Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Loose Skin and Weight Loss : Mild to Moderate Weight Loss

Loose Skin and Weight Loss : Mild to Moderate Weight Loss
In cases of mild to moderate weight loss, surgery is not required and loose skin can actually be prevented. As mentioned before, a protein in the skin called elastin allows the skin to shrink back to a regular size. However, when going through weight loss, losing 20-30 pounds is very different from losing 80 lbs. or more. In cases of moderate weight loss, there are ways to reduce the amount of resulting excess skin through exercise, muscle-building, eating properly, staying hydrated and by losing the weight slowly. Exercise that includes increasing muscle tone can tighten connective tissue and help stretch the skin as it essentially acts as a filler to your skin instead of fat tissue. By consuming the proper amount of food and water every day will ensure that your skin absorbs the necessary nutrients. Water is a crucial component of maintaining skin elasticity and you should be taking in at least 2 liters each day.

The two ingredients that keep skin plump and elastic are elastin and collagen, the protein-rich foods to help form these is found in cottage cheese, legumes, tofu, milk, beans, seeds, nuts, and fish. For optimal absorption, try to consume these calories of protein immediately after your workout. Crash diets and excessive amounts of exercise can rapidly shed muscle and fat resulting in a huge loss of support for your skin as the underlying muscular structure that holds skin against your body is lost. It is important to aim for one to two pounds of fat loss per week and be sure to include weight lifting to keep your muscles strong and able. Loose skin may occur and that is okay, it is natural and will shrink to an extent over time. When this occurs it is important to nourish and take care of your skin by daily exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation. Skin tightening creams with ingredients such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, vitamin E, C, A can help to hydrate and increase collagen and elastin formation. Make sure to stay away from harsh soaps and shampoos while limiting the amount of sun exposure. Tanning booths and chlorinated water will decrease skin elasticity.

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