Friday, October 03, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Loose Skin After Losing Weight

Quick weight loss is the coveted dream of dieters all over the world. To enjoy better health and confidence - and to do it all in a matter of months - is the hope of everyone who goes on a crash diet or undergoes bariatric surgery.

Loose Skin saggy stomach

Sometimes quick weight loss is attainable. It can even be sustained if the dieter is willing to make long-term lifestyle changes that promote a healthier weight. But sometimes rapid weight loss comes with unforeseen consequences.

Loose skin is a common complaint among people who have lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. Now that they have lost a massive amount of fat, their skin hangs in drapes from their arms, back, and stomach.

For some, this is merely a cosmetic concern. For others, it leads to impaired range of motion.
While loose skin is a sad fact of quick weight loss, there are ways to avoid it, or to deal with it if it becomes a problem.

How To Get Rid Of Loose Skin

Slow Weight Loss = Tighter Skin


For starters, you could lose weight at a slower pace. If you lose your extra pounds over the course of years instead of months, your skin will slowly shrink to adapt.
However, some people are prone to saggy skin due to age or genetics. For them, even a moderate weight loss could result in unsightly folds.

Other people must undergo bariatric surgery for the sake of their health, so slow weight loss might not be an option. If prevention doesn't work, there are ways to get rid of loose skin.

The Surgical Approach


Cosmetic surgery is the fastest way to rid yourself of excess skin. Arm lifts and tummy tucks are popular procedures for getting rid of flab. Both are expensive, but many patients feel that the renewed confidence they feel is worth the price.

If you decide to have surgery to remove loose skin, schedule an initial consultation to discuss your expectations. The surgeon will recommend the appropriate procedures, and will show you before-and-after photos of patients who underwent the same surgeries.

What if you can't afford cosmetic surgery, or you have a health condition which makes you an unsuitable candidate for voluntary surgery? In that case, you can try losing more fat.

The Fat-Loss Theory


Yes, lose more fat. You may be thinking, "I haven't got any more fat to lose! My skin looks like empty bags!"
In extreme cases, such as cases where the patient cannot move around normally, excess skin should be trimmed away by a surgeon. But for everyone else, a little more fat loss could do the trick.

The theory goes like this: If you pinch the skin on the back of your hand, it feels thin as paper. That's because it has very little subcutaneous fat.

But if you pinch your stomach or the backs of your upper arms, you might notice that the folds of skin are thicker there than on your hands. That's because, despite appearances, you're still carrying a layer of fat in those places.

Losing fat does not necessarily mean losing weight. In fact, as you ramp up the strength-training to build muscle, you may notice a weight gain. That's because muscle is denser than fat. You will end up smaller, but heavier - and healthier.

This approach takes patience and perseverance. It could take months or even years for you to reach a low body fat percentage.

It could take just as long for your skin to shrink to its former size. In the end, your metabolism will be faster than ever thanks to your increased muscle mass.

Loose skin happens. If it's happening to you, explore your alternatives by doing a little research and deciding which path you want to take. Whether it's prevention, surgery, or fat loss, your choice will bring you closer to the body you want.


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

How To Lose Saggy Stomach
It's not your stomach that's sagging. It's your abdomen. And, it's not the muscle that's sagging because your abs are working for you constantly. So, your problem has to be either fat or loose skin or both.


How To Lose Saggy Stomach



If the problem is fat, you'll have to lose it and that means calorie control. You must control your energy (calorie) deficit to burn fat. There is no other way. Exercise is not a panacea because you can always eat more calories than you can burn.

If the problem is loose skin, there's nothing you can do but wait and hope there's sufficient elasticity to allow it to tighten up again...a process which may take several weeks. It will depend on how much fat you lost from your abs, your age, how much fat remains to be lost, etc.

Check out these ab facts.

• Your abs do not need exercise. They are working for you most of your waking hours helping contain your internal organs and preventing your spine from collapsing like a stack of poker chips. Of course, you can still work them harder or more if you want to.


• You can feel your abs at work by pressing your fingers against the abdominal wall while sitting down, standing up, walking, lifting, coughing, or doing almost any physical activity. Try it.

• The reason abs are not visible or prominent is subcutaneous (under the skin) fat. If you have no abdominal (belly) fat, you will see your abs when the muscle is contracted.

• The only nonsurgical way to lose ab fat is through calorie control and that means diet.

• There is no nonsurgical way to remove fat from only the abdominal area. The body and genetics determine where fat leaves when a person reduces body fat through calorie control.

