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19 Mar

Dear Mark: Excess Skin After Major Weight Loss?

Today’s Dear Mark topic is a sensitive one: excess, or loose skin after major weight loss. This is a problem for a lot of people, and it can really take the sails out of someone who’s had otherwise seamless success losing weight. I may ruffle a few feathers here, but I assure my intent is merely to give folks who have loose skin the best shot at reaching their desired body composition. So, as you read my response to the reader question, keep that in mind.

With that said, let’s get to it:

Hi Mark,

Excess skin after weight loss is a big topic in most weight loss communities, yet I rarely hear about it in the Primal community. Does the Primal lifestyle prevent excess skin? Are there any tips from either yourself or from the members of the community about avoiding or preventing excess skin after weight loss? I am currently approx 100 lbs overweight so this is something that really concerns me.

Gabrielle

Before getting into potential methods of treating and/or preventing excess skin after weight loss, let’s explore the phenomenon itself. What exactly is loose, or excess skin?

Most cases of loose skin are actually just cases of excess subcutaneous body fat covered by skin. And because subcutaneous fat is “soft” fat, it is looser and easier to confuse with skin. It droops and jiggles and the skin that surrounds it conforms to its shape. That’s not to suggest that legitimately loose skin isn’t a real problem, because it is. But I would wager that many if not most cases of loose skin can be explained by overly stubborn deposits of subcutaneous fat.

Stubborn fat is actually a real thing. As Martin Berkhan explains, adipose tissue is full of alpha-2 and beta-2 receptors. A-2 and b-2 receptors are the major lipolytic receptors in adipose tissue, meaning they interact with the catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline) to cause stored body fat to release. B-2 receptors are associated with “easy fat,” or fat that burns off easily. A-2 receptors are associated with “stubborn fat,” or fat that’s harder to burn. All adipose tissue has both a-2 and b-2 receptors, and the higher the b-2:a-2 ratio, the easier it is to burn the fat. The lower the ratio, the more stubborn the fat. Belly fat has a notoriously low b-2:a-2 ratio, which is why it’s usually the last to go (especially for men). If your belly fat is stubborn, it may resemble loose skin even as the rest of your body has mostly leaned out.

If your loose skin is thicker than a few millimeters, there is residual body fat. And because adipose tissue – which, remember, is actually a major endocrine organ, rather than an inert piece of tissue – remains, the skin has no reason to return to its former size and elasticity. As long as the subcutaneous fat attached to it remains, the skin will appear loose and drape-y. Skin that fills your hand when you squeeze it isn’t just skin.

This isn’t really bad news, believe it or not. It actually means that you’re almost there. It means that your “loose skin” isn’t necessarily out of your control. If indeed it is simply stubborn subcutaneous fat, once you manage to lose the excess fat, the “loose skin” might just disappear along with it. In fact, I’d imagine that most such cases of “loose skin” can and will be remedied in this manner. Men, get down to around 10-12% body fat before you start considering surgery or anything drastic. Women, get down to 15-17% body fat before taking any surgical steps.

Hey, if that sounded harsh to you, at least I’m not as bad as Ron Brown, PhD, who claims loose skin is nothing but a myth. Go ahead and check out his argument, but try to avoid meeting his steely gaze. Lock eyes with Dr. Ron at your own peril; you will be consumed. Despite the intense shirtless photo, he has a point that skin is not a passive slab of flesh. Instead, it is an active organ that should be able to adapt to the body’s “internal and external environment.”

That said, if your loose skin is paper thin, closer to the thickness of your eyelid or the back of your hand (about 1 mm thick), and resembles rolled up papyrus or parchment, you likely suffer from excess skin. What can be done to prevent or deal with actual excess skin?

First and foremost, any weight loss regimen must be accompanied by resistance training. Yeah, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you have to be lifting heavy things in order for the best things to happen to your body composition. There are a few genetic outliers who can put on muscle as easily as breathing, but those folks probably won’t have the problem of loose skin anyway. For the rest of us, however, we need to lift weights in order to maintain and/or build lean mass during weight loss. If your loose skin is caused by a rapid diminishing of body mass, packing on a bit more mass in the form of muscle can mitigate the problem.

