Loose skin - how much to lose before it starts?

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 14:29
Hi everybody,

Just a quick question. I understand that some people suffer from loose skin after shedding weight and that others are blessed with having skin snap back even after significant weight loss. I've also heard that building a bit of muscle mass can help with the problem of loose skin.

That aside, I was wondering do people have any rough ballpark how much weight needs to be lost for the average person before loose skin might be a problem? Sorry for the nebulous nature of the question - I know it depends on starting weight as well. Any clarification would be appreciated.

All the best,

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 15:25
I just asked this question so I'm interested too!
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." ~ William James

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 15:31
I lost just over 100lbs and had an abdominoplasty/pannulectomy to remove my excess belly skin. Still have the upper arm and inner thigh jiggle. Plus back fat rolls. I was fat my whole life. It look a year to lose the weight.

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 15:36
It really depends on a lot of factors. Age, skin texture, elasticity in skin, hydration of skin, and thickness of skin. I have lost 136 pounds since my largest and I have SOME loose skin in my belly, arms, thighs, and boobs. But it doesnt look like ive lost 136 pounds just from my skin. Its not really a problem. Can only tell the skin is loose if i squeeze the areas or shake them. I stay hydrated and I use lotion everyday.

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 16:44
I think excess belly skin is probably the hardest, but it's not in a place you can see. I lost over 160 lbs and with weightlifting, you can't really tell from my arms.

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