It’s the thing we all want to ignore but know is always there—loose skin after weight loss. Despite our hard work and determination, it still manages to show up and make us feel self-conscious.

However, there’s one thing I feel more people should know: loose skin is part of the process of losing weight. So instead of beating ourselves up on our loose skin, we should learn to love it. In this article, I will discuss 10 things you can do to help you embrace loose skin.

What Causes Loose Skin After Weight Loss?

Before we get into how to love your loose skin, let’s talk about what causes it in the first place. When you lose weight, whether through mindful eating or weight loss surgery, your skin stretches and expands. This is because, after massive weight loss, your fat cells shrink; and they leave behind empty space. And while our skin is pretty good at bouncing back, sometimes that extra space can cause sagging skin.

Ways To Love Loose Skin After Weight Loss

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1. Focus On What’s Important To You

If you’re struggling to love your body, it might be because you’re valuing the wrong things. So many of us get caught up in what we think others value – like a smaller waist or bigger boobs – when really, those things mean nothing if they don’t align with our own values.

Instead, start focusing on the things that are truly important to you. Maybe it’s being able to play with your kids without getting tired or being able to enjoy a night out dancing. Focusing on what matters to you makes appreciating your body much easier.

2. Cleanse Your Social Media Feeds

One of the most important things you can do when learning to love your body is to surround yourself with content that talk about a positive, healthy relationship with our bodies and food.

This means cleansing your social media feeds of anything – and anyone – that makes you feel bad about yourself. Unfollow any accounts that post diet culture or “fitspo” photos that make you feel like you don’t have healthy skin. Instead, follow people and pages that make you feel good; people who celebrate diversity in all forms, post photos of real bodies doing everyday activities, and talk about health in a non-restrictive way.

If you don’t know where to start, you can start by taking an inventory of the people, places, and things that make you feel good about yourself! Fill your social media feeds with body-positive accounts.

Another thing you can do is take a break from social media – even if it’s just for a few days. Unplugging will help you focus on your own journey and appreciate your own progress.

3. Get To Know Your Body

This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s so important! When you take the time to really get to know your body – all of its quirks and imperfections – it becomes so much easier to love it.

Start by taking a good look at yourself in the mirror. Really look at yourself, and try to find things that you appreciate about your appearance. Maybe you have pretty eyes or full lips. Maybe you have strong legs or soft skin. Whatever it is, find something that you can appreciate about how you look and focus on that.

4. Surround Yourself With Supportive People

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One of the best things you can do when learning to love your body is to surround yourself with people who support you – people who will help you see how amazing you are, no matter what.

So if you’re looking for ways to love your loose skin, start by finding people who will help build you up instead of tearing you down. Whether it’s your best friend or your partner, just make sure you have people in your corner who will help you through this journey.

And if you don’t have anyone in your life who can provide that support, there are plenty of online communities full of people who understand what you’re going through.

5. Be Proud Of Yourself

This one is so important and yet so often overlooked. Learning to love your body means learning to love yourself, and that starts with being proud of who you are – not just how you look.

So think about all the things that make you unique and amazing, and write them down. Maybe you’re a great friend or an incredible cook. Maybe you’re hilarious or always there for people when they need you.

Whatever it is, take pride in those things! They are what make you special – not your dress size or the number on the scale.

Doing these things won’t magically fix everything overnight. It might take some time to really learn to love your excess skin. But trust me, it’s so worth it. Because when you love your body, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities.

6. Practice Gratitude For Your Body

One of the best ways to learn to love your body is to practice gratitude for all that it does for you. Every day, take a few minutes to think about all the things your body allows you to do.

You may not be able to wear that dress just yet, but maybe you can walk around the block without getting winded. Whatever it is, focus on what your body can do – not what it can’t.

By filling your life with things that make you feel good, it becomes so much easier to love your body! So get out there and start living your best life!

7. Stop Judging

If you’re struggling to love your body, it’s probably because you’ve learned to judge other people’s bodies – and that includes your own.

It’s time to break the cycle! Instead of judging others – or yourself – focus on what everyone has in common: we’re all human beings, just trying to do our best.

When you can start seeing other people – and yourself – as worthy of respect and love, you will feel much better about your excess loose skin.

8. Dress Your Body Affectionately

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One of the best ways to show your body some love is to dress it in a way that makes you feel good!

This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a bunch of new clothes; just wear the things that make you feel good about yourself. If you have a piece of clothing that makes you feel beautiful, wear it with pride!

You deserve to look and feel your best, so start dressing your body in a way that reflects that!

9. Understand That Looking A Certain Way Won’t Make You Happier

Why do you want to look different? Is it because you think it will make you happier? If so, ditch that narrative! The truth is, looking a certain way does not guarantee happiness. In fact, research has shown that the link to body satisfaction and life satisfaction is very weak.

10. Work With A Professional

If you’re struggling to love your body, it may be helpful to work with a professional. A therapist or counselor can help you work through any negative feelings you have about your body, and they can provide guidance and support as you learn to love yourself.

Should You Tighten Loose Skin?

Now that you know how to love your loose skin, you may be wondering if you should tighten it. The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. It’s up to you to decide what makes you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.

If you’re happy with your loose skin, then there’s no need to change anything! But if it’s causing you problems or interfering with your daily activities, there are plenty of options available to help tighten skin.

You can try natural ways like food. For example, eating foods packed with protein can help boost collagen production, improve skin elasticity and reduce loose skin.

And if you’re considering body contouring surgery to tighten your skin, it’s important to talk to a doctor first. They can help you understand the risks and benefits of each option, and they can help you make the best decision for your body.

So whatever you decide, remember that YOU are the only one who decides what’s best for your body! And no matter what, always remember to love yourself.

Conclusion

Learning to love your loose skin is a process, but it’s so worth it! When you can look in the mirror and see a beautiful, worthy human being, your life will be better. So start today by taking care of yourself – inside and out. Your body deserves your love!

And if you’re struggling to learn to love your body, remember that you’re not alone. There are plenty of people who feel just like you do. But don’t let that stop you from taking action! Follow the tips above, and reach out for help if you need it. If you want to learn more about healthy eating and sustainable weight loss, sign up for Lesley Goth’s Free Mindset & Weight Loss Masterclass!