The Flabbiness Constant
We all know from basic physics that Flabbiness equation has a a huge effect on both self image and physical activity. To remind you of the formula.
Flabbiness = Weight loss ÷ time taken × starting weight. with the variable of self image.
In all seriousness though in regards to weight loss it’s like the Elephant in the room with more myths behind it than the Loch Ness Monster. I hold my hand up I am flabby as I’ve lost weight my tummy region has become incredibly flabby. It’s like the remaining fat inside me is trying to re arrange itself as other parts disappear.
So in reality what can be done? Well from my research not a lot. You see constantly thrown around the statement that if you lose weight slower you will minimize loose skin. Now think about that statement it actually makes no logical sense. It’s like having a balloon filled with air and saying if you release the air slowly the balloon will wont be limp at the end. If you lose weight slowly think about it you may have less flabby skin as you are losing weight (because the retraction of your skin has time to catch up). The final flabbiness of loose skin though wont be effected as it’s still the same amount of overall retraction.
When I started losing weight I spoke to my Doctor. She basically confirmed what I thought that if you are going to have overall loose skin after losing weight from being Morbidly obese is more a matter of Gentetics than anything else. The age of your skin will have some effect to the overall elasticity but Genetics is the main influence. Also she informed me (I have found this out from other research I have done) that it can take up to two years for your skin to retract after weight loss. So once you are near your goal weight as the late great Douglas Adams said ‘Don’t Panic’.
That’s not saying you can’t do anything about things like stretch marks. It seems like moisterising the skin along with adequate hydration seems to have some effect.
One thing that seems to be rarely mentioned in weight loss is the effect the flabbiness can have on your exercise. I will admit in public I have some areas that get sore especially when running so need to make sure I use a barrier cream when doing this in order to minimize this.
I do hope overall that my skin does retract but I’m off the mind the health benefits and longer life are worth it even if I still have a little loose skin at the end.