For some people being overweight is something they had to deal with all of their lives. Losing the weight isn't easy but some gain the desire, determination and discipline to do everything in their power to lose the excess weight. There's nothing more that person would rather see than the weight scale say they lost 40 or 50 lbs. A transformation like that might sound great but it might not look so great if you lost weight the wrong way and were left with loose stretchy skin. In today's blog we will go over why do some people get loose skin and if it's possible to prevent it from happening to you.
The skin is a Living Organ that adapts to weight gain by expanding itself, but over time the elasticity of the skin weakens and the ability for it tightening can be lost. Everyone has different genetics and whether or not your skin gets tighter depends on a couple of factors like the strength of the collagen and elastin fibers, age, sun exposure, how much and how fast was weight gained and lost, even things like smoking can affect it as well. I personally have trained many people that got loose skin from weight loss and the common factor I see is that most of them were obsessed with losing weight and not focusing on only losing body fat. Like I said before losing a lot of weight may sound impressive but it's not about losing weight it's about losing only body fat. The number on the weight scale is a combination of body fat, muscle mass and water weight most people lose weight the wrong way by doing cardio only or following an improper diet for their body and this can cause more muscle loss than actual fat loss.
To prevent loose skin as much as possible you want to make sure you are following a customized meal plan and workout routine for your fitness goals. You definitely need to include weight training so you can not only add muscle mass and start to fill in that loose skin, but also the more muscle mass you have the leaner you will be. For every pound of muscle you have your body burns about 50 calories. If you add 10 pounds of muscle that would mean you will burn about 500 calories daily even if you didn't train. Strive to lose 1-2 pounds per week if you are losing more than that you might be losing more muscle than body fat. We all want fast results but there aren't any shortcuts without having to pay some consequences. Lose the weight right and the long hard journey of losing fat will be a lot smoother in the long run. If you are struggling with weight loss feel free to check out our customized services.