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    Hi All

    I know lots of folks on here have lost loads of weight and got healthy being Primal/Paleo. I have lost about 50 pounds and am approaching my target weight, just need to build a bit more muscle. (6'1"- weight 195lbs).

    My question is, does the loose skin left by the weight loss eventually go away/tighten? I've never been thin in my adult life, so have no experience of "what happens next".

    This is a great online community by the way, thank you!

    Dave

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    Loose skin generally does not retract back or go away, unfortunately. But, don't focus on that - concentrate on health. Ditch the scale, ignore the skin, and just go for strength, health, and happiness.

    If the loose skin is uncomfortable, painful, or prevents you from doing certain activities, you may want to look into getting it removed surgically.
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    • #3
      The degree to which your loose skin will tighten depends on age, genetics, the amount of weight lost, and how fast or slow it was lost, as well as what toning was done during the weight-loss process.

      Before they became greedy, plastic surgeons used to advise people to wait 2 years from the time they achieved their target weight to allow the skin to adapt (as much as it will) to the smaller body.

      I lost close to 200 lbs and have significant loose skin, but it's not bothersome and not noticeable when I'm clothed (which I try to be most of the time). I don't intend to do anything about it.

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      • #4
        I'm not obsessing about it or anything, just wondered. I'm very happy to be the shape I am now and the scales just give me an idea how I'm doing. Some weeks I gain, but it's usually when I get time to do extra exercise so, it's likely to be muscle gain. I'll not be going down the surgery route!
        You're right MissJecka health is the most important thing and I think I've largely saved that from deteriorating any more.
        200 lbs emmie! Wow what an acheivement.
        Thanks to you both

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        • #5
          I know some people swear that firming creams have helped the skin tighten up after weight loss. I can't speak to it personally. Usually the people who have done so have used a higher end cream, such as Clarins, rather than a drugstore brand. If you have the extra cash and no issues with the ingredients, it can't hurt, but it may not help all that much.

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          • #6
            There are a few good threads on here about this issue- Plus Mark has an article on it (I think). Congrats on achieving what you have!
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            • #7
              As Emmie pointed out it really depends on your age and genetics. I was 180 at one point and now at 123. To me it was huge weight loss and I did this in the last 8 yrs or so. I'm only 30 mind you so I didn't have any loose skin. However I got a lot of stretch marks from it. I do think that weight lifting, eating a clean diet and generally taking care of my skin helped out a lot.

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              • #8
                NAC, MSM, Signature Chelate,

                basically a shit ton of sulphur
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Crofter View Post
                  Hi All

                  I know lots of folks on here have lost loads of weight and got healthy being Primal/Paleo. I have lost about 50 pounds and am approaching my target weight, just need to build a bit more muscle. (6'1"- weight 195lbs).

                  My question is, does the loose skin left by the weight loss eventually go away/tighten? I've never been thin in my adult life, so have no experience of "what happens next".

                  This is a great online community by the way, thank you!

                  Dave
                  Did you lift heavy things and sprint during the weight loss? Primal weight loss should have very little loose skin, too many hormonal/ gh benefits if you follow it correctly

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                  • #10
                    Emmie kind of nailed it...it also depends on just how much skin we're talking about. Maybe adding muscle will help even things out. Unfortunately, it just takes a little time to really be able to know for sure.

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                    • #11
                      From what I remember reading the best way to lose small to moderate amounts of loose skin is to drop your body fat in to the single digits.

                      Basically, skin is constantly being replaced and will adjust. The issue is that layer of fat just under the skin. This fat is the type of fat is the stuff that is hard to lose. If you can lose that fat your skin will adjust.

                      Found it, here is Mark's article on it.
                      How to Get Rid of Excess Loose Skin After Weight Loss | Mark's Daily Apple

                      Bob

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                      • #12
                        Ok. To answer the comments, yes I have been lifting heavy things but no, I haven't been sprinting. I've read Mark's article (thanks Bob) and I'm now pretty sure I'm looking at a layer of residual subcutaneous fat. As I said at the beginning, I don't think I'm quite "there" yet and can still improve my strength and trim off fat so I'll carry on the way I have been, eating lots of Fat, plenty of Protein and few Carbs, Lift heavy things and try to find a way to sprint. I've started IF two weeks ago, and it's got me over a plateau, so I'll carry on with that.
                        Thank you all for your help.

                        Dave

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Crofter View Post
                          My question is, does the loose skin left by the weight loss eventually go away/tighten?
                          Great question Dave.

                          And, thanks for the thoughts folks. I've lost 38lbs since March and by the feel of the blubber left around my torso, I reckon I've got at least that amount of fat to go. Hopefully the strength training and HIT rowing will help stop loose skin being a problem. At 5'11" my target is to be under 182lbs (from 240lbs) by Christmas. Not so worried about the exact final weight by next February as long as I feel/look right.
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                          • #14
                            my skin is shrinking as i go, however i keep taking sulphur

                            it is pretty odd how little extra skin i have
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