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9/2/12 11:07 P

Hello there I myself lost 100 pounds in a short amount of time and I have to deal with the loose skin too. Sometimes people make stupid comments about why my skin looks the way it is but I just shrug it off. These our your battle scars and be proud of them you worked hard and I would rather have lost the weight then be unhealthy so think about it that way.

BRITOMART Posts: 8,305
9/2/12 12:28 P

It takes time for your body to catch up with any huge change (and dropping essentially 1/3 of yourself is HUGE). A year or more will have to pass before you can really judge what's gonna stay 'for keeps.' At that point, you may want to consult your doctor about surgery.

Till then, maybe move away from circuits 2x a week into pure strength. Sergeant Major on this site has some good ideas ( he can sound curmudgeonly, but al lot of what he says [excet maybe about footwear?] makes sense).

You are a work in progress; don't take a chisel to the sculpture till you have finished the creation.

LARISSA_NY Posts: 200
9/1/12 2:53 P

Being ripped isn't a matter of scale weight or weight lost, it's a matter of body fat. As in, you have to have a really low percentage of it. You don't say what sex you are or how tall you are, but unless you're a 6'4 man who can bench press a small car, at 211 pounds you're probably pretty far off the body fat range required to have a lot of visible muscle. (I don't say that to make you feel bad. I'm 5'3 and 135 pounds and I'm a long way from the ripped range too.)

You've done really well and you should be proud of yourself. Don't start sabotaging yourself now because you don't look like an airbrushed ad photo. If that's the look you want, you can probably get it; just do the research and be realistic about what it's going to take.

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8/30/12 7:38 P

I would suggest asking your doctor, and yes, perhaps surgery might be needed eventually. That being said, OMG!!!! emoticon emoticon Don't give up! You are almost at the finish line...

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8/30/12 6:54 P

Congratulations on your weight-loss - that is a FANTASTIC achievement :-)

That link ARCHIMEDESII gave you was excellent - I knew about the loose skin, but didn't know about the sounds etc.

I remember a lot of years ago Richard Simmons (that GURU of weight-loss/exercise/health eating) lost massive amounts of weight. He did it the healthy way, but still required surgery to remove that excessive skin. You aren't on your own, and yes - those photos are sooooo touched up. They don't go getting the average Joe Blog either for the photos - they are very selective.


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8/30/12 3:12 P

I do circuits ranging from core workouts to full body workouts. usually do 6 stations. Each station is timed for 1 min making each round 6 mins. with a 1 min rest before the next set. I do this untill i complete 4-5 rounds ranging from 24-28 mins total. For example todays workout was, Wall ball throws with a 15lbs medicine call while preforming squats, next station was a core workout in the sit up position with a 25 lb weight doing a twist, Third station was kettlebell swings, fourth station was mountain climbers with a pushup, fifth station was a lunge with a DB overhead press, sixth station Planks. I switch workouts every time to switch it up but that's usually the extent of the workouts. Also, thank you for the replies. Just one of those days i suppose, I was just like BLAH WHY!!!

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8/30/12 2:40 P


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.

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)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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8/30/12 2:20 P

You've lost a huge amount of weight, way to go! No reason to give up either! Chances are, what are you seeing in terms of "flab" is actually loose skin, and lots of it. Think of it this way, you've lost almost the entire amount of an adult person in a pretty short period of time... so there's bound to be some extra skin left, especially since you did it in a relatively short period of time. You can't compare yourself to what you see on TV or in photos. On TV (like on the biggest loser), they can dress them a certain way or do certain things with lighting, camera angles etc so you don't see their extra skin. In photos, you have no idea if the photos have been touched up. Pretty much everyone I know that has lost a lot of weight has lots of extra skin, especially in the midsection and thighs, and they either live with it, or have surgery to trim it up.

Have you had your body fat percentage measured? Doing a displacement test is the best way to go for that, especially if you have loose skin. That should be what you focus on, not the skin.

If it helps, I've lost way less than you (35ishlbs) in 8 months and even I have some loose skin on my stomach and under my arms.

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8/30/12 1:52 P

I do Brazilian jiujitsu and I do Strength and conditioning classes.

8/30/12 1:46 P

Are you lifting weights and doing strength training or only cardio? Try focusing on toning.

But, please, don't give up!! You've come so far!

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8/30/12 1:23 P

So heres my deal, I dont know if this belongs here, but seemed suitable. When I started my weight loss journey I was 315 lbs. Sense then I have gotten down to 211 lbs. in about a 10 month time frame. Now my problem is and this could just be me but when you see people on tv before and after pics of people who were 50+ lbs over weight and you see the before and after pics they totally looked ripped. I look nothing like that and I thought that losing 100 lbs I'd fall into a leaner category. This is not the case. I look really flabby in the mid section no tone able features. Im pretty disappointed in my results in losing weight. To be honest im starting to think why bother with it anymore. I workout 3-4 times a week ranging from 30-90 mins at a time. I follow a low carb high fat diet that works for me. Im just disappointed. has anyone else fallen into this category?

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