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Old 08-18-14, 10:08 AM
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Loose skin

I have lost about 55 lbs according to the scale, but I continue to lose inches around my waist despite my weight staying the same since end of last season. I have started to notice that my former "muffin top" (really there is no graceful name for that section haha!) is really loose and saggy.

I do some exercises like push-ups and sit-ups and the like, but that is maybe once a week if not once every 2 weeks. I commute every day and usually put about 80-100 miles in on a bike per week at around 16-18mph moving (faster on my road bike), and I am getting back into running a few times a week (10-15 miles per week). So I find I am losing weight but not "losing" weight as in numbers. I have noticed my mid section looser than it was when larger, and rightfully so I stretch the crap out of that skin.

Wanted to know what some of you did to tighten the skin back up? I don't enjoy the jiggly feeling when running or playing sports, but I realize that I'd rather have that loose jiggle versus having my belly still sitting on my lap when I sit down.
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Old 08-18-14, 10:20 AM
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You can tone it up a bit but the only way to correct it is through surgery and have it removed. Very, very common when losing large amounts of weight. I have lost 114 pounds and have it hanging everywhere. I just look at it as a badge of honor. Maybe one of these days I will have it removed.
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Get a compression shirt to wear under your normal shirt or jersey. They're supposed to help with heat control too (although I can't really tell). I have some under armor heat gear shirts I like.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Get a compression shirt to wear under your normal shirt or jersey. They're supposed to help with heat control too (although I can't really tell). I have some under armor heat gear shirts I like.
I had some compression stuff, it still compresses but nowhere like it used to, probably because I got it 50 lbs ago! This winter I'll be needing new cold weather stuff for commuting in.

And thanks for the heads up on surgery. Although it isn't that bad, I do want to lose another 20 or so pounds and know it will only get worse, but hoping not so bad I need surgery. Maybe copious amounts of coco butter or something and sit-ups galore!
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How long did it take you to loose the weight? I wonder if time has anything to do with it? I've lost 60 lbs and so far my skin has adjusted. However, it's taken me 4 years to loose the weight. I'm 57 y/o, I'm assuming age matters?
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I wonder if former fat distribution has something to do with it. I once lost 90 lbs. in 9 months. My excess fat was distributed around my body. It wasn't concentrated around the belly or other areas. Never had the classic "beer gut" or anything like that. I think that resulted in me not really having any loose skin issues.
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Surgery MAY be the only way but I wouldn't leap to that. I use something else for it. It may not totally fix what you got going on but it may minimize it.
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All About Excess Skin After Weight Loss and What to Do About It
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I have decided it will be what it will be, I for sure will give it years of time before I consider surgery :-).

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I've read that it takes at least six months once you reach your goal weight for the skin to go back to normal if it's going to. I've also read that it doesn't really matter how fast you lose the weight, your skin only has so much elasticity and if you've exceeded it, it's not going to spring back to normal.

My husband lost 80 lbs and he has stretch marks on his stomach, but they're very close together compared to how they used to be, faded to thin white lines, and he doesn't have saggy skin. He lost the weight 10 years ago.

I've lost 125 lbs and I have saggy skin everywhere. I'm still in the process of losing the weight and don't know what it will look like when I'm done but it probably won't be pretty.
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There are also companion products you can use to help in these efforts.
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Old 08-19-14, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bbeasley
How long did it take you to loose the weight? I wonder if time has anything to do with it? I've lost 60 lbs and so far my skin has adjusted. However, it's taken me 4 years to loose the weight. I'm 57 y/o, I'm assuming age matters?
I lost 55 lbs from Nov. 2012 till Sept 2013, so nothing overnight and nothing too drastic in there. I think my most weight loss was about 4 lbs in one week. I am 30, however I was REALLY big years prior, at one point I stepped on a scale in my early 20s and saw the needle spin upwards of 285....I stepped off and only got bigger from there. I am sure at one point I was over 300.



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I wonder if former fat distribution has something to do with it. I once lost 90 lbs. in 9 months. My excess fat was distributed around my body. It wasn't concentrated around the belly or other areas. Never had the classic "beer gut" or anything like that. I think that resulted in me not really having any loose skin issues.
I carried my weight in my stomach,sides, chest and back. I really didn't have fat legs since I worked on my feet for years. My loose skin is in my chest and belly especially. My sides aren't loose, but I feel like I'd have to get monstrously muscular to fix my chest seeming "droopy".


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I've read that it takes at least six months once you reach your goal weight for the skin to go back to normal if it's going to. I've also read that it doesn't really matter how fast you lose the weight, your skin only has so much elasticity and if you've exceeded it, it's not going to spring back to normal.

My husband lost 80 lbs and he has stretch marks on his stomach, but they're very close together compared to how they used to be, faded to thin white lines, and he doesn't have saggy skin. He lost the weight 10 years ago.

I've lost 125 lbs and I have saggy skin everywhere. I'm still in the process of losing the weight and don't know what it will look like when I'm done but it probably won't be pretty.
It isn't so much stretch marks as just skin that looks kind of like I filled a grocery bag with a little bit of water...haha! I have held the weight off now since October, only put on a few lbs. But recently been losing more inches but not weight (my legs have really bulked up and toned out), so I know it won't get better.


It's funny, at one point I didn't like to be shirtless because I had the Hoff happening at a young age, then I didn't because I was overweight, and now I don't because of my floppy skin....lol! Sometimes you can't win, but I'd rather be healthy like I am now then depressed and fat like I was before I did anything about it.
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Fitness before weight gain, time with the weight gain, time losing weight gain and genetics are all factors in extra loose skin.
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I've lost 80 pounds and do not have loose skin hanging all over. Perhaps the amount of exercise when losing the weight matters.

To lose weight I've burned fat and toned muscles. 5k miles a year plus. This year, last year and I don't recall how many the year before.
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