When you are carrying excess weight, your skin stretches to accommodate it. While the skin is very elastic, it can lose its bounce and sag in loose folds if it is stretched too far and too quickly, says the All Women Stalk health and lifestyle website. It is important for general health as well as skin condition to lose weight gradually. However, if you do end up with excess flesh on your thighs, there are ways to firm your skin to ensure you can flaunt your new, firm legs with confidence.
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Tone your muscles. Building the hamstrings and quadriceps will help tighten the sagging skin that sits over the top of them, says the FITDAY website. One of the best exercises for your thighs, as well as your buttocks, is the squat. Stand with your legs hip or shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing straight ahead. Keeping your chest lifted and your back straight, bend your knees. Make sure you push your buttocks back so that your knees stay behind your toes as you squat down. Once your thighs are just above 90 degree, slowly straighten your legs and repeat, aiming for three sets of 10 to 15 squats.
Maintain a healthy diet. After you’ve lost a lot of weight, you may be tempted to celebrate with a splurge. While the occasional treat is fine, sticking to a healthy diet--rich in fresh fruit and vegetables--will ensure your skin gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to grow new, healthy cells and maintain a healthy appearance, says iFit&Healthy.. It is also important to drink at least 64 oz.--or eight glasses--of water a day. Water hydrates the skin and also maximizes your muscles’ response to strength training, such as the squats in step 1.
Use a body scrub or brush every day to slough away dead skin cells on your thighs, says the All Women Stalk website. This will promote new skin cell generation and improve circulation, both of which will give the skin a firmer, fresher appearance. Use small, firm circular movements and rub towards your heart to encourage the impure blood to move away from your legs.