The Biggest Loser - Winning by Losing - Avoiding the saggy skin

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02-13-2010, 01:51 AM
Most people I know that have managed to lose a very significant amount of weight end up with the saggy loose skin afterwards. Just look at the biggest loser contestants - a ton of weight is lost, but they're left with a lot of extra skin! My question is - if the weight is lost slowly (unlike the biggest loser contestants who are now breaking records like 100 pounds lost in 7 weeks), like 1-3 pounds a week depending on your size, will the skin be able to shrink slowly and stay tight? Or once a person has gained that amount of weight, has it forced the skin to stretch so much beyond how much it's intended to stretch that it can never shrink back again?

02-13-2010, 05:06 AM
It really depends on all sorts of things - genetics, age, how long you were overweight, how much you were, how fast you lost, and the luck of the draw. Some people lose tons fast and have relatively tight skin, considering. Some lose slow and still have lots of skin. Just have to stay hydrated. Do strength training to develop muscles, which will help with the skin to some extent. Some say dry brushing of the skin helps. But in any case - though it's not fab, loose skin is better than fat, right?

Good luck. I do worry about this myself as I have around 110 to lose still.

02-27-2010, 06:45 PM
This is an FAQ under the Body Image forum. Short answer...maybe. As the the previous poster stated there are a lot of factors. I'm losing weight "the right way" and yes I have saggy skin. Will still be some lbs and time to see just how saggy it's going to be. But it covers nicely with cloths and if I can't stand is always an option.

03-06-2010, 07:09 PM
I think it does have to do with how fast you loose it but mostly it's all genetics....what your mamma gave you in skin elasticity! Same thing for stretch marks. People will say you will know if you will get them during pregnancy if your mom has them. Held true for me :(

03-06-2010, 07:40 PM
I did. I had to have an intestinal blockage surgery and my surgeon did a quick tummy tuck at no more money. I wear long sleeves and kneed length shorts to cover the loose skin on arms and legs. I can tell you, it's only a price we have to pay for being so overweight, but a little loose skin is a small price to pay for good health.

03-08-2010, 12:30 AM
I'm scared about the loose skin thing as well. I'm twenty two and don't know if my body will be able to snap back. I guess that it would be better than being heavy, but I wouldn't still be able to wear a bikini. But I guess thats what a one piece is for. :)

03-18-2010, 12:41 AM
I'm approaching 50 lbs lost and this is becoming a concern for me too. I am trying to be healthier the proper way. I weight train and hit the gym 4-6 days a week which I know is helping firm mostly everything up - but (and I hope this isn't TMI) for all the other women... what about the breasts? =\ Even when I was heavy I was always firm, but now they seem to have deflated after going down 3 band sizes and nearly 2 cup sizes. It's something I'm highly self aware over since I'm seeing someone, and well, he's seeing me. To be clear, he doesn't care, it's only embarrassing for me. It's just frustrating when I'm feeling healthier, feeling stronger, and yet some physical aspects of myself that were once attractive are not anymore. I'm not even halfway to goal yet, so having this start to bother me already makes me a bit nervous of the amount of sagging in another 5 months down the road.

Is patience the only answer? I'd take being healthier over saggy skin any day, but it would be nice to look as attractive as I feel.

03-18-2010, 10:26 AM
As a "professional" yo-yo dieter, I've been lucky in the past with good elasticity. I'm worried, though, my luck may have run out. AND I'm done with yo-yo ing.


Violin Jenn
03-21-2010, 04:12 PM
I've worried about these issues too, the saggy skin and boobs. But I've had to stop worrying about it cause I have no control over it. I weight train but that's all the control I have. To me surgery is expensive and painful and not worth it for vanity.

04-11-2010, 02:44 AM
I am worried about saggy skin and boobs too! I'm hoping it won't be too bad.

04-11-2010, 03:06 AM
I don't know if I just got lucky because I'm young or what... but my son did a number on my stomach and it was covered in stretch marks. I was afraid after I lost this 100 the last time (ugh I know right) that my skin would look awful but it pretty much bounced back! Other than the red lines across my tummy you would never know I'd lost 100 lbs!

I'm hoping I'm as lucky this time. It's one of those things you can never predict.

04-11-2010, 01:56 PM
It really is an age issue the younger you are the more elastic your skin. As you age your skin automatically losses elacticity and has a harder time firming up. If you are doing strength training this will help but it will be a slower process. I am 42 now and have the sagging underarm, my friend who is 32 has lost the same amount of weight and her arms are alot firmer.