There’s no hard data on this, but I’d imagine that crash diets, ones that consume lean mass and fat mass indiscriminately in the pursuit of rapid weight loss, will be more likely to leave you with excess skin. If you’re losing weight and feeling weaker, disoriented, lazy, rundown, and generally crappy, you’re probably doing it wrong. Weight loss should imbue you with vigor and strength, easy, smooth energy. You should be burning clean body fat for energy, not breaking down your lean tissue. Remember what I wrote last week about fasting preferentially targeting body fat versus lean mass? Yeah, fasting might be just the ticket for ridding yourself of stubborn body fat while avoiding the accumulation of excess skin due to concurrent lean mass breakdown.

Another major cause of loose skin is compromised skin elasticity. If your skin loses elasticity, it will lose its ability to spring back to its former glory. Lost elasticity is usually thought of as a characteristic of growing old, but it can also strike younger people. Besides finding the fountain of youth, what can you do to improve skin elasticity?

One study found that dietary gelatin improved skin elasticity (PDF). Eating real bone broth, fatty gelatin-rich meats like oxtail, poultry feet, or short ribs, or even using gelatin powder as a supplement might be able to restore or preserve skin elasticity. You’re already getting dietary gelatin anyway, right?

Another study found that a proprietary blend of nutrients, including selenium (salmonbrazil nuts, seafood), zinc (oystersred meat), vitamin C (vegetables, fruit, raw liver), and various carotenoids (fruits and vegetables, red palm oil), was effective at increasing skin elasticity.

Vitamin C is important for collagen formation, which is vital for skin elasticity. Make sure to get enough vitamin C.

If weight loss occurs and you’re at a low-enough body fat percentage to determine that you truly have excess skin, give it several months before you turn to the scalpel. My guess is that for Primal eaters who are eating a nutrient-dense diet (including plenty of the aforementioned nutrients), truly excess skin won’t be as big a problem as it might be for the general dieter.

Now I’d like your help. Did you have excess skin after weight loss? Was it truly just skin, or was there also fat left over? Please, leave a comment and let everyone know what worked – and didn’t work – for you. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Well, this is a bit depressing. I am 75, losing on Paleo/Primal but at a plateau right now. I cannot do heavy lifting because of degenerated (as in totally!!!!) disks in my lower back and a bulging disc in the cervical area. Belly fat is really stubborn and I would be able to wear two sizes smaller except for my waist measurement. Any hope here????

    D'Ann wrote on March 19th, 2012
    • Have you tried IF yet? It worked wonders for me when I hit my first plateau.

      Ed wrote on March 19th, 2012
      • What is IF? I’m in a long plateau too, am limited somewhat on exercise.

        lilliew wrote on March 20th, 2012
  2. Sad to say I have some under my arms that is definately full of fat after a 20kg weightloss. Really empowering post for fat fighters out there to not give up or give in. I’m off to lift some heavy things.

    Gem wrote on March 19th, 2012
  3. “Lock eyes with Dr. Ron at your own peril; you will be consumed.” I LOL’d

    MissJenn wrote on March 19th, 2012
  4. I don’t know how effective this is maybe Mark can do another article. I have been taking MSM supplements and MSM lotion. In time, I suppose I will be able to share if this method has been effective.

    Allison wrote on March 19th, 2012
  5. Following a 100+ pound weight loss, I suffered the same fate with lots of saggy skin. So far, exercise hasn’t improved it. I tried moisturizers, exfoliants, hyaluronic acid, MSM, BioSil collagen activator, ash soap… it all failed. My BF% is around 6.5% now, so I’d have seen a difference if there was going to be one, I believe. I asked my dermatologist too. Same response as mentioned earlier- consider a tummy tuck if it bothers you that much. Estimated cost ~$9k and 6 weeks of down time. It just isn’t worth it at this point.

