We have talked about loose skin a lot here on 430 To Fit, and I thought we had talked about it again today, at least a bit.
I cam upon a video on YouTube from a fellow who has lost significant weight. He talks about loose skin, and shows his loose skin on the video. I find his video very inspiring, though. Have a look:
Now, does he have loose skin? Yep. But, the thing is, I feel is amount of loose skin is fairly insignificant. It is only a small amount. I mean, before he lowered the camera to show the lower part of his abdomen, it seemed that he did not have any loose skin at all, right?
He says in the video that there is really nothing you can to to avoid the loose skin, except to bulk up your muscle to fill the loose skin. I partially agree with that, but also disagree partially.
As I have discussed previously, some of the latest research has discovered “Autophagy”, which is the process by which your body eliminates unneeded and unhealthy cells that you no longer need. This process occurs while fasting. With Fasting, Dr. Jason Fung says that most of his patients (almost all) do not have loose skin after losing a LOT of weight.
So, because of this, I disagree that there is nothing you can do to avoid loose skin. But, my disagreement with the guy is minor, I mean he has done an amazing job with his body, I can’t deny that, and as I said, I find him inspirational.
I do fully agree, though, when he talks about is when he talks about building muscle to fill that skin. With the minor amount of loose skin that he has, it is undeniable that he has followed his advice. I mean look at his arms and his chest, he has done some amazing muscle building there, especially if you look at his before pictures compared to his current body composition.
Live with it
As he points out on his video, some people say they don’t want to lose weight because they don’t want the loose skin. To me, this is nothing more than a cop out, an excuse. They don’t want to lose weight because they are not yet mentally prepared to loose weight. I mean, obesity, especially morbid obesity is a lot worse than having a little loose skin.
Worst case scenario – live with it! But,t here are other solutions too in extreme cases.
If you have the amount of loose skin that the video maker has, I see no issues at all with living with that. It is only a minor inconvenience in my view.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, fasting seems to offer at least a partial solution to loose skin, through Autophagy. Try it and see if that does not help eliminate or at least reduce your loose skin!
Another option is to have a tummy tuck! I want to avoid surgery as much as possible. I have had enough of that. But, if I had a huge amount of loose skin, I would certainly look into having it surgically removed. But, if I had something similar to what is seen in the video, or even 2 or 3 times that amount, I would not even do surgery, I can live with it.
As a matter of fact, having some loose skin could almost be considered a “badge of honor” – it shows that you have achieved something great by losing a massive amount of weight!
What I am doing
I already have a significant amount of loose skin, and have had it for years. I mean, between 2000 and 2012 or so, I lost about 130 pounds or so, and because of that, I have loose skin.
Of course I am doing a lot of fasting.
When I started fasting, I did see, and continue to see some of that existing loose skin disappearing. Now, in the past 6 months or so, I have lost about 60+ pounds, so you would expect that my loose skin would be increasing, but instead it has decreased significantly, so I firmly believe in Autophagy.
I have also started doing weight lifting (minor amounts of weight for now) and also resistance training to build muscle. I started this a few weeks ago. I can really see big increases in my muscles. I can see it both with my own eyes and also when I use my Tanita body composition monitor, it shows increases in my muscle mass in my body.
My biceps are already larger than I have ever seen them in my life, and I feel good about that. I have always been pretty muscular in my legs, I think due to my legs having to carry around massive amounts of weight because I was so obese.
Keep moving forward
So, I keep on moving forward! My weight is down a lot, right now, I am at about 240 pounds. The weight is coming off rapidly for the past month and a half or so, and I am very happy about that. I hope it continues!
To be honest, loose skin is not something that I worry about or even think about. If it happens, I am OK with that in comparison to weighing 400+ pounds!