I lost 70 lbs without exersizing. Fortunately I ate non starchy foods & my tummy went way down. I went from a 42" waist to a 29" waist. I am 5' 2" weigh 136 and I'm 54 yrs old. I too have saggy skin, under my arms, below my belly, on my inner thighs. My breasts did not change, they were already saggy, lol, and I went from a 42DD down to a 36D. Not a beautiful sight though, but I'm okay with that. I want to exercise to build stamina and gain more energy. I pretty much know I'll never wear a bikini again. I'm a grandma & it really doesn't matter to me.
Edited by: OO0SUSIE0OO at: 8/5/2013 (23:26)
Susie, 55, in Redlands, California Max Lifetime Weight, 212 SP Start Weight, 207 Initial SP Goal, 130 Current Weight, 124 Goal met!!
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8/4/13 10:13 P
As others have said, exercise won't do anything for loose skin. I've lost just over 70 lbs and have plenty of it myself! With luck, it will tighten up itself over time (it can take as long as two years), but the only sure-fire solution is surgery.
8/4/13 9:16 P
Have you tried body strength/resistance exercises?
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4,279 8/4/13 3:45 P
I'm affraid that all I have to offer is sympathy and commiseration. I am 58 years old and have lost 50 pounds, hoping to lose a little more. I am pretty floppy and saggy at this point and don't have a lot of hope for much improvement.
But I'd rather deal with this new problem than with my old 50 pounds.
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8/4/13 9:33 A
You look young; it's entirely possible that your skin will bounce back over time. Even if it doesn't (or not as much as you'd like), strength training should help a lot for appearances by firming up the muscles underneath the skin and perhaps replacing some remaining (floppy) fat deposits with (firmer) muscle. It's also possible that if you gain a slight amount of weight from here (or wherever you wind up), hopefully in a good way (again, strength training), that you'll wind up redistributing a little fat back into your breasts. No way to be sure, though.
In the meantime you can take a lot of pride in what you've accomplished. I look at myself, personally, having lost about 45 pounds (but also 43 years old), and for every moment when I look at something unexpectedly saggy on myself and go "what the heck" there are twenty when I'm astounded at looking better than I ever thought I would and being so much stronger and more fit than I ever thought I would be again. It's all a matter of perspective. Congrats!
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8/4/13 7:21 A
If you haven't done much exercise as you've lost the weight, then beginning to exercise now may help you tone the muscles that have lain dormant under your body fat.
And if you have been exercising all along, you can fine tune your strength training a bit--work on the pectorals to provide breast tissue some support, for example.
However, the other posts are right. It's unlikely you'll rid yourself of all the loose skin through exercise.
Finally, rather than focus on the loose skin, please be so proud of yourself for the astonishing accomplishment of having lost so much weight. Do you know how rare you are? GREAT JOB!!!
Margaret--Spring, TX The Beck Deck Crew!
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8/4/13 6:55 A
Losing 60 pounds is absolutely fantastic !! But, as others have noted, there is only so much a good strength training program can do to help firm a person up. Whether or not a person's skin pops back after weight loss depends on a bunch of different factors. Age and genetics are the two most important.
The younger a person is the more likely some of the skin will pop back. However, as we age, our skin loses its elasticity. Also, the more times a person yo yo diets over the years, the less likely the skin pops back. Genetics, if your family has good skin, you probably do too.
I lost around 50+ pounds several years ago and have been able to keep it off. Some of my skin popped back, some didn't. My stomach looks a lot like a Shar Pei puppy ! LOL !! I don't let it bother me anymore. Over the years, I've learned that WHAT my body can do is much more important than how it looks.
Strength training can help give your body some definition. It can help firm you up, but it can't make the skin shrink back. There are members who did have cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin. That always is an option. So is a boob job to lift your breast. Because if they're sagging now, they ain't getting back up. That's the sad reality for women and weight loss. If a woman losses weight, her boobs will sag. If a woman gains weight, her boobs will sag. If a woman gets older, her boobs will sag. Wait a second. Basically, you're a woman, at some point, your boobs are going to sag. In short, it happens to most women. Very few women were genetically blessed with boobs that defy gravity.
So, don't worry about it. Instead, learn to appreciate what your body can do since losing the weight and don't worry about how it looks. No one is perfect.
I am sorry, but NO! Have the same problem over here. What I have heard helps is doing exercises that stimulate the human growth hormone, like trampoline, KBells, weight lifting, running. Taking Resveratrol tablets (anti oxidant from grape skins and seeds) Building muscle to 'fill up the skin more' But alas, the only guaranteed remedy is surgery!
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I was so excited about my weight loss in the last 6 months, but now when I look in the mirror I see a lot of loose skin and floppy left over flesh. Even my breasts have deflated. Is it possible to firm everything up with exercise? Does anyone have any suggestions about which exercise would be good? Is there any hope for my breasts? Thanks
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