Educating yourself about maintaining tight skin can help you avoid sagging, flabby skin while losing weight. Instead of resorting to wearing turtle necks and considering plastic surgery, you can do various things to keep skin from sagging. This includes incorporating a resistance exercise routine and making adjustments to your eating habits.
Things You'll Need
- Body scrub or loofah
- Skin-tightening lotion
Drink plenty of water to hydrate the body and to keep it from appearing dry and wrinkled. According to the Naturo Doc website, you should consume half an ounce of water for every pound of body weight. For instance, if you weight 150 lbs. you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.
Don't go on a crash diet. Losing weight too quickly can result in stretch marks and loose skin. Lose weight gradually so your skin can adapt to the body's weight loss. According to the National Library of Medicine website, healthy weight loss ranges from one to two pounds per week.
Eat healthy meals frequently throughout the day to provide your body with constant nutrition and to prevent cravings. Don't restrict entire food groups from your diet. Consume healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, brown rice, whole-grain products, lean proteins and unsaturated fats.
Incorporate a full body weight training regimen into three days of the week to tone your body and to gain lean muscle mass to help keep the skin tight. Train all parts of the body on different days with one day of rest in between workouts. Use free weights, machines or your own body weight for resistance.
Exfoliate the skin to promote circulation, remove dead skin cells and strengthen and firm skin tissue. Do this with a loofah and mild soap or body scrub.
Apply a skin-tightening lotion to your body to keep your skin firm, smooth and tight as you lose weight. Look for ingredients such as collagen, shea butter, aloe vera, emu and jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid and omega 3 complex. Avoid lotions with petroleum since these clog the pores.