Excess Skin after Weight Loss: What can I do?

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    Oct 28, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
    A question was posed to me by a fellow, younger RJ'r...

    RJ'r who has successfully lost a lot of weight...I was listening to you the other night when you were talking to another RJ'r about ab exercises, and I couldn't help but wonder if you could help me with an issue of mine.
    As you may know, I've recently lost some weight. The problem now is that I have a lot of excess skin on my stomach. I'm currently 130-140 lbs. I'm not exactly sure if this is ideal, but it feels right in every part of my body except my stomach. The only area of me that still looks fat is my stomach, but I can't help but feel that the problem is mostly just loose skin.
    Anyways, I've been looking online, trying to find anything to help me tighten all my excess skin, but I just can't seem to find anything good. All the articles I've read talk about doing crunches and other ab exercises, but I've been doing it for awhile and feel exactly the same.
    Sorry for making this seem so long, but I hope you can help me with this issue.

    Hey Fellow RJ'r,

    Good question. And, one I haven't really thought about in many years (since I had an ex-lover who had this situation and I met him while he was "losing the skin").

    Disclaimer: I haven't personally had to deal with this situation, but like I said before I've had an ex who had this situation and at the time I gave him some "gut" advice (no pun intended) which seemed to work. Based on my instinct about this, I did some googling of my own and found a few interesting articles.

    1. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/how-to-tighten-loose-skin-after-weight-loss

    This article confirms my instinct and states states that it may take about TWO YEARS from the elasticity of the skin to naturally shrink to fit your new muscles underneath. The article also talks about plastic surgery, but that should be a last resort "give it two years" kind of solution.

    My suggestion here would be to continue with your healthy diet, other healthy habits, and working out... especially doing the "cable work" which I suggested in order to continue to firm up your core and stimulate your deeper layers of skin to shrink to fit. Like I said the other evening, it is my view that sit ups and crunches build the abdominal muscles and therefore can cause them to protrude further. This is why (personally) I like doing "cable work". It tightens and tones the entire core, not just the abs. Also, I don't want "bulk" in my mid-section, so the cable machine seems to give me the tone I want while keeping my waist size relatively small.

    (Example Cable Machine)

    Also, consider googling "visceral fat" and seeking any guidance on how to approach this very stubborn and very unhealthy type of fat that many people have.

    2. http://allwomenstalk.com/how-to-tighten-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/10/

    This second article has some remarkable similarities to the first article regarding diet, certain treatments for the skin, and also has some other approaches like staying out of the sun, massage, and yoga. Although some of the approaches seem like they would be expensive, there might be low cost ways to do some of these at home, and there are massage schools which may give massages for free or for a very small fee.

    3. http://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-get-rid-of-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/

    Warning: This third article is on a website that has a bit of a "faddish" tone, but the article itself seems to have some good content. This third article has only a few tips, but they generally mirror the tips shared in the first two. This article differs in that it also adds "Beef Gelatin" and "Vitamin C" as scientifically proven nutritional components to the skin shrinking approach. I would do some additional reading on that to fact-check the scientific validity.

    Also, keep in mind the portion of the conversation regarding Endomorphic, Mesomorphic, and Ectomorphic body types (and that it is a possibility to have some combination of two adjacent types). It might be that some body types have "more skin" genetically preprogrammed. Any person's "best results" may be limited by their genetic predisposition.


    I see all three types in the gym, and I see guys of all three types looking good whatever their body type may be. So, know that you too can be "looking good" no matter what your natural body type may be.

    You're still pretty young as well. You're starting to work on your body nearly 10 years before I started working on mine, so you have a really good chance to get the healthy best possible body you feel comfortable living in earlier in life. Just keep up the good healthy "consistent and persistent" work on being the best RJ'r that you can be!


    P.S. To the Community: Do you have any tips, tricks, or traps on how you have faced excess skin after weight loss?

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    Oct 28, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    you forgot the 4th body type: X-Men Morph

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    Oct 29, 2013 8:49 AM GMT
    My friend had a huge weight loss and while he was waiting to have it removed his surgeon got him to use Bio Oil Bio-Oil.jpg

    His skin tone was way better after. While it didn't remove excess skin it was tighter and smoother.

    Ive used it on my arse since, as I always had stretch marks from a quickly growing teen, they have all but gone now.

    Its recommended by GPs down here for pregnant women