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How to Get Rid of Loose Skin After Weight Loss

If you’re dealing with the problem of loose skin, especially after major weight loss, here’s what you can do about it.

 

Have you busted your butt off for months and months to lose weight, and are now struggling with loose skin that’s preventing you from achieving the look you ultimately desire?

If so, then this article is for you!

This problem can get really frustrating for some, and I understand. Nothing is more discouraging than feeling like you’re doing everything right, but without the results you really desire to show for it.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to handle the loose skin issue. Let’s dive in.

The Problem Isn’t Always Loose or Excess Skin

While there are legit cases of excess skin after weight loss, what many people think is loose or excess skin is actually just excess subcutaneous (under the skin) fat. This fat is soft and jiggly and easily mistaken as skin. And in cases of major weight loss, as you get leaner, it can be quite stubborn.

What do I mean by “stubborn,” exactly? Well, I mean that it’s simply harder to lose than other deposits of fat. Instead of getting into the whole explanation of why this is here, head over to my article on how to lose stubborn fat to learn more. I would also recommend you read my article on intermittent fasting as well, as this is another effective way to attack stubborn fat.

For the purpose of this article, what you need to know is that we have areas of our body that are physiologically resistant to weight loss.

For men, it’s the lower abdomen and back (love handles), and for women, it’s the hips, thighs, and butt. Not coincidentally, these are also the areas most often associated with loose or excess skin problems.

There’s an easy way to tell if you’re dealing with actual loose skin or too high body fat percentage. Pinch the area you’re concerned with and if you can grab more than a few millimeters of skin, there’s more fat in there to lose. (Calipers are useful for this type of testing, as well as body fat percentage testing.)

Until you lose that fat, your skin has no reason to return to its former size and tautness. It’s not a swath of passive, inert flesh–it’s a living organ that adapts to its internal and external environments. As long as the fat its attached to remains, it will sag.

If you’re a man, I wouldn’t take any special measures to deal with loose skin until you’ve hit 9-10% body fat (tested with good calipers, DEXA, or hydrostatic, not bioelectrical impedance analysis). If you’re a woman, 17-18% is the number.

The reason why is once you enter these ranges of body fat percentage, you just won’t have much subcutaneous fat left. In many cases, this alone will handle the problem that was once thought to be loose skin.

If, however, you get to these ranges of body fat percentage and your skin is almost paper thin and looks like crinkled papyrus, then it truly is a matter of excess skin, and can be dealt with accordingly.

Building Muscle and Reducing Excess Skin

A big part of eliminating loose skin is building muscle.

Many of the severe cases of excess skin that I’ve seen were after excessive weight loss that involved nothing but diet and cardio, which is a double whammy for losing not just fat but muscle as well. If the weight loss involved crash or starvation dieting, the muscle loss can be quite severe.

The end result is a relatively low body fat percentage, but a small, soft physique with sagging skin. The “skinny fat” look, as it’s called.

The solution is to improve your body composition. That means building muscle while maintaining a relatively low body fat percentage. This literally fills in the looseness in the skin, creating a visibly tighter, healthier look.

This advice applies to both people that have already lost a lot of weight and those that are embarking on the journey. If you’re currently dealing with issues of loose skin, you should start lifting weights. If you’re starting a weight loss regimen, be sure to include weightlifting in it.

Improving Skin Elasticity

If you lose skin elasticity, it can’t return to its proper size, and thus loose skin becomes an issue. This happens naturally as we age, but it can afflict younger people as well. What can you do to improve it?

Well, one study conducted by Stanford University found that eating 250 mg of gelatin per day improved skin elasticity. Getting gelatin in our diet can be a little tough, though, unless you enjoy eating a variety of strange foods like oxtail, chicken feet, or short ribs. Supplementing is the easiest way to go here.

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Another study conducted with 62 women showed that a supplement called Evelle improved skin elasticity by 9% after 6 weeks of treatment, and skin roughness was lowered by 6% and 12 weeks of treatment.

The supplement contains a blend of nutrients, including selenium, zinc, vitamin C, and various cartenoids (pigments founds in plants, fruits, and vegetables). You can get these nutrients from your diet by eating more seafood, nuts, red meat, and fruit and vegetables, or you can take the supplement itself.

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Vitamin C is an important part of collagen formation, which is vital for skin elasticity. Research has shown that both orally ingested and topically applied vitamin C can reduce wrinkling and improve collagen formation.

Vitamin C is found in many fruits, but again it’s easiest to get the required amounts through supplementation, which varies widely depending on whom you listen to. The US National Academy of Science lists 2 grams per day as the Tolerable Upper Intake Level, but preeminent scientists like Linus Pauling recommended and personally took 6-18 grams per day. I personally take 3-6 grams per day.

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If you’re dealing with loose skin, I highly recommend you try these natural solutions before going under the knife or doing anything else drastic. In almost every case I’ve seen, people have been able to drastically reduce or eliminate the excess skin by doing the above.

Are you dealing with or have dealt with loose skin after weight loss? Did you find that anything in particular helped? Let me know in the comments below!

admin I’m Mike Matthews and I’ve been training for nearly a decade now. I believe that every person can achieve the body of his or her dreams, and I work hard to give everyone that chance by providing workable, proven advice grounded in science, not a desire to sell phony magazines, workout products, or supplements. More about me.

