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Loose or Excess Skin

Updated: Sep 9, 2018

While there are legit cases of excess skin after weight loss, what many people think is loose or excess skin is actually just excess body fat, which is soft and jiggly and easily mistaken as skin.

There’s an easy way to tell if you’re dealing with actual loose skin or too much body fat.

Pinch the area you’re concerned with and if you can grab more than a few millimeters of skin, there’s more fat in there to lose.

Until you lose that fat, your skin has no reason to return to its former size and tautness. Remember that skin is a living organ that adapts to its internal and external environments. As long as the fat is attached, it will remain and continue to sag.

Now, one thing you should know is that certain fat stores are harder to burn than others. The science is fairly complicated, all you need to know is the fat in certain areas of our body is harder to lose than the fat in others.

Not coincidentally, these “stubborn” fat stores cling to the areas most often associated with loose or excess skin problems: the lower abdomen, lower back (love handles), hips, thighs, and butt.

What many people think is loose skin is just excess amounts of stubborn fat.

Building Muscle and Reducing Excess Skin

A big part of tightening loose skin is building muscle. The reason for this is simple.

There are two layers of tissue underneath your skin: fat and muscle, both of which press up against your skin and keep it from sagging loosely.

When you gain a large amount of weight, your skin must expand quite a bit to accommodate the increase in body size. When you lose the fat, however, and especially when you lose it quickly, your skin doesn’t necessarily shrink at the same rate as your fat cells.

Building muscle is the solution to all these woes because it literally fills in the looseness in the skin, creating a visibly tighter, healthier look.

This advice applies to both people that have already lost a lot of weight and those that are just beginning. If you’re currently dealing with issues of loose skin, you should start lifting weights, you can do this at home with some dumbbell weights and just start to build slowly.

8 Tips to prevent loose skin.

To prevent getting loose skin, there are a few things you can incorporate into your lifestyle.

  1. Drink enough water. Dry skin tends to lose volume as well. Without enough water to keep skin hydrated your skin can start to sag. Water will keep your skin elastic and plump. Dehydration can strike skin cells, too, leaving them shriveled and inflexible. Drink 2-3 Litres a day for adequate water intake.

  2. Eat a diet full of protein, vegetables and fruit.

  3. Avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates. These trigger a process called glycation in the body which breaks down collagen in the skin. Having enough Collagen is one of the most important things for preventing loose skin as it is responsible for maintaining skin structure.

  4. Add collagen to your diet. Adding gelatin, collagen supplements to your diet will provide you with pure collagen so you can maintain healthy and toned skin. Check out Mōdere Pure Biocell

  5. Eat foods that help stimulate collagen production. Vitamin C rich foods like chilli, bell peppers and berries are all excellent. Eat Fruit and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health, leafy greens and citrus fruits provides plenty of vitamin C, which helps build collagen and improves skin elasticity.

  6. Help improve skin elasticity. Having a regular moisturising routine is also excellent for that. Apply a moisturizer to your face, neck and body twice a day. Moisturising is essential to keep skin firm and smooth as you age. Put on a cream or gel every morning and night.

  7. Exfoliate. Exfoliating skin regularly with either a dry body brush, scrubs or even chemical exfoliants will help speed up cell turnover and ultimately help keep skin tight.

  8. Finally, I recommend trying to Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every day. Reduce your exposure to the sun's collagen-destroying UV rays. Make sure the label says "broad-spectrum"—that means it protects you against UVA and UVB rays.

Tips to keep your skin tight
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