Congratulations on a phenomenal loss ! Actually, what you're experiencing IS perfectly normal for that kind of substantial loss. The re-touched photos you see of people who've lost weight and looked ripped are just that, re-touched. Have you ever watched the Biggest Loser ? Many of those contestants lost a lot of weight in a short time. Several of them have under gone cosmetic surgery to remove the excess skin.
You might want to read this blog on excess skin from a former contestant. blbreak.austinandrews.net/2012/05/you-aske
Will your skin pop back ? With that kind of loss, some might, but not all of it. You may well have to consider cosmetic surgery. Here's the thing, if your excess skin is causing medical issues, the surgery would be covered by your insurance. However, if you're just getting rid of the skin because you don't like the look of it, the surgery will cost you.
I blame the late night infomercials for showing "miraculous" physical changes that are just not typical. I lost significantly less weight than you and I still ended up with sagging skin. Unless I get a tummy tuck, I can't wear a bikini.
What the weight loss shows don't tell you is that many of the contestants DO get tummy tucks to remove the excess skin. Most people really don't have skin that's so elastic that it bounces right back after that kind of loss. Ideally, if you had lost the weight more slowly, some of the skin might have popped back. What will pop back now ? Hard to say. too many factors.
Don't beat yourself up because you don't look like the before and after photos you see in the magazines. You're going to live a longer healthier life because you've dropped the excess weight. That's what really counts. If you really want the excess skin gone, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to a cosmetic surgeon. It doesn't hurt to get a professional opinion. Look into your options.
Also, what sort of strength training have you been doing ? While a good strength training program will not help you get rid of that excess skin, it can help give you more muscular definition. So, if you haven't been doing any strength training. I'm going to encourage you to start. You're still going to have some excess skin. BUT with time, you'll start seeing some muscle.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/30/2012 (14:45)