Lose weight gradually. Experts recommend not losing more than 2 lbs. a week. Those who engage in crash diets and severely restricted calorie intake to lose weight fast may also be damaging their skin’s ability to maintain its elasticity. When we put on weight, our skin stretches to accommodate it. To keep the skin from sagging after weight loss, you’ve got to replace fat with muscle, which will help plump the area from which you shed fat.
Work out. Cardiovascular exercise combined with weight lifting or weight-bearing exercise is the best way to replace fat with lean muscle mass, which will give you a leaned, toned appearance. Lean muscle mass growth also increases metabolism, which is the rate your body burns calories for energy, which also helps in the production of lean muscle mass. For example, hold dumbbells on your shoulders while you perform lunges or squats. Lift dumbbells (5-, 8-, 10- or 12-lb. weights) for biceps or triceps curls, shoulder presses or deltoid lifts to help burn fat and shape lovely, smooth muscles that will tone sagging skin without bulking you up. Just about any type of weight-bearing exercise will help replace fat with healthy muscle, which will take care of that loose skin and give you a sculptured appearance.
Drink lots of water every day while you’re losing weight to keep the skin cells well hydrated. Water will help the cells maintain their elasticity. Harry Pino, Ph.D., of the Obesity Consult Center of Tufts-New England Medical Center says that intake of fluids before, during and after weight loss is a factor for how your skin looks after weight loss.
Moisturize your skin every day to help maintain collagen in the skin. Moisturize in the morning and every evening before bed. Choose moisturizers that contain collagen, Vitamin A and elastin, all of which help nourish skin cells and keep them supple and healthy-looking.
Scrub your skin every day with an exfoliating glove or loofah pad to help the body rid itself of dead skin cells and promote new skin cell growth.
Eat a diet that encourages low-fat and lean proteins to help minimize the growth of excess skin cells during and after weight loss. Consuming at least five portions of fruits and vegetables every day will not only provide your skin with a wealth of vitamins and minerals essential for health, but it will also help you feel fuller longer, enhancing your weight loss efforts.