Shifting My Focus To Strength Training
A few months back, I reached my goal weight and I've been maintaining. Of course maintaining your weight is always a big concern for dieters. So many people end up gaining the weight back and then some.
Something I never thought about when losing the weight is having to deal with loose skin, particularly around the abs and inner thighs. I've gotten a lot of advice about it and strength training should be a way to lessen the amount of loose skin. The faster you go with weight loss, the more loose skin you will have. I think I lost weight slow enough as I averaged around 3 pounds per week.
It took a while for me to get used to the fact that I didn't need to lose more weight. It's not that I wanted to lose more weight... just my mind had to get used to the fact that I'm actually at the weight I want to stay at. I don't ever want my weight to go too low and I'm perfectly content with being 212 pounds, The BMI chart, which many people tend to focus on too closely, says that I'm slightly overweight. I don't believe that's the case. I know that muscle weighs more than fat, so I should be fine at this weight.
I do have my body fat percentage checked monthly. I now have a percentage of 18.6, so I'm getting there. I'm focusing on this number more than the BMI. I think as long as I continue with the strength training, eventually the loose skin will tighten. It looks a little lest already, so in time it should get back to normal.
I understand that if you drink a lot of water, which I do, it keeps the skin hydrated. The strength training is not as easy for me as the cardio. I do the weights three times a week and though I get impatient, I can slowly see progress.
I'll keep lifting weights and report on the progress. I'd like to get to the point that I could go to a beach without sagging abdominal skin. At least it's not the huge belly I used to carry around with me!