    Storkbite wrote on March 19th, 2012
  6. Those interested could look into BioSignature Modulation?

    According to their approach excess cortisol (stress hormone) will cause you to store belly fat. They use this approach (in combination with lots of other stuff) at my gym and it seems to work well. Quite a few Cross Fitters and similar who have been working out every day but just can’t shift the belly fat (despite being mega lean everywhere else). Turns out the stress created by their training regime is often to blame (too many met cons – they can be addictive folks).

    Any sort of chronic stress will have an impact though (life, work, etc), and if you aren’t sleeping as well and as long as you should, this can also be a sign that looking at your cortisol might help.

    Rac wrote on March 19th, 2012
  7. I wish I’d known in my 20’s that it isn’t how many calories you consume, it’s the quality and type of foods. Then maybe I could have avoided the yoyo dieting that led to the lumpy frame I have. But I know now, and I’m healthier and happier despite the ‘residue’. There’s to much to enjoy in life to spend my time worrying about not looking good in a swim suit.

    Kathy wrote on March 19th, 2012
  8. I lost Major…but did it at the rate 7-10 lbs per month..I always thought that a slower loss gave the body a chance to get used to it and what was happening..I also did those two hand straight arm frontal keg lifts..I was actually pulling the skin and gut back in as I got the keg to the full over head position. I could feel it when I set and lifted with GOOD form while doing this. Nothing is the same each of us and many things can play a part in this..I am not sure that RAPID MAJOR weight loss is the way to go for a few reasons…there many schools of thought out there on that one…Harder for the skin to keep up is a known fact.
    I think that the compressing in and setting the Ab core and doing those stretching upward exercises with or without weights will help pull the belly case back in there…stretch and pull that stuff back up and in.
    Raise your arms and reach for the sky!
    Where did the middle of you go right there?…In and tightened up?
    as you do it all…bit by bit it helps firm and tighten it up and let it know where you want it to go..Worked for me.GROK ON>>>

    Dave PAPA GROK Parsons wrote on March 19th, 2012
  9. Great post in general, it is not only useful for people with questions about excess skin, but also for those folks who seem to think that “lose” and “loose” are interchangeable words.

    Topher wrote on March 19th, 2012
  10. Here’s the problem: what if you like your body in every other regard, but you know that to wear a bikini (cuz that last fat is only on your belly) you have to be a much lower, skinnier, face-too-thin weight than you want to It seems like surgery might be a good idea. I really don’t want to weigh 104 lbs for a flat belly when the rest of me looks good at 112.
    and p.s…..YES, five kiddos WILL stretch that skin to bejeezus!

    Milemom wrote on March 19th, 2012
  11. I will openly admit I fear losing weight, to a degree, as my “baby belly” is significantly damaged by stretch marks and I worry I will end up with a droopy flap of skin.
    What if the skin is severely stretchmarked? Can it actually shrink back?

    Jacqui wrote on March 19th, 2012
  12. Twins and 70 pounds (220) 14 yrs ago… still have twins but, am down to 133 now! Ahhhh mad, scary, mean 41 yr. old skin!! Boo hoo! :(

    Was Twinnie the MOO!! wrote on March 19th, 2012
  13. Art DeVany used to write that shivering would target stubborn, adipose fat. Go for a walk in a t-shirt when it’s chilly.

    I don’t know if you can turn that into a whole regimen, but it’s an interesting idea for those of us still having winter.

    Moshen wrote on March 19th, 2012
  14. I have lost 250lbs in the last 4 years and have lots of excess skin and some fat in the belly area that I can’t get rid. I lift heavy but only what is in our crossfit programing my body fat is around 22%
    I ahve looked at the strongman and the 5×5 lifts I guess I will have to give a try
    I ahve started the whole 30 recently and goingt o stick to eating paleo once my 30 days are up

