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    Hey folks..

    So, I'm not sure how I came about this, but I went down a rabbit hole on youtube and found two videos of women who had lost over 150 pounds each. One had surgery and went down 230 pounds, and one did it the old fashion way and lost 163 pounds. Wow the loose skin. I felt so... bad for them. I have about 125 pounds to lose. Anyone out there who have lost a significant amount? Ya'll have loose skin? Like, seriously loose, hanging skin? Please tell me this isn't my future.
    The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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    Some of it will tighten up. Results are very individual. The question is, would you rather be thin and healthy or not, if there is a chance you will end up with loose skin?

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    • #3
      It does happen sadly. Sometimes it tightens over time. Lots of factors are involved.
      I've already decided I will have surgery if needed and I am sure I will.
      No amount of exercise will tighten over stretched skin sadly.
      Will have to be a wait and see thing

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      • #4
        Ha, well I'm not going to stop primal because of loose skin. It sucks to think about though. The women in the videos where in their 50's and had children (one had four) I am 22, no kids. I'm sure that would make a difference, huh? Of course, my goal has never been to walk around proudly in a bikini. Fat or not, still too much modesty for that
        The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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        • #5
          It might make it less likely for you. My skin has been stretched and saggy many times now so it's prob stuffed.
          Being younger should help too but I guess it also can depend on how long it's been stretched. There is no way of knowing what will happen sadly

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          • #6
            I am 58. I have lost 66 pounds since my heaviest weight. My belly used to hang in a fold, and I was sure I would have an empty droop of skin there.

            But I don't. It has tightened up a lot. Maybe I'm not as perfect as a young woman who has never been overweight or has never been pregnant and gotten stretch marks from it, but you would never guess what I used to look like from looking at my body now. My boyfriend is talking about going to the beach with me in a bikini, and I fully expect to look better than half the women who are half my age.

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            • #7
              I am 21 years old, i have lost 150lbs (i went from 310lbs to 160lbs) and sadly to say, yes there is a fair amount of weight loss. It does tighten up a little bit with some time. The thing that I found that helped tighten the skin the best was to keep up with the core work; and when I say core i mean all of the core muscles (abs, obliques, erectors in your back, hips, etc...) I was doing tons of just rectus abdominus (6-pack) exercises and it didn't help much. But when I incorporated all of the core muscles, it seriously started to tighten everything up.

              I wish you the best of luck along your journey. The skin is nothing more than a mere reminder of all of the hard work it took to lose the weight. It is how you feel and how much healthier you are that is what matters, not some extra skin. Don't let it stand in the way of your goals.
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              • #8
                Just in case this helps anyone........I've been reading many of the posts at the t-tapp forum about regaining good skin elasticity via alfalfa and skin brushing. I'm taking the alfalfa offered for sale there (it supposedly encourages collagen production which improves skin elasticity) and also doing the skin brushing and salt baths recommended there in forum posts. So far so good. The forums there are somewhat off-putting, I think....heavily moderated and you get a sense that everyone has drunk the kool-aid. But if you can ignore the overly saccharine comments and cheerleading, there is some good info.

                Success With Sagging Skin On Stomach?
                What really has worked to firm up breasts?
                Never a Dull Moment - Workout Wednesday! Skin Sooooo Soft!
                Michelle P. - T-Tapp Success Story

                So basically, what I'm doing is drinking lots of water, running (every other day), lifting weights (every other day), taking alfalfa (every day), doing salt baths (twice weekly), skin brushing (every day), and being primal (all day every day). It sounds like a lot of time but the skin brushing is ten minutes a day and the salt baths are 10 minutes each twice a week. And both are extremely enjoyable. So far no loose skin. I want to rock a bikini at 66 like Helen Mirren

                nburgraff, congratulations on your amazing weight loss!
                Last edited by little vase; 05-03-2013, 12:49 PM. Reason: added a link
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                • #9
                  I had gastric bypass when I was 25 (I'm 33 now), at the time I weighed 280ish and lost 130 lbs. within a year. I definitely have loose skin, not as bad as some post-bypass folks that I have seen, but I am not nor will I ever be "bikini ready" without the aid of a very skilled plastic surgeon. Honestly, I think there's a limit to skin elasticity, though I do think that the fats and slower weight loss with a Primal diet may lessen the impact.

