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5/31/18 11:04 P

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Over and above all that has already been mentioned, I have found that the most important variable in skin becoming less loose was TIME.

I have maintained a loss of just over 100 lbs for about 4 years now, with a fair bit of loose skin (it took me over 18 months to lose the weight, and I had previously lost about 85 lbs more and maintained that loss for over a decade) BUT I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the loose skin gradually decreased for another 2 years after I finished losing, so that it doesn't look like nearly as much now as it did when I first hit healthy BMI.

Oh - and I was post menopause already when I started losing this time, used no hormone replacements, and from family history would definitely assume that I was going to be left with a LOT of loose skin! Time, slow loss, weight training, good hydration, and a focus on eating healthfully with lots of healthy fats and vitamins and minerals --- and while there are definitely some small batwings and a bit of an apron, it isn't enough to be a health issue (or even bother me, appearance-wise).

Take your time, eat as healthfully as you can, build up a solid layer of lean muscle, stay well hydrated --- and be patient for a while even after the weight loss!

Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

Starting weight: 258 lbs
Maintenance Range: 147-155 lbs

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5/31/18 9:48 A

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I had that question too, and it bothered me. Thanks for the responses. My ultimate goals are to be healthier and have more energy so I can do things, Focusing on my ultimate goals, that's what's important.

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5/31/18 9:38 A

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Hi, Sherry !

Coach Denise is correct. there are too many factors that determine whether or not you'll end up with loose skin. If you were to slowly lose the weight, that will give your skin (which is a human organ) time to pop back. Will it all pop back ? Probably not.

I know that when I lost the weight (50+ pounds), some of my skin popped back and some didn't. My upper body looks great ! However, if you look at my stomach, it bears more than a passing resemblance to a Shar Pei puppy. LOL.

Yes, I can have a tummy tuck. That could be something you consider too. but for now, don't worry too much about having any excess skin. The best thing you can do for your health is take off the excess weight. As the weight comes off and you see how your body/skin responds, then you can think about cosmetic surgery.

Personally, while I do have excess skin, I am in the best shape that I have ever been in my life and I'm 50+ years old now.

One thing I would suggest is that you consider adding some strength training to your workout routine. Don't wait to lose weight. Start with one dedicated workout per week. As you add lean muscle, that will give your body some definition. Basically, if you have great biceps, no one will care if you have any excess skin. they'll just be in awe of your amazing guns !

And that's no joke. Adding lean muscle will not only help you be stronger, it helps give your body some shape and definition.

5/30/18 11:08 P

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It's hard to say what you can expect as everyone responds differently. There are several factors that can play a role in whether or how much loose skin you end up with (genetics, age, elasticity - your skin loses its elasticity as you get older, amount of total weight lost, speed of weight loss - faster usually = more loose skin, and location where it was lost from). For example, people who tend to store a lot of their excess weight as subcutaneous fat in the belly area may be more likely to have some loose skin than people who stored a similar amount of fat within the abdominal cavity and had a large but firm "beer belly."

Unfortunately, there are too many factors to give you an answer as it isn't that simple. Do your best to aim for a weight loss of no more than 2 pounds a week, stay hydrated and include both cardio and strength training in your fitness plan and you should have a better chance of having less, but it's not a guarantee.

Coach Denise

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5/30/18 8:50 P

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I have about 100 lbs to lose and I was wondering if there was a way to lose it without getting all that loose skin?

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