Losing weight is a major accomplishment. And if you’ve lost enough to experience a loose belly area, you’re not alone. This is a common weight loss phenomenon and a great concern for many. Physiologically, fat tissue in the belly area resides between the under layer of the skin and on top of the muscle. It takes up volume and space in this area and as fat increases, it requires the skin to accommodate this expansion by stretching. When we lose weight (more specifically fat tissue), the stretched areas can create a loose appearance to the skin.
The extent of loose skin after weight loss varies from person to person and may depend on your age, how much weight was lost, and how long you were at a higher weight. And although regular exercise can help firm muscles and remains one of the most important factors in long-term weight management success, it unfortunately doesn’t tighten loose skin. If you are in the process of losing weight, the idea of loose skin at the end of the journey may hold little appeal. But it’s important not to let this factor deter you from reaching your goals.
Maintaining a healthy weight is a critical step towards improving our health and wellbeing. Besides reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and chronic conditions such as type II diabetes, reaching and maintaining a healthier weight will help alleviate pressure on the joints and has a huge impact on your overall energy level. If you’ve lost weight and feel excess skin is an issue, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to offer you some medical options to treat those areas of concern.