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                  • #10
                    So, we have an alfalfa hay field to feed our animals in the winter. I am seriously tempted to walk out there and eat some when it starts to go. LOL! It's a legume though, so not primal approved. I also saw the skin brushing. I actually looked into it a long time ago to help my skin soften up. It's always rough and dry. Maybe I'll order a brush and give it a go. I'm not looking for perfection. I'm not looking to don a mini skirt or a bikini. That is just not who I am. I am not doing this in hopes to "finally attract a man." I have a man which I intend to hang on to. So, I guess I'll see what this skin brushing is about. Maybe some salt baths. Thanks ladies.
                    The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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                    • #11
                      I find the salt baths make my skin feel and look tight and amazing. The salt masks, which I think are mentioned in one of the links I gave, are a real mess. Aloe vera gel and salt mixed together is COLD. And drippy. And I have no place to go while the salt is doing its thing. If you stand up the salt water kind of drips down your legs. If you lie down it trickles down your sides. I don't know about you but I can't stand still for 10 minutes in the shower without going crazy, and if you try laying down in the shower you just get cold. So I do the salt bath and try to submerge my whole body or even turn over so my boobs and stomach get a good dose

                      The alfalfa capsules only contain the greens, IF that makes any difference to you, gladmorning. I actually looked it up before ordering to see exactly what it was. I saw it was a member of the pea family and wasn't going to take it but then read on t-tapp that only the leaves are used for their capsules so decided to go for it I'd probably take it anyway no matter what parts of the plant is used though! I'll try to remember to report back in a few months (when I **hopefully** have lost more weight!) to update this with my skin status.

                      I have never worn a bikini and don't think it's ever going to be in the cards. I would like to feel good about myself in whatever I wear, though. The photo of Helen Mirren at 65 is purely for inspiration
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by little vase View Post
                        The photo of Helen Mirren at 65 is purely for inspiration
                        http://api.ning.com/files/pUHZnuKKaC....jpg?width=300
                        Don't forget the wonderful HM hasn't had children!

                        I have stretch marks from two pregnancies, the first doing the damage as I gained a lot of weight very quickly with gestational diabetes. The loose skin did firm up over time, and survived a second pregnancy (which was sugar controlled).

                        Ab work, I find especially through yoga, does really help your general 'outline' but stretch marks will only fade, not vanish! I think of them as a road map of my life experiences!

                        What I have learned over the last couple of decades since my babies were born is that what you feel about yourself inside, and by that I mean emotionally and spiritually is what really counts. Once you get that sorted the physical body is really not that important provided it's healthy of course.
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                        • #13
                          I have lost close to 200 lbs, but I lost post-menopausal, so very slowly. Yes, I have some loose skin, but clothed, I look just fine, so I don't worry about it. I do resistance exercises, and this has helped. I would never consider surgery because the amount of loose skin isn't bothersome or unsightly (when I'm dressed). In fact, people who did not know me prior to my weight loss cannot believe that I was ever overweight.

                          How your skin responds is related to age, genetic factors, and the nature of the weight loss (fast/slow), and it's impossible to predict for any individual. Plastic surgeons suggest that anyone considering such surgery wait 2 years from reaching goal weight--not only to insure that they don't regain but it takes that long for the skin to fully respond--i.e., tighten as much as it will.

                          One caution--a woman who posts on another board reported that she'd lost 100 lbs and had a tummy tuck. Her surgeon warned her in advance that if she regained any significant weight, the area would be 'a mess.' She regained all her weight and wrote that the area is now terribly disfigured.

                          Given the statistics on regains (enormously high), everyone should wait to be sure they are going to maintain their loss before rushing into surgery.

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                          • #14
                            Oh, I'm not considering surgery. But, it's a good point to wait a few years.

                            I have stretch marks just from being fat. I don't care about those. I think I am going to get a skin brush and try salt baths. This might be difficult though. Being 6ft tall makes it hard to get into my bath tub and fully submerge. Actually, it's impossible. I'll try it and see what I can work out though. If anything, it'll be nice to have some nice pampering time. Something I never allot for.
                            The process is simple: Free your mind, and your ass will follow.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by emmie View Post
                              Given the statistics on regains (enormously high), everyone should wait to be sure they are going to maintain their loss before rushing into surgery.
                              The unfortunate fact nowadays is that a lot of people see surgery as the first resort for getting rid of 20 unsightly pounds, not a last resort after having lost their fat. On youtube you see a lot of people talking about "loose skin" they needed removed, but the skin has a good inch and a half of fat attached to it. There was plenty more shrinkage that could have taken place if they had lost enough weight to get down to a 30" waist.

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