How To Get Rid Of Loose, Flabby Skin

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

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Today, we’re going to talk about loose skin, whether it’s on the back of your arms, underneath your chin, on your legs or thighs, or on the belly, and how to eliminate it.

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In this article: 

  1. Fat Storing Hormone as the Root Cause of Loose Skin
  2. The Science: What Is Fat Storing Hormone Resistance?
  3. The Importance of Branched Amino Acids
  4. How to Fight Fat Storing Hormone Resistance

Understanding the Reason Behind Loose Skin 


Fat Storing Hormone as the Root Cause of Loose Skin

Let’s discuss what’s causing flabby skin, regardless if it’s a weight loss or fat loss effect or not. By understanding the root cause of your problems, you can cure the problem. In the past blogs and videos, I’ve pointed to cortisol (an adrenal hormone) as one of the root causes of loose skin under the arm. But, there’s another hormone that can cause flabby skin-- Fat Storing Hormone  However, Fat Storing Hormone itself isn’t the root cause, but rather the resistance to Fat Storing Hormone is what’s causing the problem.


The Science: What Is Fat Storing Hormone Resistance?

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Many people don’t understand what Fat Storing Hormone resistance is, so I’m going to explain it in the easiest terms possible. Fat Storing Hormone resistance occurs when you have a ton of Fat Storing Hormone, but it’s not working. This is because your body is resisting Fat Storing Hormone at the cellular level.


The Importance of Branched Amino Acids

See, Fat Storing Hormone is a hormone that allows the absorption of proteins, specifically proteins called branched amino acids. What are branched amino acids? They are proteins that help build muscle mass, collagen production, elastin, and skin elasticity. If you’re losing lean muscle and atrophying, you’ll want plenty of branched amino acids for skin tightening.

Atrophy Definition: A state of reducing or wasting away in the size of a body part and decreasing the affected part's function.

You can get branched chain amino acids in a half a glass of milk, some lean turkey, chicken, or eggs. Vegetarians can get branched amino acids in virtually all the beans and lentils. Almonds and walnuts are also rich in them. Very few of us are probably low in branched amino acids.

For Fat Storing Hormone-resistant individuals, the Fat Storing Hormone is not working to pull those branched amino acids into that little window in the cell. The window is blocked, not letting any more Fat Storing Hormone in. Now, what caused this problem in the first place is having too much Fat Storing Hormone, and now, your body is rejecting it. Since it is, we’re not getting those branched amino acids we need to tone the sagging skin. This is why Fat Storing Hormone resistance leads to flabby and saggy skin, aging, and all kinds of issues with diabetes. So, you must realize you need to fix your loose, sagging skin, even without plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery, and yes, it is serious.

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How to Fight Fat Storing Hormone Resistance

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Here’s how you can combat Fat Storing Hormone resistance to tighten loose skin:

  1. Get the sugars out!
  2. Get all refined carbs out – sugars, bread, pastas, crackers, and others.
  3. Get any alcohol out of your diet because that will create lots of problems.
  4. Next, never ever combine protein with sugar/simple starches – no hamburger with ketchup, buns with hot dogs, or pastries with nuts.

You’d be better off eating sugar alone than combining it with protein to effectively tighten skin or reduce loose skin.

Even if you add sugar with fat, you accentuate Fat Storing Hormone and even fail to lose weight. Just remember, sugar is sheer bad for the system, especially in losing weight.

I mean refined starches – which are glucose/sugar too – of all kinds, from bread to crackers, bagels, wheat, and all of it. Get your carbs from veggies!

Snacking creates Fat Storing Hormone resistance, too. What Fat Storing Hormone-resistant individuals should do is try to avoid spiking Fat Storing Hormone at all and just drink water or stay hydrated between meals.

So, these are the things we want to do to successfully prevent sagging skin:

  • Eat only 2-3 times a day (2 ideally).
  • Get lots of healthy greens in there.
  • Avoid foods and behaviors that trigger Fat Storing Hormone, including excessive protein, proteins with sugar, sugar itself, and snacking.

Those are the major culprits right there. 

But of course, building muscle through exercise will also be helpful in tightening loose sagging skin. Strength training and weight training are deemed most helpful to reduce loose skin and gain muscle mass. To lose fat in those hard to reach areas like belly fat, inner thigh fat, or love handles, seeking the help of a personal trainer can surely help you. As always, natural solutions are always better than depending on bariatric surgery, laser skin tightening, or fat removal surgery.

What is bariatric surgery? It is a form of non-invasive surgery that focuses on fat loss in the stomach area.

Now that you understand the real cause of loose skin or fat, you’ll know how and where to start getting rid of that excess skin. It all boils down to your health, specifically how Fat Storing Hormone functions in your body.

Do you have loose skin? How are you dealing with it? Share your experience in the comments section.

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy. 

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