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Afraid of loose skin!!! how to prevent this while loosing weight?


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Hi,

im 5ft 6 and i started loosing weight at 202  last month and im now at 189 pounds. my real concern is loose skin. what on earth should i do to prevent loose skin.

Ive added weight training this month to my exercise . and reading up on previous topics on the forums Ive come to understand i need to drink lots of water O_o.

i drink about 3 liters a day. ( i guess i picked this number from some calculator based on my weight and height ).

any suggestions? and if you are loosing weight have you thought about this?

will exercise prevent this?

i am planning to skip (Jump rope) every day and i am currently working out every day  morning and evening  . Ive divided my work out hoping this would keep my  body/metabolism active and also cos i find it hard to sweat it all out at once Lol.

 

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It all pretty much comes down to genetics and how your skin responds to being stretched out then shrunk.  I have lost 80 lbs in the last 11 months and have loose skin on my arms, stomach and upper thighs.  I am hoping it will get better over time.  My exercise consists of a mixture of cardio and weights so don't think the weights make any difference.  You will just have to see how it goes.  I think it is worse for me this time than it was when I lost about the same amount of weight 5 years ago before having 2 more kids and gaining it all back.  I'm sure age plays a part as well.  I am 43.

Skin elasticity is partly genetic, partly age-related (the younger you are the better), partly environmental (how moisturized and supple you keep it, that's why drinking lots of water is recommended) and partly how rapidly you lose weight (faster is worse, as your skin has less time to adapt).

I'm 45 and I lost close to 100lbs over about 18 months, no problem with lose skin at all.  But I could be genetically lucky.

I've heard your skin can keep shrinking even if you lose weight faster than it can adapt, especially if you're still young, but I've never seen any studies.

Stay fat, that's the sure fire way to prevent loose skin.

This is why I first discovered and then joined calorie count. For information and help concerning this problem. And not for the quick, ignorant, not funny input from unhelpful no-nothings such as kotzebue and his worthless input. Thanks for nothing.  

Two days ago, I was on the Dr. Oz site. He had his own take on loose skin.  Depending on how much you have lost and how long you had the extra weight, no amount of exercise, additives, creams, vitamins, minerals, etc. will do any good.

He stated that as we gain weight, the outer layers of fat, attached to our layers of skin, pulls away from the inner quantities of fat and tears. Once this tearing occurs,there will never be any repairing of this.  and then if significant weight loss occurs the remaining outer layer of fat attached to the skin will be independent from the inner body. 

This is why, only in my case, why I feel like I am always wearing a loose winter coat these. I have lost 80 of a total needed before surgery of 105 lbs. 

Original Post by tina0367:I have lost 80 lbs in the last 11 months and have loose skin on my arms, stomach and upper thighs.  I am hoping it will get better over time.  My exercise consists of a mixture of cardio and weights so don't think the weights make any difference. 

that's disappointing to hear. i mean Ive added weights hoping that would solve  loose skin problems.

im 27 years old and got about 60 pounds to loose O_o.

Since you're in your 20s, that will make loose skin less likely. 

One good way to minimize the chances of loose skin is to lose weight slowly, giving your skin the best chance to adapt to your lower weight as you lose.  13 pounds in a month is not "slowly" and is really not a sustainable rate, but since you're only starting out it's probably not a concern.

In another thread, you said you were aiming for a 1000 calorie deficit.  This is too high to be consistent with a goal of slower weight loss and reducing the chances of loose skin.  Reduce your deficit to 500 or so, accept a slower rate of weight loss, and your chances of not having loose skin when you reach your goal weight are much better.

@kariqk

i see lot of heavy people loosing lots of pounds in a month.

yes i do agree it will become hard to be consistent with 1k deficit once we keep loosing weight. 

Ive come across terms toning , firming .... still haven't clearly understood them but Ive read them in context to loose skin.

thing that puzzles me the most is the biggest looser show. they loose a lot of weight .. don't they have loose skin? 

Yes, a lot of them do have loose skin, they just don't show that to you at the end of the show and I wouldn't be surprised of some of them get plastic surgery to deal with it. 

Original Post by adioso:

@kariqk

i see lot of heavy people loosing lots of pounds in a month.

yes i do agree it will become hard to be consistent with 1k deficit once we keep loosing weight.

I didn't say it wasn't possible for heavy people to lose lots of pounds in a month, I said losing that fast isn't consistent with a level weight loss that is less likely to result in loose skin.  Slowing down your weight loss will mean you are less likely to have loose skin when you reach your goal weight.

The choice is yours, but please don't fool yourself into thinking you aren't making it.

Here's what I found on Google:

1. Stay hydrated. Your skin is more likely to bounce back (if only a little) when hydrated.

2. Apply lotion daily.

3. Eat nutritiously. Don't get caught in the mindset that eating junk while staying within your calorie range is okay. You'll lose weight, but your health and skin will suffer. Nutrition is big important.

4. Strength train. This along with hydrating was stated several times in what I read. Cardio's the bees knees and all but strength training is a must.

5. Don't try to lose more than 1-2 pounds a week. Allow your skin time to get used to the change.

Even if you do end up with some excess skin, try and allow your body to adjust. Your skin will not just snap back to tightness. It's a bit traumatic for the skin, when you think about it. Give it time. More likely than not, you will have nice results. Not necessarily ultra tight skin, but, hey, better than nothing Laughing

Now, of course, I know none of this from first hand experience- I myself have a lot of weight to lose and I am just as concerned about the aftermath. This information seems helpful and I find it encouraging. Don't let the threat of lose skin deter your journey!