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  • R Skye

    What I do is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! I have shea butter and mango butter to put on my skin, body brushing as well to help the body regain its elastic. Some areas I’m just doomed with the sags for life (being a mum does that), but I’d rather go slow and chilled than go cutting anything with surgery.

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  • Matt Armstrong

    How can I subscribe to this blog by RSS feed?

    • Michael Matthews

      Good question, lol. Looks like that was left out, whoops. I emailed my Web guy and it will be added this week up with the other social media links. Doh.

      • Matt Armstrong

        Thanks!

        • Michael Matthews

          Thank you for mentioning it!

  • Melanie Medina

    Great article

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Thanks Melanie!

  • zen

    I have a lot of this before and I hate it… And I do a lot of exercises thinking that’s the right thing. I loose weight and became skinny but the blob still there. But what I did was a wrong exercises and diet looses fat and muscles. Changing workout and diet, now abs showing but not the lower part but at least not that soft or flubby anymore. Now still finding the solution for flat abs…

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Yeah losing fat and muscle isn’t the way to go. That’s why resistance training is a really important part of weight loss.

      Keep working on building muscle and get lean, and then see what things stand with the skin…

  • Howard

    Hi Mike, I have been following the book and it has been working great.

    But the problem mentioned above is exactly where my problem is, I have been building muscle and seeing definition on chest and arm but abs has always been a problem.

    I am thinking it might has to do with my eating schedule. I normally eat breakfast, then go weight lifting for 45 min, then have 40 gram protein via protein shake after lifting. then a small lunch, snack in afternoon and dinner. And then I would do cardio for 30 min then some light high protein food before sleep.

    Should I take protein before lifting and should I not eat anything after cardio? What’s the best way to do this? I can’t do fast and lift because I get really hungry in between, any suggestion?

    Thank you

    Howard

    • Michael Matthews

      Awesome Howard! Glad to hear it’s going well.

      Meal timing won’t really affect ab definition. You just have to get leaner.

      That said, I do recommend that you have some protein and carbs before and after training. Remember you want to load about 30-40% of your daily carbs into your post-workout meal.

      Have some protein before the cardio, or do it fasted:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

      All in all you just need to make sure you’re continuing to lose weight. The abs will come…

  • 762mm

    I have personally found the best way to avoid loose skin is to do lean resistance workouts or lift relatively light weights 20-30 times opposed to a larger amount of weight 10-15 times

    • Michael Matthews

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    • anna pajama

      thanks that seems to make sense to me. I will try it.

  • Cris Wagemans

    Great artical, iam at this point in my transformation, even at 49 i’m hoping my tummy skin will shrink to some exceptable degree. Vitamin C is somthing i have been taking for a few months and i’m seeing benefits. Wasnt familiar with Geletin, but will certainly give it a go as Geletin also has other benefits. Many thanks Mike for sharing.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Cris! I’m glad you liked the article.

      Glad to hear the vitamin C has helped. Let me know if the gelatin helps as well!

  • Lara

    This is great info! I’m always complaining about the loose”skin” left over after pregnancies. Now I can stop complaining and do something about it.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Lara! Let me know how it goes!

  • John de Swardt

    Hi Michael

    I’ve been overweight my whole life about a year ago I dropped down from 369.9 pounds down to 237.6 pounds I still have about 30 pounds to go…I can see that I’m going to have excess skin, any tips on what I can add to my excercise program, I jog alot, but what weight excercises would be recommended and what supplements for toning some muscles…? If we can maybe communicate by email…jfdeswardt@vodamail.co.za, I would really appreciate some help.

    Regards

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on your weight loss so far! That rocks.

      In terms of building more muscle, I’d highly recommend getting on my Bigger Leaner Stronger program. You’re in a great place to start this:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /books/bigger-leaner-stronger/

      In terms of loose skin, there are a few things you can do to help before resorting to surgery:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /how-to-get-rid-of-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/

      I hope this helps and let me know what you think!

  • Madison Mitchell

    Hi, just to clarify, is your picture used for this article kind of like an example of “not loose skin”? Meaning, if you can pinch like that, it’s fat, not loose skin? :) Thanks! I’m totally frustrated by the fact that I’m toning up a LOT in my arms and legs, and even getting kind of vascular (bicep vein is starting to show up during my work outs!) but My tummy fat is not leaving, and my inner thighs are taking quiet a while to tone. Thanks a lot! Love your website!

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah exactly. That’s fat, not loose skin. What you’re dealing with is stubborn fat, which you can read more about here:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

      Thanks for your support! I’m glad you’re liking my work. :)

  • Elizabeth

    Hello, thanks so much for posting this article. I have been working out, cardio and strength training quite a bit the last year. I lost about 50 pounds after my pregnancy and can’t seem to lose the loose skin. Do you think this will tighten up if I continue to strength train & eat clean? Thanks so much & sorry about the pic, just wanted someone to see what I was actually talking about

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Elizabeth! Great job on your weight loss! That rocks. Good question. Do you know your body fat percentage?

