Although weight loss is extremely beneficial for your health in the log term if you were massively overweight in the first place, this huge reduction in body mass actually gives rise to another problem - ‘excess skin’ that once fitted the frame of a clinically obese person. This excess skin will normally occur if the weight loss has been far quicker than the original weight gain and in most cases that is always the case.
Take for instance a 29 year old woman who had been overweight in her childhood, then heavily overweight in here teens and finally obese throughout her twenties. The woman’s skin has enlarged gradually over time over a period of 25 years and remember skin is elastic so could in theory return to a normal state if the weight loss happened over a longer period of time, say for instance 10 years in this case.
If you are currently transforming your body from an overweight position to a healthy one, your skin will eventually feel loose because of the fat that has been removed. As you are losing weight quickly you will find that the skin will not be able to keep up with the fat loss that is happening beneath the skin.
Your skin will eventually return to normal after a two year period, but while you are waiting for that to happen there are a number of things that you can do to speed up that process. Your results will ultimately depend on your lifestyle and therefore your skin's ability to remain elastic.
Lose the weight SLOWLY…
Only aim for a maximum weight loss of about 1-2 pounds a week and try to incorporate a a weight training program to increase muscle mass while you are losing the fat. This might not sound like a lot of weight, but of a period of a year this is 50-100lbs, a large amount of weight.
Make sure you Eat Properly
If you have read the page about a healthy diet to loseweight you will already have an understanding of what foods you should be eating. But for specific foods that are best consumed to keep the skin plump and elastic they need to contain collagen and elastin. These foods are protein-rich and examples are milk, tofu, cottage cheese, beans, seeds, nuts and fish. These foods also contain higher levels of oil that also increase the likelihood of the skin maintaining its elasticity.
Give your Body Plenty of Water
There is a simple test that can be conducted to indicate your current hydration levels and that is to inspect the elasticity of your skin on the back of the hand. Pinch the skin and if you are dehydrated the skin will appear to take a long time to return to a pre-pinched state, whereas a hydrated person will have their skin quickly return to normal.
The suggested amount of water that is required on a daily basis can range from 2 liters to 4 liters of water depending on the amount of the amount of strenuous activity a person has throughout the day.
Look After Your Skin
There are several things that can be done to improve not only the elasticity of your skin but also its appearance. Try to exfoliate your skin on a daily basis to increase circulation and removes dead skin cells. Skin tightening creams that have herbal formulas contain ingredients such as yeast extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, aloe Vera, hyaluronic acid. All of which increase the collagen and elastin formation in your skin.
When washing your skin, it is advisable to avoid the following:
- Strong detergents
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Tanning booths
- Dishwasher liquid
- Chlorinated water.
Is surgery an option to Consider?
This decision solely depends on how much excess skin you now have and the realistic likelihood of it being returned back to normal. If you managed to lose a lot of weight, say over 100lbs you may find that your skin is not going to return to normal and that excess skin removal surgery is a viable option to look after your appearance. Along with surgery to remove excess skin, you may need a boob job to enhance your breasts that would have changed dramatically in shape and size throughout the weight loss and this is not only for women, men too may require surgery.