04-11-2010, 11:56 PM
I lost 80 pounds in 5 months and then maintained for 2 years. My skin was very loose, the inside of my thighs were awful! While my skin is still not very tight, it is much better. So to answer your question, I think it's very possible if you lose at a slow pace.

04-14-2010, 05:49 AM
It makes sense that losing weight at a slow pace gives the body time to adjust.

04-26-2010, 09:36 PM
Yeah, the saggy skin is my biggest worry with losing all this weight; however, as others here have shared, better to have saggy skin than be morbidly obese! I am a 53-year-old mom of three who, believe it or not, never got stretch marks even after having 3 kids!

Anyway, I guess I will just have to wait and see about the sagging skin issue since I just started to lose weight.


Autumn Gold
05-02-2010, 11:38 AM
I'm worried about this, too! I have lost over three stone and no signs of loose skin so far. My tummy is fairly firm - my thighs and arms are ok. I have at least another 3 stone to lose. My question is, at what stage do you "know" whether you're going to get loose skin or not? When does it start going saggy for most people? I'm hoping the boobs don't go either - I don't have much in the first place, so I'd hate it if they went south.

I'm hoping my age, combined with my tight-skinned genetics will serve me well. Oh and body brushing, moisturizing, salt scrubs, MSM, weight training :dizzy: etc.

05-02-2010, 12:09 PM
I'm scared of the skin too. I've lost like 25 or 30 lbs so far and I'm thinking my arms are looking a bit....odd, maybe will have a lil trouble there. Maybe it's genetics and if so I can see that arm flab, turkey neck are the likely culprits in my family.

I've heard that losing slower gives the skin more time to adjust.... might work out that way... I have to say I hate my boobs already. I never liked em, but they're not quite as perky (My B's). They ain't much but I know I'll have less of them, I remember there were less years ago. I can see the stretch marks (boob ones) from my babies more now that I've lost some weight. It wasn't very noticeable before.

It's too bad fixing those things is considered "cosmetic", because if it were covered people might feel better about their weight loss than they might with the flab.... although I've heard of insurance covering it if it gets in the way or causes problems with movement.

05-03-2010, 11:37 AM
I've lost over 120 lbs and I was overweight for 8 years. I have a lot of loose skin on my tummy, arms, and inner thighs. I do a lot of cardio and I can see it helping in my tummy area, however, someone told me to give it a year to see if my body tightens up and responds to the new size. It SUCKS! :(

Lori Bell
05-03-2010, 12:13 PM
I have loose skin. But now I don't feel like I could POP when tying my

Yesterday we were at the store and I saw a girl who has gained A LOT of weight in the last couple of years. I felt so sorry for her because her skin looked so tight that it seriously looked like she could explode. Oh I remember that terrible feeling. In my eyes tight-fat looks way worse that saggy- normal.

05-03-2010, 06:58 PM
Well, I'm lucky to be so young. Hopefully me being a minor (under 18) means my skin has a good amount of elasticity. I have stretch marks all over my stomach (from having a baby, no.. not intentionally, let's call it rape and save the rest of the story.....).. I hope I'm not left with a muffin top. I think if I drink enough water, it will help tremendously.

As far as saggy boobs go, I'm an A cup, so when I lose the massive amount of weight I'd like, I'll have no boobs to worry about, :P. Oh well.

Good luck to the rest of you!

05-04-2010, 05:38 PM
My boobs go South when I'm standing,
They go East and West while I sleep,
My stomach covers the whole globe,
And must be stuffed in my pants quite deep.

My neck has a turkey wattle,
My arms sport batwings so fine,
But I'm in a size 8 and don't give a fig
Cause what you see is all mine.

05-04-2010, 05:56 PM
I used to work for a health insurance company and they would actually pay for saggy skin removal after weight loss. The only downfall was that you have to have problems with rashes and sores. I don't know if surgery would be worth it but at least it's an option.

Autumn Gold
05-07-2010, 11:31 PM
As far as saggy boobs go, I'm an A cup, so when I lose the massive amount of weight I'd like, I'll have no boobs to worry about, :P. Oh well.

Good luck to the rest of you!

Me too :p Mine are only just a B cup, so I think there will be nothing left of them once I lose another 50lb. I'm hoping them being little means they won't sag - but we shall see. They haven't changed in size after the first 50lb.

05-22-2010, 10:48 AM
When I lost 110 pounds a few years ago, I had lots of saggy skin. I was in my mid-thirties, so maybe the elasticity of youth was gone, but I lost the weight reasonably slowly with lots of exercise and there was a lot of loose skin anyway. Then I got pregnant and my body became even more of a wreck! I don't care, though -- I'd much rather have loose skin than skin filled out with fat, so I'm really looking forward to getting the weight off again.