Stretch Marks? Anyone?

  • PaintMeLime

    Posts: 16

    Jan 16, 2008 7:39 AM GMT
    So, some pounds are coming off and I'm wondering if there is hope of getting rid of some of these pesky stretch marks. Luckily I have pretty fair skin and they aren't that visible, but there are still there... haunting me... What hope do I have of ANY of this loose skin snapping back into place? Any? I don't want to get surgery, I don't think I was fat enough to need surgery. I originally got my stretch marks right when I hit about 220lbs, and at my highest weight I was 255lbs. I'm currently at 230lbs and a noticeably smaller size... what can I expect as far as the look of my body as I lose more weight? Will I ever have (visible) abs?!?!icon_question.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 16, 2008 10:14 AM GMT
    depends how many calories you are eating, what your training is and how hydrated you are as to wether we shall see your abs.

    There are a few products out there that claim to reduce visble stretch marks such as bio oil but there are different responses as to how effective they are.

    Running when overweight is a recipe for stretchmarks as all that friction and gravity plays against you as the skin has lost a degree of its elasticity. Crashing a diet or training to too greater deficit dont help the matter either. But hydration and I am talking 4 litres a day plus will help with the repair process and improve the elasticity of the skin as well as improve your fat loss ability. Make the water ice cold and yuo will even burn a few calories extra just from drinking it.

    Most people seldom believe this straightforward and simple piece of advice they disregard it, yet all that I know have tried it and stuck with it have succeeded

    Let us know what you are eating and how you are training and we can see what chance you have of seeing those abs

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 16, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    I agree with what bfg1 said...

    Also, you have to remember that it took time for your skin to stretch as you added the weight, and it will take time for it to shrink back as you drop the weight. I have a few plastic surgeons who are clients of mine, and of those I've asked, most of them say it takes six months or so after you get down to your final weight for the skin to shrink back down as far as it can. Some of them suggest using a medical grade contouring vest under your clothes to help stabilise the skin and make it easier for it to contour itself to your new body (the garment also eliminates a good bit of the gravity your skin has to fight, as well). Others suggest things like massaging vitamin E oil or some other moisturizer into the skin daily to help improve the elasticity. You could also consult a dermatologist for suggestions you can use during weight loss to maximize your skin's potential to shrink back along with your body. One thing in your favor is your age... skin is more likely to shrink back when you're young than when you're old, as age brings its own loss of elasticity to the skin.

    Good luck! icon_smile.gif
  • PaintMeLime

    Posts: 16

    Jan 16, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    Thank you thank you!! So, I will keep fighting the good fight!

    I feel like I have a really good diet. I'm always reading lables (my boyfriend and I are always looking for low fat/low cal substitutes - he's a little obsessed with reading those labels where I am a little more lax).

    However, we tend to eat out about 3 times a week and he LOVES Mexican food, so I end up eating a nice helping of beans, cheese and fatty meat... dribbled in some kind of Mexican sauce with unknown calories. haha. I do stay away from sour cream and guacamole, though... but I cant help but love that melted cheese.

    So anyway, I will work on keeping myself hydrated and will look into a vitamin E oil to try... I always like cheaper alternatives. Would a vitamin E lotion work just the same?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 16, 2008 8:57 PM GMT
    First, you need to stop eating out, and really learn what and how to eat. Looking at your profile, you need to exercise more in order to loose more weight and become more lean and add muscle which burns calories. I wish you luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 16, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    NINER saidFirst, you need to stop eating out, and really learn what and how to eat. Looking at your profile, you need to exercise more in order to loose more weight and become more lean and add muscle which burns calories. I wish you luck!



    well thats one schoold of thought and a hugely inefficient one at that, switch the training to a weight training regime base on a HIT style approach and 3 times a week will be good as we all know that not eating 500 calories a day is far more efficient than trying to work it off through exercise, but you dont have to keep re-emphasising that one all the while do ya, (not to mention its impact on morale and motivation) icon_wink.gifIf you ever hear that Jane Fonda has been assasinated you know who to come look for!!!!!!!!

    forgot to mention on the loose skin issue massage dose actually benefit this, so combine the vit e lotion, with the boyfriend massaging it in and hey presto fun for all involved, tell him its a small price to pay for the new you he will get and tell him all this easting out aint helping.

