Preventing Loose/Excess Skin
Does anyone have any tips on preventing loose/excess skin from forming during weight loss?
All of my fat is around my waist (that's why I am UK size 22 even though my legs are quite skinny) and I want to know if anyone has tips for what I can do during my weight loss before I get to maintenance to try and minimise this.
Google gives lots of advice but I wanted to ask the experts...the people who have already experienced it and what they did. Are there any uncontentional tips out there? Are some bit of advice more effective than others etc.?
Thanks in advance!
Avoiding loose skin when you lose weight
That's a great question and a concern many women have. But don't let the fear of loose skin stop you losing weight though - as there are lots of things you can do to avoid or get rid of loose skin.
Remember you won’t suddenly wake up one morning with lots of loose skin. You are in control and can speed up or slow down as you like. Losing weight is a gradual process and if you find you are losing weight too fast then just slow down a bit.
Stay in control
Make sure you choose the right method to lose weight for you. For example if you lose weight with a diet, make sure you:
- understand how your diet works
- have the support you need
- know how to slow down if you need to, while still staying on track at the same time
Here are some suggestions for easy steps you can take to tone and nourish your skin
- Loose weight at the right speed for you – make sure you listen and watch your body and slow down if you need to
- Stay hydrated - drink 2-4 litres of water (plain water) each day
- Nourish your skin with a protein rich diet
- Improve your skin circulation and tone by:
- Scrub your skin
Get a salt scrub to use at home or make your own. Rub a little oil on your body and then rub sea salt or even sugar like demerara sugar on your body. Do this every day or at least 3 times per week before having a shower.
- Brush your skin
Use a dry skin brush and brush your body in long strokes towards your heart, do this on dry skin before going in the shower. Do this every day or at least 3 times per week.
- Nourish your skin with oils and creams
Use a massage oil to increase collagen and elastin in your skin – massage your skin every day with oils like almond oil or jojoba oil, you can even use olive oil, as long as it’s a good quality oil like organic extra virgin olive oil. Do this after a bath or shower and allow time for the oil to be absorbed before getting dressed. Use an old towel to wrap around yourself while you wait for the oil to soak in. Don’t worry about making your skin greasy or getting spots by using oils on your skin. It will regulate your skin. Use around 1-2 teaspoons on your body and massage into your skin.
- Tone your skin with toning exercises like pilates or with a resistance band – building lean toned muscles under your skin will tighten it
Hope this helps you and good luck with your weight loss goals.