Whose in the Loose skin crew with me?

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  1. deznutz

    deznutz New Member

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    Lost a significant (100lbs) of weight, and now your stuck with this loose, pudgy, loose skin.....

    Ill tell you, if you didnt know i lost 100 lbs, you would probably think it was a sack of fat or something. Its a huge thing for me....i dont know if it is for other people who have lost weight. I hate the sag on my stomach the most.

    But with it also, my muscles dont nearly look defined if i didnt have it. :sadwavey:
     
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    Take it as a sign that you are meant to be HYUUUGE. :coold:
     
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    Loose skin crew member since 2003 :sadwavey:

    Once I get down to about 200lbs, I'm gonna look into getting surgery to get it cut off.
     
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    Edghill and boom...Dino DNA

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    im 19 and im on my way to 50 pounds lost total, will i have loose skin :(
     
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    maybe, its partially determined by half fast ya drop the weight. The slower you lose it, the more time the skin's elasticity has to adapt. you should already have an idea by just looking in the mirror

    I dropped like 10lbs a month, which didn't let the skin adapt to my smaller body
     
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    Good luck, insurance wont cover it, i have been to a plastic surgeon already...he said it wasnt worth it...but i think it was :sadwavey:
     
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    Edghill and boom...Dino DNA

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    i have dropped 15 pounds in the past 6 weeks so i dont know, i dont see any loose yet, im hoping that im young enough now that it will come back.....i guess we will just wait and see, August 6 is my 20th birthday and i want to be down 40 by then
     
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    :o
    I wish i knew about this sooner..... i lost 100lbs in about 3-4 months
     
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    Edghill and boom...Dino DNA

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    DAMN how did you manage that
     
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    hip hippo Eric Berry, son.

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    :hahano:
     
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    motivation, dedication, girls, parents... didnt see OT F&N until i lost all the weight.......

    No fast food
    No candy
    No pasta

    I was addicted to pasta....i used to eat it with noodles and butter....

    but i cut a lot of food out and limited myself to at least 800 cals...
     
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    fdefinitely worth it to me too. all that extra skin just looks bad to me. I really gotta start saving up cause I want to get that and laser eye surgery too.

    maybe if we get enough of a crew we can get a deal :mamoru:
     
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    :rofl: I dont think they would give a group rate...if we all showed up wanting a tummy tuck... :rofl:
     
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    Dunken Welcome to the team.

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    when your skin is loose like that, is it also thin?
     
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    if there's enough of ex-fatty's standing around the guys porsche/ferrari/whatever, think he'd be dumb enough to say no? :mamoru:
     
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    Yes, but its hard to tell between fat/skin........plus i have a distended stomach.... :wtc:
     
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    anybody here with lots of extra skin in single digit bf%?

    I was reading an interesting article about this a few weeks back, let me see if i can find it.
     
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    ok well it's not really an article :o but interesting anyway

    Dear Tom,

    Before I ask my question I just wanted to say thank you for all the help your Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle e-book (and the monthly newsletters) have given me with my recent weight losses. Last summer I began a fat loss program using your e-book and it worked so well I got down to 15 1/2 stones (from 19). However, this has caused me a problem: Excess abdominal skin.

    I didn't crash lose this weight, it came off at the rate of about 2 lbs. per week. Now I'm unsure of whether to carry on, as my abdomen has quite a lot of excess skin - I feel like I've turned into a bloody Shar-Pei! (you know, as in the dog!)

    Does everyone go through this? Will the skin tighten up? I was overweight for more than 12 years. Am I going to end up needing surgical skin removal? Can you offer me any advice? I'm a medical student in the UK and my colleagues seem determined to proffer surgery as the only option - Needless to say, I would like to avoid that if at all possible...

    Sincerely,

    Mike

    Hi Mike

    Thank you for your email and congratulations on your successful fat loss

    Regarding loose skin after large weight losses, here's what I can tell you:

    1. Skin is incredibly elastic. Just look at what women go through during pregnancy. Skin has the ability to expand and contract back to normal to a remarkable degree.

