Lost the weight....Cant seem to tone up and become defined. ADVICE

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    Jun 14, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    Hey everyone,

    thanks for reading my post - I lost a lot of weight and have become healthier over the last few months. Trouble is now that most of the weight gone I cant seem to tone up and define. Any advice?
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    Jun 14, 2013 10:45 AM GMT
    That's not going to happen overnight regardless of your routine.

    The unfortunent thing about losing lots of weight rapidly is #1 it sort of goes against your pre-destined body type and #2 you're going to have excess skin that will hide away your definition. The solution is usually incision.

    This is not to be negative, but to let you know you aren't doing anything wrong at this point...and to give it time. However, if you're determined to be lean and ripped...you have to exercise and I'm not sure if you are or not. Resistance, Ab workouts and cardio...3-5 times a week. keep it up for a minimum of 5 years even if you don't feel like you're seeing results.
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    Jun 14, 2013 11:22 AM GMT
    Post lots of shirtless pics.
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    Jun 14, 2013 11:57 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidPost lots of shirtless pics.


    yesss ahahh
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    Jun 14, 2013 12:16 PM GMT
    I'll post some shirtless pics soon lol and yes I have been exercising, I guess I'm going to increase the frequency and duration of my workouts. Fortunately,the skin things sorted - as even though the weight loss was sudden it happened gradually - the stretch marks are the worst though.

  • Jun 14, 2013 12:32 PM GMT
    This is normal and you are at a good age for your skin to tighten up naturally. To speed up the process and clear up stretch marks, consider applying post-pregnancy cream or a cream with vitamin E.

    As far as looking better, your skin takes form to the body it covers. If there is fat, it will look fat. If it is muscle, it will make you look muscular. If you remove the fat, you will need different mass to replace that space.
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    Jun 14, 2013 1:50 PM GMT
    Paleo diet changed my body chemistry and I tightened up at an advanced age.
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    I'm in the same situation. It took one year to lose 60 pounds. Now I'm spending the next year remaking my body. I hired a personal trainer, twice a week for 12 months. That had been a huge benefit as he works me harder than I think I would have on my own. Plus he's a nutritionist, so I've continued to adapt my diet around my workouts. I doubt I would have had the drive, focus and determination I do knowing I'm paying for this now!

    I have some lose skin, but significantly less than I started with. I've decided I don't care if it never completely goes away. It remains a testament to the change I've been able to accomplish in myself.
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    d56mike saidI'm in the same situation. It took one year to lose 60 pounds. Now I'm spending the next year remaking my body. I hired a personal trainer, twice a week for 12 months. That had been a huge benefit as he works me harder than I think I would have on my own. Plus he's a nutritionist, so I've continued to adapt my diet around my workouts. I doubt I would have had the drive, focus and determination I do knowing I'm paying for this now!

    I have some lose skin, but significantly less than I started with. I've decided I don't care if it never completely goes away. It remains a testament to the change I've been able to accomplish in myself.



    My drive came from waking up one-day and realizing that I kept blaming the world for the state of my body and the truth was I had let my image deteriorate all because I was an idiot.

    btw congrats on the weight loss, I hope that you reach your goal icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:34 PM GMT
    The paleo diet seems interesting, thanks for suggesting will definitely be looking into it.

    And just got myself post-preg stretch mark oil
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    Jun 14, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    GoldenBrown said
    d56mike saidI'm in the same situation. It took one year to lose 60 pounds. Now I'm spending the next year remaking my body. I hired a personal trainer, twice a week for 12 months. That had been a huge benefit as he works me harder than I think I would have on my own. Plus he's a nutritionist, so I've continued to adapt my diet around my workouts. I doubt I would have had the drive, focus and determination I do knowing I'm paying for this now!

    I have some lose skin, but significantly less than I started with. I've decided I don't care if it never completely goes away. It remains a testament to the change I've been able to accomplish in myself.



    My drive came from waking up one-day and realizing that I kept blaming the world for the state of my body and the truth was I had let my image deteriorate all because I was an idiot.

    btw congrats on the weight loss, I hope that you reach your goal icon_smile.gif



    Thanks! I will reach my goal. That's the power of exercising. Every week there's progress which is the ultimate motivator.
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    Jun 14, 2013 5:14 PM GMT
    Ya need to feed your body good fats and protein, lots of vegetables. If you dont replenish your body with protein, a lot of working out wont just burn fat, it will burn lean muscle
  • Mark87

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    Jun 14, 2013 6:09 PM GMT
    Having the exact same problem. Got some more weight to lose but the excess skin round the middle is...problematic
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    Jun 14, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    It's not excess skin, it's the remaining fat. For many of us, the fat on the belly is absolutely the last to go.

    I've got pretty low body fat (somewhere under 10% as best I can measure with calipers) but I've still got fat over my lower abs. Probably won't ever go away so I should learn to love it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    Roguewave saidYa need to feed your body good fats and protein, lots of vegetables. If you dont replenish your body with protein, a lot of working out wont just burn fat, it will burn lean muscle

    ^^^This!
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    Jun 14, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    LIFT HEAVY!EAT WELL!