Tuesday Tip: Loose Skin Post Weight Loss 😱
Losing body fat (and weight) is generally full of positives – lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better blood glucose levels etc but there is one side effect many of my clients mention that isn’t so good; loose skin. When someone loses a significant amount of weigh you can end up with loose skin – typically in the stomach, arms, chest or thighs.
Factors that make this more likely include sudden, dramatic weight loss, age (skin loses elasticity as you age), a history of sun exposure, smoking and finally genetics. Sadly there’s no magic supplement you can take to contract the skin but there are some small things you can do to help.
#1 Slow and steady
Aim for gradual, sustainable weight loss if possible. The slower you do it the more likely the skin will contract as you lose weight.
#2 Resistance training
As well as increasing bone density and improving functional strength, regular resistance training will improve lean muscle mass and help make the skin look firmer. It’s not actually changing the skin itself but the extra “pump” can make the skin appear firmer.
Staying hydrated will help improve the skin’s overall appearance, helping it to stay firm. Aim for 2-3 litres of water across the day (more in hot weather or when working out). If you struggle to drink enough try increasing liquid intake with things like soups, and fruit as well.
Some studies do show improvements in skin elasticity, blood circulation to the skin and less dryness with increased collagen consumption. Add this to your diet with bone broth, chicken, pork or salmon skin, Egg yolk, gelatin, soybeans and other legumes, spirulina and agar.
#5 Consult your GP
If you have large amounts of excess skin and it’s impacting on your physical or mental health then speak to your GP about surgical options to help. This is obviously a last resort but for some it is the only option to remove large amounts of excess skin so shouldn’t be discounted.
The important thing to remember is that excess skin is not harmful, and the health benefits of losing weight FAR outweigh the risk of some loose skin.
Happy Tuesday 🤗