How to Get Rid of Loose Skin After Weight Loss

How to Get Rid of Loose Skin After Weight Loss

If you’re dealing with the problem of loose skin, especially after major weight loss, here’s what you can do about it.


Have you busted your butt for months and months to lose weight only to be left with handfuls of ugly loose skin?

Do you want to know once and for all what it takes to tighten this skin and show off that new body you’ve worked so hard for?

If so, then this article is for you!

First, let me say that I understand how frustrating the loose skin problem is. It’s extremely discouraging to feel like you’re doing everything right without getting the results you really desire.

Some people might say to stop worrying about how you look and just be happy with what you’ve got, but I have a hard time with advice like that.

Sure, some people develop unhealthy obsessions with looks and image, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a lean, strong, healthy body that looks and feels great. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that everyone should have that experience.

And so in this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the loose skin issue and see what can be done about it.

The Problem Isn’t Always Loose or Excess Skin


While there are legit cases of excess skin after weight loss, what many people think is loose or excess skin is actually just excess body fat, which is soft and jiggly and easily mistaken as skin.

There’s an easy way to tell if you’re dealing with actual loose skin or too much body fat.

Pinch the area you’re concerned with and if you can grab more than a few millimeters of skin, there’s more fat in there to lose. (Calipers are useful for this type of testing as well as body fat percentage testing.)

Until you lose that fat, your skin has no reason to return to its former size and tautness. Remember that skin isn’t a curtain of passive, inert flesh–it’s a living organ that adapts to its internal and external environments. As long as the fat its attached to remains, it will sag.

If you’re a man, I wouldn’t consider surgery to deal with loose skin until you’ve hit 10% body fat. If you’re a woman, 20% is the number.

These are the body fat ranges where your subcutaneous fat levels become low enough to accurately assess the state of your skin. And chances are just getting lean is enough will resolve the entire problem.

If, however, someone get to this low level of body fat and his or her skin is almost paper thin and looks like crinkled papyrus, then it truly is a matter of excess skin, and can be dealt with accordingly.

Now, one thing you should know is that certain fat stores are harder to burn than others. The science is fairly complicated, and I dive into it here, but for the purpose of this article all you need to know is the fat in certain areas of our body is harder to lose than the fat in others.

Not coincidentally, these “stubborn” fat stores cling to the areas most often associated with loose or excess skin problems: the lower abdomen, lower back (love handles), hips, thighs, and butt.

What many people think is loose skin is just excess amounts of stubborn fat.

Now, you can’t directly “target” stubborn fat with special diet or training tricks, but you can use several strategies to help eliminate them faster. I explain everything here.

Building Muscle and Reducing Excess Skin


A big part of tightening loose skin is building muscle. The reason for this is simple.

There are two layers of tissue underneath your skin: fat and muscle, both of which press up against your skin and keep it from sagging loosely.

When you gain a large amount of weight, your skin must expand quite a bit to accommodate the increase in body size. When you lose the fat, however, and especially when you lose it quickly, your skin doesn’t necessarily shrink at the same rate as your fat cells. This imbalance can lead to loose skin.

Furthermore, many people use various forms of starvation dieting as well as large amounts of cardio to lose fat, which also causes significant muscle loss, further expanding the void between the skin and the underlying tissue.

The end result is a reduced body fat percentage but a small, soft physique with sagging skin. The “skinny fat” look, as it’s called.

Building muscle is the solution to all these woes because it literally fills in the looseness in the skin, creating a visibly tighter, healthier look.

This advice applies to both people that have already lost a lot of weight and those that are just beginning. If you’re currently dealing with issues of loose skin, you should start lifting weights. If you’re starting a weight loss regimen, be sure to include weightlifting in it.

Remember the goal isn’t just to lose weight but to lose fat and not muscle.

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Improving Skin Elasticity


If your skin loses elasticity–its ability to expand and shrink as needed–it can’t return to its proper size. This happens naturally as we age but it can afflict younger people as well. What can you do to improve it?

Several things, actually.

Stop smoking.

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to stop smoking, here’s another: it ruins your skin.

A study from researchers at the International Association of Ecologic Dermatology analyzed the skin of 64 female Italian smokers for the presence of lines, vascular and pigmentation, elasticity, brightness, and texture.

The initial assessment revealed that the average biological age of study participants was 9 years older than their chronological age. After 9 months of not smoking, however, the average reduction in the biological age of the skin was 13 years.

The bottom line is this: if you want healthy, vibrant skin, you need to stay away from cigarettes.

Eat enough protein.

Research shows a correlation between protein intake and skin youthfulness and health. Low-protein dieting is associated with poorer skin health than high-protein dieting, which helps reduce wrinkles, dryness, and skin atrophy.

If you’re not sure how much protein you should be eating, check out this article on the benefits of high-protein diets.

Eat your fruits and vegetables.

Your body needs a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals to carry out the millions of biological processes that keep you alive and healthy, and eating several servings of fruits and vegetables every day is the only reliable way to provide everything your body needs.

In terms of skin specifically, research has shown that higher intakes of fruits and vegetables is associated with healthier, better-looking skin.

Consider supplementation.

No pills and powders are going to give you a “quick fix” for your loose skin, but there are several supplements that may help. Let’s look at each.


study conducted by scientist at Stanford University found that supplementing with 250 mg of gelatin per day improved skin elasticity.

Getting gelatin in our diet can be a little tough, though, unless you enjoy eating a variety of strange foods like oxtail, chicken feet, or short ribs. Supplementing is the easiest way to go here, and here’s the product I would personally use (NOW Foods is a trustworthy company):


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Fish Oil

Among fish oil’s many health benefits is the improvement of skin elasticity, and a significant improvement can be seen in as little as 3 months.

A high-quality fish oil is one of the best all-around supplements you can take to preserve health and protect against disease, but not all fish oils are equal.

There are two important things to consider when choosing one:

You want to know how the oil has been processed.

There are two forms of fish oil on the market today: the triglyceride form, and the ethyl ester form.

The triglyceride form is fish oil in its natural state, and the ethyl ester form is a processed version of the triglyceride form that includes a molecule of ethanol (alcohol).

While plenty of studies have proven the benefits of supplementation with fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs), research has shown that the triglyceride form is better absorbed by the body.

One of the reasons for this is the ethyl ester form is much more resistant to the enzymatic process by which the body breaks the oil down for use.

Another downside to the ethyl ester form is during the digestive process, your body converts it back to the triglyceride form, which results in the release of the ethanol molecule.

Although the dose is small, those with alcohol sensitivity or addiction can be negatively affected. Furthermore, research has provided evidence of cellular and organic toxicity and injury resulting from the ingestion of FAEEs

You want to know the EPA/DHA content of each serving.

Because of the varying quality of fish oils on the market, it’s important that you look at how many milligrams of EPa and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids) are actually in each serving.

Lower quality supplements might have as little as 150 – 200 milligrams per 1 gram of fat, which makes them nearly worthless as you have to take far too much every day to get enough omega-3s (you want a minimum of 2 – 3 grams of omega-3s per day).

A high-quality fish oil can be quite a bit more money than a low-quality one, but when you look at how much you’re getting for that money in terms of omega-3 fatty acids, the price makes more sense.

For example, here’s the label from a cheap, low-quality (ethyl ester) fish oil product:


This product costs about $11, and comes with 100 pills containing 300 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each. This means you’re getting 30 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per bottle, and paying about 37 cents per gram.

Now, here’s the label from a high-quality triglyceride fish oil product that I use, Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega (and FYI, I have no relationship with Nordic Naturals):


This product costs about $40, and comes with 120 pills containing 640 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each.

This means you’re getting about 77 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per bottle, and paying about 52 cents per gram.

So, as you can see, the initial price difference of $11 vs. $40 isn’t as drastic when you look at what you’re getting: 37 cents per gram of low-quality oil that isn’t likely to deliver all of the benefits you’re looking for vs. 52 cents per gram for the highest quality oil on the market that will.

In terms of dosage, 1 to 3 grams of omega 3 fatty acids (not fish oil but the omega 3s themselves) is sufficient for most purposes. Here’s the product I personally use and like:


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What About “Weight Loss Pills”?

The US weight loss market is absolutely massive (worth nearly $61 billion as of 2011), and weight loss pills account for about $1.5 billion of that pie.

When people are spending that kind of money, count on the hucksters and shysters to be operating in force.

The result is, well, what we see in the marketplace: an absolute glut of weight loss products and dietary routines, all advertised as better than the next.

This can make weight loss a very confusing, frustrating, and expensive endeavor.

Well, the first thing you should know is that NO pill will cause you to magically lose weight. You have to regulate your caloric intake to lose weight (you have to feed your body less energy than it burns every day).

That said, in this article, I go over the ingredients in variety of popular “weight loss pills” and show you which can speed up weight loss when combined with a proper diet, which don’t, and which scientists are unsure of.

The Bottom Line on Loose Skin and Weight Loss


In some cases, there is no way to fully eliminate loose skin without surgery. Before you go down that road, though, follow the advice in this article and see where you’re at:

  • Get to 10% body fat (men)/20% body fat (women)
  • Build a significant amount of muscle to replace some of the “space” left from the fat loss
  • Don’t smoke
  • Adopt a high-protein diet
  • Eat several servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • Use supplements proven to help if your budget supports it

If you do all these things and remain patient, there’s a very good chance you can dramatically reduce or even eliminate your loose skin problem without going under the knife.


What do you think about loose skin and weight loss? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • R Skye

    What I do is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! I have shea butter and mango butter to put on my skin, body brushing as well to help the body regain its elastic. Some areas I’m just doomed with the sags for life (being a mum does that), but I’d rather go slow and chilled than go cutting anything with surgery.