THIS IS STRAIGHT FROM DR. OZ AND HIS WEBSITE:

Anyone who's gained or lost weight knows what it can do to your skin: Pack on too much fat and you'll create stretch marks that look like a family of earthworms. Lose a lot of fat and your skin will waterfall off your body like vats of pancake batter. Of course, we all know that skin is elastic and has a rubber-band's ability to expand and snap back (one look at a woman who gives birth and re-gains a flat tummy a few months later is evidence of that). So the question for those of us who lose a lot of weight is this: Why doesn't our skin snap back to normal after our weight does?

Think of your skin as one of those large Hefty plastic garbage bags. When it comes out of the box, it's folded up nice and tight. Fill it up with trash, and it expands, stretches, and bulges like a pug's eyes. Durable yet flexible, most bags can withstand the typical dumping of cans, papers, turkey carcasses, anything you throw into it. Your skin works the same way—it's durable, it stretches, and it can withstand most of the junk you toss into it.

But what happens when you put on too much weight? When you fill your human Hefty bag with pies, nachos, and turkey carcasses? It'll keep stretching and stretching and stretching, but at some point, just like a bag, the skin will tear. It will tear at the level of the dermis—that's the lower level of your skin that makes new cells, not the outer level of skin called the epidermis (though the stretch marks associated with weight gain do appear on the outer level).

Just in the way that the bag becomes stretched to the point of tearing, your skin does, too—and at that point, it's too late for it to snap back in place. So even if you take the trash out of the bag (by losing fat), you won't be able to restore the bag to its original state (of nice, tight skin). So it's very likely that you'll keep the skin of your 250-pound body—even if you now weigh 150.

thanks for the replies and suggestions.

but i wonder if there is  pounds lost number after wich people are able to see visible loose skin. i know for sure 100 pounds and you get loose skin.

but whats the safe range? say 60 pounds O_o?

I've lost 98 lbs and I don't have loose skin.  Good thing I didn't lose the extra 2 like I wanted, I guess.

Original Post by jp5074139:

I've lost 98 lbs and I don't have loose skin.  Good thing I didn't lose the extra 2 like I wanted, I guess.

ROFL

jp you are fun E

Well loose skin is a problem. So far I have lost 185 pounds and it is showing for sure. I am within 15 pounds of my goal and this is an issue. My face has done really well and I am soooo glad. My stomach on the other hand is sagging. I wear under armor when I run and I am putting off going to see a surgeon because I am sure I will have sticker shock when I see the bill.  Just loose the weight and worry about it later.  Health comes first.

This is a serious problem to many. Certainly a daily concern of mine. I assume others.

To the jokesters, you're not funny. Start your own comedy thread, don't hijack this one....

I was going to let loose an f-bomb. But thought better about it. Why don't you all just go and attack the multitude of teenage, anorexic, bulemic, starving  ED girls who continue to post the same ridiculous questions about losing another ten pounds or how to ever consume more than 1200 calories a day?

Original Post by adioso:

thanks for the replies and suggestions.

but i wonder if there is  pounds lost number after wich people are able to see visible loose skin. i know for sure 100 pounds and you get loose skin.

but whats the safe range? say 60 pounds O_o?

 

Really? that makes me not want to lose more than 100 lbs :(

 

I'm only 20 but that scares the crap outta me. I don't want surgery to fix it :/

 

ACTUAL ORIGINAL POST -

Hi,

im 5ft 6 and i started loosing weight at 202  last month and im now at 189 pounds. my real concern is loose skin. what on earth should i do to prevent loose skin.

Ive added weight training this month to my exercise . and reading up on previous topics on the forums Ive come to understand i need to drink lots of water O_o.

i drink about 3 liters a day. ( i guess i picked this number from some calculator based on my weight and height ).

any suggestions? and if you are loosing weight have you thought about this?

will exercise prevent this?

i am planning to skip (Jump rope) every day and i am currently working out every day  morning and evening  . Ive divided my work out hoping this would keep my  body/metabolism active and also cos i find it hard to sweat it all out at once Lol.

i think she made a mistake in quoting and replying. i.e her reply ended up in the quote

Hey. But of course. Just another example of typing something quick and easy. Rather than actually taking the time to thoughtfully compose a post with some meaning. Cut, paste and send it on its way. Worthless, no? Did it contribute anything of value? Was the cut and paste even correct? No. Just another sad example of the decline of American society.

Now, getting back to your original post. I'm really concerned, as you are, by this problem. Luckily, you are younger than me. And you most likely have been heavy for a shorter period of time. I gained my large chunk of weight 25 years ago. I have searched in many areas for helpful info on loose skin post weight loss. I've tried many of the recommendations. Many daily diet jello portions. Collagen pills. Linoleic acid. Of course, tons of water. I steps at purchasing creams to massage the skin. As I continue to reduce, and take a look in the mirror, the need for abdominoplasty/ tummytuck surgery only increases. It is surgery not to be taken lightly.  My feelings were that it would be just be "nice" if after a heartfelt request from yourself, posters could be serious and keep to the topic, and not joke around. Concrete and substantial advice should be welcomed and encouraged. 

 

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