No, I do not have excess skin after losing 100 pounds

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:17
I get this question in a PM literally every day- maybe twice a day sometimes! So I thought I would just put it out here for all who are curious. No, I do not have excess skin.

I don't know why, maybe genes, maybe slow loss, maybe exercise, maybe moisturizer. Who knows!!

All I can say is, cross that bridge when you come to it. There's no way of knowing ahead of time. Also, if you expect that you'll look like a bikini model after losing 100 pounds, you should probably let that go right now. But it might not be as bad as a lot of people seem to be expecting.

Personally, I think this issue is WAY overblown by the media. I see people on here who have lost 15 pounds saying they have excess skin... somehow I doubt that. I think it's just another thing to try to get us to buy more products. No doubt if you are morbidly obese, you are probably going to have a less than perfect body after weight loss. But honestly, everyone's body is imperfect. Even those bikini models are airbrushed before their pictures appear in the magazines.

I am not saying this to upset anyone who really does have this issue and may need surgery for it. But I think that's the extreme. A lot of people are really worried about nothing, IMO! So set your mind at ease. I, personally, do not have the excess skin problem!

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:24
I would think that would be obvious from the pics you post. I see no hints of anything extra tucked in anywhere Wink You look nice Kate, and I really liked the over lay you did on your blog.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:27
Hunny, I think people are just really worried about this because of things they've seen on TV Smile And they know I'm happy to be honest and open about the weight loss so they write me to ask. Which is totally fine!! But I've written the same response over and over so I thought I'd just go ahead and share it with everybody!

Thank you for the compliment Smile My body is pretty.. compact! My BF says my buns are literally made of steel, lol.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:34
I'm trying to convince myself that my "jelly belly" is really just excess skin.

It's not working very well because nowhere else on my body do I have 2 inch thick skin.

I think age is the biggest culprit for skin elasticity. Getting old sucks, but it sure beats the alternative.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:57
I've already accepted the fact that, after I lose 180 lbs, I will have excess skin. Previously, when I lost 120 lbs., I had excess skin. So this time, it will be worse!

I will give the body a year or two to do its own thing, as far as elasticity goes, but I already know that I will need something cosmetic done to the rest. :-/
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 15:59
I lost 80 lbs. in 1989 when my husband left. I was 45. I didn't have an inch of extra skin anywhere. One year after a traumatic auto accident, I gained it all back, because my metabolism once again slowed down when I quit moving. 10 years ago, I went through menopause. Until then, I always looked 20 years younger than I was. Seven years ago, my skin started to get really crapey. Now I am 66. Before I even started losing weight my skin had started to hang. Now, 20 lbs. into it, I know what I will look like when I finish losing weight. I wish I had done it 10 years ago. I didn't. Even knowing I will look worse/much older at a normal weight, that won't keep me from losing. I am doing this to save my life. I so hope I'm successful.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:01
I wish people wouldn't jump to surgery for excess skin. I know, I don't have it, and there has been talk of health problems and stuff, but elective surgeries are so scary to me. Sad I know personally I would work my ass off in the gym for a long time before I'd go into an operating room. Just my uneducated 2 cents..

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:08
I'm almost at my half way point and I can say that I don't like what I see in the mirror right now, it looks like I'm melting. Smile However I am not going to worry about something that I don't know for certain yet. I would rather wait until I am goal and assess from there. I would like to think that the being healthy would out weigh the fear of excess skin.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:13
I've wondered a little about this myself...I mean, with over 100 lbs to lose I expect to have some hangy skin. But I did also make a deal with myself that when that magical day comes that I reach my goal weight, I won't consider surgery until I've stayed there for at least 5 years. From what I've heard from folks around here, after about 2 years following excessive weight loss, everything that's gonna snap back is done snapping. If after that 5 yrs I still have stuff sagging, I'll probably consider surgery.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:21
I lost 87 lbs before in my 20s and I didn't have excess skin. I was flabby because I didn't exercise then but I don't remember having extra skin. Will it be the same way seven years later? I don't know, hopefully but I've got a way to go still.
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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:47
I will never say never. Smile But I dont plan on having any surgery for my bellieh. It already has a two inch over hang that used to be all out and puffy.. and now is floppy and yucky. I am only half way there.. so who knows what it will look like when I am done.. I am under no delusions that I will be in a bikini when I am done.. if I feel happy in jeans I would not consider it.. If I start getting skin infections that would make it different.. but I think that is not really common for someone losing the amount of weight I am losing. I think a pair of spanx will go a long way for me and a cocktail dress. But I would never say never. Smile

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 17:51
This is great news! I've known several people who have lost that much weight, but they still weren't happy because of skin. They had surgery though, so it was fast, and exercise was not a big part of it.

Slow and steady wins the race!!! One more incentive to work my butt off!

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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 18:47
The people who I have known to have excess skin were the ones who didn't exercise during their loss. Also, everyone I know who had weight loss surgery looked like it melted inside of them, but their skin remained. I think that water, exercise, and losing it over time are the trick. Our skin has an elasticity and just as it stretches, it can stretch back. I don't think it'll happen to me, but if all I have to worry about is some loose skin when I lose my weight, I'll count my blessings!


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Posted: 23 Aug 2010, 19:49
I know for a fact that my body looks much better and healthier this time, losing it slow, tons of exercise, moderate diet, healthy food, etc. And I'm a good 20 pounds heavier than lowest previous weight, which I achieved the worst way imaginable (basically not eating) very quickly. Oh, and I'm 10 years older now too Smile
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Posted: 01 Nov 2010, 07:22
k8 - You have very informative posts!
I agree with you. I lost over 40 lbs. and throughout the journey I thought my stomach would have the excess skin. I have to say, it is not as taut but it is also not hanging. Having 3 children doesn't help but some strength training is sure helping. If you lose weight quick your skin will not react as quickly so everyone needs to be aware of that. Give it time but they should remember it may not be perfect!

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Posted: 01 Nov 2010, 08:28
You know I've heard that exercise can have a lot to do with how much extra skin you have, building muscle will go a long way to holding extra skin up and taunt, and losing it slowly and naturally helps skin slowly shrink to normal sizes, but of course if one has lost an extreme amount of weight quickly (like surgically, as my father did) obviously the skin is going to hang. Another thing though, a diet with a lot of omega 3's and vitamin E is supposed to help skin stay firm, and a lot of people don't get the proper amounts if vitamin E and omega 3's because our food is so packed with omega 6's.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2010, 09:46
Your age also enters into it! If you're menopausal or post menopausal, the elasticity in your skin is greatly diminished.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2010, 10:03
Thanks for posting this! It was definately one of my fears. I started out needing to lose 85 pounds, and now I'm down to the last 30 and still have no excess skin. My upper arms are a bit jiggly, but I do believe that if I keep up my eating and exercise routine, that will go away.
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