    chris wrote on March 19th, 2012
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    Skin Care wrote on March 19th, 2012
  16. Some people on low carb weight loss forums have found that dry skin brushing can help somewhat with excess skin. It works best if you start doing it as you lose the weight, rather after weight loss when the skin is already stretched out. Personally I believe some of it does come down to genetics, much the same way some people get stretch marks and cellulite and others get none. I’m hoping to lose about 25 kilos and want to do it slowly so my 48 year old skin has a chance to tighten up. I am also taking Neocell Collagen Powder (which is basically just gelatin powder) on a daily basis and am hoping that this, along with extra vitamin c, msm and silicon supplements will help. But I also intend to do daily dry skin brushing. Even if it doesn’t help my skin stay tight, it exfoliates the skin and increases lymphatic drainiage, so it will be time well spent.

    Louise wrote on March 19th, 2012
    • Louise, the dry skin brushing really does help tremendously and I would encourage anyone with loose skin to give it a try. It also gradually smoothes out stretch marks so that they are not nearly so noticeable. I follow the dry skin brushing technique from ttapp.com (look for the Charlotte Siems success story for inspiration – she lost over 100 lbs and looks fantastic)and it really does work. I notice a huge difference in the resilience and firmness of my skin when I consistently dry brush each day – it tightens everything up. T-Tapp exercises are also great for tightening up the stomach area and back – when I do it consistently, within a few weeks I have people commenting on how much slimmer I look.

      Sweet Pea wrote on March 20th, 2012
    • Yep, i was going to mention dry-skin brushing as well. It’s particularly helpful if you follow it up with a plant oil, like sesame in the winter and coconut in the summer. I tend to run hot and react poorly to wet heat and coconut oil is really cooling and helps a lot.

      I’m 27 and i’m just starting to notice wrinkles and things, generally where i’ve gotten too much sunburn :( but i’ve also noticed that if i moisturize regularly then it’s a LOT less noticeable.

      I only use plant oils on my body. generally if i wouldn’t put it in my mouth i don’t put it on my skin – we absorb SO MUCH through our skin.

      Anyway, dry-brushing followed by self massage with plant oil is an Ayurvedic practice called abhyanga if anybody wants to Google it. Of course there are lots of recommendations for exactly HOW to massage yourself but don’t get overwhelmed by that! I think that getting the oil on your skin and the circulation improvement from the massage are the most important parts.

      (I’m a yoga teacher, this knowledge comes from my training!)

      caroline wrote on April 13th, 2012
  17. Interesting article.

    I’ve lost 90 pounds in total and my excess/loose skin is in the areas where I have the most stretch marks. This makes me think it’s probably not residue fat. At 21 years of age I don’t fancy surgery but I can’t see it going without it.

    Any suggestions?

    Dan wrote on March 20th, 2012
  18. Skin texture/elasticity is GREATLY influenced by heredity. My best friend was obese her entire life (since toddlerhood), reached nearly 400 lbs. in 2007, is now @ 150 lbs for the last three years and has not a stretch mark on her, nor very much loose skin. I, on the other hand, got stretch marks during growth spurts in puberty (on my legs, etc.), all over my abdomen during my pregnancies, and have a persistent pocket of loose skin on my belly after a 70 lb. weight loss. And it is not subQ fat as I insisted it was for four years, but stretched out, loose skin, like a deflated balloon, per my trainer, an endocrinologist, and a plastic surgeon.

    In any case, extra skin is better than 70, 100, 200 extra pounds and I shake my head at people who say they are reluctant to lose weight because they fear they’ll have loose skin.

    Norma wrote on March 20th, 2012
  19. Just listened to an interesting podcast from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who created the GAPS diet to heal gut health. One thing she said that should give everyone encouragement is that it isn’t the doctors that heal you, it’s your own body. Your body has the ability to regenerate all the cells in your body over a period of months and can heal ANY problem you have. She has had a lot of success with thousands of patients so I think is worth a listen if even just for inspiration. If your body can heal major problems, it can heal saggy skin.

    http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/

    Joanna wrote on March 20th, 2012
  20. I’ve also had twins, but about 18 months ago. And 19 months before that, their older brother was born. My stomach looks like a sad and droopy basset hound. The only time thre skin looks okay is when I’m bloated up and it its filled out. Makes it hard to feel sexy that way, though. Eating a vlc primal diet with one carb up night a week. Hoping to see some results!