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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    • Michael Matthews

      Good question, lol. Looks like that was left out, whoops. I emailed my Web guy and it will be added this week up with the other social media links. Doh.

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        • Michael Matthews

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  • Melanie Medina

    Great article

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Thanks Melanie!

  • zen

    I have a lot of this before and I hate it… And I do a lot of exercises thinking that’s the right thing. I loose weight and became skinny but the blob still there. But what I did was a wrong exercises and diet looses fat and muscles. Changing workout and diet, now abs showing but not the lower part but at least not that soft or flubby anymore. Now still finding the solution for flat abs…

    • http://twitter.com/muscleforlife Michael Matthews

      Yeah losing fat and muscle isn’t the way to go. That’s why resistance training is a really important part of weight loss.

      Keep working on building muscle and get lean, and then see what things stand with the skin…

  • Howard

    Hi Mike, I have been following the book and it has been working great.

    But the problem mentioned above is exactly where my problem is, I have been building muscle and seeing definition on chest and arm but abs has always been a problem.

    I am thinking it might has to do with my eating schedule. I normally eat breakfast, then go weight lifting for 45 min, then have 40 gram protein via protein shake after lifting. then a small lunch, snack in afternoon and dinner. And then I would do cardio for 30 min then some light high protein food before sleep.

    Should I take protein before lifting and should I not eat anything after cardio? What’s the best way to do this? I can’t do fast and lift because I get really hungry in between, any suggestion?

    Thank you


    • Michael Matthews

      Awesome Howard! Glad to hear it’s going well.

      Meal timing won’t really affect ab definition. You just have to get leaner.

      That said, I do recommend that you have some protein and carbs before and after training. Remember you want to load about 30-40% of your daily carbs into your post-workout meal.

      Have some protein before the cardio, or do it fasted:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

      All in all you just need to make sure you’re continuing to lose weight. The abs will come…

  • 762mm

    I have personally found the best way to avoid loose skin is to do lean resistance workouts or lift relatively light weights 20-30 times opposed to a larger amount of weight 10-15 times

    • Michael Matthews

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    • anna pajama

      thanks that seems to make sense to me. I will try it.

  • Cris Wagemans

    Great artical, iam at this point in my transformation, even at 49 i’m hoping my tummy skin will shrink to some exceptable degree. Vitamin C is somthing i have been taking for a few months and i’m seeing benefits. Wasnt familiar with Geletin, but will certainly give it a go as Geletin also has other benefits. Many thanks Mike for sharing.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Cris! I’m glad you liked the article.

      Glad to hear the vitamin C has helped. Let me know if the gelatin helps as well!

  • Lara

    This is great info! I’m always complaining about the loose”skin” left over after pregnancies. Now I can stop complaining and do something about it.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Lara! Let me know how it goes!

  • John de Swardt

    Hi Michael

    I’ve been overweight my whole life about a year ago I dropped down from 369.9 pounds down to 237.6 pounds I still have about 30 pounds to go…I can see that I’m going to have excess skin, any tips on what I can add to my excercise program, I jog alot, but what weight excercises would be recommended and what supplements for toning some muscles…? If we can maybe communicate by email…jfdeswardt@vodamail.co.za, I would really appreciate some help.


    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on your weight loss so far! That rocks.

      In terms of building more muscle, I’d highly recommend getting on my Bigger Leaner Stronger program. You’re in a great place to start this:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /books/bigger-leaner-stronger/

      In terms of loose skin, there are a few things you can do to help before resorting to surgery:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /how-to-get-rid-of-loose-skin-after-weight-loss/

      I hope this helps and let me know what you think!

  • Madison Mitchell

    Hi, just to clarify, is your picture used for this article kind of like an example of “not loose skin”? Meaning, if you can pinch like that, it’s fat, not loose skin? :) Thanks! I’m totally frustrated by the fact that I’m toning up a LOT in my arms and legs, and even getting kind of vascular (bicep vein is starting to show up during my work outs!) but My tummy fat is not leaving, and my inner thighs are taking quiet a while to tone. Thanks a lot! Love your website!

    • Michael Matthews

      Yeah exactly. That’s fat, not loose skin. What you’re dealing with is stubborn fat, which you can read more about here:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

      Thanks for your support! I’m glad you’re liking my work. :)

  • Elizabeth

    Hello, thanks so much for posting this article. I have been working out, cardio and strength training quite a bit the last year. I lost about 50 pounds after my pregnancy and can’t seem to lose the loose skin. Do you think this will tighten up if I continue to strength train & eat clean? Thanks so much & sorry about the pic, just wanted someone to see what I was actually talking about

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Elizabeth! Great job on your weight loss! That rocks. Good question. Do you know your body fat percentage?

    • Dana

      I have the best solution for you Elizabeth! Its called the Ultimate Body Applicators and it tighten tones and firms any loose skin in as little as 45 minutes! You can get it from Danawraps.myitworks.com :)

  • Lauren

    Hi Michael,

    I have lost around 135lbs (I averaged 10lbs/month for a solid 14 months) and have quite a bit of skin/jiggly. For the past year, I’ve focused on exercise (I’m a body pump and cxworx instructor now!) and have continued to eat better, but haven’t focused on the “diet” aspect of it. I believe firmly in not obsessing. Anyways, while I can tell my overall body structure is much firmer, I haven’t exactly lost any true inches. Things are firmer, yes, but there really hasn’t been a change in my upper arms, inner thighs, and lower ab area aside from firming. Now that it’s been a year, I’m wondering if I should attempt to burn the fat? Do you believe it may help with the jiggling skin? While I feel much more comfortable in a tank and skin-tight workout pants, leading a class NOW vs a year ago, I’m not entirely sure I can safely burn more than another 5-10lbs (I’m 5.6 and 170lbs now) of fat without entering a much more intensive food-oriented lifestyle. I’m willing to do so for a few months, but will I put on fat after this period if I return to a more sustainable outlook on consuming food? To be clear: I eat mostly clean, I do not drink often, I am essentially simple-carb-free, etc etc etc.

    All my best :)

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss! That’s amazing.

      Yeah, I would focus on losing more fat, and it doesn’t actually require that you go crazy over what you eat. It just requires that you plan it out and stick to the plan. You can still eat foods you like every day though!

      What do you think?

  • Guest

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky to have OVER excessive loose skin. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg liftsx2, 30 crunches, 30-50 squats, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this all up in 30 days, I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me. Thank you.. LOve your article.

  • Rhonda Dasha Billingsley Palme

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky NOT to have OVER excessive loose skin, however; I do have some enough that I don’t like it. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg liftsx2, 30 crunches, 30-50 squats, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this all up in 30 days, I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me. Thank you.. LOve your article.

  • Rhonda Dasha Billingsley Palme

    HI, I have lost 150lbs, I have been lucky NOT to have OVER excessive loose skin, however; I do have some enough that I don’t like it. I went from a size 26 to a 4/6, I have been doing a variety of my own personal exercises, walking everyday about 5, miles, 30 leg lifts x2, 30 crunches, 60 second planks, each side, and front, 30-50 squats and a few more to lift the glute, I have now signed up for a personal trainer and I am feeling great, and there working to tone my body with weights, and various exercises, but I would like to know.. I have excess skin around stomach, arms, inner thighs, I am working towards a goal of tightening this up as much as I can within a 30 day period, I am not expecting I am also eating lots of protein. Can you give me any extra ideas on how to focus on the skin, I’m 5’8, look good in clothes, but I am not happy with the left over I can see.. Most are proud of me, I am to, but I really have an issue with the skin. Thank you.. Love your article.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss! That’s amazing.

      Awesome on your workout routine and your plans to focus on weightlifting. This should definitely help.

      Your best bet is to just focus on reducing your body fat % and building muscle over the next 30 days. Do you now your approximate body fat %? What type of weightlifting program are you going to follow?

    • LoveTravel

      Hi Rhonda, your post is very inspiring as I’m looking at a similar challenge myself. However, I’m soon to be 39 years old. Do you mind me asking how old you were when you began your journey at a size 26? Thank you.

      • Matt

        Hi , I some tips for you which I hope will help: I cannot recommend enough follow / create a meal plan that is calorie controlled to your goals needs.

        Find out how many calories you need in the link below…

        More tips:
        -Use scoops (spoon size and cup sizes). small 250ml liquid measuring jug. These may not sound great but they can make life a lot easier cost little really improve your accuracy of your calorie intake.

        -By the way Don’t forget about fast food thats good for you like microwave salmon and microwave rice. Frozen veg straight to the pan.

        • Michael Matthews

          Thanks Matt! Here’s my take on meal planning:


    • Joey

      wow you done great thanks for this testimonial and it helps me decide I’m headed in the right direction

  • Pedro Rugeles

    Hey Mike. Actually I have a question about this topic. I don’t know exactly my bf and I’m afraid I have some skin in the lower abs.

    When I use calipers and electronic machines it tells me I’m at 8-9 body fat, but that’s NOT possible. When I use a metric tape and online calculator it tells I’m 13-14 bf.

    I’m 5’8 153 pounds, pretty good arms back, legs, shoulders and some upper abs. My waistline is the problem. Eventhough I’m cutting right now and I can feel some fat loss in that region.

    Do you think it is skin or fat? And hoy can I know my exact body fat.

    • Michael Matthews

      Hmm have you come down from being very overweight? If not, it’s probably not a loose skin issue.

