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Old 12-11-2007, 07:35 AM
 
Location: New Port Richey
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I had 4 babies in a 6yr period! My youngest is just now 5 months. Thas why I have that stretched skin. Right now I'm 176lbs. I have lost 20lbs since July. my BMI whatever says I should be 135 for my height 5"4'. No matter how well I workout that saggy mommy pouch will always be there. my hubby said (I asked him, not the other way around) I could get a tummy tuck when I get to 140, and I have to maintain 140 for atleast 6mos I think. Then when the skin comes off I'll lose a few more pounds from that. I am 28 so I am trying to burn it off while before my metabolism slows down!
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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When someone loses a lot of weight, why do some firm up their loose skin, but many others have to have surgery to get rid of it? I wouldn't be able to afford surgery, but all of that loose skin is disgusting. Does it depend on your age, and how much you exercise, the amount of elasticity? I've also heard that it can take years for it to firm up. Does anyone know for sure?

I always thought the problem was that these people lost a lot of weight too fast through dieting without exercise. Exercise, a full body workout, is the way to tighten up loose skin.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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When someone loses a lot of weight, why do some firm up their loose skin, but many others have to have surgery to get rid of it? I wouldn't be able to afford surgery, but all of that loose skin is disgusting. Does it depend on your age, and how much you exercise, the amount of elasticity? I've also heard that it can take years for it to firm up. Does anyone know for sure?
I think it depends on HOW you lose the weight. I have two friends who were both extremely overweight (morbidly obese is what the doctor said). One was advised by her doctor to have the gastric bypass surgery and the other committed to a life changing (lucky for her and her children) practice of weight training, eating right and exercise. The one who had the surgery lost weight very rapidly and ended up with that unsightly extra skin. The other took a bit more than a year to lose almost the same amount of weight and had NO extra skin.

I think (but am no 100% sure ) that the skin problem is a result from bypass surgery $$ and can only be resolved with more surgery $$. Natural, healthy weight loss based on exercise and healthy diet (which is more time consuming) does NOT tend to leave extra skin.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:33 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Losing the weight after having babies is pretty much the same thing. Its best done with diet and exercise. Look at Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Shoanna Moakler - these women all had children and were able to lose the extra weight with exercise. Its hard work but well worth it.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:15 PM
 
Location: huh?
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it is not that simple as to just exercise and eat right (though you should!).
you may indeed have to have surgery to remove the excess skin and for the doc to sew up (tighten) your tummy muscles.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:00 PM
 
Location: earth
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If you build muscle your skin will tone up.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: huh?
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i disagree if we're talking about many pregnancies over a short time period.
i HOPE your skin will bounce back but there are many people who end up with loose skin forever.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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With weight training, proper diet and high intensity cardio work the skin really should tone up. Ive seen many women here in LA who have had several kids do this and look fantastic.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: long island , ny
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keep in mind that the skin is 3-7 months behind the fat loss and needs time to shrink around the muscles,drink lots of water, lift some iron,get some sun.Thats all you can due ,age and how long it was stretched will determine how it goes back!
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