    2. Elasticity of skin tends to decrease with age. Wrinkling and loss of elasticity is partly the consequence of aging (genetic factors) and also a result of environmental factors such as oxidative stress, excessive sun exposure, and nutritional deficiency. The environmental parts you can fix, the genetics and age part, you cannot. Advice: Get moving and change the things you have control over... Be realistic and don't worry about those things you don't have control over.

    3. How much your skin will return to its former tautness therefore, depends partly on age. The older you get, the more an extremely large weight loss can leave loose skin that will not return to normal

    4. How long someone carries extra weight has a lot to do with how much the skin will become taut after the weight loss: For example, compare a 9 month pregnancy with 9 years carrying 100 excess pounds.

    5. How much weight was carried has a lot to do with how much the skin will resume a tight appearance. Your skin can only be stretched so much and be expected to "snap back" one hundred percent.

    6. How fast the weight was gained also has a lot to do with how much the skin will resume a tight appearance. Your skin can only be stretched so quickly and be expected to "snap back."

    7. How fast weight is lost also has a lot to do with how much the skin will tighten up. Rapid weight loss doesn't allow the skin time to slowly resume to normal. (yet another reason to lose fat slowly; 1-2 pounds per week, 3 pounds at the most if you have a lot of weight to lose, and even then, only if you are measuring body fat and you’re certain it's fat you’re losing).

    8. There are exceptions to all of the above; i.e, people who gained and then lost incredible amounts of weight quickly at age 50 or 60, and their skin returned 100% to normal.

    9. There are many creams advertised as having the ability to restore the tightness of your skin. None work – at least not in a noticeable, measurable way – and especially if you have a LOT of loose skin. Don't waste your money.

    10. If you’re considering surgical skin removal, consult a physician for advice, because this is not a minor operation, but keep in mind that your plastic surgeon may be making his BMW payments with your abdominoplasty money. (Surgery may be recommended in situations where it's not 100% necessary). Surgery should be left as the ABSOLUTE FINAL option in extreme cases.

    11. Give your skin time. Your skin will get tighter as your body fat gets lower. I've seen and heard of many cases where the skin gradually tightened up, at least partially, after a one or two year period where the weight loss was maintained and exercise continued.

    12. Know your body fat percentage before even THINKING about surgery. Loose skin is one thing, but still having body fat is another. Be honest with yourself and do that by taking your body fat measurement. This can be done with skinfold calipers or a variety of other devices (calipers might not be the best option for those with large folds of loose skin. Look into impedance analysis, underwater weighing, DEXA or Bod Pod).

    Suppose for example, a man drops from 35% body fat all the way down to 20%. He should be congratulated, but I would tell him, "Don't bitch about loose skin, your body fat is still high. Press onward and keep getting leaner.”

    Average body fat for men is in the mid teens (16% or so) Good body fat for men is 10-12%, and single digits is extremely lean (men shouldn’t expect to look “ripped” with 100% tight skin on the abs unless they have single digit body fat, and women low teens).

    Except in extreme cases, you are very unlikely to see someone with loose skin who has very low body fat. It's quite remarkable how much your skin can tighten up and literally start to “cling” to your abdominal muscles once your body fat goes from “average” to "excellent." Someone with legitimate single digit body fat and a ton of loose skin is a rare sight.

    So... the key to getting tighter skin is to lose more body fat, up to the point where your body composition rating is BETTER than average (in the “good” to “great” category, not just "okay"). Only AFTER you reach your long term body fat percentage goal should you give thought to "excess skin removal." At that point, admittedly, there are bound to be a few isolated cases where surgery is necessary if you can’t live with the amount of loose skin remaining.

    However, unless you are really, really lean, it's difficult to get a clear picture of what is loose skin, what is just remaining body fat and how much further the skin will tighten up when the rest of the fat is lost.

    http://www.fitren.com/res3ask.cfm?compid=18&qaid=163
     
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    Wow thats extremely unhealthy. If you could go back in time would you do it any differently?
     
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    dud ei have the same problem :(
    on my neck/chin
    its not fat
    BUT YOU CANT TELL
     
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    i dont have it bad
     
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    one of my friends has it really bad, dropped 100 lbs in about 6-8 months and now he's around 10% body fat, when he sits down the 6 pack is there but the skin just freely hangs over his shorts
     
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