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Thoughts on loose skin

Posted Nov 03 2008 9:01pm
I get asked a lot of questions about whether I have loose skin after losing almost 100 pounds.
Yes, I do have some. And I will probably have more, but I don't know what is going to tighten up or not. It is most obvious on my upper arms, and my upper thighs. You don't notice it unless I am in a bathing suit, or wear a sleeveless shirt (which I normally don't anyway because I am very fair skinned).
I wasn't born with the genetics to have nice tight skin. And nothing you do will change that. No creams, no workouts, not guzzling water til the cows come home. Nothing can change your genetics. Strength training will help the skin 'drape' better over the muscles and have a better appearance - but won't actually do anything to the skin itself.

Does it bother me? Sometimes. There are days where I am just thrilled with the changes in my body. Other days, the skin is a bit depressing - because I know my biceps are buff, but the extra skin doesn't let them shine, so to speak.

So many people panic about the loose skin before they even begin a weight loss journey. I don't understand that. First, you might have the good genetics and a little luck on your side. And second, do you honestly want to be fat?? I mean, really - would the thought of some loose skin be the reason you want to stay obese? Hardly anyone can see the loose skin. Everyone and their neighbor sees the fat.

Today's stats:

Calorie goal: 1,400 • Consumed: 1,318 • Burned: 213
Net calories: 1,105
C/P/F ratio: 53/24/23
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