There are a ton of ways to shed that excess fat you've been carrying on you, from dieting to exercise to yoga. Yes keto diet works wonders and is a known hollywood secret, more on that later. Assuming you've started your weight loss journey with any method you prefer, started seeing some results and are feeling awesome! There's just one problem that comes to haunt most people is loose saggy skin which is a leftover as your body starts to lose weight and your skin remains the same surface area. First world problem, I know. Providing your body with essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and water can help your skin maintain your skin's natural elasticity but you won't be able to prevent loose skin if you're loosing A LOT of weight. Here are a couple of things that might help you loose weight without saggy skin or maybe less of it.
"Fat makes a loose foundation for your skin to rest on. Replace the missing fat with lean muscle mass by focusing on Strength Training" says Lori Shemek, PhD, author of How to Fight FATflammation! Building strength as you lose fat not only keeps your skin taut, but also increases your metabolism(rate of calories burnt when you're not exercising). Every pound of new muscle needs more calories to survive so if you have more muscles, you essentially burn fat in your sleep on when you're lying on the bed! Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and a little Garcinia Cambogia for maximum results. Are you taking notes yet?
SUNSCREEN IS YOUR FRIEND
UV rays from the Sun destroy the collagen in your skin and age your skin faster. Slather on some broad spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. Try on some UPF clothing that can give you an SPF of upto 50 by just putting on a shirt!
EAT YOUR VEGGIES
Loading up with Vitamin A or lycopene can help offset Sun damage and repair skin. Lycopene is usually found in tomatoes, red peppers, and other rosy-hued veggies while Vitamin A is found in green leafy vegetables, whole milk and liver. Also Vitamin C found in leafy greens and citrus fruits can help build collagen. Fill your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables to maximize your intake of vitamins and minerals.
An average human body is 50-65% water so it's obvious to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydrated skin cells can make skin cells shrivelled and inflexible which leads to saggy skin. Doctors recommend aiming for half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Having pH balanced water is ideal so we would recommend checking your water's pH levels. Ideal is a pH of 7.
LOAD UP ON COLLAGEN
Creams and gels containing retinoids like Retin-A or Tretin-X can improve your skin by promoting the growth of collagen if used consistently. Any dermatologist can prescribe these. You can also look for over the counter alternatives containing epidermal growth factor, which stimulates fibroblasts deep in the skin to increase collagen production.
STOP TAKING CAFFEINE AND TOBACCO
I know this is the 10,000th time you're hearing this but smoking causes biochemical changes in your body that kills collagen and accelerate ageing. Same goes for caffeine and as you age, your skin loses collagen naturally. Now you don't wanna look like a granny, do you?
While most women use waist bands during pregnancy to balance out the massive weight on their abs and spine, waist trainers are an excellent option to rescue against saggy skin. These exert external pressure against problematic areas like waist which is one of the most vulnerable to sagging and keep the skin taut as you gradually lose weight. This mechanism has helped multiple plus size people to get that hourglass figure without worrying about generating a bag like skin or creases after weight is shed.
LOSE WEIGHT GRADUALLY
Duh!.. It's obvious that losing a lot of weight in a short period does not give the skin enough time to shrink. Scholars at American College of Sports Medicine recommend losing no more than 2 pounds a week or 3.5kg a month. "Losing weight quickly, by means of fad diets and cleanses will compromise the contours of your face, affect health of your skin and impact your overall success in keeping weight off" says Sloan Mathieu, a medical aesthetician at Boston's Dream Spa Medical.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and applying these methods meticulously can be your first steps towards gaining an hourglass body that is complemented by a firm healthy skin making you look enticingly younger, beautiful and confident for ages.