as im dropping weight my stomach is starting to hang and it feels like there is pretty much nothing but skin. im getting the vibe its not gonna bouce back. i wasnt that fat but i put it on really quick and probably messed up my skin, i got hit pretty hard with stretch marks too. are there any exercises that are good to tone up the loose skin? how much abs do you think i should do. i ahvnt been doing much just like 3 sets of crunch pushup supersets.
04-20-2012, 01:37 AM #1
what are the best exercises for loose skin around the stomach
04-20-2012, 02:26 AM #2
Unfortunately they are is no exercise that will help with loose skin. there are creams and ointments that claim to help but i cannot guarantee or recommend any as i have not tried them. The only known solution is surgery which i dont think is needed except you have a loooooot of loose skin. Another thing to realise is that the more muscle you build and fill out your frame, the less conspicuous any loose skin you have will appear. As for training abs 3 times a week will do the trick. there are a variety of workouts/exercises to do but you dont need more than 15-20mins a session to work your abs effectively.
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The best you can do to help it is stay hydrated, exfoliate and use something like cocoa butter to keep it moisturised. And of course fill it up with muscle after you've lost the fat.
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Oh sorry, I missed part of your post..I guess you already have skin? Post pics? stretch marks should go away..but it takes time...maybe just take it slower..stretch marks will fade pretty good...I had some on my legs when I gained weight. If nothing else..get the skin cut off after you are done..expensive but worth it to be healthy.
04-20-2012, 09:11 AM #9
In humans, it takes about 27 days for the entire outer layer of the skin to be shed and replaced completely; that works out roughly to 1.5 pounds of skin cells per year (I emphasize "roughly" because these calculations are difficult and subject to some uncertainty).
Therefore, I'd say give it a few months and your skin will realize it no longer needs the extra elasticity and will replace itself with, for lack of a better term, "proper-fitting" skin.
04-20-2012, 10:37 AM #10
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The leaner you get and the longer you stay lean - the better the loose skin will get. The former 'veryfats' will likely never have no saggy skin, especially if they cut at a later age, but for a guy in his 20s the world ain't over. It's been about 2 years since I trimmed the chub. The longer I've been lean, the tighter that skin has become.Lifts:
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Whatever **** it. I quit hard to motivate myself to workout when I'll prob just look like some saggy skinned freak. If rather be fat. Ive been busting my ass and eating food I hate and working out almost everyday and I'll prob just end up looking worse. It's not worth it. I prob have gyno too, I'll just look like ****.
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1. Keep working out. This is a lifetime commitment. Don't turn into (or continue being) the guy who wishes he did something this important years ago. It's only going to get harder if you wait. I'm in that boat myself. I'd give anything to be 13 again when I started putting on my weight. In the end, I can't be. I'm 25 and only getting older. It's time to take control so when I'm 27, 8, 9, 30, etc... I'm not wishing I did it when I was 25.
2. You don't need to eat food you hate. Create your macro counts from the stickies and fill up those macros with whatever the **** you want... I've been there too. A big reason why I've failed in the past. Eating **** like total cereal (gag), fish, etc... that I hate because I thought they were "healthy." Even after I read IIFYM on here I still didn't believe it... Cutting and eating ice cream, macdo, etc..?. Impossible. Yet, here I am, almost 2 months into IIFYM and have lost consistent weight, getting my macros in, and eating whatever I enjoy. It's been easier than any "diet" I've ever been on (IF is awesome as **** too). Another one of those "if I knew then, what I know now..." kind of things.
Keep going bro. dedicate yourself everyday, one day at a time. You'll never regret a decision like that.
04-20-2012, 10:58 PM #19
I had same thoughts before and even though your skin might not look right now, it could in the future. I think that working out your back and chest could help to level up you skin (I'm trying to do that). My goal is to make them grow until my skin gets somewhere close to normal or at least distracts others sight from my stomach XD. Abs can grow too I think, hitting them at all sides (upper, lower and sides) along with your lower back might help too. Staying hydrated, and using skin care products might get the result better. Just remember that ranting or giving up doesn't solve anything... if you go that way chances are that your skin stays the same and as you grow old it can get even worse.
I know it's a desperate feeling (seriously)... but it's better to keep being healthy, skin may be something cosmetic but your life's not. Being fat is not the way to go.
Check out this guys bodyspaces: ShrugginThug and AwsumO . Also this thread forum.bodybuilding. com/showthread.php?t=133462783&page=1
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[QUOTE=mrdelvecio;869903961]Im worried that because my stomach is completely covered with stretch marks that my skin can't bounce back. That's what Ive been reading. All the people's who's skin tightened up didn't have stretch marks[/QUOTE
For hiding the marks..try spray tan... or the tanning lotion.. It does help... I still have some on my legs from 8 years ago but they are barely noticeable.
As for loose skin..don't give up hope..if nothing else save some money and get surgery..but its going to be awhile before you get to that point anyways right? Its not about just looking better, its about feeling better...and you will. And being more healthy. You want to live longer?
I haven't done a lot of research on it...but there ARE options... too poor to get surgery if you have to? Some places do payment plans..or goto another country and have it done a lot cheaper...make sure its a good doctor of course..but its about changing yourself..doing WHATEVER you have to get there...if you got a few obstacles so what. Work towards something you can be proud of...cut back on things you dont need..do more research..post pics here for help. And if all else fails..get surgery. It is worth it.
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