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Old 04-27-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I'm sorry if this is a repeat question but I've read a lot here about extra skin after weight loss. Is there anything you can do about it or could someone who has lost a lot of weight please comment on how it affects your body shape/size? I'm sure when I get to my goal weight, I'll be in that boat. Thanks
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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I was actually thinking the same thing pls let me know too
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What I've been hearing is that you should give it some time after you lose. Chances are that your skin will "contract" at least some, depending on age.

I am also a bit worried about excess skin, and my coach told me to use the collagen packs (jello and blueberry pom) regularly like 3 times a week. I feel like I've already had some success by exfoliating and using a "skin-tightening" lotion. I use the Nivea Q10 or Jergens. Will wait a year after I get to goal before I even think about doing anything more drastic.

Would love to hear from people who've been in maintenance for a year or more.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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For what it's worth.... I have a girlfriend who went from a size 14/16 to a size 2/4. Her weight loss wasn't as rapid as what happens on IP, but still. She told me that it took about 2 years for her skin to spring back. During this time, she also became a runner...

Edited to add....she's in her mid-50s.

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:11 AM   #5
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That's encouraging, 2Poles1Girl. Did she use any lotions or other methods other than exercise/running?

Beanie Mommie, what jello and blueberry pom collagen packs are you referring to? Can you tell me more about this?
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:35 AM   #6
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I too wonder how this will go. I already can tell there is loose skin on its way. Glad to hear time may help. I am in my 50's and definitely less elastic!

Not sure if I can take up running. Who knows though. IP has already changed a lot of life for me.
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After losing 147 pounds, I ended up with about 20 pds of excess skin. I went to see a plastic surgeon and that's what he told me. I used that to create a 'virtual' weight in order to decide when to phase off, when I had reached a healthy BMI.

There is a great post somewhere about the body and skin, but can't remember who posted it. So much depends on your age, genes, how long you were overweight and how much you lost.

I use a homemade skin cream with argan oil, aloe jelly and beeswax cream, to keep the skin moist, if nothing else. Have also been doing strength training like crunches to help with the belly overhang. Too soon to tell if it will help, but something's got to!

My doctor said to give it a couple years and the body has an amazing ability to reabsorb some of that skin, so don't give up.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #8
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Those are great tips...as I'm still at the beginning of this journey I've been trying to pay attention to things I can do now to try to be as preventative as possible knowing I have 100 lbs to lose. However my coach recommending I eat raspberry jelly 3x/week doesn't feel very effective!

(Also, the IP bluecrangranata drink and the raspberry jelly are made with collagen protein good for your skin)

Sewmam, I'm gonna see if I can find the thread you are referring to...I heard someone say that the skin isn't that hard to deal with compared to the weight, which, even though I'm not there yet, I can imagine I will wholeheartedly agree with!
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After losing 147 pounds, I ended up with about 20 pds of excess skin. I went to see a plastic surgeon and that's what he told me. I used that to create a 'virtual' weight in order to decide when to phase off, when I had reached a healthy BMI.

There is a great post somewhere about the body and skin, but can't remember who posted it. So much depends on your age, genes, how long you were overweight and how much you lost.

I use a homemade skin cream with argan oil, aloe jelly and beeswax cream, to keep the skin moist, if nothing else. Have also been doing strength training like crunches to help with the belly overhang. Too soon to tell if it will help, but something's got to!

My doctor said to give it a couple years and the body has an amazing ability to reabsorb some of that skin, so don't give up.
Sewmam, Where do you buy your skin cream ingredients and would you share your recipe?

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That's encouraging, 2Poles1Girl. Did she use any lotions or other methods other than exercise/running?

Beanie Mommie, what jello and blueberry pom collagen packs are you referring to? Can you tell me more about this?
I use the IP raspberry jello and the IP blueberry pomegranate drink mix. They are unrestricted and pretty yummy.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:49 AM   #11
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The only place I am having concerns of lose skin is my neck/ double chin area.. The rest of the bod seems to be shrinking with the weight loss and doesnt feel to squishy... yet!. I dont know what to do about the neck, ya really cant hide it with clothing especially in the summer.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #12
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When i was 23, i lost 85lbs and had no extra skin whatsoever anywhere..now..15 years and 3 kids later and starting from a much heavier weight, i do have quite a bit..the inner thigh area is what bothers me the most cause i can't wear shorts or dresses (even if they're lower than the excess skin) i feel like I "giggle" too much. Tummy is bad too but can easily be covered.
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My start-up materials say to have the jelly/pom granada drink every day to help combat cellulite. Anyone's info say every day, or is my clinic possibly just trying to sell more?
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #14
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its not on my phase 1 sheet but my coach said to take every other day along with your reg ip packets. Something about your body can only take in so much collagen, otherwise its wasted? So that's what I've been doing.
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I just have one every other day, too. The "every day" info is on a sheet titled "Tips, Ideas and Suggestions" that I got at the initial consultation.
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