In this video you’ll learn how to get rid of loose skin after weight loss and what solutions you have available backed by research.
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It can be very discouraging to have to deal with excess skin after you’ve lost a ton of weight and you’re not looking anywhere near what you expected.
This is a problem that many have to deal wight. And in this video you’ll learn which solutions you currently have.
First off it’s important to point out that “Loose skin” isn’t always the real problem.
There definitely real cases of excess skin after a ton of weight loss, I’ve experienced that with my clients who drop 50-60 lbs in 6 months.
But in many cases what people think is loose skin is actually just excess body fat they need to lose.
Soft subcutaneous fat is easily mistaken as skin.
If you pinch the skin and if it’s more than 2-3 millimeters then there’s more fat there to lose.
Until you lose that fat, your skin won’t be able to get smaller.
Remember that skin is a living organ. It does change over time.
But also keep in mind that skin elasticity does diminish as we age.
The fat that is often remaining is the stubborn fat.
Reality is that certain fat stores are harder to burn than others. The fat in certain areas of is harder to mobilize, these areas will take more patience and time in a caloric deficit.
These are also called the “stubborn” fat areas. And often these are the areas where people notice loose or excess skin problems.
We’re talking about lower abs, lower back, hips and glutes.
And we know we can’t “target” fat loss with any kind of diet or training method but we can force this fat to come off with a caloric deficit and patience.
Recommended reading – The Stubborn Fat Solution by Lyle McDonald http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-stubborn-fat-solution/
Solutions 1 – Skin Surgery
I personally wouldn’t consider surgery as an option until I’ve exhausted all other option.
Only at a point of true 8-10% body fat do your subcutaneous fat levels become low enough to accurately determine if you have excess skin.
Sometimes just getting leaner you will solve the entire problem.
However if you get to a very low body fat 7 – 10% and you find that your skin is extremely thin while there’s a lot of it left on your abs then you’re dealing with excess skin.
More than 53,000 contouring surgeries were performed in 2003. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-10/asop-mtb100404.php
Solution 2 – Build More Muscle Mass
Muscle will press up against your skin and make it tighter.
It’s the same effect as when you gain weight your skin must expand to accommodate the increase in size.
And when you lose the weight fast your skin doesn’t back to its previous size as quick as you’re losing fat.
A good example of what happens when you don’t invest time in building muscle is if you look at people who go on very aggressive low calorie diets with a large amount of cardio and no resistance training.
They lose a lot of fat but also a lot of lean body mass, and the end results is the unwanted “skinny fat” look.
Building muscle is the solution to get that healthy, lean body with tight healthy skin.
This applies people that have already lost a ton of weight and those that are just starting out.
If you’re on a diet dealing with loose skin start building muscle with resistance training.
Solution 3 – Lifestyle And Diet changes
Drink plenty of water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3U-5AcjuBU
Get plenty of sleep sleep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oce0_CvRaSY
Your skin repairs itself while you sleep.
Eat enough protein. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17921406
Research shows a correlation between protein intake and skin health. Low protein diets are associated with poorer skin health.
Get your fruits and vegetables http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22412966
Research has shown that higher intakes of fruits and vegetables are associated with healthier skin.
Supplement Omega 3 Fish Oil http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19160533
Improvements can be seen in just 3 months of Fish oil supplementation.
Talk soon, Mario
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