Is what you’re worrying about actually loose skin or simply excess fat that’s hanging on for dear life? You see, we all have “stubborn” deposits of fat that take longer to shrink than others. In men, you’ll find this fat mainly in the stomach region and in women, it’s usually the hips, thighs, and butt.
Unfortunately, you can’t achieve “targeted fat loss” in specific areas of your body with special diets or exercises and there’s no magic pill or powder for those last pockets of fat. There are physiological reasons for this, but we don’t need to dive into the technicalities here. We just need to determine if you’re dealing with a legit case of excess skin or if you’re being mislead by soft and jiggly body fat instead. And the easiest way to do this is to simply pinch the part of your body that’s the source of your woes.
If you can grab more than a few millimeters of skin then there’s more fat to lose. That doesn’t mean you don’t have excess skin, too, but until you burn away the majority of the fat it’s covering, the skin on top is not going to tighten–it will continue its sad, droopy existence. Remember that skin is shaped by what’s underneath, and once you’ve lost those last stubborn pounds, it can and will (to some degree) tighten.
If you’re considering surgery for your loose skin, don’t go under the knife just yet. If you lose enough fat and build enough muscle (which we’ll talk more about soon), chances are you’ll finally be happy with what you see in the mirror. You see, many people don’t realize how lean they have to get to see where they really stand in terms of loose skin.Men shouldn’t consider the surgical route until they hit 10% body fat. And for women it’s 20%. The reason for this is once you get that lean, you’ll have lost most of your stubborn torso fat and thus will be able to see if you have a genuine loose skin problem. Again, what many people think is loose skin is just fat and it can be hard to differentiate until you get lean.
This advice applies to both people that have already lost a lot of weight and those that are just beginning.
● If you’ve already lost weight and are now stuck with loose skin, you should start resistance training to build muscle.
● If you’re just starting your journey, make sure you include resistance training in your weight loss regimen.