(Closed) sagging skin after weight loss

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
8102 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have to agree on the young aspect.  And do include cardio and strength training to build muscle.

Post # 5
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@fishbone:  Oh yes losing 1 pound a day isn’t healthy anyway.

Post # 8
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Like PPs have said, losing a pound to two pounds a day is NOT healthy.

Post # 9
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@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 # 12
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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