  • Lauren

    Hi Michael,

    I have lost around 135lbs (I averaged 10lbs/month for a solid 14 months) and have quite a bit of skin/jiggly. For the past year, I’ve focused on exercise (I’m a body pump and cxworx instructor now!) and have continued to eat better, but haven’t focused on the “diet” aspect of it. I believe firmly in not obsessing. Anyways, while I can tell my overall body structure is much firmer, I haven’t exactly lost any true inches. Things are firmer, yes, but there really hasn’t been a change in my upper arms, inner thighs, and lower ab area aside from firming. Now that it’s been a year, I’m wondering if I should attempt to burn the fat? Do you believe it may help with the jiggling skin? While I feel much more comfortable in a tank and skin-tight workout pants, leading a class NOW vs a year ago, I’m not entirely sure I can safely burn more than another 5-10lbs (I’m 5.6 and 170lbs now) of fat without entering a much more intensive food-oriented lifestyle. I’m willing to do so for a few months, but will I put on fat after this period if I return to a more sustainable outlook on consuming food? To be clear: I eat mostly clean, I do not drink often, I am essentially simple-carb-free, etc etc etc.

    All my best :)
    Lauren

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss! That’s amazing.

      Yeah, I would focus on losing more fat, and it doesn’t actually require that you go crazy over what you eat. It just requires that you plan it out and stick to the plan. You can still eat foods you like every day though!

      What do you think?

  • Guest

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky to have OVER excessive loose skin. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg liftsx2, 30 crunches, 30-50 squats, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this all up in 30 days, I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me. Thank you.. LOve your article.

  • Rhonda Dasha Billingsley Palme

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky NOT to have OVER excessive loose skin, however; I do have some enough that I don’t like it. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg liftsx2, 30 crunches, 30-50 squats, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this all up in 30 days, I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me. Thank you.. LOve your article.

  • Rhonda Dasha Billingsley Palme

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky NOT to have OVER excessive loose skin, however; I do have some enough that I don’t like it. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg lifts x2, 30 crunches, 60 second planks, each side, and front, 30-50 squats and a few more to lift the glute, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, and there working to tone my body with weights, and various exercises, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this up as much as I can within a 30 day period, I am not expecting I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me, I am to, but I really have an issue with the skin. Thank you.. Love your article.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss! That’s amazing.

      Awesome on your workout routine and your plans to focus on weightlifting. This should definitely help.

      Your best bet is to just focus on reducing your body fat % and building muscle over the next 30 days. Do you now your approximate body fat %? What type of weightlifting program are you going to follow?

    • LoveTravel

      Hi Rhonda, your post is very inspiring as I’m looking at a similar challenge myself. However, I’m soon to be 39 years old. Do you mind me asking how old you were when you began your journey at a size 26? Thank you.

  • Pedro Rugeles

    Hey Mike. Actually I have a question about this topic. I don’t know exactly my bf and I’m afraid I have some skin in the lower abs.

    When I use calipers and electronic machines it tells me I’m at 8-9 body fat, but that’s NOT possible. When I use a metric tape and online calculator it tells I’m 13-14 bf.

    I’m 5’8 153 pounds, pretty good arms back, legs, shoulders and some upper abs. My waistline is the problem. Eventhough I’m cutting right now and I can feel some fat loss in that region.

    Do you think it is skin or fat? And hoy can I know my exact body fat.

    • Michael Matthews

      Hmm have you come down from being very overweight? If not, it’s probably not a loose skin issue.

  • Bri Beebe

    Hi, my name is Bri and I gained about 35lbs in my pregnancy last year and now a year later I have lost all but about 5lbs of it. I was very small before pregnancy only 106 lbs and a very small frame so my skin was stretched to the max! I have lots of loose skin that I can pinch all around my belly button. I know I probably can’t lose it all but do you think if I lose the rest of the fat underneath it will help? And also what excersizes could I do to help build up muscle to fill loose skin on my abdomen? Lemon squeezers?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi!

      Great job on your weight loss so far. Generally speaking, yes, losing the last bits of fat will help.

      Exercises that work the core may help. The most effective way to do this while also training the rest of your body is to perform compound weightlifting movements like squats and deadlifts.

      BTW, do you know your approximate body fat %?

  • ace

    hey, great article.. I have a question I used to weigh 20 stone.. at the moment weight 13 stone.. Im really not sure if I have loose skin still or fat to remove.. i can pinch it and its literally cenemeters of it… but at the bottom its still hanging like the picture above.. any suggestions.. I have not got the equipment to check the fat many thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the fat loss so far! Do you know your approximate body fat percentage?

  • Lili

    I was always lean at 5.9 an x ms Hawaiian tropic model. Two years ago while still working out and eating clean I started gaining weight. My doctor told me I ad a thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism. I gained 32lbs. They gave me say thyroid and I was back to my regular weight in no time. I could never model again because my long legs now have loose skin u can see cellulite. Gross. I had that underneath? Ewwww I never saw it til now. My knees have fat deposits on them I can never wear my mini skirts. I work out w weights. I’m a skinny fat girl now. I’m thinking of plastic surgery. I always worked out with weights. Why is nothing happening. It’s been a long time now. I use to walk around naked now I make sure my boyfriend never sees me fully. Help

    • Michael Matthews

      I’m sorry to hear that Lili. :(

      Before you go the surgery route, I would definitely recommend a proper weightlifting routine as well as getting your body fat percentage under 20%.

