Former fat guys and that stubborn flat tire

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    Jan 10, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Yes, it's another thread about former fatties and loose skin...sorta. This is a question for guys that have lost a significant amount of weight and have that last bit of fat around their midsection that will not respond to any diet or exercise. (It's my understanding that this fat is leftover adipose tissue that cannot go away unless removed by surgery.)

    Does this last bit of fat bother you? In the back of my mind, I can't help but feel disgusted with myself when I see this layer of fat. It transforms what would otherwise be a nice V-tapered torso into an hourglass shape. It prevents me from ever achieving a true tight midsection no matter how hard I work at it. Hell, it even causes minor hindrances in flexibility. It rears its ugly muffin-top head every time I sit down or put on a pair of well-fitting jeans. I just can't seem to get over this mental hump (after coming a long way from where I started) that no amount of discipline and hard work will get me to a fitness level that I want to be at.

    I'm considering getting a minor tummy tuck or liposuction to finally get rid of it and was wondering if any other former fat guys have done the same? What was your recovery time like? Any of you former fat guys in my situation? *cough*larkin*cough*spiritreaver* Any and all thoughts are welcome.

    (Just making it clear that if I were to have cosmetic surgery done, it would only be for me and not to please anyone else.)
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    Jan 10, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    I am there. I am told the the skin does draw in over time. It is just not likely in the timetable we would like it to be.

    I know people who have had those tummy tucks and ended up w/ staph infections and still have health problems, so I an looking at that as a last resort.
  • Coug24_wyo

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    Jan 10, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm definitely in the same boat as you. Having lost a significant amount of weight (100+) I now contend with excess skin in several areas, but most noticeably and annoyingly my midsection / abdomen. It can be very distracting and dissatisfying after all the hard work that's been done still feeling ugly / deformed.

    I too look forward to someday being able to have surgery to remove this skin or perhaps in time it'll go away, although diligently working out for 2 years since losing my weight has yet to yield any results in reducing the excess skin.

    Good job on all you've done so far and keep your head up mighty!

  • citypartyboy

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    Jan 11, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    ive heard drinking lots of water helps
  • HPgeek934

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    Jan 11, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    First of all I'd like to commend all of you for making incredible life changes and giving yourselves a better outlook on life.

    Secondly, I'd say go for it! If you want the surgery for you, then do it. More power to you icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 11, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    mightymanlet saidYes, it's another thread about former fatties and loose skin...sorta. This is a question for guys that have lost a significant amount of weight and have that last bit of fat around their midsection that will not respond to any diet or exercise. (It's my understanding that this fat is leftover adipose tissue that cannot go away unless removed by surgery.)

    Does this last bit of fat bother you? In the back of my mind, I can't help but feel disgusted with myself when I see this layer of fat. It transforms what would otherwise be a nice V-tapered torso into an hourglass shape. It prevents me from ever achieving a true tight midsection no matter how hard I work at it. Hell, it even causes minor hindrances in flexibility. It rears its ugly muffin-top head every time I sit down or put on a pair of well-fitting jeans. I just can't seem to get over this mental hump (after coming a long way from where I started) that no amount of discipline and hard work will get me to a fitness level that I want to be at.

    I'm considering getting a minor tummy tuck or liposuction to finally get rid of it and was wondering if any other former fat guys have done the same? What was your recovery time like? Any of you former fat guys in my situation? *cough*larkin*cough*spiritreaver* Any and all thoughts are welcome.

    (Just making it clear that if I were to have cosmetic surgery done, it would only be for me and not to please anyone else.)


    Oh golly....I hope that doesn't happen to me. Nyeahhhhhhhhhhh....
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    Jun 27, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    Lots of lap swimming worked for me during the weight loss process.
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    Jun 29, 2012 10:49 AM GMT
    I've got this problem. I don't look too bad, but I don't think I'll ever get the ripped abs that I want due to excess skin and flab around the waist. When I diet they drop some in size, but my face gets all hollowed out and I look like I was in a death camp or something. I looked at surgery but the scars look worse I think than if I didn't get it. Right now, I'm just thinking if I add as much muscle as possible it will counter the excess below a bit. But other than that, I really don't know what to do about it.
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    Jun 29, 2012 11:07 AM GMT
    check out my profile for dieting routine that i went through for about a good 5 plus months, it paid off and its getting better as we go!!



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    Jun 29, 2012 11:51 AM GMT
    Excess skin is just that - additional skin cells have grown to allow for the expansion of the fat underneath it. The skin hasn't merely stretched, it's actually grown when the fat was there for a long enough period, and those cells don't easily go away on their own once the underlying fat is gone. This property of skin to grow when placed under tension is the basis for producing new skin to be used in self-grafts for burn patients and others who need skin repair.

    Therefore surgery to remove the excess skin may be necessary. Get an evaluation from a plastic surgeon to learn your options.
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    Jun 29, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidThis has been a huge issue for me (pardon the pun).

    I've gone from nearly 5' in circumference to just over 3' in the last 21mo. Most of the skin has tightened up, but I've definitely got a stubborn spare tire and some of my lower abdomen skin looks like ball-sack. icon_sad.gif I'm determined not to get surgery for a number of reasons (financial being a big one). Another RJer (Jerebear) recommended this lotion, and I do think it helps tighten things up, over time.

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    I wanted to do a thread like this one about just how the fat comes off, and how troublesome that is. I was really, really apple shaped, so my belt line was really low (as low as it would go) --gravity and the excess weight made that a foregone conclusion. When I reached a 38" waist, I was able to raise my pants to the proper beltline (going from a 34" inseam to 36").

    What I've found for me is that as the stomach fat got burned up, it did so from the inside. So the inside shrank and the outside didn't, so the outside became a saggy teardrop hanging well over my pants (ughh..it was so awful! icon_eek.gif ) That seems to be resolving itself now, but I'm still not pretty in the mid-section by a long shot.

    A weird thing I am doing, that I swear is showing results, is trying to shape the fat that's left with ice packs. Researching the new "freeze fat off" plastic surgery I found out that it's based on the phenomenal of fat loss in the cheeks of kids who eat a lot of popsicles. Knowing that ice has been used safely for surgeries, I decided to experiment on myself (starting two months ago). A couple of times a week I wrap ice packs around my spare tire (with a thin shirt on underneath, to prevent frost bite) and I watch TV or RJ for 45-60min like that. The fat has no real nerves, so it doesn't really feel "cold"...it just gets numb after a short time. Apparently the fat cells die over 8 weeks and release their fat to be re-metabolised. It sounds so weird, but it's really clipped the roundness off the bottom of that teardropped shaped spare tire --it doesn't sag over my pants anymore. What I especially like about it is that it's hitting that outside impossible-to-lose fat (but the fat released still has to be burned off or it will be stored elsewhere).

    There's no way I'm posting pics, but between the icing and that lotion, I'm positive I'm looking less like a well-stretched balloon that's had its air let from it. And I'm gonna keep going...from nearly 400lb and I'm now in the 250s. I figure if a pregnant women can have her skin tighten up after child birth, there's hope for me too.


    The Ice thing is for real. I saw a show about it. Apparently you can lose weight just from ice packs, because your body burns fat to 'shiver' from the cold. Keep it up!
  • Flamesoul

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    Jun 29, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    What ? Ice packs ? Is that true ?