I went down from 160lbs at my highest, to my current weight of 140lbs (I'm 5'4 and female)
I did it stupidly I have to admit, just cutting out foods and hardly eating anything!
Miraculously I have managed to stay the same size (through stress, I think!). It's been a year now and the loose skin hasn't tightened up, particularly on my breasts. I have a lot of stretchmarks there, and when I lean forward, they turn into deep wrinkles. I can grab a handful of skin there and it's paper thin, so no fat under it, just breast tissue which is loose because of the weightloss (saggy boobs!)
Am I beyond all hope?
I read here that sometimes a water fast can help tighten things up, but then somebody else said that if the skin is so damaged that it has stretchmarks then it's probably beyond repair.
I'm worried about losing more weight as it will make the problem worse, no?
That is what I also read in a fasting article. It said fasting results in "less loose skin".
I am worried about that too. I also read that if you have stretch marks you are more likely to get loose skin after losing lots of weight.
I have like 100 lbs to lose, and was wondering if it's worth it if I am going to be left with loose skin? What do you think?
Or if I should fast, or do intense exercise like boxing to tone up and that will result in less loose skin?
if you are not too old, you can lose all you want via water fasting. If you do it properly (starvation diet does the opposite), your skin will be tight and glowing after that. I am in my mid 30's and lost 90 lbs by water fasting only with excellent results.
For when you are eating, you can start Iodine Supplementation and it will have the same tightening effect -over time. Breast tissue needs a lot of Iodine to be healthy. Other benefits are also expected. There is a forum on Iodine in Curezone. You can post there and make questions.
Keep in mind that proper eating habits are all beneficial to the skin. I hope you know what I mean.
Anyway, to answer your question, YES, Water Fasting is good for your skin, if you do it right. I recommend you read about the subject before you embark yourself in one.
Also, you can try some exercises that will raise the breast area. I recommend clasping your hands together and squeezing to tighten the muscles under and across the breast area. It will give you a lift and help some of the sag in that area.
I fasted 3 times within 8 months, 28 days, 30, and 32. I went from fasting to refeeding, and to fasting again, and then refeeding... But I did it properly. There are important details like: drinking to thirst only, avoiding exercise as much as possible in order to rest, etc. etc. That is why I believe it is important to do it properly, to read the classics like Shelton and others. Many posters in this forum do no seem to have the due education.
P.S. I am smaller than you and full breasted- no problems with those so far, just the opposite.
Oh Ok. I've read how to properly fast, drink according to thirst, water only, get plenty of rest, carefully re-feed on some fruit or squeezed juices and slowly introduce foods.
I would like to try it, the only thing is the rest part, I walk a very big energetic dog an hour each day, and commute a lot to work, and do some standing and moving around.
But I've read that obese people have more energy while fasting, and can go a month with normal energy levels.
I could try it and if I get too lethargic or faint, maybe do week or 2 week fasts with raw foods in between?
YES. Just keep in mind that flabby tissue is the result of bad eating (too much processed food) and/or, starvation diet(like a so called "modified" fast bothering the bodily process by introducing little food and calories to your fasting days).
As long as you keep those rules in mind, you will have no problems with your skin.
Also try to fast more than 3 days when you do so (things get "interesting" in a nice way within our bodies after the 3rd day mark)
Also, and forgot to tell you this before, during your refeeding period, EXERCISE... Combine aerobics with some light weights. If you are physically fit or gifted for exercises -not all of us are- have good physical workouts, as much as possible. But only during the re-feeding period.
Smile, this is a good recipe. Not to mention the many health benefits you will gain with fasting.