The most common area where people want to lose weight and look slimmer is their belly. I’m constantly asked how to lose belly fat and loose skin. Many people don’t realize that the amount of belly fat and loose skin you have is often a result of several different factors. So here are some reasons why you may have belly fat and loose skin and how to get rid of it!
How to Lose Belly Fat
If you want to see your abs, you have to decrease your body fat. Simple as that! Unfortunately, we have no control over where we lose weight, so really, decreasing belly fat is a result of decreasing your overall body fat percentage.
While exercise helps, losing belly fat has more to do with your diet than anything else. Ever heard the phrase, “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Eating clean accelerates the process. So pay close attention to what you’re putting in your body and eat clean! Avoid processed foods, and go for dark leafy greens, red fruits, and whole grains.
How to Lose Loose Skin
This one’s all genetics. You either have great skin, or you don’t. Some skin has a ton of elasticity and snaps right back, while other skin gets stretched out and stays there.
So you’ve done all the hard work and lost the weight, but you still have loose skin? Before you get discouraged, consider this: as a rule of thumb, it takes up to a year for your skin to shrink to your capacity. If you’ve had a baby or lost a large amount of weight, give it a little time.
If after about a year, you still have all that extra skin, and it really, really bugs you, why not fix it? I know many people are opposed to plastic surgery, but if it’s something that REALLY bugs you and even affects your self-esteem, and you’ve done all the work and have the money, I say go for it. You worked hard for those results!
Your Weight Does Not Define You
Overall, your weight has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Having abs does not make you a good person… You might look great in a bathing suite, but what’s the point if your relationships and your personal life is a wreck? While it’s great to be healthy, don’t forget to focus on being healthy on the inside, too!