    Kati wrote on March 20th, 2012
  21. These comments are less about loose skin and more about really inspiring weight loss stories! This is like one long Friday Success Story. I feel inspiration to keep trying – if all of you can do it, so can I!

    Karen wrote on March 20th, 2012
  22. Does sagging breast fall under this as well? I have no sagging skin anywhere else, but after going from a 36c to a 32a, they just hang there just like excess skin? Help, I would love to fix this, but am not willing to have surgery.

    Gail wrote on March 20th, 2012
    • I call mine skipples – skin with nipples. After four babies, a combined total of 4years8months of breastfeeding yeah, they are not looking so great BUT I noticed since going primal they are firmer – yahoo!

      Tanya wrote on April 14th, 2012
  23. Perfect timing! After gaining weight several years ago very suddenly (due to onset of hypothyroidism), and to my age (48) I have found that my mid-section looks ‘droopy’, and I thought it was due to just getting older and that I was stuck with it forever!
    Having recently just gotten back to Paleo (still shooting for a 95/5% success rate!), and a month into CrossFit and MUCH less running, I hope this is all true!!!!!!!!!

    JunieB wrote on March 20th, 2012
  24. I have lost 175 lbs over 3 or more years following Atkins correctly (high fat, low carb), at about 40 pounds per year (I lose slow). I have about 30 or more pounds to go. I expect I will have to have surgery for skin and other issues at some point, and not sure how much I can exercise to really help this since I have arthritis and fibromyalgia (I exercise as much as possible but I can’t do anything high intensity or more than walking/swimming for cardio and I do weights when I’m up for it).

    I’m not all that concerned with appearance, it’s the effects of the loose skin with clothes fitting right that’s the real issue and the potential for skin infections.

    I’m sure what I have is a combination of skin and some fat tissue combined but it really hasn’t change alot in the last 30 pounds so not sure if it will be the last to go or not. I’ve been in a long plateau lately that I’m working through too so not sure if I’ve reached a set point before I can get rid of this remaining fat or not. I may go to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see what they think, assuming I can get an honest opinion.

    lilliew wrote on March 20th, 2012
  25. I’m actually posting to thank you for giving me a good laugh. After reading your article, I did click on the Ron Brown link – and was met with the very steely gaze, just as you described! lol
    Thanks, I needed that. ;)

    Kristin wrote on March 20th, 2012
  26. Would going on a strict ketogenic diet for a while help to achieve getting rid of the last remnants of stubborn fat?

    Dan wrote on March 20th, 2012
  27. At 60 I went from 80 kg to 60 kg eating a conventional diet. I developed twin turkey flaps under my chin which looked horrible and made me look ten years older.

    Researching, I read that the flaps should shrink after a year or so because a) there’s more fat remaining than you think, and b) the remaining fat slowly redistributes itself after weight loss is complete.

    I put most of the weight back on and the flaps disappeared. Now I’m losing again and they’re coming back. Ugh. I hate them, but it looks like I’m stuck with them. My grandfather was always skinny but had lots of skin flaps on his face, so maybe it’s hereditary.

    If they haven’t gone away after a year of maintaining my goal weight I’d consider surgery if I could afford it.

    Martin_B wrote on March 20th, 2012
  28. so… the stretch mark question still remains. I have lost about 75 pounds and do still have some stubborn belly fat left along with more stretch marks than I can count.
    The reason for the stretch marks is not only being fat and pregnant. I had emergency abdominal surgery when I was a teen. The incision started above my navel and ended at my pubis.
    Years of yo yo dieting along with two pregnancies have made a mess of my abs. Looking at myself in the mirror, the skin is returning to normal above the scar, but everything else is a mess.

