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jelly belly!!

wahh! so i've lost more than 60 lbs-slowly of course!!! and while my stomach has more musle than it ever has, and my waist is small-i'm left with stretch marks and loose skin that hang free in the ugliest way if i'm say, leaning over my boyfriend "nekkid", or say in a plank pose in a yoga class (if wearing a tight tank-no problems, but a loose t-shirt and i fear the person behind me is wondering what's going on w/ my flesh blanket!! haha). i know i should just suck it up and be happy with my weightloss-i know i look great otherwise-and no one would know i have this gross belly by looking at me with clothes on . . . and i know there is not much i can do about the condition of my skin-old old stretch marks.

but please tell me there are others out there who have thi s jelly belly after losing weight!!!???? at least when i was heavier my belly was somewhat firm! haha! commisserate with me!!!!!

Fri. Dec 22, 3:13pm

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My best friend went from 110 kilos (242 1/2 lbs.) to 57kilos (125 1/2 lbs.) and has kept it off for several years now. She too was left with a "skin apron" that she's very self-conscious about. Her solution? As a single mom, she's saving up and doing the research no matter how long it takes, to have a first rate tummy tuck. When it comes to large amounts of excess skin, I'm afraid surgery is the only real alternative if you truly want it gone. Good luck with whatever solution works for you. Congratulations on your loss. Be proud. As with my friend, I'm sure you notice it much more than strangers and even your man. Take heart!

Friday, December 22, 2006, 4:21 PM

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Well I've had 2 kids so it's probably contributed. My tummy is nice and flat and taut when I'm standing but when I bend over it hangs loose and funny. Luckily it's not that bad. If it really bothers you, set you reward for reaching you goal weight, or for something like the 1 year anniversary of your goal weight as a tummy tuck surgery and save your money.

Friday, December 22, 2006, 6:52 PM

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Yup, tummy tuck, my neighbor had gastric bypass surgery and then had to have a tummy tuck.

Saturday, December 23, 2006, 9:46 PM

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i would never get surgery to look better. i know it's a personal choice, but that is my choice. it must have been possible for folks to lose that extra skin before all of this crazy plastic surgery took over for effort.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 4:52 PM

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I think in the past it was more of an issue of people not showing as much skin. You really can't cheat physiology. If skin is stretched and loses elasticity, it will not just dissappear with effort. Some people have an easier time of it based on genetics, but my friend (I'm the 22 December, 4:21 PM) is definitely putting the effort into being fit and healthy. The skin just isn't going to go away.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 5:04 PM

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I lost 96 pounds and had the same issue. I did the whole tuck the skin into the pants. Nothing really fits right because you have this extra skin that makes you wear clothing a bit to big. No amount of exercise can get rid of it. I did a lot of research and did get a tummy tuck and have to say it was totally worth it! I actually lost another 6 pounds (all skin) and my shape is what I always wanted, my belly is flat and clothes fit me great now. But if this is the route you are going to take, don't look for a good deal, find the best and have it done right. My recovery time was pretty easy and fast and besides from the first week, it went pretty smoothly, oh and I have hardly anymore stretch marks and a very small faint scar. I can even wear a bikini. I should say don't jump the gun on it though. I told myself that if I kept the weight off for a year I would get it done.

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 3:44 AM

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Thats right, no amount of loose excess skin will go away. Once you have that it will be there forever, only plastic surgery will get rid of it. Its sort of like the older you get the more south everything seems to go.

Thursday, December 28, 2006, 10:50 PM

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I am 30 years old and my stomach has been flabby and loose ever since I had my third child over 6 years ago. Has anyone had any luck getting rid of this without surgery? Does anyone have before and after pictures?

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 3:02 PM

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I have this problem too. Does exercise make this go away?

Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:01 PM

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Does strength training make your skin tighten up on your stomach again?? Please tell me that someone has actually been able to make this happen with just exercise and eating healthy without surgery.

Thursday, July 07, 2011, 4:35 PM

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The surgery works. Otherwise, you have to decrease your overall body fat.

Saturday, July 09, 2011, 12:50 PM

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Does anyone have a solution that has worked for their stomach area without surgery???

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 11:34 AM

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I had surgery. It worked great. I'm so glad I did it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 10:25 PM

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I'm Worried.

I know how you feel (kinda) I'm in the begining stages of losing weight and I'm worried that when i lose all my weight that I might have a skin apron, its very scary to think that I might have to have a tummy tuck.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 2:57 PM

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Is it possible to get your skin to tighten back up without surgery? Has anyone on PT accomplished this? I do NOT want to even think about surgery. First, I can not afford it. Second, I would not want to put myself through that pain unless it was a medical necessity.

Monday, September 19, 2011, 11:12 AM

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