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Hey there need some advice from actual fitness people or those who were able to have some kind of success to tone or tighten even a minimal percentage of your loose skin?

I'm currently 96lbs down and still plan to lose 25-35lbs. Throughout my journey I've really been concentrating on Protein and fluids and losing weight pretty consistently at 1 lb a day.

Time had flown by and I've just noticed my arms underneath are sagging and a little around my breast/chest area.. I'm admit my fitness and activity level has been low the whole time..

I suffer from social anxiety don't leave the house much...

Anyway my BIG question is: is there any chance of me joining a gym or getting a decent piece of equipment or doing strength training which will make any difference at all to the skin under my arms? Like even a small amount? Like if I really start doing weights or dumbbells?

The skin isn't a big deal but if I plan to go to the beach eventually after losing the 120-130lbs ?

Or should invest in some special cream or one of those body wraps...

I know this has probably been asked before? But I plan on starting something soon to help build muscle and if that helps I do not know. I am in no way a fitness person.....

Thanks everyone....

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Creams and wraps are not going to help - don't waste your money. Getting into an exercise routine is important - you don't have to go to a gym to tone your muscles. I do an upper body routine with weights and pushups, a leg routine, and stair climbing - all without a gym. The muscle toning is noticeable. There are lots of resources on line to give you ideas of some exercises you can do with weights. Healthy_life2 posted a number of great resources yesterday. Check them out,

But the most important thing is time. In 6 - 12 months, your skin will look better. Losing a lot in a short time will result in lots of sags, but give it time and the skin can rebound a bit. My "batwings" were really ugly after I lost 100 lbs, quickly, but are hardly noticeable now, a few months later, and I am 63.

The bottom line, however, is that you have to build exercise into your lifestyle if you want to keep the weight off and get as healthy as you can. Exercise improves metabolism, cardiovascular health, blood sugar, cholesterol, and mental health.

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14 minutes ago, AZhiker said:

Creams and wraps are not going to help - don't waste your money. Getting into an exercise routine is important - you don't have to go to a gym to tone your muscles. There are lots of resources on line to give you ideas of some exercises you can do with weights. Healthy_life2 posted a number of great resources yesterday. Check them out,

But the most important thing is time. In 6 - 12 months, your skin will look better. Losing a lot in a short time will result in lots of sags, but give it time and the skin can rebound a bit. My "batwings" were really ugly after I lost 100 lbs, quickly, but are hardly noticeable now, a few months later, and I am 63.

That gives me hope it may rebound...

I'm only 35. But have been overweight 20years.

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4 minutes ago, Superman84 said:

That gives me hope it may rebound...

I'm only 35. But have been overweight 20years.

I was overweight for 40 years. Please read my edited post above. You gotta get moving if you want to be toned, fit, and keep the weight off for life. Walking does not require social interaction, and is the best cardio to start with.

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It's never too late to start exercising. Now is the perfect time, as you have lost so much weight that it will be much easier and a lot more fun. You have to reframe your thinking into making exercise an enjoyable part of your daily routine. A sedentary lifestyle is part of your fat lifestyle - don't settle for that. Losing weight means you can change your old ways into new, healthy ones. Honestly, there just "ain't no such thing as a free lunch." You can't sit around the house and think you are going to look great on the beach without some effort.

This is is the really hard part of weight loss - reframing and rebuilding a LIFESTYLE - not just a diet.

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I just started cross fit this week = not sure what will happen but my kid is a insane cross fit and they design the program to your age and ability - For example i am 52 and after i first meeting and evaluation i explained i just want to be tightened up, Not going to the cross fit Olympics but just want tone. So the daily workouts are adjusted based on how you fall in place. It SUCKS for sure but i do see how after awhile this will work.

However I am also a male and probably not as concerned so check it out - Seems to be a good program for WLS patients

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Happy Tuesday, @Superman84

You have come along way. Congratulations on goal.

Working out will compliment losing your last pounds. It also increases serotonin levels. It helps with anxiety and depression. You don’t have to leave home. You can purchase dumbbells and other equipment at thrift stores.

If you want to try a gym. Ask the staff what time frames a small number of members are working out. Invest in headphones to tune out others. Members are working on their own goals, they are not watching what you are doing. Staff are there to help you with equipment etc..

It sounds like you are fortunate to have a small amount of loose skin. Muscle has helped to fill out the skin a bit. The only way to get rid of it is plastics. I agree with @AZhikercreams don’t work.

You can google dumbbell and body weight routines at home. Here is a link to other resources.

https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/429185-weightlifting/?tab=comments#comment-4830285

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