While you might be working steadily toward the body of your dreams, there could be some
complications along the way.
Lifestyle changes such as weight loss often lead to the unexpected complication of loose skin.
You might finally be the size you want, but you might still feel insecure about sagging skin
on your body.
“Lifestyle changes such as
weight loss often lead to the
of loose skin.”
Here are three ways to diet and lose weight while minimizing the amount of loose skin.
Lose Weight at a Healthy Pace
When you gain weight, your skin’s surface area increases, sometimes creating stretch marks.
As you lose weight, the surface area decreases, but your skin is still stretched to cover the
When you lose weight slowly, your skin has time to adjust to the changes your body is
going through and can remain tight, or at least tighter than if you had lost weight quickly.
According to the CDC, healthy weight loss should occur at a pace of about one to two
pounds per week.
To put that in perspective, a 20-pound weight loss goal can and should take a whole
season or even half a year to accomplish.
There are plenty of other health issues that come from losing a large amount of weight
within a short time.
You could damage your liver, develop gallstones, or harm your bones and muscles from
too much exertion.
Loose skin is mostly cosmetic and is just one reason why you should turn a six-week goal
into a healthier six-month goal.
“When you lose weight slowly, your skin
has time to adjust to the changes your
body is going through and can remain
tight, or at least tighter than if
you had lost weight quickly.”
Focus on Strength Training Along With Weight Loss
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Many personal trainers will emphasize the benefits of building muscle along with losing fat.
Although cardio conditioning and dieting are important aspects of weight loss, muscle
increases your metabolism and burns calories, and thus fat, more quickly.
As you begin your weight loss journey, meet with a fitness professional to discuss how to
maintain muscle tone and even to talk about muscle building options.
This doesn’t mean that you will end up looking like a bodybuilder, but your body will be
toned and tighter than it would be if you were simply focusing on losing weight.
“You lost weight to become healthier
and improve your lifestyle, so the
medical treatments you seek
should be healthy, too.”
Consider Minimally Invasive Surgery
Having loose skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you lost weight in an unhealthy manner.
The amount of loose skin left over after a diet and fitness change depends on your age,
genetics, and personal body type and on the location of the fat.
In a large part, reducing loose skin is out of your control.
However, there are options that you can choose other than major surgery to remove
the excess skin.
THERMIlift heats and repairs saggy skin and can last up to two years.
It’s also a nontoxic alternative to injectable neurotoxins, so you don’t have to worry
about foreign chemicals in your body.
You lost weight to become healthier and improve your lifestyle, so the medical treatments
you seek should be healthy, too.
Everyone’s weight loss journey is different, so talk to your doctor or dietitian if you have
any concerns about your health during the course of weight loss.
These professionals can put you on a path to losing weight in a healthy and comfortable manner.
Have you ever lost weight and experienced loose skin?
What are your best tips for preventing loose skin from weight loss?
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