We have to work hard to lose weight and keep it off. But depending on your age and size, there may be some loose skin once you reach your fat reduction goals. This is when people panic and wonder if that loose skin will ever go away. It’s important not to be too hard on yourself. Yet as disappointed as you may feel, it’s important to focus on all the good you’ve done and improvements you’ve made. 

And don’t panic. It can take a while for your skin to tighten up, so don’t assume that the loose skin will be there forever. And if your skin doesn’t seem to be tightening at all, there are solutions to your problem, such as a mini tummy tuck. So, if you’re thinking about losing weight, there are things you can do to help prevent loose skin before it happens. That’s right, by following some simple weight loss rules, you can achieve fat reduction and a chiseled body.

Don’t crash diet

If you want to lose weight and tone up the worst thing you can do is to significantly limit your calorie intake. You should have a great work out plan which means your body will need fuel to build lean muscle. Not eating enough will make you lethargic and slow down your metabolism. In this case, you won’t want to move as much and your body will stop burning calories efficiently. If you want to lose weight and get a toned physique your going to need lots of nutritional foods. So get rid of the junk, the processed and packaged stuff rather than the calories.

As well as getting rid of junk, swap out your carbs. Instead of the starches like pasta, bread, and potatoes, up to your fruit and vegetable intake. And make sure you get lots of healthy fats by eating nuts, seeds, and avocados. We often feel too busy to make significant changes to our diet. But there’s lots of advice out there to help make that happen.

Get lots of protein. This could mean consuming lean meat, poultry or fish. You can also get your protein through non-animal sources such as tofu, seeds, and nuts.

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This is not to say that you shouldn’t be thinking about calorie intake at all. If weight gain has been significant, you’ll need to educate about healthy calorie intake. Eating the right food to stay healthy and lose weight is crucial. Calorie intake will depend on factors such as age and weight, so talk to a professional. Your GP, dietician or trainer should be able to tell you more.

These simple tactics will give you the energy to tone those muscles, as well as boosting your metabolism and helping you lose weight minus the loose skin.

Maintain skin elasticity

To work efficiently, your muscles hydration. Water also helps in the production of new tissue muscle. But did you know that hydration is also key for skin elasticity?  This is the skin’s ability to spring back into shape after weight loss.

The fact is, your skin has stretched as you’ve piled on the kilos. In order for it to spring back, you’ll need to lose weight at a gentle pace. And you’re going to need your skin to be in tip-top condition.

Resistance training helps build lean muscles and drinking lots of water should also help with loose skin concerns post weight loss. And studies confirm that higher water intake has a positive effect on skin physiology. 

Losing weight and toning that body can be tough for everyone. But depending on our age and weight loss required, there may be some loose skin post fat reduction. This can cause disappointment and you might wonder if that loose skin will ever disappear. It’s important not to be too hard on yourself. However disappointed you may feel, remember all the good you’ve done and the improvements you’ve made. And try to start eating healthy and working out sooner rather than later.

Another bonus of drinking lots of water is that it will also leave you feeling satiated. And much less likely to reach for that evening snack. But if chugging liters and liters of water doesn’t appeal to you, try adding herbal teas and water-rich fruits to your diet.

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Being yo-yo dieters can also cause a loss of skin elasticity. It’s important to take weight loss in your stride, implementing simple changes. Experts suggest that somewhere between 500g and 1 Kg per week is a healthy weight loss. 

Body contouring

So, you’ve done all you can to reach your weight loss goals. And you’ve developed that lean muscle as much as possible. But you still worry about loose skin. Don’t worry, you still have options. 

Body contouring is often the removal of excess skin and stubborn fat to shape the body. It encompasses a range of procedures that can help with loose skin on many areas of the body. Arms, thighs, buttocks, waist, and stomach surgical methods are some of the most popular post-weight loss procedures. 

The abdominoplasty, for example, is great for both post pregnancy and weight loss. Here’s a  video to explain a bit more about the mini tummy tuck and how it works. Arm lifts are great for older women, with loss of elasticity in that problematic tricep area. 

There is also a range of non-surgical body contouring treatments such as laser, ultrasound and radiofrequency therapies. Though more study is needed around these techniques and their effectiveness.

Final say

Losing weight can be a challenge in itself. But losing weight and toning that body is a serious amount of hard work and commitment. Our 3 tips form the essential tool kit you’ll need to reach all your fitness goals. 

And whether you achieve success with or without the body contouring, at the end of the day, you’ll feel amazing.  After all, you did something awesome for your long term health. And ideally you did it all with a great diet, some strength training, cardio and lots of motivation. 

Now allow yourself to step back and admire your own reflection, enjoy that toned physique and be proud of your weight loss achievements.