    Maryann wrote on March 20th, 2012
  29. I have recently lost 50 sum pounds,went paleo about 5 months ago and will never look back.
    But as per the artical I now have loose skin,under the arms and around the waist line….let me tell you it is a huge downer…..knowing that I,M loosing the weight and getting healthy but haveing to see this it is depressing and at times I feel like hey what the heck is the use…..its kinda sad,I,M busting MY a– off and seeing that loose skin well its just a total wipeout..

    kelly wrote on March 20th, 2012
  30. I haven’t read everyone elses comments, however I just wanted to add in my two cents worth.

    I am fairly lean at around 15%BF and muscular and lift weights regularly. I lost my excess weight of around 15-20kgs over 6 months originally and have kept it off. However, regardless of how lean I am, I have loose, excess skin around the bottom of my abdominals. There is very little fat, and even at my leanest, where there is even less, my skin is more loose and resembles something like a Shar pei puppy. The reason being is that when I was pregnant, I had a medical condition which became worse after 30 weeks. I carried a surplus of fluid in my body and womb (5 litres in the womb when my child was born), which made me look like I was having twins. Because the fluid surplus happened so quickly, my skin stretched too quickly and lost its’ elasticity. It doesn’t matter how lean I get, this will not change. I’ve been fairly lean now for 3 years. It’s only recently that I made the decision to have abdominoplasty, as this is the only way to remove the excess skin.

    I suppose what I’m trying to say is that depending on how you gained the weight, i.e. quickly or slowly, how much weight you gained, and your age, will most probably have a big impact the ability of your skin to return to its’ former taut self.

    The thing is, you wont’ really know until you lose the excess body fat.

    Kerry wrote on March 20th, 2012
  31. Very timely post. I’m going on a cruise with my fiancee in a month and have done some reading on loose skin. It’s hard to find many credible sources on what to do about this. Based on my research, I’m going to try cocoa butter, 1-2 gallons of water intake per day, cold showers, and sauna visits to fix this–these were the most common remedies I found (except surgery). Has anyone had any experience using any of this? Did it work? I’m currently at around 7% body-fat according to my scale if that helps.

    Daniel Wallen wrote on March 21st, 2012
  32. I started serious weight loss actions 6 years ago at 131kgs and hope to get own to 60-65 (currently 106) so hope I can deal with loose skin this way. But I am 59 so there may be no hope for me LOL.

    Odille Esmonde-Morgan wrote on March 21st, 2012
  33. I’m 44, female, and lost 90 lbs over the past year in a Paleo-ish manner (high protein, high (animal) fat, moderate carbs, no grains or starches). My weight has decreased from 288 to 198 so far (fat percentage now around 40%). I still have substantial weight to lose, but I now weigh less than I did in high school.

    I am definitely a lot droopier at 198 than I was at 288. The remaining fat under my skin is super soft and jiggly and my breasts, upper arms and belly are frankly saggy. However, I have noticed that my skin is DYNAMIC, in that my biggest “problem areas” seem to change monthly! For instance, at one point I was pretty upset when I realized that I had traded a double chin for a turkey neck, but over time, that effect diminished noticeably. Draping (vertical!) curtains of fat and skin that hung from my belly when I bent over are absolutely smaller than they were a few months ago.

    My conclusion is that there are a lot of things happening within one’s body during weight loss and exercise and they are not necessarily synchronized in time. Weight comes off, but skin isn’t necessarily ready to contract right away. Fat cells shrink (and possibly eventually die), muscle cells grow. There are changes in blood chemistry, hormonal milieu, gene expression, and who knows what else! It takes different amounts of time for these changes to happen, so it doesn’t pay to panic too soon about excess skin!

    In the beginning, I wondered whether excess skin (combined with my own vanity) might actually put a limit on the amount of weight I’d be willing to lose. I’ve done an embarrassing amount of browsing on post-bariatric plastic surgery websites, looking for pictures of women close to my age who lost a similar amount of weight and have gone for skin revision surgery of one type or another. Before I lost the weight, these pictures alarmed me, but now I realize that I have it pretty good compared to some people! I realize these pictures are skewed toward the subset of people who have the worst issues with excess skin, but I can’t help suspect that not only the rate, but also the METHOD of weight loss influences skin and skin shrinkage.

