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First question I got is Is the Medifast Diet the best for me? Looking forward for any answer. Another question on my mind: I have 162 lbs to lose. Lots of weight but this plan will do the trick..

My only concern is the possibility of excess skin when I am done..

Anyone deal with this yet? Will the skin snap back or will I have lots of excess?..

asked Apr 28 at 11:34

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The answer is Yes, but... you might wanna make sure and wait for another commenter to confirm this as I am unsure of myself. Better yet, why don't you email the Medifast guys because they can give you an answer better...

answered Apr 28 at 12:08

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Welcome! It depends on a lot of things - genetics, how long you've been heavy, etc. I have so much loose skin on my upper arms and stomach that I don't see any solution but surgery. I hope to be able to do it once I've maintained for a year or so..

Here's an informative thread on what others are doing:..

answered Apr 28 at 13:16

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I'm pretty sure you have to wait for some timeat least a year or so before you do any kind of surgery, because the fat left on your body will re-distribute over time...

answered Apr 28 at 13:33

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I hate to say it but I have serious loose skin issues. But let me add that I am 38 years old. I don't now but I did smoke for almost 20 years and I was well over 300 lbs..

But if I do say so myself, I look pretty good in clothes!..

answered Apr 28 at 14:18

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My honest advice - Don't think about the excess skin. Focus on how great you will feel and how great you will look in your clothes when you get to goal..

I'd rather be the saggy size 2 I am now than the stuffed sausage size 28 I was. At my age I'm not going to wear a bikini or short shorts. My arms do bother me but people can get over it and it's so freezing in the office and everywhere else with a/c I wear a sweater anyway...

answered Apr 28 at 15:33

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I.

Am.

Kind of worried...I'm coming down from an all time high of 520 and I'm going to be 39 this year. But I want the weight loss more than I'm worried about the saggy skin. I exercise regularly and have seen improved muscle tone with my loss so far, so I'm hopeful it won't be too bad. Once I get to goal, I'll see what I look like and see what options I have if it bothers me. I'm more focused on losing weight than planning my thin life....

Emma..

answered Apr 28 at 16:26

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I think Kelley is right...it will all depend on your genetics.....and also how long you were overweight. I have seen both extremes.....lots of loose skin on people (even younger people) to just a little on the belly....But the loose skin will still look much better than being heavy...I'm hoping I'm one of the lucky ones...that mine will tighten back up some (after 3 big babies, I think I will have sag in my belly area, but I will get over it)...

answered Apr 28 at 17:12

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This time around the jury is still out. But definitely age and genetics will have a big part to play in it. I lost 110 pounds when I was 22, and had no loose skin anywhere but my lower abdomen. (I had a 9 lb baby by that time too!).

I am hoping that this time will be just as kind, but I am not counting on it. 8 more years and twice the amount of weight (and 2 MORE babies), I will have some issues for sure..

It's nothing some good body shaping underwear can't fix..

answered Apr 28 at 18:20

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As I finished that post I thought of my boss. She weighed 500 pounds, and has a gastric bypass, she is around 180 now. Honestly her arms don't look to bad, but I asked her the other day and she says her thighs aren't a pretty sight, but she wears the bike short spanx thingies, and I think she looks great. She also had a tummy tuck and they removed 13 pounds of excess skin. If you didn't know, you wouldn't suspect she was ever that big..

Hope this helps...

answered Apr 28 at 18:55

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As others have said, it really depends on several factors. Have you been obese for a long time? Have you yo-yo'ed up and down many times (gained, lost, gained, lost)? What is your exercise regimen like? How long has your skin been stretched beyond it's capacity? Do you, or did you, smoke? How old are you?.

All of those elements will help to determine how well or how poorly your skin shrinks back. I am amazed that mine has shrunk as much as it has. I am 44 years old, never lost significant weight, have been obese for decades, never smoked, so I guess all in all I am doing pretty well. I have noticed that my legs, in particular, are changing quite nicely. I used to have a lot of saggy skin on my inner thighs, but now that I am biking for several miles daily that is toning up very nicely. My belly is flabby and wrinkly, but it, too, is being pulled back with exercise and just plain time.

It is welcome to stay if it will remind me never to become obese again..

To be honest, I am a little concerned at how I will look after a year or so, but I am far more concerned with learning how to maintain my healthy weight than with what my skin looks like. As someone else said, I am not going to wear bikinis or short-shorts, but even if I did, who cares? I am healthy!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:03

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