Gaining Loose Skin is Worth it to Lose Weight
Loose skin is a very popular topic amongst those who are starting to lose weight. Before most even lose 20 pounds, I get asked by folks about whether or not the loose skin I gained was “worth it.” The answer is an emphatic yes.
Loose skin doesn’t kill you and loose skin doesn’t put you in size 48-inch jeans. It also doesn’t give you high blood pressure or cause you to think you’re having a heart attack when you’re 21 or make your wife scared for your life because you stop breathing at night (apnea!). You know what does? Being overweight and being obese.
Not loose skin.
I know many people lose weight with a goal of trying to look better and add sex appeal in addition to the myriad of health benefits, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. And I’ll also concede that personally, I don’t find loose skin to be attractive, and as I continue to lose fat around my midsection it’s being replaced with hanging, drooping loose skin. The loose skin around my upper arms and thighs are being filled in by muscles, which should be your strategy as well, but realistically, I’ll never be able to have ab muscles that fill the void of a stomach the size of what I used to have.
Without surgery, I’m stuck with loose skin.
I don’t let the loose skin depress me or discourage me, I just keep working. And you should do the same. Don’t worry about the loose skin. Regardless of how much weight you’ve lost or need to lose (unless you were like 500+ pounds) there will always be ways to hide loose skin. You’ll look fine with a shirt on, nobody will be able to notice.
Loose skin is just a battle scar I have to live with. Nothing more and nothing less.