein and yeast extract can improve your skin’s elasticity by increasing your body’s production of elastin and collagen. It can tighten your skin while also improving its natural defenses. Guess what, even coconuts can help tighten your skin up!

 Read up on the benefits of using coconut oil in cooking, as well as on your skin. Eating raw food such as cucumber, tomato, olives and coconut can mark an improvement in your skin’s elasticity.

Another option, after consultation with your doctor, is a hyaluronic acid supplement. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our body’s tissues. It depletes over time, so it’s worth supplementing your diet with some. It is critical for muscle growth, so if you’re replacing pounds of fat with muscle, it’s definitely worth taking. It needs magnesium to synthesize, so make sure that you are getting that in your daily vitamin.

Drink A Lot of Water.

While we push this at MABC for your own health muscle regrowth, it will also help with your skin. Many studies show that drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day maintains moisture in your skin. It also flushes out all the toxins in your system, making your skin healthier overall. So remember, even if you’re drinking coffee or tea, you still need an extra 8 glasses of water on top of that to ensure better looking skin.

Lift Weights and Exercise.

That’s right! This is NOT the time to slack off on your classes! We expect to see you. During and after losing weight, you still want to make sure you exercise and lift weights. When you exercise, you build more muscle, which actually plumps up your skin from inside and makes it look tighter. Also, exercising and lifting weights will make sure you don’t gain all that weight back that you just lost.

Find out your Body Fat Percentage.

This figure will help you determine the difference between body fat and loose skin. Many gyms are able to assess your body for this. 
While you may have reached your goal weight, it’s possible that your body fat percentage is still high. In order to reduce this, you should strive to change your body’s composition by reducing fat and replacing it with muscle.

We know that you are excited about your weight loss and that having to deal with loose skin after all you have achieved can be frustrating. We don’t want you to have a negative self image! Just know that you can help your skin on its path as it heals and allow it the time to regenerate!

Contributors: http://www.ehow.com

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