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9/10/12 12:37 A

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basically all the google searching ive done ive found slow slow slow weight loss is the only way ... but for some reason the images of extreame makeover weight loss edition stick in my mind regardless of how fast i am loosing weight. i know thats a crazy mental issue lol but i am just hoping and praying that it isnt going to be that bad and that i wont need surgery. :(

side note: they say that while building lean muscle and loseing weight will help you succeed more and to make your skin "bounce back" ive heard that adding protein powder to my diet will help that? has anyone added that?

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9/9/12 11:22 P

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I too have that fear as well. I am most worried about my stomach and arms. Along with the others that have posted I have also heard that losing weight slowly will help prevent loose skin. I have been doing the Biggest Loser workout which includes a lot more than just walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical. A lot of the exercises on the video are lunges, boxing, squats, etc. I am hoping that by doing all of these and also incorporating crunches that I will not have to worry that much about the loose skin.

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9/9/12 7:58 P

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That is one of my fears as well, but I've told myself that if I do indeed have loose skin, I will figure out a way to deal with it because being healthy is more important.
I've heard that losing weight at a slow pace (eg. 1-2 lbs/week) and not too quickly (eg. the Biggest Loser) is the most effective way of making sure you have minimal loose skin. There are also skin moisturizing creams which you can buy at pretty much all big commercial stores that are supposed to promote skin elasticity (they usually contain elastin, etc. Vasiline has a brand). Doing proper strength training is also supposed to really help out as well.
Hope this helps!

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9/9/12 5:15 P

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I don't really have any first hand advice... but with the amount of weight I want to lose I've pretty much reconciled myself with the fact that I will likely eventually need skin reduction surgery.

I've heard anecdotal evidence that losing weight slower can help, as it gives your skin time to adapt. I'm not sure if that is the case but since there are all sorts of other good reasons to lose weight more slowly, why not?

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9/9/12 2:40 P

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I guess you can say one of my biggest fears of when i lose all the weight id like to is that i would have loose skin hanging anywhere and everywhere,
does anyone have some great tips and advice about how to prevent or reduce the amount of skin that is left after loosing a significant amount of weight?

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