    Based on my own observations of my own body with continued weight loss, I realized that at least SOME of the scary wrinkly (shrinkly!) sagginess DOES resolve over time. There is no way to know how a certain weight would look on me until many months or possibly years after I get there! As a result, it doesn’t make sense to let the (at least partly temporary) appearance of my skin limit my weight loss. Meanwhile, I enjoy the benefits of being smaller and FITTER every single day.

    So… I’m keeping on keeping on, now concentrating more on improving my body composition and less on reducing my weight. :D Over time, my skin will either continue to sort itself out or not, and I’ll decide what to do, if anything, some years from now as all the various physiological changes run their respective courses.

    I hope this rambling helps someone!

    Kim wrote on March 22nd, 2012
    • You have no idea how much this has helped me!

      I’m 44, started out at 283 pounds (now 261), and I have been so worried about loose skin. I’ve also wondered if I’d slow or stop my weight loss because of loose skin issues.

      So far, I love the changes I’ve seen. My face looks so much thinner. My tummy is not nearly as “puffy.” But I wonder how my tummy will look a year from now. (I had 3 big babies, so I’m worried about how my tummy will look.)

      But I have a lot of hope now. Thank you. :)

      Shay wrote on July 31st, 2012
  34. I’ve struggled with my weight for many years. Loose skin has been a problem. With at least 50 more pounds to lose, I’ve worried about having sagging skin, especially now that I’m 40. I already have some loose skin from the first 100 pounds I lost.

    This article gave me lots to consider as far as helping to improve. I admit I’m guilty of going for the quick weight loss which is probably part of the reason I have the loose skin problem to begin with. I’m definitely going to look into the vitamins and the gelatin and work on including more resistance training. Thanks for the information.

    Shoshana Jackson wrote on March 22nd, 2012
  35. 20 months after having my youngest child (the oldest is 5.5) I have extremely thin folds (not thick with fat) of loose skin at the bottom of my belly. I’m 5’1″ so I won’t be surprised if that is a permanent result of having kids. That said, I do still have some soft fat on my belly, so it is possible the skin will tighten up if I lose that fat.

    Carrie S. wrote on March 23rd, 2012
  36. I’ve dropped 20 lbs in 7 weeks after going grain-free.

    I am an avid weightlifter (I lift quite heavy, the deadlift being the core of all my exercises).

    While I was pleasantly happy with losing 20 lbs, when I looked in the mirror, I still had a belly. But I then touched around my belly and noticed that it was much softer and looser than before, so the appearance of my belly is just loose skin LOL.

    I’m fairly certain that my skin will correct itself eventually.

    hitfan wrote on March 23rd, 2012
  37. Hi Mark: I had to trot on over to Mark Browns site halfway though this post. I just about fell on the floor laughing at his “steely gaze”. Thank you so much for that!!!
    Tonja

    Tonja Pizzo wrote on March 23rd, 2012
  38. I think the fat on my butt has an extremely low b-2:a-2

    MamaB wrote on April 14th, 2012
  39. Coco butter ladies.. I use to have stretch marks and I use coco butter as lotion after every shower.. stretch marks gone. I am now doing the primal eating way of life and losing weight.. but putting more coco butter on and after about a month by skin is getting firmer. :) And I still have about 30 lbs to lose. Hope this trick keeps working.

    Joy Curry wrote on April 26th, 2012
  40. Hi. I have fluctuated in the past with my weight. To date (started losing weight in 2005) I have lost 160lbs and still have about 30lbs to lose. When I first lost the 160lbs I had excess skin(or fat) and then gained back about 80lbs. I am now back down to my lowest weight and still have the excess skin- it is so awful I do not show my legs where it is the most obvious.. I fast now(eat stop eat) and lift weights twice a week. Should I keep lifting and hope this problem will go away when I get to goal?

    Lara wrote on May 11th, 2012

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