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How to Get Rid of Loose Skin After Dieting

Losing a significant amount of weight is an excellent goal. But this excessive weight loss is often accompanied by loose skin that is left in place after large amounts of fat have vanished. Although loose skin is better to have than elevated disease risks brought on by being overweight, it is still not the easiest thing to deal with. The way to get rid of this skin is by following some steps that involve exercise, lifestyle adjustments and some more dietary adjustments.

Step 1
Make sure to drink enough water. Water is critical for life, and one of the things it does is keep every cell in the body hydrated, including the cells of the skin. Make sure to drink at least eight 8-oz. cups of water a day.

Step 2
Exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating your skin will help to remove old skin cells and promote circulation and new skin cell growth. Use a soft-bristled body brush and do this while you are in the shower. Go in circular motions; start from the area furthest away from your heart and work towards it.

Step 3
Avoid foods that are bad for your skin and replace them with good foods. Eliminate refined carbs, saturated fats, processed foods and deep fried foods. Instead, eat foods that are high in healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and cold water fish.

Step 4
Replace the space. Building muscle is a way to make the skin more taut where fat once appeared. Do exercises that target all of your major muscle groups. Some examples of exercises are bench presses, shoulder presses, deadlifts, tricep extensions, bicep curls and lunges.

Step 5
Keep your skin in good shape. Use moisturizers, oils and creams that have key nutrients in them for skin health. This can improve the elasticity of your skin and improve its overall appearance. Use a cream that has cocoa butter, aloe vera, soy protein or yeast extract in it.

Step 6
Get an operation. If you have an excess amount of skin on your stomach, you can take the quick way out and get a tummy tuck, also known medically as an abdominoplasty. But before you get this procedure done, consider the recovery time and risks involved (see Resources).