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Losing Weight Without Gaining Stretch Marks

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Few things can make us as elated as seeing the pounds melt way through our efforts of eating less and exercising more. We gain new confidence and vitality as we watch our waistlines reappear and become reacquainted with the tops of our feet.

But as the weight falls away we can be plagued by a new assault - one we did not see coming - stretch marks.

When the skin is pulled taut against our bodies as is often the case when we are overweight, stretch marks may be there but a lot less visible. But as we begin to lose weight they may become much more pronounced, turning into deep striated craters in some parts of the body.

While not everyone who loses weight will develop stretch marks, it is a condition that affects more than 60% of all women and men. Genetics play a key role in determining who will and won't get stretch marks. If you are genetically pre-disposed to getting stretch marks you may not be able to prevent them but you can do something to lessen their appearance once they do appear.

But before we discuss treatments, let's take a look at other preventions strategies you can employ to avoid developing stretch marks.

While it is exciting, as we noted previously, to actually lose weight it is better for our overall health and for the prevention of stretch marks to lose weight more slowly, rather than quickly. When we lose weight quickly we do not give our bodies the opportunity to create collagen or elastin, two substances that the body produces to keep the skin flexible and supple. When the skin is flexible, it is a lot less likely that stretch marks will form.

We also want to be sure to drink enough water to keep ourselves very hydrated. When the body is fully moisturized from the inside out stretch marks have less of a chance to form. We should be drinking 6 - 8 glasses of water a day. We actually need more than that if we are working out regularly. It is important to remember that coffee, tea, milk sodas and other beverages, do not count in the water total for the day.

Exercise and water together, work to remove toxins from the body. With less toxins present the skin has a chance to breath, expand and contract along with the rest of the body. Be sure to shower after exercising as this will also remove toxins and salt that may have dried on the skin from perspiration. Salt is drying and can irritate the skin.

Use of a good moisturizing cream can also help to prevent stretch marks. There are creams and lotions on the market that are especially formulated to help prevent and repair stretch marks. These creams help to keep the skin hydrated and improve its elasticity, thereby making new stretch marks less likely to form and lessening the appearance of existing stretch marks.

A cream that has come to our attention as one that effectively fights stretch marks is Strevaxl™. Strevaxl™ is available from the better online stores like the www.BODeStore.com and www.Amazon.com.

So with a little extra care you can lessen the likelihood that you are gaining stretch marks as you are losing that unwanted weight.

This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on a health or fitness program.


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Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on a health or fitness program.

Written by the V-Team courtesy Kamau Austin Publisher. The V-Team writes articles for the health and fitness enthusiast. Their timeless health and fitness tips are at the Fit After Forty BlogSee more useful news and tips on treating stretch marks with Strevaxl(tm) at http://www.healthandfitnessvitality.com/blogs/fitnessblog.htm

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