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GOOSIEMOON SparkPoints: (172,201)
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12/10/12 8:23 P

Genes have a lot to do with it.

GOING4MUSCLE Posts: 5,224
12/10/12 7:53 P

I totally agree with Nausika's post. emoticon

Right now, I'm to that final tail end point of my weight loss. To date, I've lost a total of 81 pounds. My focus, currently, is exclusively, to lose the remaining little bit of fat I have left on my lower tummy. My body fat used to 45% and I'm currently about 12%.

I do have a touch of loose skin on my tummy, but as Nausika mentioned (and I've read elsewhere) this should tighten up, once all the fat is lost. I know this is gonna work, cause each day, my skin/tummy gets thinner/leaner. *Skin* thickness is the same as the back of your hand, or even think of the skin of an onion. Same thing. Any thicker than this..then there's still fat to be lost.

Should also note: No other area of my body, even after weighing 185lbs, has any amount of loose skin issues. My tummy is my 1st on fat gainer, so it's obviously my last off. I'm almost to my finish line, so the excitement just keeps building! emoticon



MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (127,901)
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12/10/12 6:52 P

I think it probably depends on the amount of weight you lose and your age. I'm 69, and I know I will always have lose skin... but I'm happy about the weight I lost.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,645)
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12/9/12 11:16 P

I have lost over 100 pounds, and I am still not sure if I have loose skin or if it is fat or a combination of both.

What I do know is I don't care. I feel awesome!

Now, I may eventually have the skin removed if it gives me problems, but if it doesn't then I am not so worried about it.

The only person who sees me naked on a regular basis likes the way I look no matter what ;)



AYOKUNLEGIRL SparkPoints: (4,092)
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12/9/12 2:34 P

As I understand Strength Training is crucial to get toned and not to have loose skin.

THRIVE2DAY Posts: 4,841
12/9/12 1:26 P

I'm 50 and have lost @ 56 lbs since May and I don't have any loose skin. I do cardio, strength training and yoga. I THOUGHT (that's what I get for thinking) I'd have loose skin, but I don't, not even at my age. I've lost fat and gained muscle mass. My arms, back, and legs are tight and toned. Still waiting to see that 6 pack under my last remaining layer of fat on my mid-section.
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AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
12/9/12 11:34 A

I'm 25, have lost 120 lbs at a slow but steady rate, and have loose skin. It's not going away on its own.

LITTLENINJA2 SparkPoints: (408)
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12/9/12 8:48 A

Ayokunlegirl:

remember that when you first start working out you are burning the fat but also building muscle. That is why you haven't seen much loss in the amount that you weight, but you have in your measurements. Muscle is smaller than fat, but weighs more. So don't be discouraged, go more by your measurements than what the scale says. After you build your muscle, then you will start to see the number on the scale go down.

LITTLENINJA2 SparkPoints: (408)
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12/9/12 8:44 A

Having loose skin after loosing weight is mainly due to an unbalanced work out routine. Most people who have loose skin focused more on the cardio to burn the fat, but they didn't do any weight training to build the muscle and tone up the skin. You don't ever "burn" off excess skin, but you can tighten it while you are loosing weight.

CREICHEL Posts: 106
12/9/12 7:47 A

I think worrying about loose skin is an excuse. In the long run the health benefits of losing weight through nutrition and exercise far out weighs the appearance of loose skin. And, yes I do have loose skin, which I will happily deal with rather than being over weight.

AYOKUNLEGIRL SparkPoints: (4,092)
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12/7/12 11:28 A

NAUSIKAA wow congrats! Hearing success stories of others what keeps me going so well done!!!

I have read what you mentioned on marksdailyapple website last night and it actually makes sense... Hopefully my goals will get me to the point where I have around 20% body fat and subcutaneous fat will not be a problem...

Edited by: AYOKUNLEGIRL at: 12/7/2012 (11:29)
NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/7/12 5:02 A

There is a huge, HUGE misunderstanding out there about what is loose skin and what is not. Imagine that you have a terrible sunburn, and your skin starts to peel off. THAT is what skin looks like. If you have loose skin, it will look like that, just bunched up.

If you are imagining rolls of flesh that many (most) people call "loose skin" -- that is NOT loose skin!! That is subcutaneous fat (which of course is covered by skin). Subcutaneous fat can be burned off if you continue to lose weight.

