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Skin like a blanket


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     I know there are a million posts about loose skin, but I have read a few articles online claiming that by getting your body fat percentage down to under 10 percent (low teens for females), the skin will be pulled taught, except in extreme circumstances.

     I personally thought the articles I read and the claims they made seemed to be logic and based in fact. (For instance, the skin is an organ and is extremely elastic, and what most people think is excess skin is usually just excess fat underneath the skin that wasn't absorbed efficiently, by either losing weight too fast or it being there too long).

     Anyway, it has come to my attention that I haven't been able to find any "proof" of this claim, however, I am not surprised: I mean, how many people have gone from being extremely obese to under 10 percent body fat? The number has to be extremely small, making testing this theory extremely unlikely if not next to impossible on a large scale. 

     I was wondering, what does everybody think, and if you know of any studies about this, what are they? I mean, it makes sense to me. I know If you get your body fat low enough, a process called apoptosis (cell death and removal) occurs, and why would the body hold onto excess skin cells that are serving no purpose when the body is essentially starving? Thoughts?

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Original Post by dannyc249:

     I know there are a million posts about loose skin, but I have read a few articles online claiming that by getting your body fat percentage down to under 10 percent (low teens for females), the skin will be pulled taught, except in extreme circumstances.

     I personally thought the articles I read and the claims they made seemed to be logic and based in fact. (For instance, the skin is an organ and is extremely elastic, and what most people think is excess skin is usually just excess fat underneath the skin that wasn't absorbed efficiently, by either losing weight too fast or it being there too long).

     Anyway, it has come to my attention that I haven't been able to find any "proof" of this claim, however, I am not surprised: I mean, how many people have gone from being extremely obese to under 10 percent body fat? The number has to be extremely small, making testing this theory extremely unlikely if not next to impossible on a large scale. 

     I was wondering, what does everybody think, and if you know of any studies about this, what are they? I mean, it makes sense to me. I know If you get your body fat low enough, a process called apoptosis (cell death and removal) occurs, and why would the body hold onto excess skin cells that are serving no purpose when the body is essentially starving? Thoughts?

I have. I'm around 10-11% right now. I have loose skin. Here's a pic. You can see my quads under my skin blanket, see? The crease on the right is actually quad separation, not skin or fat. (warning: graphic!)

 

http://gokaleo.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03 /looseskin2.jpg

I was hoping getting my body fat this low would be the ticket to reducing the loose skin, but I don't think it is. *still hoping though*

 

ETA: I am almost 40 and was obese for nearly 30 years, so that may have something to do with it. That's a LOOOOOONG time for the skin to be stretched out, and I'm old enough to have lost a lot of elasticity.

my brother used to be overweight and got his body fat really low and his skin on his stomach wasnt loose anymore. he wasnt hugely obese and he wasnt overweight for very long though, maybe like 4 years.

10-11 percent body fat? Really? Because essential body fat for women is at the very least 10 percent. That just seems outrageous to me. Not that I'm doubting you, you look extremely lean from your pic, I'm just wondering how you got your body fat tested. 

Thanks though, at least I know I shouldn't be "too" hopeful, but like you both said, there are obviously a lot factors. For instance, I am only 23, so I haven't been obese that long. Either way, whether the skin goes away or not, I'd like to get down to single digit body fat. If it's still there, the only place I have loose skin is my stomach; i'll just get a tuck.

Original Post by dannyc249:

10-11 percent body fat? Really? Because essential body fat for women is at the very least 10 percent. That just seems outrageous to me. Not that I'm doubting you, you look extremely lean from your pic, I'm just wondering how you got your body fat tested. 

Thanks though, at least I know I shouldn't be "too" hopeful, but like you both said, there are obviously a lot factors. For instance, I am only 23, so I haven't been obese that long. Either way, whether the skin goes away or not, I'd like to get down to single digit body fat. If it's still there, the only place I have loose skin is my stomach; i'll just get a tuck.

Hydrostatic weighing. You should see my upper body:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=237959 336288418&set=a.168149733269379.44218.165 073656910320&type=3&theater

That's well hydrated and with a full belly, no carb cycling or sodium manipulation.

Wow. Kudos. That's very impressive. 

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