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This weekend I noticed that the skin and fat on my back and stomach feel, for lack of a better term, looser than when I started. It is not loose skin that I can pull away from the fat and muscle - it definitely has fat or something in it, but it doesn't feel firm like it used to..

I know that I can't have more body fat now than when I started (I'm down about 17 lbs.) so I figure it's two things. One is water retention - I have read that after fat cells empty of fat they temporarily fill with water, so they are squishier (think of a water balloon full of jello, i.e. fat, versus one with just water in it). The other is that my skin may not have quite caught up to my smaller size - I have lost almost 60 lbs. total (most of it pre-MF) and have some skin damage, aka stretch marks, from when I gained in the first place..

I am thinking that I need to do two things: lift weights and have patience. Hopefully lifting weights will help preserve muscle so my skin stays filled out and there is firmness underneath. And hopefully with patience the squishiness will go away as my body and skin adjust..

Anyone notice this? Did it ever resolve and if so how long did it take?..

Comments (5)

Patience and exercise, that's what will help. Yes, it's just things being loose from losing the weight. It will continue to correct itself for a year or more after you reach goal. They recommend if someone is considering plastic surgery to wait until after a full year of maintenance to allow the skin to do as much as it can on it's own..

I also put a lot of vitamin E and other moisturizers on myself, and soak in the tub/scrub a lot. I don't know if that actually helps, but it makes me feel like I'm doing something...

Comment #1

What Freya said and remember, spanx (and her sisters the skinny camisoles ) are your friends!!..

Comment #2

It takes up to 1-2 years after weight loss for the skin to shrink, so it's really a matter of patience. I know in the few months I've been in maintenance the two skin flaps under my chin is now down to 1 and a little bit. My stomach flab is now pretty much just wrinkles, as it is on my legs and arms. It's not too pretty but I just make sure I moisturize every day and I exfoliate when I shower...

Comment #3

Another thing is building lean muscle. It gives your skin something more solid to adhere to...

Comment #4

Search for pictures on plastic surgery sites where you can see before and afters of people who have had excess skin removed. You'll see that skin isn't thin at all and it'll take time for it to shrink to fit your frame...

Comment #5


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