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9/21/07 8:35 A

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I lost 70 lbs. I did it slowly, and I did a lot of weight training. I feel the weight training really helped with the skin problem. I started lifting about 6 months into the weight loss thing, and it was like the extra hangy stuff just started to disolve! Guess I was lucky. I was over 50 when I did it. So it wasn't because I was young that the skin pulled up pretty well.

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9/20/07 12:38 A

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I think slow weight loss is the key. I took about a year to shed 50 pounds and it was only when I was shedding more than 1.5 pounds per week that I had issues with loose skin. Now that I have been on maintenance for about a month, most of that loose skin is gone. My next objective is to covert some of my body fat into muscle and get rid of the rest of the flab. I guess I am lucky. But maybe it is the genes. I think I am the only male responding to this thread.

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9/19/07 4:34 P

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I have lost 56lbs and other than my breasts have very little extra skin. I lost weight slowly and strength trained during the weight loss. I have had three children and three c/sections and that is the issue with my lower abdomen. Our bodies are truly amazing at adjusting to our food consumption.

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9/18/07 10:53 A

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I lost 60, and I, too, have some flabby bits. My stomach and boobs (when I bend over), my thighs, and my underarms. I consider the "bat wings" to be genetic, though... LOL! I have noticed some improvement in the last 4 months, but I still have a ways to go. My mom noticed my flabby thighs when I was wearing a bathing suit on vacation... I know she meant well, but the comment was not necessary. LOL! "You need to work on that..." No friggin' kidding, mom... what do you think I've been doing the last year?! *rolleyes*

Coach Dean posted on a thread I read a few months ago that it can actually take a year for loose skin to resolve itself. Of course, it may not all resolve, and some will remain. He recommended continuing with strength training to tone, if I recall. I'll wait a couple years before I even remotely consider surgical help... hospitals are NOT my thing. LOL!

I've got stretch marks on my stomach, too... but no child to show for it. LOL! It was all the result of my obesity. Hopefully they'll fade in time, too. My doctor said they would... *fingers crossed*

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9/18/07 12:21 A

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I'm right at the 50 pound mark, today - that's at the low end of my maintenance range.

Regarding the loose skin, most of it appears to be going away. I lost at a steady 1-2 pounds a week clip, which may have made the difference. Skin shrinkage is slower than fat shrinkage, at least on me! But, as someone else mentioned, I'd rather pinch an inch of skin than what used to be underneath it :)

The extra skin doesn't show much and doesn't worry me.

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9/17/07 7:43 P

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I'm still trying to lose a few more pounds, but as of today I've lost 77. I've been very lucky with my skin...I have stretch marks on my belly (mostly from pregnancy, but I carried my weight there) and at my armpits. A tiny bit of loose skin on my upper arms and on my lower belly...but nothing worth having surgery over.

Of course, there is the issue of my boobs...I went from a 38DDD to a 36C, they're deflated and nasty. I will probably have them lifted at some point in my life, but not now, I'm only 28.

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9/17/07 6:55 P

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I lost about 70 lbs...been maintaining for two years now and feel like alot of the loose skin has resolved on its own but of course there are still places I'm not as happy with -- butt and thighs specifically...I had breast reduction and breast lift surgery two years ago and it ended up being covered by insurance due to tissue damage on one side. I call it my luckiest day ever because they were the worst bad spot on my body....I know if I could get myself running I could do a whole lot better....but I'm pretty happy with things as they are...

"If you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on going where you've always gone"

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Who knows where?"


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9/17/07 3:03 P

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IT CAN TAKE UP TO 6 MONTHS FOR THE SKIN TO SHRINK. BUT AFTER YOU LOSE A LOT OF SKIN THERE REALLY IS NOTHING BESIDES PLASTIC SURGERY TO REMOVE IT. I HAD A TUMMY TUCK AND BAT WINGS REMOVED. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIGH BREAST AND BUTT DONE BUT INSURANCE WONT COVER THAT BECAUSE IT IS FOR LOOKS AND NOT FOR STOPPING SKIN BREAK DOWN. IF YOU HAVE INSURANCE CHECK AND SEE IF THEY WILL COVER ANYTHING SINCE YOU LOST A GREAT DEAL OF WEIGHT. SOME DO AND SOME DONT.

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9/17/07 11:17 A

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I lost 61 lbs and have this little pouch that hangs on the bottom stomach, but w/ cloths on it appears as a very flat belly. But I know the deal lol
I'm looking to start joggin this week , maybe that will help. I see joggers and there is no belly at all and I can see there belly. It's flat!!


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9/17/07 10:24 A

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Holy Moly, Littlesecret, that is an amazing weight loss!

Yes, I tell myself the same thing - I'd rather have the stretch marks and flab than the fat!

I just wish I hadn't been so camera shy when I was heavy. Those old pictures are such great motivation to keep it off and such a great reminder of why we did what we did.

Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul? - Keats


 
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9/17/07 10:21 A

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I wish there was some easy fix. I lost 140 . I look great until I take the cloths off haha. Some of it did tone up with working out but I know I will always have skin. When i get down I just look at my old pictures and see the alternitive.

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9/17/07 10:05 A

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I lost 92 pounds and I'd love to know the answer to flabby skin. I'm hoping that it will reabsorb itself eventually and that muscle will fill in some of the area.

I think of it battle scars.

Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 9/17/2007 (10:06)
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9/17/07 10:02 A

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This is a question for anyone who's lost 50 lbs or more and has loose, flabby skin to show for it, argh.

Is there anything you can do to firm the extra skin back up? The tops of my upper arms, belly, butt, and thighs have quite a quantity of noticeably loose, flabby skin. I'm probably wishing for a cure that doesn't exist short of plastic surgery, but I thought it'd be worth asking.

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