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How to Prevent / Fix Excess Skin
that may result from drastic weight loss

I have received a lot of questions regarding excess, loose skin that may result after large weight loss and I hope to help address those concerns here. . .

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I completely understand your excess skin concerns. I was terrified of excess skin when I began to lose the weight.

The chances of your skin returning to it's original elasticity after weight loss depends partly on age, how much extra weight you had, and how long you had it.

There are 3 (non-surgical) possible solutions to this issue:  Nutrition; Slow Gradual Weight Loss & *Weight Training.

Try to be aware and incorporate preventative measures by eating Flax Seed and Flax Seed Oil. The seed comes in different forms and can be mixed with flour when baking and or as a breading when frying. Including essential fatty acids in your diet is good for your skin. They can be found in fish oil and flax seed oil.

There are multiple options and I recommend Flax Seed oil because it has multiple health benefits:

A rich source of essential fatty acids (Omega 3, Omega 6, Alpha Linolenic)

Omega 3 helps reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, & plaque formation

Omega 3 has been found to help kill cancer cells

Helps skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis)

Soothes ulcers & irritable bowel syndrome

Prevents toxic build up in the bowel

Contains lignans which have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, & anti-cancer properties

But the most important thing to prevent excess skin is
Gradual Weight Loss & Weight Training

I Can Attest to this,Weight Training Saved Me!

Building muscle can help to reshape the body and reduce the appearance of loose skin.  It also provides the difference between having a smaller version of the body you have now and creating a strong, toned shape of your dreams!

There are countless health benefits to gaining muscle as well.  Most important being maintenance of quality of life and increasing the number of calories you burn each day.  Muscle burns calories while we are at rest.  So the more muscle you have = the more calories you burn.  And that translates to being able to eat more food and maintain your healthy weight! 

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People who lose the weight via gastric bypass are more likely to suffer from excess skin because the weight is lost so quickly.
SO if you are losing the natural healthy way you are less likely to have a large amount of excess skin. Losing weight slowly will give your skin more of a chance to get back to normal. It is a good idea to lose 1-3 pounds per week.  (That may sound small, but can average 8-10 pounds & a dress size or more a month.)

The key to remember is to reduce your body fat while maintaining and adding lean muscle. Weight training will build lean body mass and in combination with decreasing body fat percentage will help in minimizing the appearance of loose skin. It builds lean muscle and this muscle will give you the allusion of taut skin. Plus it will provide a lovely diversion. No one notices the tiny amount of excess skin on my upper arm, now that I have well defined muscles in my arms. I am now focusing on strengthening the muscles in my legs. Try it! I swear it will work. Plus I love weight training because the results are quick and the benefits are endless. . .muscle burns calories while at rest, increases strength - which makes other activities easier, and it can prevent osteoporosis.


And if none of that works:

Many people will consider surgery for removing excess skin. Of course this is something you will need to consult with your doctor. I've seen excess skin removal surgeries performed on television and it can be pretty intense.

The overall thing to remember is you want to lower your body fat while maintaining lean muscle. The average body fat for men are in the teens (14 - 16%), while women are between 20 - 25%

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