      Do you know what it is currently?

  • Texasgirl

    Hi mike,. I lost 60 lbs and i look okay now but i still have some loose skin, arms, upper inner thigh and stomach are most noticeable. I started taking collagen powder and biotin pills a few months ago plus I am trying retinol creams, elastin cream and coconut oil topically. My arms and stomach have seen the most improvement. I lift weights 3-4 times a week, hiit cardio, i am female and lift really heavy some days as well as do lots of core workouts, so I am getting pretty cut but still have some fat and skin covering my abs. I will try the gelatin and vitamin c. Best tip is to take it daily and to wait at least a month or two before seeing results.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on your weight loss! Great on the supplements and training–it sounds like you’re doing everything right.

      Do you know your body fat percentage?

  • jason

    over the last year, i’d lost 110 pounds, dropped 10 pant sizes and began working out. and the most prevalent problem over the last few months is that the excessive sagging on my chest hasn’t gone away. It really bothers me because no matter how much muscle i build underneath it, it still looks like I breastfed quadruplets.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow, great job on the weight loss. That rocks.

      Do you know your current body fat %? How long have you been lifting weights for?

  • Ruppi

    Great article. I’ve lost about 70 lbs (250 to 180) in span of 4 months and have maintained it for a couple of months now. I’m 5’11′ and my body fat is at 17% and my stomach hangs quite loose. I have been going to gym regularly for the past month, doing weights (split into chest/back, legs, abs, arms) and cardio (20-25 minutes of running), and I don’t feel like my body is getting tighter. Do you have any guidance as to what else I can do? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far! That rocks.

      I would recommend working your body fat down to the 10% range to see how the skin situation actually is.

      Building muscle will help too of course, which you’re working on.

  • mpower

    hi mike
    I started going down the gym doing 600 cals and playing squash 6 days a wk and eating 1000 cals 4 months ago when I started I was 18s 9lb my body fat was 31.9%, 4 months later im eating still 1000 cals and now doing 1400 cals at gym and light weights 6 days a wk im now 13s 8lb body fat 19.5%.
    my legs look very toned but my belly and moob fat still seems to be there I want to look shaped could you give me some advice please. in my diet I have bran flakes and banana for breakfast then 2 apples for lunch then fish or prawn stir fry for tea then banana and apple for supper. ty

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for writing! The first priority is actually to increase your calories and give your metabolism a boost.

      Shoot me an email (contact info on about page) and I’ll help you out.

  • mpower

    sorry referring to my recent post when I say im doing 1400 at gym I mean cardio which is 1000 on the cross trainer 300 on rowing maching and 100 on exercise bike ty

    • Michael Matthews

      Sorry I’m a little confused…

  • Talal

    Hello Mike!

    thanks for the great and useful information posted! so I started loosing weight since Feb 2011! I was falling of the wagon sometimes! but at the last couple of months! I’m into it and always motivated! this is my life style! working out at GYM 4-5 times a week! spending around 60-80 mins (weightlifting plus cardio)! I had lost so far approx. around 24 kgs! I’m eating between 1800~2200 kcal daily and having an open cheat day on Friday! some times I cheat on a meal or two during weekdays! my %BF is 11% (As per to my Omron Fat Loss monitoring) I think I’m having that loose skin that prevent my abs to show! I’m trying to get single digit of %BF! but as I’m trying to get more muscle into that body, I want to know if I’m having loose skin or fat! bcoz I can see my 4 packs ATM when I’m pausing! lower belly is not showing my abs due to the I guess the extra skin! dunno how long it will take longer as I’m trying my best! Is it water retention? fat or extra skin? Thanks in advance :)

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi!

      Great job on everything you’ve done so far! That’s aweseome.

      You should definitely get to the 8% range before making the final determination as to whether it’s a fat or skin issue.

      This article can help you get there:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

      It should take about 8-10 weeks to go from 11/12% to 8%.

      Lemme know how it goes!

      Mike

  • Jonathan Coe

    Thank you for this article. I’ve lost 104lbs (47kg) over the last 2 years and got my body fat down to 15% ( measured the bioelectrical way why is this way not so good?) I was really worried about loose skin round my lower abdomen and back but I realise it is stubborn fat now as a pinch was more than a few mm. I’m working to a weights programme to build muscle but only doing minimal cardio is that ok?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! That rocks. Yeah keep going down and assess things at the 9-10% range.

      Lifting is great but I suspect you’ll need to add some cardio to get to the 10% range. This article can help:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /high-intensity-interval-training-and-weight-loss/

  • prajith

    Hi Mich,

    This is prajith.

    I was around 120 kgs and now i am 70 kgs.

    But i have skin fat in my body.
    How to get rid of it quickly?

    Please help me !

