Question: On November 13, 2006 I underwent gastric by-pass surgery. I have lost 124 pounds. I now have a lot of loose skin on my stomach, legs and arms. What exercises can I do to tone those areas? It is really gross to me. Thanks for any information you can give me. - Kimberly
Answer: I know this is going to sound like a totally cop out, but too bad. Gastric by-pass is a fitness expert's worst nightmare because I'm happy that you lost the fat but I can't help you. Everything that you have done has totally gone against what the body was made to do…use fat as fuel. Many of the systems of your body have become compromised because you have been nutritionally deprived and I can bet you didn't do one stitch of exercise while you were losing al1 this weight. Your body is not meant to lose 124 quickly. That's why you have loose skin hanging on you like melted candle wax. Skin is an organ that grows as you need it and goes away when you don't but it is a process. It is very similar to taking a trash bag filled with water and dumping out the water. What happens? You're still left with the large bag. Either you fill that bag again (to make it useful) or you throw it away. In this case I say throw it away. There is no way in the world you will develop enough muscle to fill the loose bag, especially since your stomach is the size of a walnut… I would make an appointment with your plastic surgeon. After you have consulted with him then consult with a qualified fitness professional that specializes in post-gastric surgery fitness. Good Luck.