We all feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as our healthy eating and our active lifestyles lead to fat burning and weight loss. Our clothing fits better, and our confidence soars. But some of us experience an unexpected side effect of weight loss in the form of loose, sagging skin.
Loose skin often presents itself on our bellies, in our underarm area, on our triceps area, and on our necks. If you’d like to firm and tighten skin after weight loss, the following tips will allow you to gradually smooth your skin, getting you the look you’ve been working toward.
Gradual weight loss is less likely to cause loose, sagging skin. If you have been losing weight at a rapid rate, dial back your workouts just a bit for a few weeks. If you’re still seeing results even at this modified pace, think about sticking to a lighter training schedule in the future.
Muscle resistance leads to muscle growth. Going a bit heavier on the weights will increase your muscle mass, which will reduce the look of loose, sagging skin. Don’t fear becoming bulky. Lean muscle will simply allow you to look more toned, which is precisely the look you’ve been working toward!
Proper hydration from water and water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables can aid in keeping your skin elastic and firm.
Collagen and elastin aid in skin elasticity and eating foods that are rich in both will greatly improve the appearance of your skin. Dairy, tofu, legumes, seeds, nuts, beans, and fish contain both collagen and elastin, and are rich in nutrients and often low in fat and calories.
Post Workout Recovery
Selecting post-workout foods that are rich in protein as well as collagen and elastin will aid in muscle recovery, and, since your body is like a sponge after a good workout, the collagen and elastin in these foods will be put to work immediately in contributing elasticity to your skin.
Massage Your Skin
Massaging your skin improves its elasticity. The deeper the massage, the better your skin will respond to your ongoing weight loss. In addition, try dry brushing. The brushing helps rejuvenate skin cells, keeping skin looking healthy and radiant.
It takes time to reach your fitness goals, and it will also take time for your body, including your skin, to adjust as you lose weight. Don’t get frustrated at the first sign of loose skin. Remember that it showcases your accomplishments.
Sources: Livestrong, New Health Guide