  • Mike

    I am 13 perc bodyfat. Down from 356 to a current 196..6 ft tall… Headed to the 9-10 percent you mentioned with supplements..if anything is left will have to get the surgery..was heavy my whole life until my early 20s. Its been 13 years and its not getting better. I did see my chest improved a bit with additional fat loss though I can’t see it all clearing up. Guess we will see when I am a few more percent down. Mike

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow amazing job! That totally rocks.

      That’s a good idea. If the loose skin is still enough to bother you when you hit 10%, then surgery is a viable option.

  • Mike

    Ps-I have done this all naturally and am pretty muscled at this weight…I train heavy 3 days a week..eat right..and mixed cardio

    • Michael Matthews

      Amazing. Very well done.

  • David Johnson

    Hi, I’ve been working out from July up until now. I have a large frame, i’m 6’3, i started at 208.5 lbs and now I am at 180.0 lbs. I lost 28.5 lbs in these 2 1/2 months. I have loose skin on the lower part of my abdomins. How do I lose the “loose skin” or “flab”. I’m continue to exercise everyday and going to the gym 3 times a week. Any extra suggestions

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss! That’s awesome.

      Do you know your current body fat percentage?

      • David Johnson

        I don’t know my body fat percentage. How can I check it ?

        • Michael Matthews

          Here’s a good visual guide:

          http://athleanx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Body-Fat-Infographic3.jpg

          If you want to know for sure, get this:

          http://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/equipment/accumeasure-fitness-3000-personal-body-fat-tester-kit/

          • David Johnson

            I’m betwen the ranges of 13-15% body fat. I can see the six pack even in the last part of my stomach, but as mentioned that last part of my stomach a little flab i have 2 1/3 inches of flab. Not much I just want to tighten my stomach more. What’s a good workout plan because I go to the gym 3 times a week (W,Th,F) and the other days i workout at home focusing just on abs using the ab roller and situps and crunches.

          • Michael Matthews

            Cool. All that will take is getting leaner. Check out these articles for more info:

            http://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

            http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

            http://www.muscleforlife.com /what-is-if-it-fits-your-macros-and-does-it-work/

  • Sanjay

    Hey Michael,

    I’ve been dealing with this loose skin issue for a while. I’m around 176 cms tall, I currently weigh 65 kgs. BF% = 14% currently. Though I recently did drop down to 62 kgs and BF% = 11% .. There was absolutely no change in my loose skin. I did read your article. I do understand the concept of stubborn fat. But I’ve been in the same weight range for like 4-5 months now. Why am I still facing this problem?
    I was a 103 kgs last september,(2012) came down to 65 kgs odd june 2013.

    I’m going to try and take some Vitamin C supplements and some Gelatin and see if this helps me.

    On another note, I’ve recently stopped doing any cardio at all, I’m lifting and resting, alternative days. I want to find out whether gaining good level off muscle mass all over my body (obviously I will gain with the fats too, but the easy to get rid off kind fat), will help with the case of my lose skin. Do you think this is advisable? Just gaining?

    Give me your outlook in respect to loose skin.

    Cheers man.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for writing!

      It sounds like you truly are dealing with a bit of a loose skin issue, but yes I would personally take the supps and focus on building muscle, including the abs, and then get down to 9-10% and see how I looked.

      I hope this helps!

  • Macs

    Hello,
    Thank you for this advice,iI’m wondering if your able to advise what
    I can do around my breast area and belly button area..
    I’m 37 I’ve had 3 children breast Fed all of them, I was very overweight for many years, 5.2 weighing 15 stone size 18, I’m now after hard work 9 and half stone size 6-8, I have combined weight lifting with my weight loss and am amazed with results, still allot more to tone, however my main problem areas are the belly button, each time I do crunches it sticks out, maybe the separation from childbirth is still effective, though my last child is now 9, someone said I shouldn’t perform this exercise as it will make it worse? But I would really like to tighten the skin in this area. Then my breasts, well I can’t afford surgery but the effects of weight loss and breastfeeding, going from a J cup at biggest to AA! I don’t know how to make the appearance of them not look so bad, without developing pecks which seems to be happening at the moment with the weight training.
    Anyway any help and advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated..

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far! That’s awesome.

      Regarding your stomach, training your abs doesn’t make your stomach stick out. That’s just a matter of getting leaner.

      Do you know your current body fat percentage?

      Regarding your breasts, yes building your pecs can help but probably won’t fully handle it. That said, you can still look great without surgery. We’re always our worst critics…

      • Macs

        I don’t knowmy fat ppercentageno, I shall find this out.
        When I say my belly button area sticks out as I do crunches I feel Its more to do with the fact I still have muscle separation from childbirth, but after my actual belly button continues to stick out when the rest of my abdomen has started to define, is there a specific type of crunch I can do to pull my lower abdomen back together, one which zones in around just this area?
        Thank you for getting back to me, appreciate your support.

        • Michael Matthews

          Cool on the body fat percentage.

          Hmm good question on the abs considering the post-pregnancy muscle separation. I actually don’t know of anything specific you can do for that, but you may be able to find something Googling around. As far as I know, it just takes time to all “come back together.”

          My pleasure. :)

  • Binny

    when i do exercise in gym my body pump but after one hour my body got to normal position.what i do

    • Michael Matthews

      I would stop training for a pump. It’s basically a waste of time.

