If you lose weight through diet alone, you could find that much of your weight loss comes from your muscle mass.
So if you don’t work to maintain your muscle tone while losing weight, you could find that you’re left with sagging skin.
This is a common side-effect of crash diets. Because your body is deprived of various vitamins and nutrients, perhaps because you’re not taking in enough calories, it digests muscle fibre as well as fat tissues, leading to a loss of muscle mass.
Why exercise is a MUST when losing weight
Work to maintain your muscle mass by eating healthily and also be performing regular exercise. We suggest about five lots of 30-minutes per week is a good place to start.
Try a combination of cardiovascular exercise such as dance, aerobics and running and muscle toning exercises such as weight lifting, yoga or Pilates.
The Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a perfect plan to follow as it combines the right diet with the right amount of exercise.
Best of all it’s been designed for busy mums by experts.
How age and hydration play a part
It’s also worth mentioning that you should lose weight as early as possible. As you get older your skin becomes less elastic. Putting off losing weight can make it for your body and skin to snap back into shape.
The younger you are when you lose weight, the more easily your skin will bounce back into shape.
Also remember that hydration is a key factor in keeping your skin supple and taut. So drink plenty of water, and if you like use moisturisers and tightening creams to further hydrate it.
Hydrated skin means it retains its elasticity, which is essential for preventing sagging skin. Some people advocate body brushing as a good way to tighten lose skin, it’s thought to stimulate blood flow.
Of course making sure you eat a well-balanced diet will help keep skin healthy, supple and taut.