Excess skin after weight loss
May 13, 2012 11:02 PM Subscribe
I have finally lost most of the extra weight I gained for the past 20 years. What can I do to get rid of the flabby skin?
posted by remi to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I am a man who recently turned 30 with extra weight I want to get rid of.
My weight problems started in my early teen years. Somehow, kids of my age in school thought I was worthy of their insults, so I started eating my emotions. Snacks, chips, anything with carbohydrates, cola, sweets, chocolate milk... The list of detrimental foods goes on.
For the past 5 years or so, I've unconsciously taken steps to lose weight. During that time, I've changed my food habits, starting from cutting snacks and junk foods. Today, my diet constitutes mostly of fruits and vegetables, eaten four to five times a day. On top of that, I eat almonds, yogurt, salads, fish, sometimes meat and eggs. Bread, rice, and pasta are almost entirely gone from my diet. In other words, my eating habits have improved much. I have also changed my lifestyle to avoid events where drinking and eating is excessive.
Before that phase, during my early twenties, my weight was at around 110 to 120 kg. After my diet change, it went down to around 90 kg. After a while at that level, I decided to start training three times a week at the gym, by lifting weights and doing cardio. After around three months of training today, I weigh around 80 kg, and I'm aiming for 75.
The only problem I have today is I have a certain amount of extra skin. It is not huge: my arms and legs are fine. But I have that "tire" around my belly that I don't see leaving anytime soon.
I've asked my friends, and opinions differ. Some say I need surgery. Among those who think otherwise, some say it'll take a few months to go away, while others claim it will take years or it will always be there.
What is the best way for me to deal with the excess skin? Should I get some kind of surgery to get rid of it? Or should I be patient and still go at the gym regularly as I wait for the skin to stretch back?
Thank you in advance.