      Start with this article of mine:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-hardgainers-guide-to-guaranteed-muscle-growth/

  • teja

    Hey Mich,
    this is Teja,
    ive been working out in the gym frm past 9mntz….n m happy about my body tranformation…nw the problem here is i can still feel the body soft n still grab a layer of skin or d fat which u say into my handz….
    i mean itz like every where my stomach where the abs are’nt dat clear,my bicep itz 16inch bt with the extra fat which i can grab…..
    over all u can say a gym physiq which is soft or which isn toned…i weigh 72.3kilos…n d bmi is 20%…
    so could u plz suggest me with few exercises or a diet or nything which ive got to follow….!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi!

      Great job on your progress so far.

      It sounds like you just need to keep cutting fat. Let’s get you to the 10% range…

      This article can help:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

  • hossam

    hey, im 15 y/o, i went from 104kg to 62.5kg (from 36 bf% to 8%), im having extra skin all around my body, specially my lower abdominal, since it was the fatest part of my body, i wanted to have a plastic surgery but doctors told me to wait till the age of 18, having excess skin just freaks me out, can i use cream or anything that can tighten the excess skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow, great job on the weight loss!

      Hmm I would recommend focusing on resistance training over the next few years so you can fill out your frame. That might take care a lot of the skin issues…

  • Maria

    I’ve lost 97 pounds so far. I still have quite a bit of fat left to lose (my scale says 29.9% fat but I don’t know how accurate that is) and it is soft and jiggly. I thought that this was because of the loose skin. Kinda like, the fat has plenty of room to move around, so it’s made itself comfortable? Does that make sense? :P I thought that as the fat went away, the skin would shrink a bit but in the end it would still be there. Is that wrong? If it is wrong, how can I have lost that much weight and have such a tiny amount of loose skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! That’s awesome.

      Haha no the loose skin won’t cause you to hold more fat. You just want to continue getting leaner.

      Loose skin can take time to tighten up. I would also recommend some natural supplementation as discussed in this article.

      • Maria

        Τhanks!Apparently, I decided to speak engrish today, so I don’t think I made sense. Let me try again: First of all, I gained 80 pounds in less than 10 months and I kept them on for 3 years. I was always afraid that because I gained the weight in a relatively short time, after losing it, I’d have a lot of loose skin. But I weigh 154 lbs now (I’m 5.6”) and I have less jiggle than I do muscle mass but I don’t seem to have loose skin. I can pinch less than 1 inch in my arms and inner thighs and that’s it. My 21-year-old brother who is a cyclist and who never gained an extra pound in his life can do that, too.
        I had gotten the impression that subcutaneous fat
        appears jiggly because it adjusts to the loose skin. Does that make
        sense? Now I’m wondering if it’s the other way around and the skin adjusts to the fat? But if that is true shouldn’t, say, someone who weighs as much as I do but never lost a lot of weight look as jiggly as I do? And if my previous assumption is true, then where the hell is all the excess skin I keep dreading? :P

        • Michael Matthews

          Ahhh okay cool, that’s even better, haha. Good skin genetics! :)

          Yes skin expands and shrinks in relation to the amount of fat you hold on your body, and a lot of sub-q fat definitely has the “jiggly” appearance.

          Fortunately sub-q fat is relatively easy to lose, so that’s all you need to do–keep getting leaner.

          Once you get to the 20% range, you’ll really know what’s what with your physique in terms of loose skin vs. body fat…

  • Abdullah

    Hi! I’m a 14 year old guy, with a pretty good body type. (Wide, tall, healthy, strong and gain muscles in a good amount of time). But my problem is im overweight. Im going to a gym everyday/every other day starting from sunday, and ive been thinking as soon as I start, im going to follow an all smoothie meal replacement diet. Or u could call it a “go green go”, which
    Is basically me living on nothing other than vegetable/fruit diet smoothie, and 8 glasses of water a day. But I have no recipes! What can I use as a non-fattening smoothie for this diet? And how many glasses of the smoothie can I have a day? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey! Hmm I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are VERY overweight. Instead, I would recommend a mild calorie restriction as discussed here:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

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  • help!

    ok, I’m having the same problem. Skin on my thighs, especially, is forming ‘pools’ above my knees. I’m not getting the ‘get down to 10% body fat’ advise, tho. If I could get down to 10% body fat, I wouldn’t have been up to 250# to start with! I’m down to 197 now, doing nutrisystem, over the last 8 months. The sagging skin/fat JUST began to form/become noticable in the last few days. Any advice? I’m 55, and after 50 years of dieting, I assure you, 10% body fat isn’t an option.
    HELP
    Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far.

      Do you know your approximate body fat percentage now? What about getting to 15% as a goal?

  • garyukuleleca

    I lost over 50 lbs doing Insanity and now I am doing Focus T25. I can feel my core getting firmer but I still have this loose flabby part of my belly just above my waist. It feels like loose skin and some fat. You recommend weight training…what sort of weight exercises should I be doing to get rid of this last irritating little roll? Thanks for your help.

