How does one prevent flabby/loose skin after weight loss?

July 9, 2012 by  
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I plan to go on a drastic exercise /diet regimen this summer in order to lose weight. However, I am afraid that I will be left with loose hanging flabby skin after the weight loss. Is there anything I can do to prevent this (other than cosmetic surgery to remove the skin)?

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Answer by BabeHart
The faster you lose, the greater your chances of being left with lose skin…your body can’t keep up with extreme weight loss…slow is the key. I dropped 90 lbs a few years ago, in less than 6 months…clothed i look great, naked is another story…I’ve got loose skin on my belly, upper thighs, buttocks, and upper arms…not sexy…at my age (45) surgery is the only option…thankfully it’s not extreme…I just avoid certain positions when unclothed… ☺♥☻

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6 Responses to “How does one prevent flabby/loose skin after weight loss?”
  1. ~*RAWK PRINZZEZZ*~ says:

    I feel ur worries – bec. I lost some weight and have a bit of loose skin and there’s not much I can do now- cuz no matter what I do I do not see anything working. In order to not end up where I am- u need to and MUST lose weight SLOWLY- this allows skin to heal naturally and won’t end up loose and saggy. Eat every kind of food in proportion, do not exclude any food group. Drink plenty of water and stay away from Soda and Smoking. Exercise helps- A LOT!! And eat lots of milk (dairy stuff) and meat. GOOD LUCK!

  2. B says:

    depending on how much weight you are going to loose, if its over 200lbs, your probally going to have loose skin. what you can do is try to prevent it, so loose weight slowly, no more then 2lbs a week. build muscles, 5 lbs of muscle is 3 times smaller in volume then 5 lbs of fat. shower 1+time a day, then apply a moistureizer.

    Measure your food and make a food journal. At least do it for one day. Make a chart, write down each food, how much calories was in it, fat, sugar, sodium… for the amount you ate. Then at the end of the day, add up all the fats, sugars, sodium, calories… to see the total for the day. Don’t count the sugar in fruits and veggies, only count added sugars.
    45 to 65 percent of your calories should come from complex carbohydrates, 20 to 35 percent should come from fat, and 10 to 35 percent from protein.
    Eat healthy varieties of 2cup fruits, 3cup veggies, grains (make ½+ of your grains, whole grains) 4-8oz, meats/raw nuts/beans 6.5oz, dairy3cups. 6+ meals, 2-3hours apart. Eat 1gram protein times your body weight. So if you weigh 100lbs, you eat 100grams protein daily. Drink 2+cups water per hour.
    Added Sugar= no more then 10 teaspoons (40grams) of sugar at 2000cal diet per day. No more then 15teaspoons (60grams) of sugar at 2500cal diet per day. 1teaspoon=4grams and 16 calories of sugar.
    No more then 2.3g salt a day. (2300mg)(1 teaspoon of table/iodized salt)
    Fat= 20-35%of calories. 73g 2200cal diet, 93g 2800cal diet. Multiply day’s cals by .30 for cals from fat/day. 2200cal times .30=660cals from fat. Divide cal from fat per day by 9(each gram fat has 9cal) to get g of fat /day. 660cal from fat divide by 9=73. Total fat 65g for 2000cal/day. 80g total fat for 2500cal/day.
    Saturated fat less then 10% of cals. 20-g for 2000cal/day. 25-g for 2500/day.
    Cholesterol less then daily value 300mg/day on nutrition facts. =this will help you for things you eat the don’t have nutrition facts.

    lift heavy weights 3 days a week. Different muscle group each day. Cardio 3-7days a week. Warm up 5+min. then, stretch 5+mins, then do high intensity cardio(like sprinting) 1hour, or heavy weights/intense body weight exercises, for 50min-1hour, then stretch for 1+hour. do sets until failure, do bout 1-10reps and bout 4 sets, if you can do more then you need heavier weights. If you are unable to do full range of motion in the exercise, then the weight is too heavy.
    Its good to have sore muscles the next day, the pain may last a week+. It’s best to work the muscle hard one day, then give it a week+ to repair and grow. If the muscles are not in pain, then work it. If the muscle is in pain from the previous day-week, then don’t work it. Warm up 5+ min, then stretch the sore muscles, along with whole body, 1+hour a day, but don’t do intense exercises that would over work the sore muscles.
    Don’t lock your joints during exercises, keep knees slightly bend, do exercises slowly and focus on form. If you feel joint pain, then stop, recheck your form, if you still feel joint pain, then stop and give yourself a rest.

  3. Keebs says:

    try the galvanic spa. Seems to do miracles for skin.

  4. Vidya says:

    The answer to your question is you should lose weight at a gradual pace so you are not left with too much of loose skin. Secondly once you are going through your weight loss regime you should apply an anti-cellulite oil which helps to remove the flab and tone the skin. You can also take some therapies at a salon to tighten the skin. instead of going for a surgery.

  5. KozmoKat says:

    Hello Izabela,

    If you don’t want to have a flabby/loose skin after weight loss, you should loss weight little by little. What I mean is don’t plan to loss weight rapidly.

    You can do cardio exercises, it will juice up your metabolism even after you have completed your
    workout. What this means, is that your body will continue to burn body fat hours after you have
    left the gym. You can walk for 5 minutes or so, then break into some jogging for another 5 minutes or so. Then, walk briskly again until you have caught your breath and then sprint for a minute before you walk again. From this point, simply alternate your running and walking for the
    next 15 minutes until you are finished.

    One of the best things about cardio is the more you do it, the more energy you’ll have. Cardio
    will help you to burn calories, although its more useful for keeping your energy levels high.

    And with regards to your diet make sure to eat at least some healthy fats in most of your meals. Eating enough healthy fats is very important for maintaining proper fat burning and muscle building hormone levels in your body. Adequate healthy fats in your diet also helps in keeping your appetite under control.Try to eat a high quality protein source with each meal and snack that you eat. Quality proteins from grass-fed meats, grass-fed raw dairy, and even from plant sources such as nuts and beans provides good appetite suppression so you can control your calorie intake easier.

    And Don’t forget to have enough sleep and drink plenty of water..

  6. Kamal says:

    There is really nothing to worry about. The hanging skin after losing fat mass is usually the result of cellulite. You’ll need to flush out the toxins with a good detox regimen if the hanging skin appears at all.
    Usually a good weight loss regimen takes care of everything and you’ll cellulite as well as fat mass simultaneously. Good luck on your quest for weight loss.

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