    On that front few easy tips:

    chicken is normaly the best choice when eating out

    If it comes with a sauce go fo a tomato based one as they dont tend to be cream based, and if possible ask for it in the side not smothered (same goes for salad and dressings you eat less of it by diping in

    As for the cheese well if there is a choice (I would have personaly gone for quacamole but we all have our vices but far better nutrient profile) but go for strength of cheese over volume
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 19, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]bfg1 said[/


    well thats one schoold of thought and a hugely inefficient one at that, switch the training to a weight training regime base on a HIT style approach and 3 times a week will be good as we all know that not eating 500 calories a day is far more efficient than trying to work it off through exercise,


    chicken is normaly the best choice when eating out

    If it comes with a sauce go fo a tomato based one as they dont tend to be cream based, and if possible ask for it in the side not smothered (same goes for salad and dressings you eat less of it by diping in

    As for the cheese well if there is a choice (I would have personaly gone for quacamole but we all have our vices but far better nutrient profile) but go for strength of cheese over volume [/quote]

    Good stuff FG#1
    Last time I lost 30 lbs of fat in a short time I did it by doing both though... elevating my output to a high level and restricting my intake both. Rode the bicycle 15 miles to work at a 15 MPH pace, then back home 8 hrs later, for 2 hrs of airobics twice in the day, really raises the metobolic rate for all the waking hrs if you can do it... even 2 maybe 3 times a week is superb... then I took a weight loss doc's advice to eat a 500 cal day three days a week... dry toast for breakfast to get/keep the alimentary canal going and not stalled, then salad at lunch, all you want, w/o fatty dressings... For Dinner it was 4-6 oz fatless protein like chicken or warm water fish (I later modified this to more like 8-10 oz of trout or what ever I wanted to eat as long as it was at least "good" type fat and did fine) and eat all the veggies I wanted that were low carb index ones.. i.e. not potatoes and the starch ones.

    It worked like a champ and with the monster exercise I lost fat weight while toning up too. The 3 day a week 500 call thing tended to get me to eat less.

    Another thing to know and use everyday is to eat really slowly, to give your stomach and head a chance to decide that you are full. I started eating my chewing my food 25 times... its great for the guts cause you are digesting slurry not chunks, and it takes 20 mins to eat mostly anything which gives your stomach and brain time to decide that you are satiated/full.

    Above all I get great effects from eating LOTS of fresh vegtables in salads and the like, gives you tons of minerals and nutrients, as well as water and fiber with your food mass.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 06, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    To my knowledge, stretch marks are a sign of irreversible skin damage. In other words, it won't spring back to shape after you lose the weight like skin without stretch marks would.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 06, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    I got stretch marks first when I was seriously bodybuilding and they where in the Lat area. When I stopped and got seriously fat they got much worse.

    I have done all of the right things, lost 95 pounds, drink the equivalent of Lake Mead every day (and piss me a river too).

    My regimen includes vit E (orally and topically).

    Alas, these are war wounds. When the time is right I am going to have to have surgery.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • TexanMan82

    Posts: 893

    Apr 06, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Yeah there's not a whole lot you can do, unfortunately. Just continue to eat right, stay hydrated, and rub vitamin E oil on them before bed.

    But get the vitamin E caplets and cut them to squeeze out the oil.

    I have them on my shoulders from getting too big too fast. Although not the most attractive tings in the world, to me they are a sign of all my time in the gym. So I'm OK with them.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 06, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    never use it myself as havent needed too but everyone I know who has swears by http://www.onlinepharmacy.co.nz/index.cfm/layout/Brand/BrandID/465

    they say it doesnt get rid of them but really diminishes there visibility how much of that is psychological at that price I couldnt say