  • JimJam

    Hey, thanks so much for this article! I’ve been working real hard for the last year, and I’ve lost 85 pounds, from 285lbs to 200lbs, just by changing my diet to vegan (~30% raw, no preprocessed foods). I typically consume about 1800 calories daily, and drink anywhere from a half gallon to a full gallon of water. And like, 200,000 cups of black coffee.
    And also by working ~70 hours a week.

    But until recently(roughly 4 months ago), I hadn’t added a gym routine. Now, I do an hour of cardio 3-4 times a week and some relatively light lifting.

    Obviously, since I went so long without an actual workout plan, I have some sagging issues. Which sucks. But, I’m assuming the issues come from excess subcutaneous fat. What vitamin supplements would you suggest to increase elasticity in my skin? I started out being a nutritional vegan, but the culture convinced me. And now I don’t want to consume any animal products at all.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! That rocks. Lol on the coffee intake.

      Hmm building some muscle and reducing body fat will go far in improving the skin issue. The only supplements I know that have some science behind them for skin elasticity are those I recommend in this post.

    • liz

      Great job!!! I was reading ur post and saw how much water u drink! I have an amazing product that helps with loose skin and it really does work.. I would love to chat with u about ur options. . here is my site and email feel free to message me with any questions

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  • John Stack IV

    I lost 100lbs. four years ago exercising daily and eating healthily-I still do both. But the excess skin, not fat remains, and I don’t want surgery but I want it gone. Any suggestions?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! If you’re around the 10% range and running into loose skin issues, unfortunately I don’t know of any other strategies other than what I’ve outlined here…

      • John Stack IV

        Thanks all the same-had to ask.

        • Michael Matthews

          Totally understand.

  • Carmen Wolfe

    This was such a huge help and makes things so much clearer! I’ve lost 114 pounds since May ’12. I have 35 lbs to go. My main exercise during this entire time has been kickboxing with a heavy bag for an hour at UFC gyms. Last check about a month ago I was 35 percent body fat. I started to 51 percent. I started to stress about the loose skin, but thank you for helping me realize that there is still fat in my thighs and arms and hips. This stops me from stressing about what I thought was skin and focusing on building the muscle I believe I lost by incorporating a weight training regimen I started last week. I refuse to dwell on the fact that I should have been doing weights throughout, ugh! I knew I should have, but I was just so happy with the weight coming off and forgot about retaining and building muscle. Thank you!

    • Michael Matthews

      Awesome, I’m really glad to hear it!

      Wow great job on your weight loss. That rocks.

      Yes let’s focus on reaching your target body fat percentage and you could utilize some of the strategies in this article to mitigate the loose skin issue.

      Now is a great time to add in weights actually. It may have been too much before…

      • Carmen Wolfe

        Okay. Thanks so much!

        • Michael Matthews

          YW!

  • kk

    Hi, I’m an 11 year old kid and have lost 23 lbs in 4 months. and am 5 ft 1 inches tall. So now I’m 104 lbs and 5 ft 1 in. I am quite happy with my current weight. Ana although I weigh more than most of the kids in my grade, it is because I am built big and have big bones. 9% of my body is fat and 49% of my body is muscle. But, in my lower abdomen, after my weight loss, I have a little bit of loose skin that just looks like fat, it makes me look like I have a big gut. Do you have any tips to get rid of this other than just eating healthy, such as specific exercises. I can’t work with high weights as it would mess up my growth. I do regret crash-dieting when I was actually attempting to lose weight. I am injured right now in my knee with a condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans, so I can’t do any activities that involve running, jumping, twisting or turning. I am a tennis player so this has really affected my physical habits as I used to play 6-7 days a week for at least 3-4 hrs a day and was EXTREMELY active and would play 6-7 hrs a day in the summer. So do you have any exercises for me that would get rid of this very annoying loose skin?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss!

      Fortunately I think you’ll grow out of the loose skin, so you don’t have to do anything special at the moment. Just focus on getting healed up so you can get active again, and as you grow, the loose skin should become less noticeable.

      And ultimately if it’s still an issue when you’re older, you can address it with a proper fat loss diet. I wouldn’t do this now though because you don’t want to restrict calories at your age (it can mess with body development).

  • Susan

    Do you know of a good gelatin product for vegetarians/vegans? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      I don’t, sorry. :(

  • mmm..

    Hi mike..I lost 30 kg past few years I was 100 and now im 70 but depressing enough my fat percentage is 30..I have extra skin in my arms and my breasts that im thinking about plastic surgery could you tell me wht to do..im exercising with weight lifting now hoping that will tight my skin a bit :(

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! Really impressive.

      First I would recommend lifting and getting your body fat to the 10% range and then let’s see how your body is looking…

  • John

    This is one thing that slighly worries me. My backside looks quite wrinkly and I’m worried I will end up with fold of losse skin/soft fat instead of a flat stomach. What are the best exercises for glutes/abs to build more muscle in those areas.

    • Michael Matthews

      Cable crunches, hanging leg raises, lying leg raises, capt’s chair leg raises, and air bikes are awesome for the core.