  • Bri Beebe

    Hi, my name is Bri and I gained about 35lbs in my pregnancy last year and now a year later I have lost all but about 5lbs of it. I was very small before pregnancy only 106 lbs and a very small frame so my skin was stretched to the max! I have lots of loose skin that I can pinch all around my belly button. I know I probably can’t lose it all but do you think if I lose the rest of the fat underneath it will help? And also what excersizes could I do to help build up muscle to fill loose skin on my abdomen? Lemon squeezers?

    • Michael Matthews


      Great job on your weight loss so far. Generally speaking, yes, losing the last bits of fat will help.

      Exercises that work the core may help. The most effective way to do this while also training the rest of your body is to perform compound weightlifting movements like squats and deadlifts.

      BTW, do you know your approximate body fat %?

  • ace

    hey, great article.. I have a question I used to weigh 20 stone.. at the moment weight 13 stone.. Im really not sure if I have loose skin still or fat to remove.. i can pinch it and its literally cenemeters of it… but at the bottom its still hanging like the picture above.. any suggestions.. I have not got the equipment to check the fat many thanks

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the fat loss so far! Do you know your approximate body fat percentage?

  • Lili

    I was always lean at 5.9 an x ms Hawaiian tropic model. Two years ago while still working out and eating clean I started gaining weight. My doctor told me I ad a thyroid problem. Hypothyroidism. I gained 32lbs. They gave me say thyroid and I was back to my regular weight in no time. I could never model again because my long legs now have loose skin u can see cellulite. Gross. I had that underneath? Ewwww I never saw it til now. My knees have fat deposits on them I can never wear my mini skirts. I work out w weights. I’m a skinny fat girl now. I’m thinking of plastic surgery. I always worked out with weights. Why is nothing happening. It’s been a long time now. I use to walk around naked now I make sure my boyfriend never sees me fully. Help

    • Michael Matthews

      I’m sorry to hear that Lili. :(

      Before you go the surgery route, I would definitely recommend a proper weightlifting routine as well as getting your body fat percentage under 20%.

      Do you know what it is currently?

  • Texasgirl

    Hi mike,. I lost 60 lbs and i look okay now but i still have some loose skin, arms, upper inner thigh and stomach are most noticeable. I started taking collagen powder and biotin pills a few months ago plus I am trying retinol creams, elastin cream and coconut oil topically. My arms and stomach have seen the most improvement. I lift weights 3-4 times a week, hiit cardio, i am female and lift really heavy some days as well as do lots of core workouts, so I am getting pretty cut but still have some fat and skin covering my abs. I will try the gelatin and vitamin c. Best tip is to take it daily and to wait at least a month or two before seeing results.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on your weight loss! Great on the supplements and training–it sounds like you’re doing everything right.

      Do you know your body fat percentage?

  • jason

    over the last year, i’d lost 110 pounds, dropped 10 pant sizes and began working out. and the most prevalent problem over the last few months is that the excessive sagging on my chest hasn’t gone away. It really bothers me because no matter how much muscle i build underneath it, it still looks like I breastfed quadruplets.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow, great job on the weight loss. That rocks.

      Do you know your current body fat %? How long have you been lifting weights for?

    • Dana

      I have the perfect solution to your problem Jason! Its called the Ultimate Body applicator and can tighten and Tone and FIrm Skin in as little as 45 minutes! Its a great supplement to healthy eating and exercise especially for those who have lost an excessive amount of weight! you can get them from Danawraps.myitworks.com If you have questions contact me Dqoraan@gmail.com

  • Ruppi

    Great article. I’ve lost about 70 lbs (250 to 180) in span of 4 months and have maintained it for a couple of months now. I’m 5’11’ and my body fat is at 17% and my stomach hangs quite loose. I have been going to gym regularly for the past month, doing weights (split into chest/back, legs, abs, arms) and cardio (20-25 minutes of running), and I don’t feel like my body is getting tighter. Do you have any guidance as to what else I can do? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far! That rocks.

      I would recommend working your body fat down to the 10% range to see how the skin situation actually is.

      Building muscle will help too of course, which you’re working on.

  • mpower

    hi mike
    I started going down the gym doing 600 cals and playing squash 6 days a wk and eating 1000 cals 4 months ago when I started I was 18s 9lb my body fat was 31.9%, 4 months later im eating still 1000 cals and now doing 1400 cals at gym and light weights 6 days a wk im now 13s 8lb body fat 19.5%.
    my legs look very toned but my belly and moob fat still seems to be there I want to look shaped could you give me some advice please. in my diet I have bran flakes and banana for breakfast then 2 apples for lunch then fish or prawn stir fry for tea then banana and apple for supper. ty

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for writing! The first priority is actually to increase your calories and give your metabolism a boost.

      Shoot me an email (contact info on about page) and I’ll help you out.

  • mpower

    sorry referring to my recent post when I say im doing 1400 at gym I mean cardio which is 1000 on the cross trainer 300 on rowing maching and 100 on exercise bike ty

    • Michael Matthews

      Sorry I’m a little confused…

  • Talal

    Hello Mike!

    thanks for the great and useful information posted! so I started loosing weight since Feb 2011! I was falling of the wagon sometimes! but at the last couple of months! I’m into it and always motivated! this is my life style! working out at GYM 4-5 times a week! spending around 60-80 mins (weightlifting plus cardio)! I had lost so far approx. around 24 kgs! I’m eating between 1800~2200 kcal daily and having an open cheat day on Friday! some times I cheat on a meal or two during weekdays! my %BF is 11% (As per to my Omron Fat Loss monitoring) I think I’m having that loose skin that prevent my abs to show! I’m trying to get single digit of %BF! but as I’m trying to get more muscle into that body, I want to know if I’m having loose skin or fat! bcoz I can see my 4 packs ATM when I’m pausing! lower belly is not showing my abs due to the I guess the extra skin! dunno how long it will take longer as I’m trying my best! Is it water retention? fat or extra skin? Thanks in advance :)

    • Michael Matthews


      Great job on everything you’ve done so far! That’s aweseome.

      You should definitely get to the 8% range before making the final determination as to whether it’s a fat or skin issue.

      This article can help you get there:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

      It should take about 8-10 weeks to go from 11/12% to 8%.

      Lemme know how it goes!


  • Jonathan Coe

    Thank you for this article. I’ve lost 104lbs (47kg) over the last 2 years and got my body fat down to 15% ( measured the bioelectrical way why is this way not so good?) I was really worried about loose skin round my lower abdomen and back but I realise it is stubborn fat now as a pinch was more than a few mm. I’m working to a weights programme to build muscle but only doing minimal cardio is that ok?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! That rocks. Yeah keep going down and assess things at the 9-10% range.

      Lifting is great but I suspect you’ll need to add some cardio to get to the 10% range. This article can help:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /high-intensity-interval-training-and-weight-loss/

  • prajith

    Hi Mich,

    This is prajith.

    I was around 120 kgs and now i am 70 kgs.

    But i have skin fat in my body.
    How to get rid of it quickly?

    Please help me !

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! Do you know your body fat %?

      • prajith

        sorry i am not sure about it ! i am trying for getting six packs ! but it is really hard to get that visible ! especially lower abs !
        Do i need to take fat burners? steroids ? if so could you please tell the brands !

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay. Check out these articles of mine:



          • prabu

            hii i am dealing same problem like prajith..i too lost my weight from 105 to 73 now my current body fat % is 23.6 .what shall i do now..can i get six pack with strong abs..please help me if i do properly hw long it will take

          • Michael Matthews

            You’ll want to continue losing fat. Check this out:


        • nicole

          I’m 120 lbs, had a baby, and my pre- pregnancy breast size was a 36 A but I’m curious to know can I gain muscle in my breast to obtain a muscular tight fit because their very small and saggy now? Or Will it make it even smaller. What exercises to help

          • Michael Matthews

            Yes muscle added to your pecs can perk up your breasts.

        • prabu

          hii i am dealing same problem like prajith..i too lost my weight from 105 to 73 now my current body fat % is 23.6 .what shall i do now..can i get six pack with strong abs..please help me

  • Mike

    I am 13 perc bodyfat. Down from 356 to a current 196..6 ft tall… Headed to the 9-10 percent you mentioned with supplements..if anything is left will have to get the surgery..was heavy my whole life until my early 20s. Its been 13 years and its not getting better. I did see my chest improved a bit with additional fat loss though I can’t see it all clearing up. Guess we will see when I am a few more percent down. Mike

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow amazing job! That totally rocks.

      That’s a good idea. If the loose skin is still enough to bother you when you hit 10%, then surgery is a viable option.

  • Mike

    Ps-I have done this all naturally and am pretty muscled at this weight…I train heavy 3 days a week..eat right..and mixed cardio

    • Michael Matthews

      Amazing. Very well done.

  • David Johnson

    Hi, I’ve been working out from July up until now. I have a large frame, i’m 6’3, i started at 208.5 lbs and now I am at 180.0 lbs. I lost 28.5 lbs in these 2 1/2 months. I have loose skin on the lower part of my abdomins. How do I lose the “loose skin” or “flab”. I’m continue to exercise everyday and going to the gym 3 times a week. Any extra suggestions

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss! That’s awesome.

      Do you know your current body fat percentage?

      • David Johnson

        I don’t know my body fat percentage. How can I check it ?

        • Michael Matthews

          Here’s a good visual guide:


          If you want to know for sure, get this:

          https://www.muscleforlife.com /recommendations/equipment/accumeasure-fitness-3000-personal-body-fat-tester-kit/

          • David Johnson

            I’m betwen the ranges of 13-15% body fat. I can see the six pack even in the last part of my stomach, but as mentioned that last part of my stomach a little flab i have 2 1/3 inches of flab. Not much I just want to tighten my stomach more. What’s a good workout plan because I go to the gym 3 times a week (W,Th,F) and the other days i workout at home focusing just on abs using the ab roller and situps and crunches.

