Having a toned and trim midsection is very difficult to achieve for most people. It’s one of the hardest muscles to develop especially when you’re starting from a fatty midsection. When one loses weight, the tendency of the skin in the tummy area is to sag rather than to shrink back. The bigger the tummy, the more likely the skin in the midsection will sag.
You can minimize sagging skin when losing belly fat. Here are some things you can do.
- Take it slowly. The general rule of thumb is not to lose more than two pounds a week. If you are obese or under doctor’s supervision, you may be the exception to this rule. If you lose weight too quickly, the elasticity of your skin is compromised leaving it littered with unsightly stretch marks. You will also notice that your skin may sag. Observe a healthy routine of a balanced diet and adequate exercise to achieve your weight loss goals without compromising the elasticity of your skin.
- Do core exercises. Strengthen your core muscles to keep sagging to a minimum. Core exercises not only include crunches and other abdominal work outs, but are a specific group of exercises designed to tone, tighten and strengthen the muscles in the midsection to provide better lumbar support. Think of trapeze artists, gymnasts, dancers and other athletes that constantly work out their midsection. You don’t see flab hanging out of their guts do you?
- Pamper your skin. As you age and gain weight, skin naturally loses its elasticity. When you have any sudden weight loss or weight gain, the skin gets affected. Not only do you get stretch marks, but also some sagging. Slather cocoa butter lotion, vitamin E oil and other moisturizing lotions on your skin. Exfoliate your skin regularly with a loofah. Massaging your skin will increase the blood flow to the area.
- Eat food that’s good for the skin. Have a diet rich in antioxidants such as skin friendly vitamins A, C and E. Have enough good fats in your diet to help keep the elasticity of your skin. This means consume salmon, nuts and flaxseed for Omega 3 fatty acids. You need to help your skin from the inside out so aside from workouts, nourish your body with the proper diet for the right vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
- Drink a lot of water. Keep your body and skin hydrated by replenishing lost fluids regularly. If your skin is hydrated, it will look more supple and it will also be more elastic.
- Get medical intervention. If you have a dramatic weight loss and you are left with bags of skin, you may need to consider getting a tummy tuck. There are cosmetic procedures available that will cut off the excess sagging skin. Abdominoplasty, body lift and belt lipectomy are some of the surgical options to consider. This is costly and quite painful, so consider your options carefully before proceeding. If you are getting any type of cosmetic work done, make sure you go to a qualified and board certified surgeon.
If you are trying to lose weight, have patience and remember to treat your body well. Don’t rush your weight loss and don’t get frustrated with a little sagging skin. If you observe the proper steps and take the necessary precautions, you’ll lose belly fat and have a flat midsection in no time!