Post # 1
Hey Bees, I’m planning on losing 70 lbs over as long a period of time as I can stretch it. The problem is that once I start eating right (cutting out junk food and going on a healthful, balanced diet), weight tends to fall off of me (at a consistent rate of 1 lb per 1 or 2 days), and I’m worried about having sagging skin and breasts when it’s all done. Does anyone who has been there have advice on how to prevent this or deal with it (other than surgery) afterwards? Should I be expecting some sag after losing so much weight (the only place I have stretch marks from weight gain are my hips/butt/muffin top area/upper thigh)?
Post # 3
Age has a lot to do with it, as does genetics. Young skin tends to be elastic. Just be sure to include a lot of strength training to build up some muscle.
If you lose the weight while you are young and work out faithfully, you can avoid surgery. Trust me on this one, I’m a lot older than most of you and lost a lot of weight without benefit of young skin elasticity.
Post # 4
I have to agree on the young aspect. And do include cardio and strength training to build muscle.
Post # 5
Yeah, age and genetics for sure…
How old/tall are you as well? 70lbs can mean a lot on different heights.
I lost 70 (well, 68)lbs, and I was 18 when I did it. I didn’t have an issue at all, to be honest. My boobs are a bit saggy for like 3 months, but eventually the chub evened out and they were back to normal
Post # 6
You may want to talk to a dietitian. No matter how young you are or how careful your workout routine, losing 1lb every day or two will translate into sagging skin, and once it’s past a certain point, there’s no real way to tighten it up short of surgery. A dietitian can help you choose foods to control the rate of weight loss, so it comes off more slowly and would be more likely to give your skin enough time to snap back into place. You can lose 70lb or even more and not end up with sagging skin, but the key is taking it slow and giving your skin time to adjust; do it too fast, and even 15lb lost will leave some sagging.
Post # 7
@fishbone: Oh yes losing 1 pound a day isn’t healthy anyway.
Post # 8
Like PPs have said, losing a pound to two pounds a day is NOT healthy.
Post # 9
I lost 75# in my 20s after being obese pretty much my entire life. I have some skin, in my tummy area, inner thighs, and less so my arms, but it’s not anything that’s ashamed of or that I’m even really aware of most days. Strength training has helped a lot for me.
Post # 10
@DeathByDesign: Not for most people, but when you are extremely overweight, even eating a liberal diet can make the weight fall off much faster.
Another point, OP – Take care of your skin! Moisturize, tone, exfoliate, as you go. Usually people only worry about your face, but you should look into healthy skin supplements for your whole body. Biotin, Vitamin E, C, and A are all good choices.
Post # 11
I honestly don’t know what it is, but I’m a nutrtition major (about to finish my BS), so I really did try to eat a balanced diet (no fad diets here!) with approximately 1,400-1,800 calories. I had a whole array of tests and bloodwork done the last time I lost weight (this happened a couple of years ago when I lost 30 lbs, which is what I was referring to with the .5-1 lb weight loss per day), and the doctor didn’t actually find anything wrong with me/couldn’t tell me what to do about it. I think I’ll probably meet with a dietitian this time around and try to add calories if I’m losing too quickly.
I’m 23 years old, 5’5, and 210 lbs.
Post # 12
If you want to lose weight at a slower rate, just a little eat more 🙂 I’m not saying to throw back in the unhealthy stuff but add in an extra healthy snack. If you find you already feel full, natural peanut butter or another nut butter is a good option because it very calorie dense. 200 cals for 2 tbsp!
From what I’ve read, genetics, age, rate of loss, and length of time that you were overweight all play a role in sagging skin. I’ve got it and have made peace with it but I understand your concern! I think even if you notice it right away, there’s a good chance it will improve over time since you are young.