Loose skin - any prevention??

  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 23, 2012 11:38 AM GMT
    I've been reading a lot of old threads about loose skin and how to handle it and most people just say surgery or wait and hope it tightens up on its own.

    But these are all AFTER the fact. I'm just starting to lose weight now and have 80lbs to lose. At 33 I'm assuming that my skin may have a little elasticity but that I'll most likely have some lose skin and I would like to try and prevent that as much as possible.

    Common sense tells me that if I try to lose the weight slowly it should help. Getting all the vitamins I need may help as well. I don't smoke which I've heard also helps.

    But my question - does anyone know of any skin regimen that may help lessen loose skin WHILE I'm losing weight? Like a cream or lotion that tightens up the skin, even temporarily. Perhaps regular use of it while losing weight will help keep it tight during the process.

    Has anyone heard of any options like this?
  • Jerebear

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    Feb 24, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    A few points:

    1. Flab and loose skin are two different things, but they are often confused as the same. I knew I used to think my flab was loose skin but its not. Loose skin is just wrinkly, but if you run your finger over it, there's no bounce to it, it snaps back into place. For flab, you have to get your fat percentage down, and as you do, some of it leaves behind loose skin, fortunately most of it doesnt.

    2. The fact that you don't smoke is excellent, because smoking is bad for your vitamin C, the vitamin that is the one responsible for producing collagen. Collagen is the spring like protein in your skin that keeps it tight. I've tried out various sources including supplements, and I find that when I simply eat a grapefruit every day, that seems to work the best.

    3. Any skin product containing alpha hydroxy acids is going to help a little bit, but that's over a period of months.

    4. Anti-wrinkle creams and skin tighteners dont do anything except temporarily thicken the skin, making it look less wrinkly. I wouldn't bother wasting your money on them by using them regularly, but if you have a date or something, use it the night before and your skin will look better.

    5. Do strength training if you arent already. Track your fat percentage with your scale weight, don't freak out over little blips, but watch the trend in your lean mass, and if you are losing too much, ease up or stop doing cardio, eat bigger on your lifting days and increase protein on all days. You absolutely have to preserve lean mass to get rid of flab or loose skin. You are going to lose some, no matter what you do. At your particular weight and height, I would say if you could manage a 4 to 1 fat to lean loss ratio that would be great.

    Hope that helps!
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    Feb 24, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    hmm, you'll have to talk with your physician on this one. I lost my weight when I was in my teens, so my skin was elastic enough to show no flab. I also worked out my core - hard. Good luck, man. You're going to look/feel great!
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 24, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    Yes! It helps loads, thank you so much icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Lap swimming worked for me - lost 60lbs in 5 months and was as tight as a drum.
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 25, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidLap swimming worked for me - lost 60lbs in 5 months and was as tight as a drum.

    That is fantastic! Congrats! I wish we had a pool up here but don't even known anyone with a pool. I live up in the mountains north of Los Angeles, the entire community is set in the canyons so all the homes are built on slopes - not very pool friendly. If I did have one it would be my first choice for working out!
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    Feb 25, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Put on weight