Every dieter has the thought that weight loss shouldn’t be so hard. Even if an overweight person knows deep down that faithful exercise and natural eating is the way to permanently lose weight, they wish that there was an easier, faster way to reach their weight loss goals A person with loose, hanging skin tends to have a poor body image, even if he or she has lost tremendous amount of weight. Read on to know how to tighten loose skin after weight loss.
Procedure to Tighten Loose Skin After Weight Loss
If you are still in the process of losing weight, then I would suggest do not go over board with it. Do not go on a diet or starve yourself. Instead, rely on eating in moderation, five-six times a day.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
In order to improve your skin’s elasticity, exfoliate it on a daily basis. Exfoliation will help in removing the dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and thus, aid in proper skin circulation. This in turn will help in tightening loose skin after weight loss. Applying moisturizer to the clean and exfoliated skin will help in making the skin firm. Ideally, creams and moisturizers which contain ingredients such as Vitamin E, Collagen and Shea butter, should be used for moisturizing as these ingredients are well known for their skin enhancing properties.
Stay Well Hydrated
Drinking lots of water and fluids is very essential to keep the skin healthy and also well moisturized. If there is some sort of fluid retention in your body which is making the skin loose, drinking adequate amount of water will cure you of that too. Also, hydrotherapy helps the cells and organs of the body to function properly, skin being the largest organ in the body, requires huge supplies of water to remain in good condition.
Take Healthy Diet
A healthy diet which is low fat and high protein, is a must to maintain the health of the skin. Including foods which contain vitamins A and E as well as zinc and magnesium, will help in improving the elasticity of the skin, thereby tightening loose skin after weight loss. Hyaluronic acid, which helps in promoting muscle growth, should also be taken as a supplement. Foods such as tomatoes, cucumber and coconut are especially known for their skin improving qualities.
Soy protein and aloe vera help in accelerating the production of collagen and elastin in the body. Thus, regular intake of both these ingredients will make the skin firm and tight.
Massage Your Skin
Apply essential oils on your body such as olive oil and lavender oil, and massage all the skin areas where you see that your skin is loose and hanging. Regular massages help in improving the blood circulation of the body, and application of essential oils keeps the skin hydrated and well nourished.
Take Up Yoga
If possible, join yoga classes. An asana in yoga, known as Bhujang Asana is especially known to tighten loose skin after weight loss.
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.
(1)Think of how long it took your body to reach your highest weight. It didn’t happen overnight, so you can’t really expect your skin to become taut in such a short space of time.
Many surgeons recommend waiting two years from the day you reach your weight loss target before even considering surgery. This allows you to exhaust all options available naturally before entering into a costly and potential dangerous operation.
(2)Nourish your skin and encourage it’s elasticity. Exfoliate your skin daily to encourage removal of dead skin cells. Doing this each day will stimulate your skin’s circulation which should help in tightening skin up.
(3)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.
(4)Determine what your body fat percentage is. It’s impossible to differentiate loose skin from body fat without this figure. Many gyms are able to assess your body for this.
(5)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.
Quick Weight Loss Leaves Loose Hanging Skin
Slow Weight Loss is Best
Quick weight loss may be possible by having weight loss surgery, making extreme lifestyle changes or taking weight loss drugs, but experts recommend losing only 1-2 pounds per week for good reason. Looking weight too quickly takes an unhealthy toll on your body.
Problems with Extreme Weight Loss
Quick weight loss presents its own problems. A common complaint from people who lose a lot of weight quickly from extreme dieting is that their skin doesn’t tighten up. Dieters are left with unsightly loose and hanging skin. It doesn’t seem fair to overweight people who have worked so hard to drop the weight.
Few things could be more frustrating than struggling to lose weight for many years, finally reaching your weight loss goals and then having to deal with an imperfect body because of the loose skin caused by the extreme weight loss. It affects self-esteem, body image and size.