Here is the article. I feel like they left out some important details and didn’t do a good job of explaining how much of a lifestyle change it is to get healthy. They made it sound as though I went on a diet and hopped on an elliptical machine and the pounds melted off. For anyone that has done a transformation like this, we know that it is NOT that simple.
But if it helps motivate someone to make a change it was worth it. [/quote]
Yeah I went from about 320 to 180, only 90pounds medically documented. I remember it was basically a daily effort to eat right, to exercise hard, to just keep on track. I still keep a diet-log with all my calories, fiber, protein, fat, carbs, etc. I found that helped, a lot.
I remember how it felt walking up a flight of stairs, losing my breath, getting sweaty. Looking at some of the before/after pictures here, all I can say about that is you are an inspirational fellow, and to keep up the good work.
On top of looking/feeling, way better, you’ve probably added YEARS to your life, and YEARS to an injury/disease free-(er?) life. Keep it up! Most people never make the success with losing weight that you have, consider yourself an inspiration for others.
“Now I have some loose skin that I am not sure will ever recover.”
If you eat healthy and add a little more muscle to some of the areas you find have lose-skin, give it some time after you made the initial weight-loss, you will probably find that the skin tightens up. Some types of fish and so forth are healthy for the skin, allegedly.
but for example, stomach and thighs are a problem area for some people who have lost a lot of weight. Adding a little bit of muscle there with ab work or something that hits the thighs really works. Also, interval training, things like sprinting seem to help for some reason. I found that loose-skin went away a lot easier on “gaining” phases, where you seek to gain lean muscle mass.
(not that you aren’t well muscled, impressive guns you have there) but when you are done leaning and you feel you have some loose skin, a little bit more hypertrophy will help that. The loose skin is some-thing that gradually tightens up, it happens slowly but surely. depending on the area, it might be harder or easier.
for example, loose skin on the glutes for a man isn’t truly a huge problem, because most people can develop very muscled up/big glutes just doing light goblet squats and the like. anyway, good luck, don’t worry about loose skin too much. You mentioned paleo, not sure what that means, but if you are concerned about the skin, try and get some fish, vegetables and fruits in.
to fully get rid of the loose skin, when you can fully see all your abs, you might need to do a small hypertrophy phase. just to “fill in” if you find some of it is loose. anyway, hope that helps.