Help: How Can I Remove Loose Skin After Losing Weight?

Help: How Can I Remove Loose Skin After Losing Weight?

}{I was overweight and after years of starting several weight loss programs and abandoning them weeks later, I finally started one and stuck with. I have lost 28 Kgs since i started and I must say I am happier now than ever before, except for one thing. I now have loose and sagging skin around my stomach, how can I get rid of it? Alex from Mbarara!}

Congratulations on losing the weight! Your health is the most important above everything else and being at a healthy weight is paramount for your overall health. However, for many, appearance plays a major role in wanting to lose weight, and get back in good physical condition. Losing a lot of weight, however, can lead to loose and saggy skin around areas of the body where fat was most deposited – in particular the belly, arms and thighs.

There are things you can do to decrease your chances of loose and flabby skin from weight loss, but there are also some factors that are out of your control. Knowing this, however, will help you form a game plan to increase your success to avoid having too much extra loose skin after finally losing all of the weight.

Factors out of your control 

a) Age. As we age, your skin loses some elasticity. So if you are younger, your skin may rebound more quickly.

b) Genetics. Some people have a greater tendency to get stretch marks than others, depending on their genes. If you have the tendency for scarring and stretch marks, you may also have a tendency for slower skin rebound and recovery after weight loss.

c) Length of time skin was stretched. The longer the skin was stretched, the longer it may take to recover.

Things you can control 

#1. Rate of weight loss.

Losing weight too fast is a recipe for loose skin. So, losing weight with the plan to lose a safe, healthy amount of half a kilogram a week, gives excess skin time to rebound.

#2. What we eat.

Foods high in nutrients and certain types of foods have been shown to aid in skin elasticity. Here are some foods that help influence skin elasticity:

a) Foods high in unsaturated fats. Skin cell membranes need these fats to keep functioning optimally and retain shape. Good sources are nuts, avocados, olive oil, and fish.

b) Fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, such as strawberries repairs damaged DNA, but also helps the fats (mentioned above) to do their job. Vitamin C is also used for collagen production, which boosts skin firmness and fights wrinkling. Other sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, papaya etc.

c) Pair vitamin C with zinc. Both of these nutrients are needed to make elastin, a connective protein in the skin that keeps it stretchy. Zinc can be found in beef, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and peanuts.

d) Water. Skin is the largest organ of your body, and without water it will not function at its best. Give it the best chance of recovery by drinking at least 2 – 3 litres of pure water daily and if you’re more active or in hotter climates, adjust accordingly.

#3. What we put on our skin.

External skin care will also give skin the external moisture it needs to look its best. Dermatologists recommend using a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower to maximize the effects by allowing for more absorption during these times. You can also try massaging the loose skin to increase blood flow, and therefore, speed up the repair process.

If, following your weight loss, you have excess skin after you’ve tried the above and given it a good length of time to recover (at least two years), you may want to consider just loving yourself for the way you are and coming to peace with it, or if not, cosmetic surgery if the excess skin is bothering you.

Of course, I can’t leave this topic without saying that staying physically active is always going to help, and including aerobics with weight lifting training will give you the best all-around body; physically, and appearance-wise.