• There are no supplements, pills, topical applications, spa treatments, etc. which will remove fat from the abs.

• Sit-ups, ab crunches, or abdominal exercises will not remove fat from the abs any more or better or faster than jogging, lifting weights, or running on a treadmill.

• When burning fat, the location of the muscles being exercised has nothing to do with where fat is lost. Spot fat reduction is a myth.

• Ab fat is usually the last fat to go when a person loses fat. That means for prominent fat free abdominal muscles, body fat will have to be reduce to about 10% or less. It also means there is no fast way for a person with ab fat to get prominent abs without surgery.

• If a navel is concave (an "innie") or dimpled inward, it is surrounded by ab fat. The deeper the navel depression, the more ab fat there is around it. The more ab fat, the longer it will be before the abs can be visible or prominent.

• The only nonsurgical way to lose ab fat is to use calorie control to lose fat and then wait for the fat to leave the abs.

• For most people, there is no nonsurgical way to lose ab fat fast or easily.

• Abs, like any other skeletal muscle, can only grow in size and strength through increased resistance training/work.




• Not all people have a "six pack". Some people have 4, 5, 6, 7, or even 8 heads to their rectus abdominus muscle.

• Most people never get six pack abs because it's just too hard and not necessarily good for their health.

• Just about every website you see if you Google "six pack abs" will be bogus, misleading, or contain a mix of good and bad advice and/or information.

• A cut six pack abdomen is not necessarily a sign of good health. In many cases it's a sign of poor health.

The truth is, unless you're very young (teens) and have the genes of a near ectomorph, you will probably find that a ripped abdomen is not for you. It will require too much sacrifice for too little gain. No one needs a prominent six pack so you will find almost no information about six pack abs on any of the scientific or government web sites. They don't care about your vanity. They care about your health. That's why most of the information about six pack abs on the internet is bad information or scammers trying to sell you supplements.
4 Tips Show Women Over 50 How To Get Rid Of A Flabby Belly
After the age of 50 a woman is likely to notice a flabby belly, even if this had never been a problem in the past. This is due to changes in the body's composition related to menopause that make it easier for the body to deposit fat in the midsection, as opposed to the hips and legs. While hormonal changes naturally come with age, you do not have to settle for a flabby belly.

4 Tips Show Women Over 50 How To Get Rid Of A Flabby Belly

Follow these 4 tips to prevent or get rid of belly flab:

1. Do a Daily Calorie Swap.


When you were in your teens and twenties carbohydrate calories were quickly converted in your body to energy. However, over the age of 50 your body is less efficient at turning the carbs you eat into energy, and these carbs often end up being stored as belly fat.

Therefore, you want to "eat for your age," and swap a couple of hundred carbohydrate calories for protein calories each day. For example, try having shrimp for a snack, instead of chips. Or, put a chicken breast on top of a bed of lettuce, instead of in a bun. By eating more protein and less carbs you work with your body to prevent fat storage.

2. Time Your Carb Intake.


Carbohydrates are important foods that should be included in your daily diet. However, if you eat them at the wrong times they will contribute to a flabby belly. One of the best times to eat carbohydrates are in the morning when your metabolism is naturally spiked.

Another good time to consume carbs is before or after a workout. This allows the carbs you eat to be used up as energy and not stored as belly fat.

3. Cut Processed Foods.


This tip alone may be enough to reduce a flabby belly. Processed food is any type of food that has been "processed," to either improve its shelf life or make it more convenient. Therefore, you can feel pretty confident that if the food item comes in a box or a bag, then it is a processed food.

4 Tips Show Women Over 50 How To Get Rid Of A Flabby Belly

The problem with processed foods is that they contain trans fats. These man-made fats are not easily handled by the digestive system and can wreak havoc on your metabolism. This makes them a problem for women trying to reduce belly fat.

4. Use Your Muscles.


If muscle is not used, it is lost. Every pound of muscle on your body has the ability to burn about 50 calories a day. Therefore, if you do not work your muscles and lose 5 pounds of muscle after the age of 50, you must eat 250 calories less each day to prevent weight gain. This is why it is important to exercise and use your muscles.

Walking is good exercise, but make sure you also tax your muscles each week. Try weightlifting, yoga, bodyweight exercises or follow along with an exercise DVD.

Use these tips to get rid of a flabby belly and remember that there is no better time to create change then right now. And, all change starts with setting a clearly defined goal.


But as a woman over the age of 50 are you clear on what your goal should be?

Read the goals of other women over 50 and see how your goals stack up to theirs. I guarantee their inspiring stories will give you the motivation to reach your goal!