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UGH!! Loose Skin!!

ok, so this is just a rant..but if anyone has any suggestions, PLEASE feel free to post on this..

Ok, so I've been on Weight Watchers since November 2007. To date, I've lost 53 lbs. 9 more to go and I'll be at my goal weight. Up until about a month ago, I hadnt worked out at all. All I did was cut my portions and I lost the 53 lbs doing that alone. I feel better than I have in a long time, but my only problem is that I have loose skin now from the weight loss..I HATE it!! It almost makes me wanna go back to being overweight!! And I refuse to have cosmetic surgery if it's not absolutely necessary...Ok..Rant over..thanks for listening

Tue. May 12, 6:46pm

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galganic spa from nu skin. that's all you need to look will fin dnothing better

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 11:43 PM

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has anyone been successful at tightening up their loose skin, especially around the lower abdomen region after weight loss? Without surgery...

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 12:23 PM

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loose flabby stomach

I have three boys ages 12, 8, and 5. my stomach is stretched and loose and I was wondering how much it will tighten back up as I go down towards 115-120. Does anyone have any before and after pictures to show how much yours tightened up?

Friday, May 15, 2009, 12:22 PM

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Loose skin and how to fix it!

I'm currently a team member in "LOSE 100 POUNDS" and a fellow member asked about this same was my response:

In response to loose and sagging skin: I thought that it was most likely to occur if the weight was dropped at a very rapid weight...Such as gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, crash dieting, fasting, etc. I think losing weight slowly is the best thing you can do to help with "sagging". However, sagging skin can happen even to those of us that lose weight slowly.

What I think happens is that we lose WEIGHT, not necessarily FAT - which is the key here. Say a woman becomes pregnant and gains 50 lbs. during the pregnancy. What if she loses all of the 50lbs she gained, but she has a flabby stomach (that she didn't have before), some loose skin on her arms (where did that come from!?), and she has love handles that didn't exist a year ago. Why? Because she didn't necessarily lose the FAT that she gained, perhaps she lost muscle mass. So her body fat % hasn't changed, just her weight. Therefore the fat that she gained will still be there - so she'll have the flabby skin.

I think a way of combating this is weight training....toning the muscles and focus on losing fat instead of weight. If I were you *******, I would ask about "body fat calipers" at the Y you go to. If you find a personal trainer or someone that works in the gym, they'll know what you're looking for and will be able to perform a BMI (w/ the caliper). I would go every few months and test your BMI with them, this is a sure way to know if you're losing fat and how much.

Here are a few good websites about it:

---- Also, you say that you didn't work out at all, that you just did portion control and watched what you ate. I think that might be your problem right there - my theory is that you lost a significant amount of muscle mass but that perhaps you haven't lose as much of your body fat % as you think you have.

Look into getting a proper BMI done with the caliper and see what happens.

Friday, May 15, 2009, 4:05 PM

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Ok so you have to make sure to keep your muscle tone up while buring the fat off under the skin. Does anyone have any pictures to show how they tightened up their abs after loosing weight? What is the workouts and diet strategy that worked to accomplish this?

Friday, May 22, 2009, 3:38 PM

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Hi! The muscle toning thing makes sense- isn't muscle attached to skin through fascia? or at least it fills the skin out...

Don't forget glycolic acid and retina (unless you are pregnant or nursing)-- loose skin is just another wrinkle..

Its your Spirit that's beautiful anyway. Enjoy Lightness!

Friday, May 22, 2009, 5:29 PM

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Has anyone managed to tighten up their stomach by weight lifting?

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 2:59 PM

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anyone want to share before and after pictures with details of how they accomplished their success???

Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:02 PM

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The May 15 poster is all off.

Loose skin exists for a multitude of reasons. It stretches to fit you- shrinking back into place takes much more work, and more collagen, and collagen naturally depletes as you get older. A 25 year old has a better chance at fighting loose skin than a 65 year old.

There is a difference though between loose skin and extra fat. And no, your muscle doesn't necessarily attach to skin. Everyone generally has a layer of 'subcutaneous fat' which is under the skin. You can easily lose weight and much of that weight can be muscle mass which isn't going to give you a great shape. Fat jiggles. The more of it, the more it jiggles. So a person with 14" biceps with good muscle is going to have better looking arms than a person with 14" biceps lacking the muscle, because the fat is spread over the not jiggley muscle.

Exercising, and eating **healthy** (NOT just low cal, which does not necessarily mean healthy) moves towards actual health and not just weight loss- you get more circulation and more nutrients to your skin, it's going to be better able to shrink back at some point. The skin is the largest organ of your body, and it needs to be taken care of.

Some people have also had success with body brushing, which stimulates circulation, and the under rated lymph, when done properly.

Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:48 PM

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Oh! I just figured this one out. Skin is relative to nutrition so you will notice a difference in your skin when you incorperate lean protein, amino acids and fiber into your diet. Your skin will look healthy and vital when you give yourself nutrition from the inside out. I used an herbalife supplement called
Cell-U-Loss: a combination of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs to help improve circulation. Help with excess water retention (bloating in lower stomach). It also promotes inch loss. Helps eliminate excess body fluid to help improve the appearance of skin in problem areas. I take 2 a day with my main meals. It will not harm you to take more but if you do you will be going to the bathroom every time you drink water. It will not dehydrate you... just get rid of the bloat.
I really believe in this stuff! so much so that I became a distributor, If you want to check it out go to go to "weight management" (on the upper heading) and then go to "enhancers" Each supplement is about 16 dollars. The goal is to incorporate lean protein into each meal. It helps build lean muscle mass and keeps your skin tight as you lose weight.

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 6:36 AM

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