Obese gastric bypass patients become COMPETITIVE BODYBUILDERS

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    Aug 13, 2015 9:43 PM GMT
    #inspiration!
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    Aug 13, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    I feel badly for people who lose all that weight, only to be cursed by drapes of skin hanging down. Must be incredibly difficult. There's a guy who has his locker next to mine who had the skin reduction surgery. The scar is as bad, if not worse than the loose skin. He looks like someone cut him in half, then sewed him together again. It's a very dark scar and it's so bad I can't even look at him with his shirt off. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 13, 2015 11:05 PM GMT
    Radd saidI feel badly for people who lose all that weight, only to be cursed by drapes of skin hanging down. Must be incredibly difficult. There's a guy who has his locker next to mine who had the skin reduction surgery. The scar is as bad, if not worse than the loose skin. He looks like someone cut him in half, then sewed him together again. It's a very dark scar and it's so bad I can't even look at him with his shirt off. icon_neutral.gif
    The scar heals up pretty good after a few years, if the Surgeon did it right. I knew a guy who had it done at age 19 after losing over 200 lbs. By age 25 it was still visible but not "out there" because it was cut along the natural lines of his body, so it healed up to accentuate his natural lines. He's now a professional fashion model.
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    Aug 16, 2015 2:22 PM GMT
    This is absolutely awesome how all these guys who were literally knocking on death's door got to work and did a complete 360 degree turn for the better and are now top notch physique models in their own right.icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 25, 2017 3:03 AM GMT
    This is my goal. I used to weigh over 500 pounds. Still a long ways to go amd the excess skin to remove.
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    Sep 28, 2017 2:44 AM GMT
    Let's not forget former member Larkin:

    https://web.archive.org/web/20161011171108/http://www.aformerfatboy.com/
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    Oct 05, 2017 4:48 AM GMT
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    Larkin didn't get bodybuilder-ripped but he DID get pretty damned cute and powerlift-y, and hot enough, if I recall correctly, to land a husband in record time.

    And let's also not forget 5'5"? RJ Hall of Famer Musclecomeback, a former bodybuilder gone to seed who despite his intelligence and wit only became an RJebrity after dropping 80 or so lbs and regaining his former lustre. But I'd converse with Rhett PRE-transformation, when he still resembled Truman Capote and was adorably shy except when gushing on about his Disney animation cells with the same enthusiasm as an old lady over her commemorative doll collection. (Sadly, shortly after his transformation enabling him to land his OWN husband - a hot latino masseur - Rhett died; not from steroids but by being struck by traffic on a highway road shoulder after leaving his own car to be a good samaritan helping a disabled vehicle.)

    Most recently there's RJ's own hunky transformation-in-progress Wyckofr. HE only days ago messaged me jaw-dropping obese-to-competitive bodybuilder transformations of others and then almost immediately, mysteriously hid/deleted his profile. Perhaps he plans to emerge within a year or two from his chrysalis transformed from blocky musclebear to shredded physique contest competitor? Here are a few of the inspiring pics of others he sent:

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    Oct 07, 2017 5:52 AM GMT
    ^
    I share your admiration and I add in a little of my envy for all those short guys who can change themselves so fast!
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    Nov 12, 2017 3:20 PM GMT
    The downfall of this bodybuilding success is that these guys will turn into offensive, smelly, old gas bags from all that abnormally high protein consumption in every meal.
  • Bearicorn

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    Aug 06, 2018 11:31 PM GMT
    This thread is great! I was 400lbs and then had a gastric sleeve. Currently 240lbs and now ready to get in to the gym and firm up (I am looking a bit deflated). I am not planning on being a bodybuilder but would love to put on some muscle and I joined this site to get some training tips.
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    Jun 19, 2019 8:12 PM GMT
    Amazing and inspiring thread. I should think about changing my lifestyle - eating habits also.
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    Jun 20, 2019 7:13 AM GMT
    I have a difficult time finding this thread to be real. Some look to drastically different that it would not be natural.
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    Aug 29, 2019 1:21 AM GMT
    I guess props to them for getting massive.
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    Nov 12, 2019 12:01 AM GMT
    I think it is so beautiful when you see people who could get into the healthy life style after a dark period of their lives. It is a big example that if you want you can do it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 12, 2019 1:23 PM GMT
    At my greatest weight, caused by cancer treatment that put on pounds, rather than the usually expected weight loss, I had trouble losing pounds, still do. I had considered gastric methods, but I wasn’t that seriously overweight enough, plus some friends had bad experiences with them.