          • Michael Matthews

            Cool. All that will take is getting leaner. Check out these articles for more info:

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-quickest-way-to-lose-weight/

            https://www.muscleforlife.com /what-is-if-it-fits-your-macros-and-does-it-work/

  • Sanjay

    Hey Michael,

    I’ve been dealing with this loose skin issue for a while. I’m around 176 cms tall, I currently weigh 65 kgs. BF% = 14% currently. Though I recently did drop down to 62 kgs and BF% = 11% .. There was absolutely no change in my loose skin. I did read your article. I do understand the concept of stubborn fat. But I’ve been in the same weight range for like 4-5 months now. Why am I still facing this problem?
    I was a 103 kgs last september,(2012) came down to 65 kgs odd june 2013.

    I’m going to try and take some Vitamin C supplements and some Gelatin and see if this helps me.

    On another note, I’ve recently stopped doing any cardio at all, I’m lifting and resting, alternative days. I want to find out whether gaining good level off muscle mass all over my body (obviously I will gain with the fats too, but the easy to get rid off kind fat), will help with the case of my lose skin. Do you think this is advisable? Just gaining?

    Give me your outlook in respect to loose skin.

    Cheers man.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for writing!

      It sounds like you truly are dealing with a bit of a loose skin issue, but yes I would personally take the supps and focus on building muscle, including the abs, and then get down to 9-10% and see how I looked.

      I hope this helps!

  • Macs

    Thank you for this advice,iI’m wondering if your able to advise what
    I can do around my breast area and belly button area..
    I’m 37 I’ve had 3 children breast Fed all of them, I was very overweight for many years, 5.2 weighing 15 stone size 18, I’m now after hard work 9 and half stone size 6-8, I have combined weight lifting with my weight loss and am amazed with results, still allot more to tone, however my main problem areas are the belly button, each time I do crunches it sticks out, maybe the separation from childbirth is still effective, though my last child is now 9, someone said I shouldn’t perform this exercise as it will make it worse? But I would really like to tighten the skin in this area. Then my breasts, well I can’t afford surgery but the effects of weight loss and breastfeeding, going from a J cup at biggest to AA! I don’t know how to make the appearance of them not look so bad, without developing pecks which seems to be happening at the moment with the weight training.
    Anyway any help and advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated..

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far! That’s awesome.

      Regarding your stomach, training your abs doesn’t make your stomach stick out. That’s just a matter of getting leaner.

      Do you know your current body fat percentage?

      Regarding your breasts, yes building your pecs can help but probably won’t fully handle it. That said, you can still look great without surgery. We’re always our worst critics…

      • Macs

        I don’t knowmy fat ppercentageno, I shall find this out.
        When I say my belly button area sticks out as I do crunches I feel Its more to do with the fact I still have muscle separation from childbirth, but after my actual belly button continues to stick out when the rest of my abdomen has started to define, is there a specific type of crunch I can do to pull my lower abdomen back together, one which zones in around just this area?
        Thank you for getting back to me, appreciate your support.

        • Michael Matthews

          Cool on the body fat percentage.

          Hmm good question on the abs considering the post-pregnancy muscle separation. I actually don’t know of anything specific you can do for that, but you may be able to find something Googling around. As far as I know, it just takes time to all “come back together.”

          My pleasure. :)

  • Binny

    when i do exercise in gym my body pump but after one hour my body got to normal position.what i do

    • Michael Matthews

      I would stop training for a pump. It’s basically a waste of time.

      Start with this article of mine:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-hardgainers-guide-to-guaranteed-muscle-growth/

  • teja

    Hey Mich,
    this is Teja,
    ive been working out in the gym frm past 9mntz….n m happy about my body tranformation…nw the problem here is i can still feel the body soft n still grab a layer of skin or d fat which u say into my handz….
    i mean itz like every where my stomach where the abs are’nt dat clear,my bicep itz 16inch bt with the extra fat which i can grab…..
    over all u can say a gym physiq which is soft or which isn toned…i weigh 72.3kilos…n d bmi is 20%…
    so could u plz suggest me with few exercises or a diet or nything which ive got to follow….!!!

    • Michael Matthews


      Great job on your progress so far.

      It sounds like you just need to keep cutting fat. Let’s get you to the 10% range…

      This article can help:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

  • hossam

    hey, im 15 y/o, i went from 104kg to 62.5kg (from 36 bf% to 8%), im having extra skin all around my body, specially my lower abdominal, since it was the fatest part of my body, i wanted to have a plastic surgery but doctors told me to wait till the age of 18, having excess skin just freaks me out, can i use cream or anything that can tighten the excess skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow, great job on the weight loss!

      Hmm I would recommend focusing on resistance training over the next few years so you can fill out your frame. That might take care a lot of the skin issues…

  • Maria

    I’ve lost 97 pounds so far. I still have quite a bit of fat left to lose (my scale says 29.9% fat but I don’t know how accurate that is) and it is soft and jiggly. I thought that this was because of the loose skin. Kinda like, the fat has plenty of room to move around, so it’s made itself comfortable? Does that make sense? 😛 I thought that as the fat went away, the skin would shrink a bit but in the end it would still be there. Is that wrong? If it is wrong, how can I have lost that much weight and have such a tiny amount of loose skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! That’s awesome.

      Haha no the loose skin won’t cause you to hold more fat. You just want to continue getting leaner.

      Loose skin can take time to tighten up. I would also recommend some natural supplementation as discussed in this article.

      • Maria

        Τhanks!Apparently, I decided to speak engrish today, so I don’t think I made sense. Let me try again: First of all, I gained 80 pounds in less than 10 months and I kept them on for 3 years. I was always afraid that because I gained the weight in a relatively short time, after losing it, I’d have a lot of loose skin. But I weigh 154 lbs now (I’m 5.6”) and I have less jiggle than I do muscle mass but I don’t seem to have loose skin. I can pinch less than 1 inch in my arms and inner thighs and that’s it. My 21-year-old brother who is a cyclist and who never gained an extra pound in his life can do that, too.
        I had gotten the impression that subcutaneous fat
        appears jiggly because it adjusts to the loose skin. Does that make
        sense? Now I’m wondering if it’s the other way around and the skin adjusts to the fat? But if that is true shouldn’t, say, someone who weighs as much as I do but never lost a lot of weight look as jiggly as I do? And if my previous assumption is true, then where the hell is all the excess skin I keep dreading? 😛

        • Michael Matthews

          Ahhh okay cool, that’s even better, haha. Good skin genetics! :)

          Yes skin expands and shrinks in relation to the amount of fat you hold on your body, and a lot of sub-q fat definitely has the “jiggly” appearance.

          Fortunately sub-q fat is relatively easy to lose, so that’s all you need to do–keep getting leaner.

          Once you get to the 20% range, you’ll really know what’s what with your physique in terms of loose skin vs. body fat…

  • Abdullah

    Hi! I’m a 14 year old guy, with a pretty good body type. (Wide, tall, healthy, strong and gain muscles in a good amount of time). But my problem is im overweight. Im going to a gym everyday/every other day starting from sunday, and ive been thinking as soon as I start, im going to follow an all smoothie meal replacement diet. Or u could call it a “go green go”, which
    Is basically me living on nothing other than vegetable/fruit diet smoothie, and 8 glasses of water a day. But I have no recipes! What can I use as a non-fattening smoothie for this diet? And how many glasses of the smoothie can I have a day? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey! Hmm I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are VERY overweight. Instead, I would recommend a mild calorie restriction as discussed here:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /build-muscle-lose-fat/

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  • help!

    ok, I’m having the same problem. Skin on my thighs, especially, is forming ‘pools’ above my knees. I’m not getting the ‘get down to 10% body fat’ advise, tho. If I could get down to 10% body fat, I wouldn’t have been up to 250# to start with! I’m down to 197 now, doing nutrisystem, over the last 8 months. The sagging skin/fat JUST began to form/become noticable in the last few days. Any advice? I’m 55, and after 50 years of dieting, I assure you, 10% body fat isn’t an option.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your weight loss so far.

      Do you know your approximate body fat percentage now? What about getting to 15% as a goal?

  • garyukuleleca

    I lost over 50 lbs doing Insanity and now I am doing Focus T25. I can feel my core getting firmer but I still have this loose flabby part of my belly just above my waist. It feels like loose skin and some fat. You recommend weight training…what sort of weight exercises should I be doing to get rid of this last irritating little roll? Thanks for your help.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job!

      Check out this post of mine:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-truth-about-stubborn-fat-and-how-to-get-rid-of-it/

      And for the weight training:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /books/bigger-leaner-stronger/

  • JimJam

    Hey, thanks so much for this article! I’ve been working real hard for the last year, and I’ve lost 85 pounds, from 285lbs to 200lbs, just by changing my diet to vegan (~30% raw, no preprocessed foods). I typically consume about 1800 calories daily, and drink anywhere from a half gallon to a full gallon of water. And like, 200,000 cups of black coffee.
    And also by working ~70 hours a week.

    But until recently(roughly 4 months ago), I hadn’t added a gym routine. Now, I do an hour of cardio 3-4 times a week and some relatively light lifting.

    Obviously, since I went so long without an actual workout plan, I have some sagging issues. Which sucks. But, I’m assuming the issues come from excess subcutaneous fat. What vitamin supplements would you suggest to increase elasticity in my skin? I started out being a nutritional vegan, but the culture convinced me. And now I don’t want to consume any animal products at all.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! That rocks. Lol on the coffee intake.

