So long as you don’t have an excessive amount of loose skin already it is possible to lose weight and keep your skin firm in the process.
The idea is to keep your body well hydrated day in and day out.
NEVER EVER let yourself become dehydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and never completely eliminate your carbohydrate intake.
A good number of people who have lost weight too fast by eliminating their carbohydrates end up with a lot of excess skin afterwards. The whole idea is to lose the weight to get healthier and of course to look better with your clothes ON and with your clothes OFF.
Here are some tips
1. Follow a well rounded balanced diet. You may leave the calories out, but not the nutrition. There’s a difference.
2. Follow a full body exercise routine alternating with a split routine every 4 weeks. For example, full body routine 4 weeks, split routine 4 weeks, full body routine 4 weeks, and so on.
3. If you don’t have stomach ulcers, and you are not on blood thinners you may want to take a teaspoon of cold arctic cod liver oil once a day with your evening meal. Discuss this with your doctor first.
4. Take 1000-1500mg of lecithin per day. Lecithin has been known to increase the elasticity of the skin. Again, consult with your doctor first.
5. Anything you can do to increase circulation will also help. Skin brushing techniques are very good. Do a search on the internet for skin brushing to get all the info you need. Deep massages are also good.
6. If you are more than 75 pounds overweight DO NOT try to lose weight too fast. Ease into it slowly so you only lose about 3 pounds per week. Doing this will help prevent sagging skin.
7. Body wraps may help, but can get messy. Do this as an option, but not as an alternative to proper diet and exercise.
Another option would be to supplement your daily diet with collagen.
The one key to increasing the elasticity of your skin is to keep your body well hydrated. Yes, drinking water will do this. The average person needs at least ½ an ounce of water per pound of body weight, possibly more depending on the type of exercise you do on a daily basis.
The reason why so many people end up with loose skin after losing weight is because they go on low carbohydrate diets that will in turn dehydrate the body. If you lose weight and are dehydrated in the process you will see the scale weight go down but unfortunately most of the weight being lost is nothing more than water weight.
If you are losing 2-3 pounds per week you are doing great. If you are losing 4-6 pounds you may be pushing the limit. Cutting out refined flours/breads and sugars will yield the best results.
Also, instead of getting on the scale every week to measure your progress go more by how your clothes are fitting.
Losing weight will of course have great potential benefits for your health. Just be sure to do it in a controlled and healthy manner.