No, this is not a new appetizer recipe! This article is the recipe for toning up “wings”…. the loose skin that dangles and dances under your arms after you lose a substantial amount of weight. They make it uncomfortable to wear the new sleeveless fashions, and make you self conscious to raise your arms in public.
Let’s start by noting that the biggest chance for the appearance of underarm wings is after a large WEIGHT loss. Never forget that weight loss is not necessarily fat loss. Weight loss is a combination of the loss of water weight, muscle loss, and fat loss.
After losing weight on a traditional diet, under arm wings are very probable. Traditional low calorie diets cause loss of water, muscle, and fat. But if the loss was brought about by living The Metabolism Miracle or The Diabetes Miracle programs, there should not be significant underarm wings…IF the program is done correctly.
If someone following The Metabolism Miracle asks me what to do for their underarm “wings”, I remind them of 2 things: The Metabolism Miracle is not a typical weight loss program; it is a fat burning program. As such, done correctly, Steps 1 and 2 promote the loss of FAT, and preserve muscle tissue and water balance. Underarm wings after weight loss are usually due to untoned muscle, muscle loss, and dehydration.
I’m fairly certain they haven’t increased physical activity by a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days/week and they are most likely not drinking sufficient water or decaf fluid.
”How did you know that?” (and how the heck does exercise and water relate to underarm wings?)
A fat burning diet program AND exercise with adequate water, sets the body up to focus on using fat tissue for fuel and allows the skin to remain moisturized from the inside. Exercise and fluids help prevent that crepe-y skin and flappy, loose tissue.
A fat burning program without exercise causes the body to burn both fat AND muscle for energy. When the body consumes valuable muscle as fuel, the entire body loses tone. When your body loses tone, it sags.
When you follow a fat burning program and don’t drink enough water or decaf fluid, your tissues are forced to “wring out” fluid from the tissues into the blood to keep the blood’s PH balance correct. As a result, your tissues get dry and lose their elasticity.
Inadequate exercise and inadequate water = sagging shape, no tone, dry and inelastic skin. AKA: The proliferation of underarm Wings!
So…….first things first. Start moving your muscles and drinking lots of fluid right through the MM process. You will retain all your muscle tone and have moisturized, hydrated, glowing skin.
Next; incorporate light toning exercise to your regimen. I use 3 pound weights (I’m not looking to develop muscle; I want to retain its shape, tone, and calorie burning capability). The idea is to lift light weight with many repetitions. A great idea is this: During a 1 hour television program, there are about 15 minutes of commercials. Every time a commercial comes on, pick up your light weight and begin lifting. Commercial over; weight down….commercials back on; lift. At the end of just 1 hour, you have toned your upper arm muscles for 15 minutes……a 2 hour movie gives you ½ hour of light- lifting. You can accomplish this even if you are wheel chair bound or need arm chair exercises. It works!
Outer moisturizing: I recommend that everyone, men and women, moisturize their skin daily after showering. You can use old school moisturizer like cocoa butter, unscented Nivea crème, allergy free Neutrogena products or deliciously fragranced moisturizers from Bath and Body Works…..doesn’t matter what you choose, just do it! The water you drink hydrates from within, the moisturizer you apply all over your body when it’s slightly damp after a shower locks hydration on the outside. You want to promote hydrated, soft, smooth, elastic, toned skin.
Then….don’t forget those vitamins. B vitamins are terrific for skin and nails. Vitamins A and E are also wonderful for tissue repair. Vitamin C is wonderful for rebuilding connective tissue. The multivitamins/minerals you take on a daily basis give your body extra insurance that you are providing everything you need for a body in balance and equilibrium.
Sleep…..remember hearing “You need to get your beauty sleep.” ? It is during the sleep cycle that much of the the body’s repair and replacement of cells and tissues takes place. Get as much sleep as possible to allow this rebuilding, refurbishing to take place
Relieve stress…..Stress is an inflammatory process in the body. Emotional stress causes physical stress on all the body systems. Take time to mentally relax at the beginning and end of the day, use exercise as a means to “burn off” stress hormones, listen to your favorite music, smell your favorite scents, indulge your senses……and see how beautifully your body responds. You have to “love” yourself!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe for toning wings…. I promise it’s not part of the Metabolism Miracle Cookbook!