  • Keith Kevin

    so, i’m 20 year old man. i’ve been working out for almost 2 years now, i used to be around 105kg, now i weight around 75kg, i’ve lost most of my weight throe diet and cardio exercise ( the program insanity) it wasn’t until august last year that i started going to the gym to do strength training, i’m about 174 cm(5 feet 8.5 inch) tall, waist measurement is 89cm (35 inch). i’ve used a website to calculate my body fat percentage, i have 19% fat. (not sure if it’s correct or not but they had picture to compare yourself with) so i think it’s quite accurate. now what do you suggest me to do so i could lose my abdominal weight and tighten my skin, what should i eat, which supplement could help me, and what type of exercise could help me out, i’ve been reading your article and found it very useful, thought i would ask you for some advise, thank you in advance for your time.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your gains so far!

      Let’s have you cut down to the 10% range as step one. Check this out:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-best-way-to-gain-muscle-not-fat/

  • tami jo

    I have lost approximately 40 labs due to illness, although happy to have lost the weight, I have lost my rear end and breasts, also arms/legs are wrinkly and ugly, what can I do to help remedy this?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! Start weightlifting for sure:

      http://www.muscleforlife.com /the-ultimate-fitness-plan-for-women/

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  • Bosco111

    How about the “gizzard” under my chin? Any solutions. I don’t think that I can build a lot of muscle there…

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha good question. What is your overall body fat percentage?

      • Lean Mean Bean

        Thanks for a great article! I’d like to jump in on Bosco111′s “gizzard” question. I’m a 34yo woman, 5’8″. I’ve lost 90 lbs over the past year, but luckily don’t have much to complain about in terms of loose skin (my regimen included resistance training and proved to be effective), except the worrisome area under my chin. Overall bf 30% atm so I know I still have a long way to go, but thought I’d rather ask now than start dealing with it too late. Any thoughts?

        • Michael Matthews

          Thanks!

          Great job on your weight loss.

          Honestly I don’t know of anything else beyond what’s in this article as it seems like genetics plays a role. I’ve come across people that did nothing special to prevent loose skin yet had NONE after significant weight loss and others that did everything possible and had quite a bit.

  • dwara

    HEY!this is by far the best article i have ever read ….ive lost around 18kg over the past 4 years along with some hard muscle building regime training for body part isolation….but i seriously lack the visual devlopment of abs though i can feel the formation of abdominal muscles …all of this cuz of the loose skin issue…body fat -25%,weight-77kg,height-182cms…..MY TRAINERS have given up hope ,can you please help

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks and wow, great job! That’s impressive.

      Let’s first focus on bringing your body fat percentage down as discussed in the article. What do you think?

  • missmarine

    Do you have an idea of how long it could take until I would notice a difference in my skin tightening from taking
    the beef gelatin?

    • Michael Matthews

      No, sorry. I’m just going off the research available but I haven’t had a loose skin issue personally so I’ve not used it.

  • Sarah

    Hey! I’m 53kgs now. And I was 95 kgs before. I have a lot of lose skin on my belly and arms. Please tell me how to get rid of this. I’m 5ft and 3 inches tall. 26 yrs old. I’m a female.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! Do you know your body fat percentage? Did you read the article?

  • sevalle

    Hello…great article…I’m just curious if you would do something different for the eating part for a diabetic considering how if we fast before working out it can be really bad for our blood sugars…also do you have suggestions for pre and post workout meals that don’t need supplements? Currently after working out I do a juicing… (kale, cucumber, celery, apples and lemon). Thanks…really loved the article

  • bharath

    hi my name is bharath!
    i was like 97 kgs and after a strict diet and cardio i managed to lose about 32 kilos in 6 months…now i am left with a loose sagging skin around by stomach…really ugly to lift up the tshirt!!!
    please help me out with this!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow amazing job! Did you read the article and try the strategies?

  • Aslam Naz

    I have lost 55 kg and left with loose skin. I have a tummy tuck 5 months ago and started working out! I dont want to get more surgeries! i think my body fat is 25 percent i just estimated roughly! wht is the best exercise to do?

  • Tom

    thanks so much for this article really appreciate it . I have lost almost 40 Kg of my weight now I have loose skin more concentrated in the lower abdomen , My body fat is 28 my muscle index is about 11 kindly any advise for me to have a flat belly (not six bags hhhhh) and which type of exercise will help most

  • MidwestGal

    Thank you for this article. I have been under the assumption my loose skin would always be there. Mine is tummy area and is mostly due to the weight gained during pregnancy. I’m 40 and around 24/25% BF (where I have been for many years being “skinny fat”) and I have recently started working on dropping that to just under 20% and I will see if this solves my problem.

    • Michael Matthews

      YW!

      Great job. let me know how it goes!

  • Micah

    Hi so i was wondering if after have 3 kids its hopeless to have a 6 pack..with this last pregnancy i have lost 63 lbs.. this has been over a 2 1/2 year time span.. i know i still have some of that stubborn fat that isn’t coming off.. i run 4 miles 3 days a week on my off days i run 2 and do 30 to 40 min of resistance and 20 min of core work.. then i do a longer run on the weekends.. i just dont see how the stubborn fat isn’t coming off.. my bmi is 23.3…im not on any crazy diets just try to do good proteins and carbs and whole grains ect.. Thanks!

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