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Loose Skin: 50lbs loss at 60+, 4+ years maintenance

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  • sl1200mkIIsl1200mkII Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    Massive courage and congrats on the cut and even more for keeping it off! Could you help with some advice on two questions?

    With your skin type, do you know if the loose skin would have been there if the weight loss was slower (spread out over another year or two?

    Do you know how much loose skin there would have been if you lost 30 rather than 50 pounds?

    Thank you for your bravery!
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member
    sl1200mkII wrote: »
    Massive courage and congrats on the cut and even more for keeping it off! Could you help with some advice on two questions?

    With your skin type, do you know if the loose skin would have been there if the weight loss was slower (spread out over another year or two?

    Do you know how much loose skin there would have been if you lost 30 rather than 50 pounds?

    Thank you for your bravery!

    I don't have any scientific basis for my opinions, but I have opinions, and will share them.

    I don't think there would be less loose skin from slower loss just from the speed of loss as such. I suspect that cumulative stress has negative affects on overall health (so maybe negative effects on skin health), and that fast loss is a higher contributor to systemic stress than slow loss is. (The stress of calorie deficit may increase systemic stress from other sources in life, would be my guess - that's what I mean by "cumulative".)

    Because different fat areas deplete at different rates, in a slower loss scenario, it's possible that the body areas where loss happens first might have some skin shrinkage happening in overlapped time with ongoing fat loss in other areas, so one might arrive at goal weight with a little less loose skin at that point because of some already having shrunk - I don't know. Getting to goal weight faster may mean that more of the loose skin is all present at once, rather than in phases, is what I'm trying to say.

    BTW, I don't think I lost "fast", other than a brief period where I ate too little on first joining MFP, because MFP underestimates my calorie needs. Losing slower than I did is a fine, perfectly reasonable option, but an average of a pound a week for a year isn't super fast, IMO. (I did lose a bit faster than that at first, when still pretty heavy, and slower when close to goal, by intention.)

    Personally, I don't think I would have less of what most people would call "loose skin" if I'd only lost 30 pounds. I was still pretty over-fat, frankly, at 150-ish pounds. At that stage, there was more subcutaneous fat (those 1/2" or more rolls and folds, with squishy fat still in them). That tends to keep skin stretched out. I don't know whether it would ever get redistributed and let the skin shrink, because I didn't do that so lack relevant experience.

    In my experience, it's the very thin wrinkles that will shrink, the ones that look more like wrinkles in midweight fabric like a soft denim or corduroy. I think that thin-wrinkles stuff is true "loose skin", and the slightly thicker folds are not just skin but remaining subcutaneous fat.

    I do think I'd have less loose skin now if I hadn't just finished slowly (re-)losing 10+ pounds over the last few months. I expect that skin to shrink if I stay at this lower weight, and I expect some of the slightly thicker rolls to deplete and shrink, too, if I lose a few more pounds. It just takes time.

    I'm not an appearance motivated person, in general terms. Even so, speaking for myself only, I very much prefer my appearance at this weight (maybe +/- 10 pounds is OK) vs. how I looked at any heavier weight. I think I look healthier and just overall better - better color, vitality, visible muscularity, etc. I used to lumber and shuffle around, now I'm much more spry and nimble, which I think is a positive for appearance (but doesn't show in still photos at all).

    Furthermore, I *feel* much, much better in many ways, not just pain reduction but also subjective sense of general well-being and even mood to some extent. My health markers are very good, and were formerly quite bad. I move more in daily life, which I have to believe is good for me. (For example, I didn't realize I was budgeting/limiting my trips up and down the flight of stairs in my house when I was fat, until I found my thin self running up and down those same stairs many more times per day as I got lighter.) I can do more things, more easily, than fat Ann could (despite my being athletic while still obese).

    My life is better at this weight, period, than it was at my starting weight or even weights in the 140s-150s.
  • papayahedpapayahed Member Posts: 394 Member Member Posts: 394 Member
    Oh my gosh, Thank You! I lost 70 lbs with ~40 more to go and I have a hard time believing my deflated, cottage cheese looking stomach will ever look like normal. This gives me hope.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16,456 Member
    Hey, y'all: If this thread was helpful to you in some way, might I suggest you also check out @springlering62's thread, especially her recent updates? So inspiring!

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10763291/my-turn-to-overshare-my-adventure/p1
  • Berniebutt773Berniebutt773 Member, Premium Posts: 18 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18 Member
    Well done keeping up your maintenance and thanks for sharing.
  • MadDogManorMadDogManor Member Posts: 863 Member Member Posts: 863 Member
    I think you look great!
    edited September 13
  • strongandsilverstrongandsilver Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    Thank you @AnnPT77.. very inspiring!
  • poisonessepoisonesse Member Posts: 474 Member Member Posts: 474 Member
    Every time I come over the forums, I see something you've posted and I am always inspired! I'm 69 myself, I've lost over 60 pounds, but regained 15-20 since the pandemic. But my point is that at no time did I look as good as you do! In my book, you are awesomeness incarnate! Fantastic story, great photos, and you look fantastic! Some day I hope to do as well!
  • StephanieStCStephanieStC Member, Premium Posts: 33 Member Member, Premium Posts: 33 Member
    I agree with 00markw: Your posts are an inspiration, AnnP! And you look great:smile:

    Thank you also for your honesty. It's really reassuring to know that, while it takes some time, most of the loose skin regains its shape. As you said, still better than being obese for so many reasons!
  • ourbestlifeourbestlife Member Posts: 11 Member Member Posts: 11 Member
    Thank you for sharing.. it helps @AnnPT77!!
  • tinaslimtinaslim Member Posts: 43 Member Member Posts: 43 Member
    WOW....Just WOW! I can't even thank you enough for your insightful "share"! You are so kind to post your pictures as well because that really shows something. Fabulous job on your weight loss and thank you for inspiring all of us!❤
  • mssoniamyersmssoniamyers Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I am 55 years old, and have lost 32kg from 115kg to now 83kg. I will be very happy to end up like you.
  • dsgoingtodoitdsgoingtodoit Member Posts: 594 Member Member Posts: 594 Member
    Thank you for posting. I am on a journey to lose twice what you have lost. Your hard earned loose skin seems to be a beautiful reminder of your commitment to good health. Your profile pic is a goal of mine - fabulous. I'm turning 50 in February...and I say bring on the loose skin. You are very kind to walk with us through your journey a bit.
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