      Hmm building some muscle and reducing body fat will go far in improving the skin issue. The only supplements I know that have some science behind them for skin elasticity are those I recommend in this post.

    • liz

      Great job!!! I was reading ur post and saw how much water u drink! I have an amazing product that helps with loose skin and it really does work.. I would love to chat with u about ur options. . here is my site and email feel free to message me with any questions

      • liz



      • Michael Matthews

        Thanks! I’ll check it out.

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  • John Stack IV

    I lost 100lbs. four years ago exercising daily and eating healthily-I still do both. But the excess skin, not fat remains, and I don’t want surgery but I want it gone. Any suggestions?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! If you’re around the 10% range and running into loose skin issues, unfortunately I don’t know of any other strategies other than what I’ve outlined here…

      • John Stack IV

        Thanks all the same-had to ask.

        • Michael Matthews

          Totally understand.

  • Carmen Wolfe

    This was such a huge help and makes things so much clearer! I’ve lost 114 pounds since May ’12. I have 35 lbs to go. My main exercise during this entire time has been kickboxing with a heavy bag for an hour at UFC gyms. Last check about a month ago I was 35 percent body fat. I started to 51 percent. I started to stress about the loose skin, but thank you for helping me realize that there is still fat in my thighs and arms and hips. This stops me from stressing about what I thought was skin and focusing on building the muscle I believe I lost by incorporating a weight training regimen I started last week. I refuse to dwell on the fact that I should have been doing weights throughout, ugh! I knew I should have, but I was just so happy with the weight coming off and forgot about retaining and building muscle. Thank you!

    • Michael Matthews

      Awesome, I’m really glad to hear it!

      Wow great job on your weight loss. That rocks.

      Yes let’s focus on reaching your target body fat percentage and you could utilize some of the strategies in this article to mitigate the loose skin issue.

      Now is a great time to add in weights actually. It may have been too much before…

      • Carmen Wolfe

        Okay. Thanks so much!

        • Michael Matthews


  • kk

    Hi, I’m an 11 year old kid and have lost 23 lbs in 4 months. and am 5 ft 1 inches tall. So now I’m 104 lbs and 5 ft 1 in. I am quite happy with my current weight. Ana although I weigh more than most of the kids in my grade, it is because I am built big and have big bones. 9% of my body is fat and 49% of my body is muscle. But, in my lower abdomen, after my weight loss, I have a little bit of loose skin that just looks like fat, it makes me look like I have a big gut. Do you have any tips to get rid of this other than just eating healthy, such as specific exercises. I can’t work with high weights as it would mess up my growth. I do regret crash-dieting when I was actually attempting to lose weight. I am injured right now in my knee with a condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans, so I can’t do any activities that involve running, jumping, twisting or turning. I am a tennis player so this has really affected my physical habits as I used to play 6-7 days a week for at least 3-4 hrs a day and was EXTREMELY active and would play 6-7 hrs a day in the summer. So do you have any exercises for me that would get rid of this very annoying loose skin?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss!

      Fortunately I think you’ll grow out of the loose skin, so you don’t have to do anything special at the moment. Just focus on getting healed up so you can get active again, and as you grow, the loose skin should become less noticeable.

      And ultimately if it’s still an issue when you’re older, you can address it with a proper fat loss diet. I wouldn’t do this now though because you don’t want to restrict calories at your age (it can mess with body development).

  • Susan

    Do you know of a good gelatin product for vegetarians/vegans? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      I don’t, sorry. :(

      • VeganVita

        I don’t know for sure, but I’ve heard fruit pecin supplements can be comparable.

        • veganvita


        • Michael Matthews

          I’m not familiar with that but thanks for sharing.

  • mmm..

    Hi mike..I lost 30 kg past few years I was 100 and now im 70 but depressing enough my fat percentage is 30..I have extra skin in my arms and my breasts that im thinking about plastic surgery could you tell me wht to do..im exercising with weight lifting now hoping that will tight my skin a bit :(

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! Really impressive.

      First I would recommend lifting and getting your body fat to the 10% range and then let’s see how your body is looking…

  • John

    This is one thing that slighly worries me. My backside looks quite wrinkly and I’m worried I will end up with fold of losse skin/soft fat instead of a flat stomach. What are the best exercises for glutes/abs to build more muscle in those areas.

    • Michael Matthews

      Cable crunches, hanging leg raises, lying leg raises, capt’s chair leg raises, and air bikes are awesome for the core.

  • Keith Kevin

    so, i’m 20 year old man. i’ve been working out for almost 2 years now, i used to be around 105kg, now i weight around 75kg, i’ve lost most of my weight throe diet and cardio exercise ( the program insanity) it wasn’t until august last year that i started going to the gym to do strength training, i’m about 174 cm(5 feet 8.5 inch) tall, waist measurement is 89cm (35 inch). i’ve used a website to calculate my body fat percentage, i have 19% fat. (not sure if it’s correct or not but they had picture to compare yourself with) so i think it’s quite accurate. now what do you suggest me to do so i could lose my abdominal weight and tighten my skin, what should i eat, which supplement could help me, and what type of exercise could help me out, i’ve been reading your article and found it very useful, thought i would ask you for some advise, thank you in advance for your time.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on your gains so far!

      Let’s have you cut down to the 10% range as step one. Check this out:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-best-way-to-gain-muscle-not-fat/

  • tami jo

    I have lost approximately 40 labs due to illness, although happy to have lost the weight, I have lost my rear end and breasts, also arms/legs are wrinkly and ugly, what can I do to help remedy this?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! Start weightlifting for sure:

      https://www.muscleforlife.com /the-ultimate-fitness-plan-for-women/

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  • Bosco111

    How about the “gizzard” under my chin? Any solutions. I don’t think that I can build a lot of muscle there…

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha good question. What is your overall body fat percentage?

      • Lean Mean Bean

        Thanks for a great article! I’d like to jump in on Bosco111’s “gizzard” question. I’m a 34yo woman, 5’8″. I’ve lost 90 lbs over the past year, but luckily don’t have much to complain about in terms of loose skin (my regimen included resistance training and proved to be effective), except the worrisome area under my chin. Overall bf 30% atm so I know I still have a long way to go, but thought I’d rather ask now than start dealing with it too late. Any thoughts?

        • Michael Matthews


          Great job on your weight loss.

          Honestly I don’t know of anything else beyond what’s in this article as it seems like genetics plays a role. I’ve come across people that did nothing special to prevent loose skin yet had NONE after significant weight loss and others that did everything possible and had quite a bit.

  • dwara

    HEY!this is by far the best article i have ever read ….ive lost around 18kg over the past 4 years along with some hard muscle building regime training for body part isolation….but i seriously lack the visual devlopment of abs though i can feel the formation of abdominal muscles …all of this cuz of the loose skin issue…body fat -25%,weight-77kg,height-182cms…..MY TRAINERS have given up hope ,can you please help

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks and wow, great job! That’s impressive.

      Let’s first focus on bringing your body fat percentage down as discussed in the article. What do you think?

  • missmarine

    Do you have an idea of how long it could take until I would notice a difference in my skin tightening from taking
    the beef gelatin?

    • Michael Matthews

      No, sorry. I’m just going off the research available but I haven’t had a loose skin issue personally so I’ve not used it.

  • Sarah

    Hey! I’m 53kgs now. And I was 95 kgs before. I have a lot of lose skin on my belly and arms. Please tell me how to get rid of this. I’m 5ft and 3 inches tall. 26 yrs old. I’m a female.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! Do you know your body fat percentage? Did you read the article?

  • sevalle

    Hello…great article…I’m just curious if you would do something different for the eating part for a diabetic considering how if we fast before working out it can be really bad for our blood sugars…also do you have suggestions for pre and post workout meals that don’t need supplements? Currently after working out I do a juicing… (kale, cucumber, celery, apples and lemon). Thanks…really loved the article

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! If you can’t train fasted that’s not a big deal. You can have some protein before, no?

      Cool on your post-workout juicing. You can just eat food as well. I talk about what here:


  • bharath

    hi my name is bharath!
    i was like 97 kgs and after a strict diet and cardio i managed to lose about 32 kilos in 6 months…now i am left with a loose sagging skin around by stomach…really ugly to lift up the tshirt!!!
    please help me out with this!!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow amazing job! Did you read the article and try the strategies?

  • Aslam Naz

    I have lost 55 kg and left with loose skin. I have a tummy tuck 5 months ago and started working out! I dont want to get more surgeries! i think my body fat is 25 percent i just estimated roughly! wht is the best exercise to do?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job on the weight loss. Start here:


  • Tom

    thanks so much for this article really appreciate it . I have lost almost 40 Kg of my weight now I have loose skin more concentrated in the lower abdomen , My body fat is 28 my muscle index is about 11 kindly any advise for me to have a flat belly (not six bags hhhhh) and which type of exercise will help most

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! Let’s keep your body fat going down and see where you’re at skin-wise.

      This will help:


  • MidwestGal

    Thank you for this article. I have been under the assumption my loose skin would always be there. Mine is tummy area and is mostly due to the weight gained during pregnancy. I’m 40 and around 24/25% BF (where I have been for many years being “skinny fat”) and I have recently started working on dropping that to just under 20% and I will see if this solves my problem.

    • Michael Matthews


      Great job. let me know how it goes!

