Ask Heidi Anything: How Can I Minimize Loose or Sagging Skin?

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As people start losing weight they may often find themselves with loose or sagging skin. Skin surgery may not always be an available option after losing weight. Here are some of my favorite secrets and tips for giving your skin the best chance at natural retraction — minimizing loose skin when possible. And, what to do with that loose skin that isn’t retracting and has lost its elasticity.

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45 Responses

  1. I did crossfit for a year and although I think it is/was amazing, I am at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I need to muscle ups or hspu, boxjumps and things that are just hard on my joints. I do however enjoy lifting and cardio. Since I quit crossfit I’ve found I’ve packed back on the weight not only that I am not very motivated to get going again knowing that I need to. So I was talking with a friend and she suggests to cut out sugar completely. I have watched your and Chris’s show and cutting anything out I’ve learned is not good. I mean that doesn’t mean I go eat a big bowl of ice cream but maybe a scoop on cheat day. I know I’m not in shape to tell anyone how to diet but is this advice wrong or should I really cut out all sugar to start dropping pounds.

    1. Hi Tammy: You don’t need to completely cut out anything to achieve your weight loss goals. In fact, Chris and Heidi incorporate reward days/meals (depending on which cycle you’re following) into their carb cycling program, and this has been proven to help you lose weight. You can learn more about their complete carb cycling program in this blog post: I hope that helps!

  2. Heidi,

    I’ve had 3 c sections and have a c section shelf. I’m 5’5 and 140 pounds. It’s hard to tell what is fat or skin anymore. I’m sure I could loose some weight but will my c section shelf retract at all? I’ve contemplated a tummy tuck but lets face it who has the ability to have someone around for 6 weeks to lift their little ones for them? Not me. So what do I do from here. -Very depressed mom of 3

  3. Hello Heidi,

    I am hoping you might be able to give me some insight. I am reading your husband’s new book, and am of course inspired. I don’t know if my situation is unique or not, or takes a customized (I suppose we all need one!) routine. I am mentally disabled, specifically: (I do not like to share, but I think this is relevent and might even inspire others to speak up)Bipolar 1 with bouts of psychosis, PTSD, Bulemia (trying very hard to recover), and most recently Disassociate Identity Disorder (formerly multiple personality)- I keep a food log and write emotions down, but sometimes I look back a few days and don’t remember writing the horrible put downs (things like “you are disgusting and will never be free.” – obviously an alter trying to sabotage. The kicker is I am a Doctor.. used to be, my memory unfortunately is poor (I keep 4 journals and a little notebook with me at all times). I have been fit all of my life until I was placed on a medication that induced a 60lb weight gain in a relatively short amount of time. Devastated,(I went off of the med) it has been almost a year and I have yet to shed it. I am frightened a lot of the time, as I never know what is going to happen. I just don’t know how to overcome this and believe.. when I dont even know who I am. It is imperative that I return back to my normal weight as exercise will benefit me greatly mentally. Have you had experience with this type of situation? I know the mental issues you cannot comment on, don’t worry I am not expecting that. I am hoping for tips to get around roadblocks. Fitness and well-being. Perhaps a private email would be more appropriate if you do have the time to respond. Thank you for reading.

    1. You can send an email to my team at [email protected] if you’d like. I think it’s great that you’re keeping journals and can recognize the real you. One of the key points to success in weight loss is integrity. Start with small goals and work from there. Page 23 of Choose More Lose More for Life really goes into this. Set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound) goals. You can start with one as simple as “Today I will drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water (so if you weigh 200 pounds you’ll drink 100 ounces of water).” Keep that goal no matter what. Then tomorrow work on another one. Take it one day at a time. You can do this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The best thing to help saggy skin is The Ultimate Body Wrap by It Works!Global! If you have not try one you should. They are all natural product! It help to tone, tighten and firm up the skin…I have had great results with them.

  5. I am starting Chris’ program tomorrow and planned my meals out for the week. A couple of months ago I purchased some Ideal Protein meals and did it for a couple of weeks but got sick of not eating fruits and more vegetables etc. Anyway, my question is: can I use those protein meals from IP as a protein replacement on Chris’ plan?

  6. I didn’t have 100’s of pounds to lose but I have seen people who have lost even more weight than me use those “skinny wraps” with diet and exercise and it seems their skin moves in with them better. So far mine is responding to it well also. Probably not for some of your extreme clients but maybe for those with less than 75 lbs or so to lose.

  7. I am deaf. I would love to know what was said and wants to be healthy and would love to know what exercises are best for loose skins and arms.. Thanks!

  8. So what actual tips were they? IF your under a 100lbs IF your young there is MAYBE help using creams and MAYBE your genetics, otherwise most of the general population there is no help but surgery? or squashing your “skin” in lycra to minimize chaffing, How is that “tips on loose or sagging skin?” and please, please, please no background unnecessary music, it dosent help if you have hearing problems. subtitles please!

    1. Amen to that. I have lost 35 pounds and have about 25 to 30 more but I have been working out the entire time. My loose skin is towards the upper part of my arm and this video didn’t answer any of my questions either
      Good luck on your journey.

  9. One tip I found that helped when I lost a lot of weight and was older is that the normal swimming suit was not going to work. So I got a light weight lycra body suit with a zipper. I looked pretty good, kept me warmer and protected me from the sun.

  10. I’m Deaf and do NOT read lips. CC is not available on your video. Will you please write down here. I’d love to know secrets and tips! Thank you

  11. Hi Heidi – Thanks for the tips. I have really been thinking about this topic a lot lately. If I may make a suggestion, the music is a bit loud and distracting while you’re talking. It’s nice at the beginning and the end of the video, but while you’re talking, it was a bit much. Thanks for all of your help and encouragement ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Thank you for the information…ive been wearing one piece swimsuites to help hold stuff in because ive lost a lot of weight and the loose skin actually causes great pain when it “jiggles”. i feel gross and in pain without something to hold it in. maybe this will help till i get my dream removal.

  13. Does the compression gear help with things like rashes and skin tears? I’ve lost 180 pounds so far (from 340 to 160) and it’s getting pretty difficult to exercise with all of this loose skin hanging around. I’m so afraid of my skin ripping that I can’t exercise with the intensity I need to be exercising at to hit my fitness goals.

  14. I wish your videos are captioned or subtitled. There are deaf people that want to learn about being healthy too! ๐Ÿ™

  15. Heidi, Is there anything specific we should look for with the viramin D oil? Also, any recommendations for compression gear for the area below the belly button? Thank you for all you do!

  16. Hi Heidi, I’m 250 pounds and my favorite thing to do is walk! Problem is the pain in my feet. I walk up to 6 miles a day and could walk more but the pain stops me. Can you recommend a good walking shoe? The burning and tiredness is slowing me down! Thank you!

  17. After having 3 babies I found It Works ultimate body applicator! They have helped my post baby belly skin soo much! We have even had weight loss surgery patients have great success!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing! Great job and very pro video! (The one note and feel free to delete my comment, because I don’t mean it negative- is that the music was too loud while you were talking and very distracting- I do videos myself and it’s a common thing I have to work on myself) Thank you!

  19. HI Heidi, I am 43 years old and have been going through peri menopause and eat really well My question is I am not able to loose any weight, not even one pound. I would like to now what can I do to loose the weight?

    1. Teresa – I was in the same boat over a year ago and have lost over 100 lbs with It’s extreme weight loss without the surgery. If you have over 100 to loose there may be some loose skin, but I would never go back to the way I was before. Good luck with your effort whatever route you choose.

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