Significant changes in weight come with some unexpected consequences. And while the weight may be gone, you are often left with loose skin, which then becomes your new nemesis and sometimes bothers you even more than the weight did. In order to help you achieve your dream body, we have chosen a couple of things to look out for, along with methods designed to reduce body fat, and tighten excess skin as well.
Before we start
Don’t plan on losing weight too quickly. This is one of the most common mistakes people make out of desperation. Losing weight with crash diets can wreck the elasticity of your skin, leaving you with a lot of excess work that needs to be done in order to achieve the ideal look. Not only do these drastic diets affect your skin, more importantly, they leave you with less muscle mass. Therefore, we strongly recommend pacing your weight loss to 2 pounds per week. If you are not sure about which techniques and methods to try, we seriously recommend an experienced personal gym trainer.
Although exercise can not directly cause the skin to tighten by itself, it is certainly something you should never give up. Exercising, which includes strength and cardio training, is great for building muscle mass and improving the skin’s elasticity. Skin, just like any other elastic material, will lose its flexibility after being stretched for long periods of time during weight gain or pregnancy. Therefore, it is vital to train your muscles and build them up so they can fill out under your skin. Cardio exercises help increase the flow of oxygen to all organs, including the skin.
Healthy dieting is the key to regaining and maintaining healthy and strong skin. Nutritionists recommend eating food rich in vitamin C and E, and zinc as well. For an abundant supply of vitamin C, we recommend eating citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. Vitamin E is particularly great for the heart and can be found in tomatoes, almonds, and avocados. Zinc helps the skin gain more collagen and can be found in low-fat meat.
In order to rejuvenate the skin, it is important to keep it hydrated at all times. We recommend drinking 6-10 glasses of water daily. Keep in mind that dehydrated skin will only sag and lose its elasticity faster. Therefore, whenever you go out to exercise, or do any other activity, make sure to always bring a bottle of water with you.
Treat your skin
What better way to help your skin then by pampering it with spa treatments. First of all, try using exfoliating products to remove dead skin cells and increase flexibility. Who doesn’t love a hot relaxing bath after a long day of working out. The best thing about it is that you can add some sea salts and minerals into the water which will immensely improve your skin tone. Products that contain natural ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C, E and A will greatly help you tighten your skin.
Things to look out for
Try to stay away from strong detergents. Showering gels and soaps that contain sulfates, and dishwashing liquids as well, can harm your skin. Another great enemy is the sun. If you are not careful and expose yourself to a lot of harsh sunlight, your skin will start to age faster and sag. On a related note, if you go to tanning salons a lot you risk seriously injuring your skin and accelerating the aging process. And finally, try to avoid swimming in chlorinated water as much as possible.
Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter, or in a tea shop. She blogs at Ripped.me.