  • Micah

    Hi so i was wondering if after have 3 kids its hopeless to have a 6 pack..with this last pregnancy i have lost 63 lbs.. this has been over a 2 1/2 year time span.. i know i still have some of that stubborn fat that isn’t coming off.. i run 4 miles 3 days a week on my off days i run 2 and do 30 to 40 min of resistance and 20 min of core work.. then i do a longer run on the weekends.. i just dont see how the stubborn fat isn’t coming off.. my bmi is 23.3…im not on any crazy diets just try to do good proteins and carbs and whole grains ect.. Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Good question! Honestly genetics will determine a lot of this.

      Do you know your body fat%?

      • Micah

        i don’t know my % of body fat at the moment.. i just didn’t know if there was something im missing haha!.. one thing i am determined is to do all of this with no supplements! i have lasted this long so i will continue pushing myself and hopefully it will pay off! thanks for the reply!

        • Michael Matthews

          Check this out for the body fat %:


          It sounds like you just need to work out a proper meal plan and stick to it:


          What do you think?

  • Alexis

    Hello, thanks for your efforts, this article helped a lot. I would appreciate if you helped me deal with this problem I have. I’m 19 years old now. When I was younger I was overweight, I weighed 145 pounds when I was 13/14. However, I got my tonsils out got sick and over some time I lost wight. I became 118. After this weight-loss experience, the skin in my whole body lost its usual color, it turned from pale/rosy to yellowish/light tan. My body kind of lost its tight, full feel, it became soft, especially the skin in my face became soft too. I felt like everything in my body is kind of sagging and not tight, like my face cheeks, breasts and butt. Its like I lost that “being Young thing” about my skin. I was thinking maybe I lost to much fat or lost muscle. HOWEVER, I didn’t do anything about this problem for like 4 years, now I’m 19 and would like to do something about it. I’m planning in getting married in about 2 and I would like to fix this problem until then, because it is really causing me issues in my esteem.

    I am skinny now weighting about 125, I’m 19 years old and 5″4. I’m planning in getting that youthful/young skin that I had, and should have at this age. What are your advice and strategy for battling this issue. I really want the color of my skin back and its tightness!!!! Whats the point of being skinny without that young feel of my skin.

    • Michael Matthews


      I think you’re in a great place to start weightlifting and build some muscle. That will give you the shape you want!

      What do you think?

      • Alexis

        Thank you very much for taking the time to reply :)
        What you said is true, building muscle to fill the skins would be a great idea.

        Do you think getting a elliptical and increasing its resistance and exercising in it would be a good idea next to weightlifting.

        • Michael Matthews


          Sure, that’s a good way to get cardio in.

  • Clara57

    Michael, this is the first article that made sense to me. I’m 57 and in
    the past 3 yrs I have lost 70 lbs, people don’t understand that now i
    look worse in some cases because I giggle (thought it was loose skin but
    after reading your article I understand it isn’t).

    Can you tell
    me what I need to do now, I do have to lose another 30 lbs and I don’t
    like aerobics prefer using weights. Not sure why.Clara

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Clara! Great job on the weight loss.

      Yes, you want to start with a proper diet:


      You can continue the aerobics for fat loss purposes…

  • Clara57

    Thank you for your reply, I just signed up with a trainer today to show me what weights I need to use since i do not like aerobics. My hope is I’ll tighten up my skin and lose the last 30 lbs.
    More articles about this would be great.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great! Start here:


  • Ravenzfire

    Hey Mike, come across the site recently looking for answers on just this subject, great job on putting all this together! Quick backstory, I started working with a trainer back in August and have dropped about 50 lbs. Currently doing a pretty solid weight routine with my trainer 3 days a week and then 2 days of lifting on my own with some cardio spaced through the week. I’m fluctuating between 11.5 and 12.5 percent body fat according to a bioelectrical scale. I haven’t measured with calipers although I’m going to try that and see if I can get a more accurate measurement. The problem I seem to be having now is there is a loose deposit of skin and I’m guessing fat on my lower abs and some on my lower back that just won’t seem to go away. It just hangs off me whenever I bend over and it’s been frustrating me for the last few months as I just can’t seem to shed it. I’ve kind of plateaued with my weight loss as well at right around 200 lbs so just looking for some advice on what you think my next steps should be to shed this. Do I basically just keep up with my current routine and just give it time? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews


      Great job on the weight loss so far.

      The first thing is to compare your current food intake against this:


      Are you eating too much?

      • Ravenzfire

        Yeah, I think that is probably the issue. After calculating the amount I’m burning from the article you linked it looks like I probably need to cut 500-700 calories to hit that 20% deficit. I’ll edit my meal plan and give that a try and see what happens. Thanks for the info!

        • Michael Matthews

          Great LMK!

  • Lori

    Hi, I have lost 56 lbs in the past 8 months – I have a personal trainer and do a “bootcamp” workout 3X week for 45 minutes. I also have recently started playing soccer. I am 52 years old and have thyroid issues. I am toned everywhere but my stomach and I cannot seem to lose the last 13 lbs and tone my stomach. My bodyfat % is 24 at the moment and I cannot seem to achieve the 15% which I desire. Any suggestions

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! I would start with a proper meal plan:


  • portiia

    I found out about six months ago that I am going through menopause and probably have been for a about two years..I just turned 45. I have always been slimmer but toned and have been going to the gym for over twenty years. Over the past year I lost alot of weight and literally lost my chest, hips and butt…worse of all is my butt which now has saggy skin and can’t stand it! I also did three months of aggressive hot yoga and am not sure if this contributed to it? I am increasing my protein and trying to do lots of squats but my legs get larger and I look like a pear since I am like a board on my upper and get larger to my legs so I get discouraged and stop. I am 5’8, 120 lbs and around 10% body fat…my inner butt has also lost muscle and can’t seem to build it..please help

    • Michael Matthews

      Arg yeah the hormonal changes associated with MP can be a real bitch. Have you had your hormones checked? Many times T just CRASHES…

  • Maymay Smith

    When I was 15/16 I was a size 18/20, I lost weight and I have been a uk size 12 for 6 years, but I have terrible loose skin at the top of my legs on the inside and a pouch belly. I wish someone could help me.

    • Michael Matthews

      Did you read the article? Have you tried the strategies yet?

  • Johnny

    hey Mike, great article!!

    I’m 6ft and weigh 182lbs now . i lost about 77lbs about 5 years ago and started working out about 4 months ago. I have some loose skin and according to my calculations about 18% of BF.

    I work out 3 times a week (high reps and i try to lift as mush as possible) and eat 2000 Kcal rather than 2500 kcal (what i should be eating according to my calculations).

    Up to now i was trying to build muscles to fill in the loose skin thinking that the fat will go on its own.
    Do you think i should concentrate on losing fat instead of trying to become bigger ? am i doing everything right ?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Great job on your weight loss.

      I would focus on getting to the 10% range as the first priority and then see where your body is at.

  • Rhl Bera

    Hi ! i m 20 yrs old! last yr i lost 30 kgs in 3 months with excessive cardio !! but den came loose skin …..i regularly do hit d gym ,focus on weight training n abs workout but d loose skin isnt goin of !! currently my %fat is 13 n weight is 70kgs !!! PLz helpppp……..

    • Michael Matthews

      Hi! Hmm if you’re 70 kg your body fat percentage is NOT 13. Check this out:


      • Rhl Bera

        Sorry its 16% according to the US navy method !!

        • Michael Matthews

          That can be really inaccurate. How doe sit compare to the pictures in the above article?

          • Rhl Bera

            In d picture it relates to me sumwhere between 16-19% !

      • Rhl Bera

        Ohh ya I checked, it’s coming out to be 16% !!

        • Michael Matthews

          Okay cool. You’re a guy right?

          • Rhl Bera

            Yaah !!!!

          • Rhl Bera

            Can u plzzz help me !!

          • Michael Matthews

            Okay cool. Let’s start by addressing your diet…


          • Rhl Bera

            ok,started wid dat !! :-)

          • Michael Matthews

            Great! Next would be weightlifting. :)

          • Rhl Bera

            I have already working wid weight lifting!! each exercise 20X3!! followed by abs workout!!

          • Michael Matthews

            Ah okay let’s do it differently:


  • Tim

    This helped a lot!
    I am a 17 yo male, 5’11..

    From august 2012 to May 2013 I lost 120 pounds, and since may ’13 I am down another 15 to 170.

    Like u said, everywhere is lean except my stomach, lower back and upper thighs… The stubborn areas. There is quite a bit of stubborn fat left on my stomach .. When I grip it all, it looks 10-15 lbs worth. On my back and thighs id say another 5 lbs altogether.

    I was considering receiving over $20k of plastic surgery because of what everyone was telling me to be loose skin.. but now I’m sure it’s NOT. Because when I squeeze a skin fold, it’s not soft and transparent but instead an inch (or give or take a half) thick.

    I am buying calipers ASAP, but I’m guessing I’m going to be in the mid-upper twenties BF%..

    My first goal? 18% by September, then 9% by next summer.
    What exercises / regimen would you recommend as best to achieve this?

    • Michael Matthews


      I like your goals. Once you’re down to the 9-10% range, you’ll know if you need surgery or not.

      You should get on my Bigger Leaner Stronger program:


      • Tim

        Will definitely be taking a look at this program!
        You have quite a few books. Which others would you consider to be best for my situation? I want to be a completely different person by next year!

        • Michael Matthews

          Thanks! I would recommend Muscle Myths next–it addresses a lot of things I didn’t want to just “throw into” BLS.

