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4/12/13 5:51 P

I'm worried about this, too. Ultimately I'd like to lose 130lbs, but I intend to do it slowly, mainly because I'm afraid of having lots of excess skin. I've also started using the Nivea Firming lotion (WalMart makes a pretty good generic version of it). I used it when I was losing weight in my teen years (about 80lbs in 10 months), and I didn't have any excess skin. I realise that could mainly have been because of my age, but eh, it's easy to use and it makes me feel better knowing I'm trying something!

Good luck on your journey!

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4/9/13 3:30 P

Haha I know alot of people who wished their faces stayed the same. I'm hoping that losing weight slowly, strength training, no stretch marks, and youth will be on my side with this....

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4/9/13 3:26 P

Kinda wish I could have kept my fat's a-sag gin' kids. emoticon

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4/9/13 3:21 P

Strength training should help some as you go along, since you're kind of still in the beginning stages. Like others said your skin will likely bounce back if you are young anyway.

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4/9/13 1:44 P

I am having the same issue! I read that using coffee grounds in a body scrub will help firm up skin. Something about the caffine in it. I already use a homemade sugar scrub when I shower, so I added some coffee grounds to it. I have only been using it for about a week, but honestly, I can't tell any difference yet.

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4/9/13 1:43 P

There is nothing, short of surgery, that can be done for this. Love the skin you are in, and be happy for your new-found health!

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4/9/13 1:26 P

Thanks for all the responses! I know that loose skin is a problem for people who lose lots of weight. My brother-in-law lost 110 pounds and had to get the skin removed because it was causing infections, and even then his insurance wouldn't cover the procedure. The loose skin I am having isn't much at all honestly. I have lost the weight before but I didn't keep it off long enough to see if the skin would go back to normal. Even then the loose skin wasn't noticeable to anyone but me.

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4/9/13 12:11 P

Lots of loose skin on stomach and thigh area, no amount of exercise will fix this problem.

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4/9/13 11:59 A

This very problem stopped me from continuing on the weight loss plan I was on before. It was an unwise decision on my part.

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4/9/13 11:52 A

@CC ..... I wish I had your problem.
you're doing great.... GO FOR IT. emoticon

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4/9/13 11:50 A

Strength training is great.

- it builds lean mass (which increases metabolism!)
- toned lean mass under your skin, looks good!
- retains/improves bone density (you'll care about that when you're older) :)

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4/9/13 11:14 A

Thanks guys! I mean like you said I had 38 pounds to lose. And I don't really have any strech marks where the loose skin is starting so I figure it will bounce back like you said. Plus I am trying to aim for 1-2 pounds a week, this way I can give my body time to catch up. I think I need to start a strenght training routine anyway because I haven't been doing anything. I really appreciate your comments!!

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4/9/13 10:56 A

Since you have relatively little to lose, and are young, you can expect that your "loose skin" will likely bounce back. It takes a bit of time for your skin to catch up with fast weight loss though, so don't despair!

Yes, many people swear by toning/strength exercises to help with the "looseness."

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4/9/13 10:52 A

Well, this is a common problem with weight loss. I have lost 170 lb and when I went in for a hernia repair I asked the doctor why he didn't cut out that belly fat while he was at it. He was very candid when he told me that IT WASNT FAT, IT WAS SKIN. He also told me that the left over skin was mine to bear. It is impossible to diet left over skin away. Surgery is the only option and unless you can get it declared a serious health issue, good luck getting your insurance to pay for it.

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4/9/13 10:33 A

I am still on my weight loss journey... I have lost 8 pounds so far. I still have 30 left to go. Well I am starting to see signs of loose skin. And I was wondering what to do about it! As of right now it looks like I will be left with a bit on my arms and my stomach. Will strength training help with this? I just want some advice if you can give it. Thanks!

Edited by: CC3833 at: 4/9/2013 (10:34)

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