Has anyone lost weight with Medifast, jenny craig, weight watchers, medifast, ect.?

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Question I have... Has anyone lost weight with Medifast, jenny craig, weight watchers, medifast, ect.? Hoping for any answer or 2. Second question.. I have a certain degree of skin that is, well let's just say, not as taut as I would like it....well let's call a spade a spade,, it hangs like an old drape....

Now, as we look towards goal should you account for a certain amount of excess skin adding to your weight? I mean you see these plastic surgery melodramas on TV where they remove pounds worth of excess skin. How are we supposed to factor that in to a final weight? If my goal is 175, should I assume that I will have some number of pounds of excess skin that simply ain't goin' nowhere, and figure that maybe my realistic goal is a few pounds higher?.

What did anyone else in this situation do? Of course this brings up the whole BMI issue too.. A healthy BMI tells me I should be 173..

Such brain crushing puzzlements....

What does the Council of the Wise discern?.


Comments (15)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..

Comment #1

I'm sure it depends on a lot more individual factors than this, but from reading plastic surgery forums people say around 10% of your weight (even without lipo). This was coming mostly from people who had GBS or lost a large amount on their own...

Comment #2

I have an acquaintance who lost 200 lbs and had the surgery to remove the excess skin. Several days after surgery she had lost 14 lbs. YMMV..

Comment #3

So for me... I know that I will opt for the surgical route... in some area(s)... I am about 5'5 and my goal is set at 160.... when I hit the 170's I am thinking I will begin the search for surgeons... not that I actually following through at that point...

I am really worried scars and all that stuff.....

Comment #4

A tummy tuck and breast lift are definitely in my future! I've already had three abdominal surgeries so scars don't bother me, and that's also part of the reason for my "kangaroo pouch" look. Those muscles have been cut three times and will never totally tighten up on their own, much less the skin involved. I'm looking forward to going under the knife when the time comes...

Comment #5

I'm planning to let it hang for couple of years to see what (if anything) tightens up, and then do a breast lift / tummy tuck with whatever is left at that point. It is going to be my 2-year reward for maintaining my weight loss :-).

Regarding the BMI thing - I would recommend not feeling married to that number. Talk with your doctor about what is healthy for YOU individually. In my case, goal was a 27.5 BMI by the chart. Do what feels right for your health, that you can maintain for a lifetime, and that you and your doctor agree on. Of course that's just my opinion, do what is right for you :-).

Congratulations on your successes so far! I look forward to hearing about the rest of your journey!..

Comment #6

I read on this site that it takes at least a year for things to tighten up. Personally, I'm not loving the idea of a bunch of surgery. I've had 2 c-sections and while skin removal wouldn't be as invasive (doesn't cut into organs), surgery's a pretty big thing. (I can sort of say it 'cause I've done it now.. blech..).

On the same post I read - the lady was married to a doctor and she said she would never have surgery b/c of the risk. She said people have major problems (and even die) more often than generally thought..

Sorry to be a major buzz kill..

I would really love to tighten things up and get rid of it. I may try working out - I do really like weightlifting and I heard it helps a great deal to do that because the skin or tissue adheres to the muscle. And I think it all depends of course on how much skin we're talking.....

I am going to post this even tho it generally has posts from postpartum moms.. very interesting - talks about pilates about a third of the way down..


Just in case it might help someone...

I'm in the same boat!..

Comment #7

I had gastric bypass 7 years ago and lost 110 pounds of which I have gained back 30, so I am currently doing Medifast to get back down to my goal weight. I have had a breast lift and it was the best thing I ever did. Previous to that it was like doing oragami when I wanted to put on a bra. Anyway, I am much happier with that and I am trying to get my thighs into shape. If they don't look anywhere near a bit better at the end of this 40 pounds, I am considering getting some skin removed. Unfortunately, big thighs and big butts seem to run on my mother's side of the family and I was not skipped in that line...

Comment #8

Well, I not having anything hacked off unless it were a real health hazard. I was just wondering about the weight of the excess skin.... duct tape?....


Comment #9

We are just trying to keep up with the mortgage so I know plastic surgery is not an option for me. but my breasts and tummy are major saggy. It is scary. My legs came through it all unscathed-praise God. I had numerous c-sections and gained and lost so much weight over the years it just has wreaked havoc on my mid section..

So I just cover up the rest and flaunt the best.

Sometimes I secretly buy a lotto ticket hoping for $15,000 just for me..

Laura Lee..

Comment #10

@Glenn-Duct tape solves everything! That's what I hear anyways.....

Comment #11

My tummy looks horrible. All my weight got carried in my stomach. I am not completely against having a tummy tuck but I really need to make sure I can maintain weight. I also want to do pilates and get the muscles tight underneath..

Recently all my extra $$ has been going towards implants for my teeth. I need teeth more than I need a flat perfect stomach...

Comment #12

A breast lift is totally in the cards for me. The poster above that says it was like origami to put on a bra made me laugh!! (and cry...because it's so true!). I'm totally getting a lift/implants for sure. I could also majorly use a tummy tuck, but more kids are likely in our future, so that can wait...

Comment #13

Well, Glenn, we could just pull up all the flabby skin up over our heads and cut it off just above our head.....

Comment #14

June... this brings something to mind that I dare not even say.....


Comment #15

Glenn and Junie, I have often thought I simply need some sort of attachment at the top of my head with a pulley system..then someone just needs to go snip snip. That would fix EVERYTHING!..

Comment #16

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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