Want a tight tummy? Try these tips
July 3, 2013
The elusive flat stomach - it's something most of us want, but often feels unachievable. The secret to getting a firm tummy isn't just shedding excess fat, but also keeping the skin tight. This is easier said than done - often, it feels as though we have no control over the skin around our abdomen. However, there are a few techniques you can tap to keep that belly taut.
Care for your skin
How much time do you spend caring for the skin on your face? If you want the skin around your tummy to look equally fabulous, then you need to dedicate the same kind of attention to it. According to BoldSky.com, using a good moisturizer on your whole body helps your skin maintain its elasticity. It's also important to use an exfoliant to remove dead skin, thus allowing the skin underneath to regenerate itself. The news source suggests using a loofah or body scrub at least three times a week, but avoid being too harsh.
How you lose weight
The manner in which you lose weight will also have an impact on the tightness of your tummy skin. If you shed poundage too quickly, your skin won't be able to keep up, leaving you with a loose, wrinkly look around the abdominal area. There are certain exercises that can help you keep stomach skin taut. Try crunches, aerobics, Zumba, yoga or cycling for starters.
What you eat and drink
Of course, exercise isn't the only thing you need to focus on in your journey to a tight tummy. Diet plays an equally important part. Foods like cottage cheese, milk, nuts, beans, tofu and fish all contain elastin and collagen, which could help you keep your belly slim. It's also important to drink at least two liters of water every day, the news source reports.
Your surgical options
Of course, even with all of the above measures, you may find that the skin around your stomach still hangs in a way that's less than appealing. In such circumstances, a tummy tuck procedure may help. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, lipoplasty or liposuction can help tighten skin for individuals who have recently lost weight or given birth. A consultation with a board-certified aesthetic surgeon can help you determine whether this procedure would be right for you.
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