If you are currently overweight and are looking to lose a considerable amount of weight you may be concerned about sagging skin after you have lost the weight.
This saggy skin is caused by the elasticity of your skin being pulled too far overtime, generally this will result in stretch marks.
Usually losing 10-20lbs will not result in sagging skin as your skin is quite resilient, so will shrink back down. However for those of you looking to lose 50+ lbs it can be a big worry.
Key to avoiding saggy skin
When you see stories about people who have lost weight but now have excess skin you should be aware that many of them have gone to extreme measures to lose the weight, often through surgery for example.
The key to avoid saggy skin is to take your time losing the weight. 50lbs in 2 months is too fast and can put your body into a state of shock as your organs will not have time to adjust to the massive nutritional changes you will obviously have to make.
Tips on how to avoid sagging skin
It is certainly possible to avoid the unsightly folds of excess skin, even if you have a lot of weight to lose.
Firstly you should set a weight loss goal between 1.5 to 2 lbs a week as most doctors will agree that this rate of weight loss can be handled by your skin.
When losing the weight it is also a good idea to try to replace the lost fat with muscle. This extra muscle will help to tighten any loose skin, plus as an added bonus this new muscle will help to burn even more calories.
To gain muscle you should consider lifting weights, which if you are a female may be surprising to hear.
Most women will not attempt any weight training as they wrongly believe it will make them look manly. Well, this is not the case as unless you are going to be eating a lot of lean protein and taking numerous supplements you will not get too big.
Finally you avoid sagging skin your diet should be healthier, not only to help with your weight loss goals but also to give you the energy you need to workout.
Your diet should also contain plenty of water as this can help to remove toxins from your body.
If you are willing to set realistic goals, while eating healthily and performing regular resistance training there is no reason why you cant lose weight and avoid loose saggy skin.
Just remember if you are getting older your body and skin will not be as resilient as it was in your 20’s so you should try to be even more dedicated and patient as the results may be slower to achieve.