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Hello! So I’m a female who did/does a lot of weight lifting (did powerlifting for a while but stopped in order to lose weight). Did you feel that it helped with the extra skin after surgery? Do you struggle now getting enough Protein to continue lifting and building muscle? How long did it take you to get back to it after surgery? Do you find your weaker now?

Thanks so much!

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I don't powerlift, but I can tell you my trainer is constantly hassling me because "at this point I should have much more muscle definition and be able to lift a bit heavier" but he says I don't because I am not getting in enough Protein. I am at 90g of protein a day and he wants me at 120g, but it's really basically impossible for me at this point. He is a State champion powerlifter. May be easier since you got Lapband.

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This is a constant struggle for "bariathletes". How to get in the proper amounts of fuel to provide for the workouts we want to do. For myself, at 3 years out, i am taking in about 3400 calories on heavy lifting days over 7-8 meals. I take in about 230-250g of Protein and the rest between fats and carbs.

If you want to perform as a lifter, you will need to increase your intake, but take it slow. I don't know how fat post-op you are but your trainer isn't wrong. I am a powerlifter as well and we need that protein to build the muscle to lift houses and cars and stuff.

Dont rush it, but know it can be done!

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I lift. Have done for almost 20 years. Did compete in power lifting, and once in body fitness at my lowest weight.

Week before surgery I had 110kgssquats, 130kgs hiptrust and 80kgs deadlifts. I keept out of lifting for 4 weeks as told by my surgeon. Then I did a nice little try, realizing I wasn't all that ready, and waited another couple of weeks before trying again.

I am 5 months out. I definitly do not have the strength I used to. I still feel not ready to lift certain exercises, like clean&jerk, it makes me gag. I also don't actually eat to much so I don't have the energy to use on it. I saw Dr V discuss it in one of his videos, where he talked about exercise not beeing an important part for the first 6 months due to the lack of calories. Walking yes, but HIIT and heavy training, NO.

I dunno, I like to lift. Always liked it. Gonna nail the 130kgs hip trust again before summer.

Skin can't be firmed up via training, but you can build some muscle so that you have something under the skin to fill it out. Loose skin has to do with genes, your age, how much Water you drink and the length of your overweight. If you have stretchmarks that is a good indicator for skin not having so much elasticity. Someone who has trained before weightloss have a lesser chance of loose skin than one who didn't etc. But if you loose 50kgs ++, chances are, you are gonna have some loosage no matter how much you lift, do abs, pilates or spin classes.

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