    In fact, we had lunch with one last week. And he continues to be limited to a restricted diet, certain foods giving him distress, and he was constantly sick for several years after his procedure. He certainly lost the weight, but he’s done nothing to build muscle, so not a big transformation into a muscled Adonis.

    His experience, and others we know, make me dubious about trying it for myself, even if doctors told me I was eligible. If any of you are considering these gastric methods you might want to very thoroughly research them, learning about the different types and their success rates and side effects.
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    Nov 15, 2019 4:46 PM GMT
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    Good point but I'll put it out there again that I'm certainly not advocating gastric bypass if it can be avoided. As I said in in earlier post on this thread:

    "Personally I think of gastric bypass as the HARD way out - coupled with skin reduction, it's practically heroic. I'd certainly prefer to diet (as I did, losing 80 pounds). But just as people got fat sucking milkshakes through straws when they had their jaws wired shut, they can eventually enlarge their stomach capacities through overeating and get fat again (I call it "The Carnie Wilson Affect"). And even if they don't regain the weight, they need more discipline than dieting to lose the weight in the first place because they have to stick to tiny portions resisting milkshakes, and carefully supplement given the minimal nutrients they get from their reduced food portions, for life."



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    Nov 15, 2019 4:48 PM GMT
    A shame the tinypic photosharing app went out of business, every photo I ever posted on RJ has disappeared.

    But since I started this thread there are a million google-image-able examples of the subject matter!
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    Nov 23, 2019 4:19 PM GMT
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    Good point but I'll put it out there again that I'm certainly not advocating gastric bypass if it can be avoided. As I said in in earlier post on this thread:

    "Personally I think of gastric bypass as the HARD way out - coupled with skin reduction, it's practically heroic. I'd certainly prefer to diet (as I did, losing 80 pounds). But just as people got fat sucking milkshakes through straws when they had their jaws wired shut, they can eventually enlarge their stomach capacities through overeating and get fat again (I call it "The Carnie Wilson Affect"). And even if they don't regain the weight, they need more discipline than dieting to lose the weight in the first place because they have to stick to tiny portions resisting milkshakes, and carefully supplement given the minimal nutrients they get from their reduced food portions, for life."

    You introduce another issue: excess skin after extreme weight loss. I had a BF who lost nearly 100 pounds in about 18 months through strict diet & exercise, but he'd retained his old "shell". It was especially bad around his midriff, where he'd had a prominent belly.

    When skin is pulled taut for a long enough period it grows, it isn't strictly a stretching, and so the skin doesn't completely shrink back after weight loss. And that new skin won't begin to dissolve away on its own unless the entire body becomes severely undernourished with a profound & unhealthy weight loss.

    My BF's solution was plastic surgery, a "tummy tuck". Because the flap of excess skin was low on his abdomen it could be gathered & drawn inside his navel depression and trimmed away there, and then stitched shut around the navel. He had no scars elsewhere, and the nature of the navel itself made the encircling incision unobtrusive, even appear a natural part of the anatomical structure. It really looked good.

    His other problem was he was keeping his body fat percentage too low, right about 9%. My own lowest was 9.5 to 10.0, at which level I felt some stamina issue. But I also know everyone's metabolism is different, due to multiple factors including age. Like me he was in his 50s, and 9% may have been unhealthy for him overall.
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    In his case his severe dieting may have kept him from building muscle mass, as he never developed a bodybuilder look, despite a regular & extensive gym routine. Instead he always looked on the verge of being emaciated. And indeed, one time while walking around the several dozen acres of an outdoor Ren-Faire together he suddenly became disoriented and began staggering, then passed out unconscious (toppling right into a vendor's product display). I got him taken to an aid station where the diagnosis was a sugar crash due to the exertion of extensive walking, combined with not eating enough.

    The moral here may be that sometimes our goals & expectations for our bodies are unrealistic, and the methods we choose poorly planned & managed. Resources like RealJock can be helpful & motivating, and consulting with professionals in sports & general medicine, as well as in nutrition, essential. I've too often seen it done the wrong way.