This is the third and final part of the research Doreen did for us. We should all be beautiful and glowing after a while, if we develop a skin care regimen and follow it!
Foods That Tighten Loose Skin
Fats will be one of your biggest allies at the cellular level. Essential fatty acids, known as EFAs, help with cell growth and repair. Translation: Fatty acids provide a nice wake-up call to that cellular layer, instructing them to regenerate any damaged cells and ultimately, increase elasticity. Monounsaturated fats also provide a nice buffer between any environmental toxins, such as free radicals, and shield the cell wall.
Beneficial fatty foods are from sources such as butter, oils, raw nuts, avocados, seeds, which is another reason to make sure you are keeping your fat consumption at proper Atkin's levels.
Antioxidants have received much hype in the nutrition world and for good reason. Antioxidant-rich foods are like the palace guards at the United Kingdom---they let no intruder into the palace walls. Tightening loose skin is a cellular process that needs to be protected, too. A few free radicals from unhealthy, trans-fat laden foods can worsen loose skin, and antioxidants help the skin stay elastic by protecting the cell layer. Antioxidant-rich foods are blueberries, blackberries, (Atikin's friendly) others for later in the program are pomegranates and any fruit with a rich dark color. The darker the color, the higher the antioxidant level is in the food.
Basically just live healthy. Eat a well balanced, Atkin's diet, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and exercise daily. If you follow these steps you should start to notice improvement, but remember to be patient. Tightening the loose skin may take time. In the mean time enjoy your weight loss accomplishment. Be proud of yourself and the self improvements you have already made. Don't be hard on yourself because there is still work to be done. After all Rome wasn't built in a single day!