I believe that people call it "loose skin" because they are reluctant to accept that it is just yet more fat that they still haven't burned off. YES, you can have it surgically removed -- but it is basically a fat amputation -- not a removal of the skin itself. Okay, sure, the skin covering the subcutaneous fat is also removed, as in a limb amputation. But all those people who say they had "20 lbs of loose skin removed" -- no. They had 20 lbs of subcutaneous fat removed. Skin is practically weightless!

Just because we are obese, our skin does not magically become an inch thick. Your skin is about as thick as you eyelid.

Now, assuming that you are actually talking about loose SKIN and not subcutaneous fat that just needs to be burned off, it probably won't tighten up much but it's usually not really noticeable once all the subcutaneous fat is gone.

After losing 100 lbs to reach my goal weight, I didn't have loose skin. It doesn't happen to everyone. If you end up with the droopy look, it just means you have to lose more fat, which of course you can do. The best thing to do in this whole process is lots of heavy weight training as that will help you preserve muscle mass and burn off fat (including subcutaneous fat).

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
12/7/12 1:50 A

Your skin could bounce back. 34kg isn't a HUGE weight loss (it is big, but some people have over 100 to lose), so while you could have some lose skin you won't have as much as you would have if you had lost 100kg. I have no lose skin after losing half of what you want to lose, but I am a bit younger.

Bottom line: Would you rather be a overweight or POSSIBLY have lose skin?

MISSKELEBEK SparkPoints: (34,806)
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12/6/12 9:22 P

AYOKUNLEGIRL,

There is hope, you may have good genes and as others said if you lose it slower it may "shrink" some. My own experience so far has shown that most of my skin is firming up with the exception of my arms, I have small wings now however I would rather have small wings than all the fat I used to carry around :)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,340)
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12/6/12 8:49 P

There is really no way to know. How your skin reacts to weight loss is primarily genetic. Look to your parents and grandparents for hints as to how yours may react.

There's nothing you can do to make skin tighten, but that doesn't mean it won't tighten up on its own. This isn't about a particular age. Some tips:

1) Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water.
2) Avoid sun damage.
3) Strength train. It won't directly reduce skin, but it will help improve the appearance of your body.

DGEOGHEGAN Posts: 447
12/6/12 8:40 P

I am 36 and have lost a little over 20 lbs. I have toned up a ton, but have noticed that there is skin around my middle that just won't tone, and I am beginning to think it just can't. But you know what I look so much better then I used to, I just don't care.

AYOKUNLEGIRL SparkPoints: (4,092)
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12/6/12 8:09 P

I am 31 years old, is it too old for not to get loose skin?

I have been working out for not more than 1 month now with chunks of no workout days in between and I've yet to lose weight but I definitely shrink.. Overall i lost around 1 inch from my waist and slightly less from other areas and I can definetly feel my arms are not that flabby and loose (i never pay attention to my body but I remember my arms were too flabby and i was upset about it) and a certain part of my body feels and looks better. But ofcourse I can be biased.

I am afraid I will be at a point where the surgery is the only option. I don't want to get ripped and have the muscles like steel and skin as tight as washboard, I wish to remain at a certain "soft" look so if my skin is a bit soft and not as tight i can live with that. But having "extra extra" loose skin is my nightmare and i guess i much rather stay overweight..

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,255
12/6/12 7:54 P

If you lose slowly, if you are young, if you have great genes... your skin will reduce somewhat.

Most people who lose lots of weight need surgery.


AYOKUNLEGIRL SparkPoints: (4,092)
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12/6/12 7:23 P

I stumbled upon a website* and upon reading some I am baffled that he flat out says it is not possible to tighten the loose skin.. Now I wonder if I lost that 34 kg I supposed to lost will my skin be loose and flabby and saggy no matter how i incorporate exercise into my routine? How other overweight people who successfully achieve their goals manage to not get loose skin? Is this guy even has a point or he says these to promote the cream he mentions in the post**? Please shed some light SP friends!


* http://www.angrytrainerfitness.com
** http://www.angrytrainerfitness.com/2012/08
/ask-alfonso-does-exercise-tighten-loo
se-skin/

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