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Tips to improve loose skin after weight loss

Hi, My name is Tasheena Snow and I’m a mom of 3 kids under 4.5 yrs. I’ve lost over 88lbs* using the Healthy Mommy 28 Day Weight Loss challenges.

I wanted to share my tips with you about how to deal with loose skin after weight loss.

When I first started to lose weight the fear of loose skin worried me but I knew it was more important to be a healthy, fit, happy mom for my kids.

I found over time eating the right foods, exercising and doing daily body treatments I have noticed a great change in my skin tone and even stretch marks fading.

5 ways to improve loose skin after weight loss

The two most important things to keep the skin plump and flexible are collagen and elastin.

Losing weight slowly will also help the skin slowly adjust to your body changing shape. The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges show you how to eat healthily and include all the right foods into your diet and lose weight the right way and keep it off.

Tasheena tips to improve loose skin

Try to include these foods in your diet to help with storing collagen and elastin

1. Protein

Protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, milk, tofu, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components and oil that help with maintaining healthy skin.

Tip – Try to consume 100 – 200 calories of these proteins straight after your workout for best absorption.

2. Citrus

Vitamin C helps trigger collagen production. You need to consume 75-90mg of vitamin c daily. For example, a tangerine provides 32mg of vitamin C and also contains small amounts of zinc and selenium which are nutrients that help improve the elastin production.

I try and add citrus foods to my morning snacks.

3. Vegetables

Other vitamin c veggies are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, daikon radishes, broccoli and watercress. For example, one cup of broccoli contains 81.2mg of vitamin c, 0.37mg of zinc and 2.3mcg of selenium which are all nutrients needed for elastin and collagen production. Also, try bell peppers as they are high in vitamin c containing 119.8mg per cup which is far more than the recommended daily intake.

So many recipes on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge contain many of these foods in their recipes.

4. Oysters

Oysters are full of selenium and zinc which help with the skin’s elastin content.

5. Water

Stay hydrated and drink at least 70-100 ounces of water a day. Water is very important for maintaining the elasticity of the skin so drink up! I always keep a bottle of water beside me.

3 ways to improve your skin’s elasticity and appearance

Skin elasticity check

1. Exfoliating

Certain things that you can do daily can help with toning the skin such as daily exfoliation using an exfoliating glove or a natural body scrub such as a coffee scrub. Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells and increase the skin’s circulation.

2. Moisturizing

Certain moisturizers can help with hydrating the skin such as aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, soy protein and vitamins C, E and A all help increase the skin’s collagen and elastin formation. Coconut oil is also a great skin moisturizer, I use the unrefined coconut oil for my cooking and body.

Avoid harsh detergents containing sulfates in soaps, shampoos and dishwashing liquid, plus harsh sun exposure and chlorine as all these decreases the skin’s elasticity.

3. Exercising

Exercising and including weights can help build muscle which helps tone the skin. The daily exercises in the 28 Day Challenge are PERFECT for short workouts which help to build muscle too.

Tasheena xx

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