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2/4/11 10:31 P

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I've lost 90lbs since july 15 ,2010. My skin is a little loose, I put on lotion everyday too help.However I still have over 100 lbs to go.I'm thinking I'll have a lot more loose,saggy skin, but all the other benifits (I'm hoping anyway) will out weigh that.

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2/1/11 12:09 P

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a HUGE factor is how fast you lose it. Lose healthfully and slowly (1-2 pounds a week after the first 3 weeks as recommended) and you will be less likely to get the saggies.
As Raven2feathers says..keep toning, too.

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1/30/11 8:46 P

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Having had THREE 10 pound-plus kiddos and in the past losing 75+ pounds (now regained-and losing again) I had some loose saggy skin in the abdomen. However, I began moisturizing and while it didn't "fix" anything, it certainly helped me to feel better about myself and gave my skin a smoother texture than the loose cottage cheese-y feel it had had.

But I agree with everyone else. We are all different and our bodies will react in different ways. Toning, cardio and strength training will help your overall health, but probably won't change the actual skin. It will make your muscles underneath nice and toned/taut/smooth so clothing will look better on you. However, the benefits of weight loss and improved health are worth the possibility of saggy, baggy excess skin. emoticon

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1/29/11 9:46 P

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What a great topic. I can really relate to the post about 2 -10lb babies! I have had the tummy flap since my son was born (17 yrs ago). I am hoping that things will tone up- but once all the weight is gone and maintained for one year, MY ultimate reward will be to clean up the "loose ends" so to speak! That's my big motivator too. But I'm curious as to how Raven2Feathers is keeping things "toned" - perhaps you'd like to share with us?

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1/29/11 4:04 P

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There are so many variables. Personally, I think the two biggest factors are age and the speed with which you lose wt. The recommended weekly wt loss is 1-2 pounds. When you have a lot to lose you tend to lose more than that, but at some point it needs to slow down to the recommended rate. Also, working out with wts helps. I'm not sure what Raven2Feathers meant about toning exercises. I'll have to follow-up on that. In the long run, a bit of loose skin is an incredibly small price to pay in my opinion! Spark on!

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1/29/11 3:54 P

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This question has been on my mind lately too. I have lost 40 pounds and have a saggy tummy now. I don't do as much toning exercises as I should and I'm sure that's part of the problem, but I have definitely started getting concerned. Been contemplating how to save for a tummy tuck when I have reached and maintained my goal for a while if it continues to be a problem. Sorry, I don't have any helpful advice.

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Hi. I've got some baggy saggy tummy skin at 85 lbs. down. But not any where else. May be due to the 2 ten pound babies, I gave birth to some 20 years ago though. :) I had major stretch marks when i was pregnant, all the while I was heavy, and now that I'm thinner too. Guess I can't fix that, oh well. Have another 50 lbs. to loose and then I'm considering a breast lift. Maybe i'll have them fix the tummy too. :) C. emoticon

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1/29/11 9:39 A

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Every body is different regarding skin. I've lost a significant amount of weight before (over 140 pounds) and didn't have skin issues at my lowest. now, I'm back up but have lost in the last six month. I already have some issues BUT remember skin will tighten up even after you are done losing weight. I figure I have a year and a half of losing left to do, minimum, and I will assess my skin situation a year AFTER I make goal.

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1/28/11 10:11 P

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Good question! My husband is down 100 pounds and he doesn't have any hanging skin. I am down 70, and haven't noticed any as of yet. I do have 110 more to go and I think if I continue to strength train and do my cardio and lose it the right way I should be ok. I figure even if I have some at least I am healthier. Good luck to you!

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1/28/11 2:22 P

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that is a fantastic question and it needs to be asked. So far, i havent had any real issues myself after a 100 lb weight loss. I have heard of it being an issue with those who have had a rapid weight loss such as in the case of weight loss surgery.

I am not sure as to why this is except that maybe the skin has time to react with a slow loss.

This requires more research on my end.....

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1/28/11 1:34 P

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Well in my case, I'm 250 lbs lighter now and I have no excess skin at all. No skin flaps. I workout and tone a little bit each day so that this doesn't happen.

Some people do develop them but some don't. Not everyone does. Do your best to workout at least 15 min a day, I'm up to 60 min now, and make sure you incorporate some toning exercises and strength training exercises too. This is what I do and so far so good. *Although I do have to say I've lost a lot of boob lol but that's no problem for me, less back problems.

If I do end up with some skin flaps I'll deal with it "then" I just don't want to be overweight anymore. Hope this helps.

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1/28/11 1:24 P

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I believe everyone's skin acts differently. There are a lot of variables such as age and how long you've carried the extra weight. Generally speaking though, some of it will shrink, but much of it will end up as loose skin flaps. I'm only down 80 pounds and am already dealing with a belly flap. If you maintain your weight loss and develope issues with your excess skin (I'm aready dealing with rashes), it may be possible to convince your insurance company that its a hazard to your health, in which case, they will approve its removal. This would not be cosmetic surgery in that it would not be a tummy tuck, they would just remove the excess skin.

Excess skin is a small price to pay to be healthy. So dont worry about it now, just concentrate on losing weight and getting healthy.

I hope this helps.


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1/28/11 1:08 P

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Hello everyone. I know so many of you have lost over 100 lbs that this seems like a great place to ask my question. I weigh over 300 lbs and am working my way DOWN the scale. What happens to all of the skin that has been so stretched out for so long. Is it going to retract while I lose or am I going to have a ton of access skin when I finally reach my goal? I am not sure what to expect?
Can anyone help me?

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