Loose Skin FAQ
Some of the most common questions I receive via e-mail have to do with loose skin. While I love receiving e-mail, it’d be a lot more convenient to answer some of the questions I’m most frequently asked on the blog.
I’m big supporter of efficiency.
Do you have loose skin?
How much loose skin do you have?
It’s hard to say. I still have fat around my mid-section, but a lot of that is also loose skin. I’m guessing I have about 5 pounds of loose skin.
Where do you have the most loose skin?
I have the most loose skin around my stomach and thighs. Many people who recognize me from the website/television and see me out and about always remark on how it’s amazing I don’t have loose skin. On the surface, it doesn’t look like I do. I can wear shorts and t-shirt and you’d never know that I lost 135+ pounds and am hiding a lot of loose skin under my clothes.
I have very little to no loose skin on my lower legs, arms (upper arms are a different story), or face/neck.
How can you tell what is fat and what is loose skin?
Take your thumb and index finger from the same hand and try to clamp down on any “suspected” sections of loose skin. Loose skin is extremely thin and if you can clamp down and have your fingers almost touch, you’ve got loose skin on your hands.
What ways to fight loose skin have you tried?
A cream, which I wouldn’t recommend. I’m working on building muscles and this has worked particularly well on my upper arms — I’m “filling in the skin,” so to speak, with muscles instead of fat.
Other options are surgery and simply letting time do its job.
What ways to hide loose skin have you tried?
I have a compression shirt from Under Armour that I absolutely love. It’s tight, but it presses tightly against my stomach keeping my skin/fat from hanging and also keeps it in place when I run. I highly recommend it.
Does the loose skin make you regret losing weight so quickly?
No. I have a lot of people tell me that the threat of loose skin is making them hesitate from starting a weight loss journey — this is madness. Being obese will kill you, having loose skin will not.
I wouldn’t think twice about starting my journey all over again.
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