Self Determined Woman

Start Weight:(15 Feb 13) 267.0 lb
Current Weight:(14 Oct 16) 130.0 lb
Goal Weight:130.0 lb
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performance: Steady

FatSecret member since: 23 Apr 13

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Loose skin
I totally understand your fear or loose skin when you have so much to lose. I had the same fears, but Iost 140 lbs and have not had too much of a problem with loose skin. Yes, there are some areas of my body where the skin isn't as taut as I would like, but overall it's not really an issue like I had feared it would be. Throughout my weight loss, I read up on the topic. Let me share what I've learned...

The major cause of very loose skin is rapid weight loss. When you see the kind of loose skin that they show on the Biggest Loser or the Extreme Weight Loss shows, it is kind of scary. But those contestants are losing weight at a very unhealthy pace of 5-10 (or more) lbs per week. If you lose at a slow, steady, healthy pace of 1-2 lbs a week, it will give your skin time to adjust and loose skin will be less of a problem. (I lost weight at that pace: 140 lbs over about 1.5 years).

The other things you can do to avoid loose skin is to build muscle as you lose weight. Incorporating some weight bearing exercise into your routine will help you build some muscle and give your skin something to support it. (There are so many reasons to incorporate some strength training into your workouts, both for health and for appearance. Avoiding loose skin is just one more reason.)

Using cocoa butter or shea butter (or just some good lotion), especially on areas of your body where you are losing a lot of fat, can help your skin maintain it's elasticity. A lot of people advise that after you shower, you should massage in some cocoa butter to keep your skin moisturized and elastic. I really wish I had done this from the beginning of my weight loss. I started doing this around the time I reached my goal (and not consistently enough even then, cuz I hate putting on lotion), but I wish I would have learned about it earlier. I think it would make a big difference if you did it from day one.

If you are losing weight in a healthy way, and getting enough vitamins and nutrients from fruits and veggies, then your skin will have what it needs to adjust to your changing body. I personally took a supplement with biotin (the hair/skin/nails vitamin), which helps your body make collagen and supports your skin health. This may not be necessary for everyone, but it can't hurt.

That's everything I've learned about how to avoid loose skin. I hope it's helpful. I would encourage you not to let the fear of loose skin be a barrier for you. The benefits of getting to a healthy weight are far greater than the negative of some possibly saggy skin.

Good luck with your goals! Smile

posted 10 Jan 2016, 14:32
Challenge Weigh in Help
Joehi- Yeah, my weight tracker shows up correctly some places, but not others. For instance, the status bar below my posts is stalled at an old weight, from a couple weigh-ins ago. This problem only started a few days ago for me, but it's really frustrating already. I have challenges that are ending in a few days and I want it to record my *actual* progress in the challenge.
posted 08 Dec 2013, 18:50
Challenge Weigh in Help
I'm having the same problem. Did anybody find a solution that they can share? Thanks
posted 08 Dec 2013, 08:47
Weight not showing in challenges
I'm having the exact same problem. Every time I weigh in lately, it shows up on my personal weight history, but doesn't register in the challenges. I know your post is a couple weeks old...did you ever find a solution? Thanks!
posted 08 Dec 2013, 08:40
Question for Vegetarians
If you want to make something special for her, you could stuff a portobello mushroom or an acorn squash with some savory wild rice stuffing. Vegetarian mushroom gravy is especially decadent, and not hard to make.

But I agree with others that she probably won't mind just eating all the vegetable side dishes. I'm a vegetarian who loves Thanksgiving, and I find it easy to get filled up on just the sides. One thing to be mindful of is not using chicken broth or other meat products in the mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc. Just use vegetable stock instead. I'm sure she will appreciate your effort!
posted 16 Nov 2013, 15:57
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