Congratulations! If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you’ve made a significant leap forward in improving your health and lost some killer weight. We also know you might be worried that all that fat loss is going to leave your body with loose skin.
How to get rid of loose skin happens to be one of the most asked questions we get from ‘big losers.’ These people transform their body and lose over 100 pounds. Some people may even lose as many as 300 pounds. That’s more than some of us will ever weigh in a lifetime.
So what happens when the body shrinks to a fraction of its former self? The honest truth is there is going to be some fallout. The body doesn’t shrink back perfectly into what it once was. Just as an elastic band does not go back to being stretchy when pulled too far, skin loses its elasticity when it’s used to bearing a significant weight load. The good news is that while you might not get the exact shape and form you once had back, you can get pretty darn close.
Furthermore, you can get rid of loose skin without surgery, which is another huge concern. All you need is a clear vision of your goals and what you want to achieve, followed by your continued patience and one simple tip we’ll be sharing below.
This isn’t an overnight transformation, but we are about to make it a lot easier!
Building Muscle and Reducing Excess Skin
The first step in getting rid of loose skin is identify if you even have loose skin. Many people wrongly believe they have this condition because they have lost a lot of weight without realizing that they simply have further to go. If you can pinch at least an inch of skin then you need to reevaluate your weight loss goals and continue on your path. I know that is not what you want to hear, but it is the truth. Unless you get rid of the fat you cannot tackle the loose skin.
If you’re a man, I wouldn’t consider surgery to deal with loose skin until you’ve hit 10% body fat. If you’re a woman, 20% is the number. These are the body fat ranges where your subcutaneous fat levels become low enough to accurately assess the state of your skin. And chances are just getting lean is enough [and] will resolve the entire problem.
To blast fat you must build muscle. You should already know this as building muscle is the most effective weight loss method known to man. What you might not know, however, is that building lean muscle is how you are going to combat the first stage of getting rid of loose skin.
Many times, when people lose weight quickly, they look ‘skinny fat.’ This is where you might not have many pounds, but you do not look great when skinny.
In order to get that dream body, you must be willing to replace some of the space that fat accumulated with muscle. You see, no matter how perfect your diet, when losing dramatic amounts of weight you will also lose some muscle. This is unavoidable, but muscle is what gives you definition, so you end up looking and feeling limp. To tackle both problems in one swift action, once you get to within 10% body fat for men, you will want to incorporate muscle-building exercises into your routine.
Building Muscle – Improving Skin Elasticity
When you put your muscles to work, you will shed those final stubborn pounds of fat and start to define your body shape. This is what is going to give you a beach body look. Unless you have an extremely unusual case, getting to within 10% body fat is typically enough to get rid of lose skin. The bodybuilding will help you get there and improve your overall tone. Remember that your body is not overly complicated, it wants the same results you do.
A study conducted by scientists at Stanford University found that supplementing with 250 mg of gelatin per day improved skin elasticity. Getting gelatin in our diet can be a little tough, though, unless you enjoy eating a variety of strange foods like oxtail, chicken feet, or short ribs. Supplementing is the easiest way…
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When you are within 10% of your total body fat, you can take this next step. Now is the time to add in a natural supplement that can improve your skin’s elasticity. You want to take at least 250 mg of beef gelatin a day. This improves skin’s elasticity, and when combined with fat loss may eradicate any residue leftovers from your transformation. The second supplement, which you can also find in health food stores, is Omega 3 fatty acids. You can take these for the duration of your weight loss and beyond. These fish oils are a powerhouse of proteins that build muscle.