  • Anna Downunder

    I’ve lost over 90 pounds and have about 50 to go … but at 50 years old I worry trying to get my body fat percentage as low as you suggest would leave me looking too gaunt and just plain old. I’ve seen it in other women who have and they tend to look much older. But I do worry about having the loose skin issue. I run but haven’t tried lifting weights. Other than that, any specific advice for women my age?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Check this out:


  • sarah

    Iv lost 8 and a half stone, the skin isn’t as bad as if seen on others but I’ll a bit loose and wrinkled on my belly, any tips to tightening just that part? It is the lower part of my belly

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! You’ll want to just focus on continuing to reduce your body fat %…

  • http://www.thesupplementality.com/ Byron Ahn

    I often hear from others the hardship with getting rid of excess fat after weight loss. I think you make some good points about needing to build muscle in order to get rid of this “stubborn” fat.

    What are your opinions on the use of thermogenics to help with this process? I know they are a controversial supplement due to the prior affiliations with ephedra. But, I think some thermogenics, like the ones listed here (www.thesupplementality.com/best-thermogenic/) are effective and safe to use. Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Sly

    Hey Mike, spot on with the article, I did just what you talk about which was I went on a massive weight loss regime, I basically declared war on far and went from 25% body fat to 9% in the space of 1.5 years, some weeks I was losing about 6 lbs and loving it. Well I did a 7 days split Cardio, biking and yet more Cardio/Plyo with very little weight lifting oh and not to mention a strict diet and other supps to aid fat loss so I lost quite a bit of muscle and no to mention strength (1900 calories diet 50/30/20 (PCF) )

    Well I learned the hard way so I now lift and have done for about a year now, I’d say I was in good shape but can’t shift the wretched lose skin :(

    Sorry for the long post but you can probably see my frustration

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Great job! That rocks. In some cases the skin remains but I’m sure you’ve dramatically improved the overall appearance of the affected areas?

      • Sly

        Somewhat, I’ve tried Shea butter, coconut butt, cocoa butter and some other creams but nothing appears to work, I do eat copious amounts of broccoli and Green beans which I understand contain high amounts of Vit c but never really considered supplementing it so I might give it a try, I seem to recall reading that vit c can aid reduce water retention but I need to study it more I guess.

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay. In some cases the skin doesn’t return to its original look.

          I remember seeing a study that showed 1 gram of vit c per day helps reduce cortisol levels, which in turn would help ensure you don’t store too much water.

          • Sly

            Thanks Mike, I’ll be sure to pick some up.

          • Michael Matthews

            YW. Let me know how it goes.

          • Sly

            Hey Mike, as discussed I picked up Vitamin C and have just run out, I still have loose skin but it looks it may have improved, I’m also using creams and EVCO so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, not sure I could ever get used to it but won’t go under the knife, my vanity has limits.

          • Michael Matthews

            That’s great! Keep it up and let me know!

  • Talha

    Hey Mike, I find the article great but the problem is I don’t want to have these supplements. I heard eating protien rich foods and weight lifting as you said can help recover. Here’s my story, because I was very fat (around 105 kgs) I thought of losing weight and within 3 months I lost around 30-35kg which is huge. And because this was so quick i am now suffering from loose skin and bad stomach(suffered now this is ok) Please help me in finding a solution to recover I heard it takes two years but now its been only nearly an year after my weight lost and still some change in skin. Thanks.

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Yes lifting will help and you can get gelatin by eating beef products (to some degree at least).

      Do you know your current body fat%?

  • StephOz17

    Hi, I’m Steph, I’m just about to start my journey to my ideal figure and I’m terrified of having loose skin. I’m 18 nearly 19 and I’ve been large most of my life. I plan on losing about 40kg. I already take Vitamin C supplements and varies others. So is it possible for my skin to go back to normal after weightloss with these steps as i dont want surgery to remove it?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey! Great on your plan. Yes it’s very possible that you will be fine. Genetics do play a big role here.

  • Rodrigo

    HI, I lost weight but I feel like I have excess skin ,but I can’t tell if it’s just skin or fat? And what can I do to tighten my skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey! Did you read the article?

  • Jacob Hoffman

    Hi Matt. I am finally deciding to try my best again at dieting. I got a good job to afford what I need to do. There are a few issues I am having.

    1) Hunger pangs. I get them all the time. Hourly. I can ignore it for even a whole day but they are persistent.

    2) I want to do this correctly. Eliminating damage to bones and cartilidge as much as possible and of course reduce concerns over excess skin.

    3) I find drinking 3 litres of water all at once… damn near impossible.

    I have been out of shape my whole life with very short period where I worked 13 hours a day on xenadrine when I was 20. Id never want to repeat that hell.

    I currently 340 pounds or at least I was last I checked. Went from a 56 inch waist to a 51 in a little over a month. Thats far more than I ever wanted to be.

    • Michael Matthews


      1. This is probably because you’re eating too little:


      2. The tips in this article will help in this regard.

      3. You don’t have to drink it all at once. Drink it over the course of the day.

      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

  • kcm

    I am currently losing weight (lost about 12 kilograms and still have 10 more to go) and I feel the skin starting to get looser. What can I do to stop that from becoming an issue during the rest of my weight loss

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Did you read this article?

  • Jessica

    Hi Mike!

    Thank you for posting this article!

    I have lost 60 pounds in the last four months since starting a diet from my nutritionist. I am starting to panic about loose skin (I have been heavy my entire life…ugh) I have quite a bit more to go and I have become a bit nervous about the loose, wrinkly skin I am seeing, Yuck! Who wants to work for months and still not like what they see in the mirror?!?

    This article almost makes me feel a little better! I started a workout routine at my local gym that includes cardio, weight training and swimming and I am hoping this will get the results I am after! I am working really hard on getting my body fat percentage to keep decreasing but it’s still over 35%, I believe. I haven’t checked in a couple of weeks. I know I need to be patient…it has only been 4 months.

    Thank you! After reading this, I will just patiently plug away and do my best!

    I am so appreciative of people like you who post helpful articles! Thank you!

    Jessica in California

    • Michael Matthews

      My pleasure! Great job on the weight loss. I totally understand. You’re doing everything right so let’s get your body fat percentage down to the 20% range and stay there for a bit and see how the skin is looking.

      Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

      • Jessica

        I sure will! For now I will just work my buns off…literally. :P. Haha!

        Thank you!

        • Michael Matthews

          Haha nice! YW

  • Ruben

    Hello, I am a 52 year old guy that has lost 70# and still working at losing another 30 or so #s. My concern is whether my skin will eventually tighten up? My issue is that I have stretch marks on most of my torso and I wonder If that will make toning up even more difficult? Is there anything that I can do to reduce the stretch marks tighten my skin?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! It may or may not. Genetics DOES play a role here. Have you tried the strategies in this article?

  • corey

    After losing 60 lbs when i was about 14 years old by diet, cardio, and strength training a few days a week, i was still left with a skinny-fat body and a lot of loose skin. I’ve tried everything to change that and nothing has worked. But reading this article surprised me because it’s something I’ve never heard of or tried before and sounds interesting! I can’t wait to try it, with all of the supplements being a last resort if all fails but thank you for the motivation

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for sharing! Let me know how it goes!

  • Shar

    TY I’m a 58 yo female trying to loose excess fat caused by a drug I was taking. This article is awesome! I now know that I don’t have to live with excess skin fat and flab. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

  • Acquilla Cranshaw

    Hi, I have had a difficult weight loss journey. I had kids young at 17 and 19 and after my last one I was tipping the scales at 230. I was hyperthyroid at the time so starvation and my hyperthroid helped me get down to 160 in 3 months. I kept it off for 6 years and than I became hypothyroid and went through a bad breakup; by the time I was 30, I was back to 230. I have been dieting and exercising for the last year, and I am down to 185. If I eat more than 500 calories I wont lose anything, and if I eat more than 1000 calories, I gain weight quickly. I am doing resistance training and cardio. Weight lifting is difficult for me due to over 50% nerve damage in my right arm, that arm has very little fat though, the left has alot. Is there anymore I can be doing? I am soo fustrated and hungry.

    • Michael Matthews


  • Diana Lili M.

    Thank you for this article. This is exactly what I needed. First time I learn about subcutaneous fat. I’m happy there is hope in weight training!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Let me know how it goes!

  • Willo Conner

    Thanks for this article @michael_matthews:disqus. I have lost about 40 lbs and now I’m using a cream to tighten my tighten my skin. The product is really effective. http://bit.ly/1yfwXc3

  • Beth

    Wow – so glad I found this. Due to some emotional trama, I lost over 70 pounds in about 4 months. That was almost 2 years ago. A trainer was suggested to help my body recover and rebuild. It’s done wonders – except for the extra skin (fat) above my belly button. I’m wondering if the suggestions above would work. I know I have a six pack under there somewhere…..

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on what you’ve done so far! Let me know how it goes…

  • Tom

    I have lost 145lbs after having weight loss surgery. I went down from 285 to 140 and have balanced out at 144-146. I have a lot of loose skin in my Stomach area as well as thighs and minimal arms. I haven’t tried working out as reading online has discouraged me from attempting something impossible. Is there anyway to loose the skin other than surgery?

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! I would recommend getting a bit leaner to see how the “final” look is. Let’s try to get you down to around 10%. What do you think?

  • Novajune

    I appreciate this article. I’ve lost 114 lbs with diet and exercise. I’m dealing with extra skin on my stomach and my thighs. I really don’t want to have any surgery but I definitely want to get the extra off. Thanks for more options!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Wow great job! Let me know how it goes from here!

  • Mahmoud Dola

    my fat percentage is 7.3% and ihave loose skin.please tell me what i should do ?!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hmm are you sure on the body fat %?


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  • Clarence

    I have dropped more than 150 pounds, went from nearly 40% body fat down to 13% body fat. I do a mixture of cardio and weight lifting and body weight workouts. My concern isn’t my loose skin, which I do have some of, but, not a great deal, and I’m pretty sure will tighten up. My stubborn fat is in my love handles, for which are 37 inches to a waist that continues to shrink and is at 31. The disproportionate sizing is the one thing that annoys me. Though I know I should be celebrating that I got it down from 49 inches and a 46 inch waist, the space between the love handles and the waist had always been fairly moderate, now it’s quite big and seems to be getting bigger.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow amazing job! That rocks.

      Check this out:


      • Clarence

        Excellent article, thanks. I’m definitely going to use that info.

        I read from Lyle McDonald that a man shouldn’t start concerning themselves with stubborn fat until their below 10% body fat. What’s your thoughts on that?

        • Michael Matthews

          YW. Great LMK how it goes.

          That’s correct. You won’t be losing much of it until that point anyway.

  • Talia

    Hello Mike! Thank you for the plethora of information. I find that after three children, I am left with loose skin. I am naturally thin, a size 0. With each pregnancy, I gain over 90lbs which my doctors and I cannot understand, then after delivery loose it all quickly without exercise, which is even more perplexing. I had hernia surgery and my surgeon, who specializes in bariatrics, says I don’t need surgery and in time my skin will tighten. Well, this time I have more loose skin than with my other two pregnancies. My body fat % is 12 and my BMI is 21. I am 5’4 123pounds, with a tiny waist and normal hip size. What can I do?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey! You look freaking awesome. And after 3 kids too! I’m seriously impressed.

      You definitely don’t need to get leaner. You could try the supplements for a bottle and see if they help? It looks like patience is going to be it ultimately. :(

      • Talia

        Thank you! I actually had four kids but one passed away a few hours after birth. I took that picture about six months ago and my stomach is flat as a board. I just need to know what supplements to take to bulk up and turn my slim stomach into muscle in order to tighten it up and loose some of the loose skin. Do you think the ones mentioned in this article would do the job? In the past, the loose skin would clear up about 95% by the time my child turned 2 but this time I’m a little more paranoid (it has been 14months since I had him). I want to try all I can before I pay big bucks to get the extra skin excised.

        I read another article of your about cutting calories and fast weight loss. In it, you mentioned that some people benefit by eating high Carb diets. I tend to eat alot of carbs and burn fat quickly. Can I benefit and gain muscle from high carbs, increased protein, and quick high impact exercises? Some say that too much cardio works against muscle building, and as you can see, if I get that slim without workout, excessive workout would most likely leave me as nothing but skin and bones. My body type is naturally athletic to slim. Most people don’t believe that I don’t work out, especially when they have seen me peak around 215+lbs while pregnant.

        • Michael Matthews

          Wow I’m very sorry to hear that. I can’t imagine how terrible that must have been.

          Oh okay cool. Hmm the supps COULD help but honestly I think patience and training your core will be it, really.

          You may be able to build muscle and lose fat, but that depends on your current level of conditioning and what you end up doing.

          Based on your body, I think you would kill it if you just focused on a simple weightlifting program that has you squatting, deadlifting, bench & military pressing, etc. What do you think?

          • Talia

            Yes, it was hard but God got me through it. †

            That sounds like an exceptional plan. I would’ve never thought to incorporate dead lifting or the military press. I would’ve probably done sit ups and push ups instead, but your proposed plan supersedes my own. Heavyweights do it and their cores are riiiiippppppppeeeed!

          • Michael Matthews

            Amen. :)

            Haha exactly! Let me know how it goes.

          • Talia

            I sure will. I may even do a workout video

          • Michael Matthews

            Haha sounds good! :)

    • Dana

      i have an easy solution for you Talia! Its all natural and can Tighten Tone and Firm your skin in as little as 45 minutes!! Go to Danawraps.myitworks.com to check it out! They are called ultimate body applicators and have done wonders for people with loose skin!

  • Nathan

    Hi, I’m 17 and I want to lose about 55 lbs. My body fat percentage is around 20%. I do have stretch marks on my stomach. Do you think I’ll get loose skin?

    PS Great article! Loved it!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey man! Hard to say but I would guess no, due to your age. Check this out:


      It will help you.

  • workingout

    Hi, I made the mistake of having liposuction on my abdomen, flanks and thighs 2 months ago. I only went down by 2lbs (was 125 and and now 123 and I am 5’3″) but I am 44 and have had 2 kids. Now I have this loose skin, especially on my tummy. I can pinch about an inch above my belly button and about an inch below my belly button. In addition, I already had some dimpling and ripples in my legs which now look worse. I wish I had never had this surgery. In your experience, do I have any chance of tightening up this skin? And exactly how much of the supplements and when should I take them? What would be the recommended schedule for someone like me? I have running 3-5 times a week about 4 miles each time and doing Cardio Barre classes. I eat pretty healthy and about 1200 calories a day. Please let me know if there is any hope for me.

    • Michael Matthews

      Arg I’m sorry to hear that. That said, if you follow the tips in this article it can definitely help. The exercise and reducing body fat % are more important than the supps.

  • Ashley

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for these tips. Over the past year, I’ve lost about 75 lbs, and I eat extremely clean. I am at about 10% body fat currently, and I weigh 92 lbs, but I’m also only 5’0″. I’m struggling with toning my gluteal fold where my glutes and hamstring meet. I have a strict strength training regimen where I lift heavy three times a week with walkin lunges, deadlifts, squats, etc. I also do plenty of toning exercises such as hamstring curls, bridges, I take barre classes to lift and tone, etc. I can’t seem to get rid of the wrinkles underneath my glutes. I’ve been at this for about three or four months now; any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on that! That rocks. It sounds like you’re doing everything right. It may just take time to get to where you want it…

  • Rahul

    Hello, I am a 40 years old male from Mumbai India.I used to weigh about 309 pounds and am now down to about 187 pounds. My height is a 181 cms. I have lost about 120 pounds over a 2 year period mainly with cardio and diet control. During the period of my weight loss I never did any weight training. As a result I have a massive amount of loose skin on my belly and sides (love handles). After achieving weight loss I have been doing weight training thrice a week for the last one and a half years with professional trainers but this has not yielded any positive results in terms of losing the excessive loose skin. Twice a week I continue to do cardio (mainly jogging). When I last checked my percentage body fat was 21.70% and BMI was 27.1 kg/m2. I am 100% vegetarian but have recently started having egg whites. Could you please recommend a plan.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! That’s amazing.

      Let’s get your body fat percentage to the 10% range and see how the skin is looking. Check this out:


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  • Jerri Denise Church

    What medical information do you have to support such a low body fat percentage for women? I was taught in Medical Specialist training in the Army that a woman of child bearing age needs at least 22 percent body fat.

    • Michael Matthews

      Good question. Just look around at fit/athletic women and you’ll regularly see 15-18%, depending on total lean body mass.

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  • SSBake

    Hi all…..thanks for the opportunity to join the discussion. I’m 58 and 5’6″….and have fought weight all my life. I’ve had some surgery that has changed the way I eat….in a good way. Over the past two years I have gradually lost almost 50 lbs. I’m stuck at about 180. I have large bones, but I would like to get to 160nev. I am wearing a size 12 right now…and it feels good….but I know I can better. My problem is that issues with my back prevent exercise with some weights. It was suggested that I work out in the pool to reduce the impact on my back. I’m also dealing with the loose fat…something I’ve never had a problem with as I’ve yo yo dieted. I have always been successful initially with Atkins type diets, but it never stayed off. This time I am forced to eat low fat and I cannot each fresh fruit…only cooked. Yes…I have the digestive track of an alien. Was is surprising is the fat that I’ve lost ….for the first time in my life is coming off my hips, butt, and thighs!! I know it has to do with changing the type of diet. I keep meals simple…no fast food….water and green tea and no artificial sweeteners at all…not even stevia. I use fresh butter and a tad of real sugar when needed…but not much. So a meal may be roasted potatoes, lean beef and green beans. Sorry about the life history!
    !) question…how do I find out body fat %
    2) any water weight exercises you can recommend?
    3) loose skin everywhere….I’m start vit C and will get the gel tabs ASAP…..Nouvel is too expensive but I would love to try it.
    Thanks for all the good info!

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks for the comment! Great job on your weight loss.

      You might find this helpful:


      And to your questions:

      1: https://www.muscleforlife.com/how-to-measure-body-fat-percentage/

      2: What do you mean exactly?

      3: Reducing body fat percentage would help too!

      • SSBake

        #2….re: water weight….I realized that sounded confusing. I’m needing low impact exercise because of lumbar disc problems. I’m wanting to exercise in the pool……with some kind of resistance weights or just any ideas for building muscle without the strain on my back.

        Thanks for your replies! Sorry about all the typos. I have a failing keyboard. Simon3

        • Michael Matthews

          Oh okay. That’s a good question. Honestly you’ll be really limited in what you can do in a pool. What about some body weight stuff instead?


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  • John Bright

    I am a 52 year old man. I had weight loss surgery about 18 months ago. It was more for health than aesthetics. It cured my Diabetes. I am dealing with loose skin in the lower abdomen, obliques and lower back which is probably belly fat. What type of exercises should I do to build muscle to reduce it? I have receive many opinions and some contradict each other. I would like your opinion.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Check this out:


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  • josh patterson

    Hi, i am 29. I started loosing weight two years ago. I went from 325, down to 145. I am up to 155/160. bmi at 4.75%. I do have loose skin an rally mess’s with me. If I pull it up or if i am running you can see all my results. It makes me almost starve myself.I know that’s bad. If I am in a plank position it is uncomfortable. Do any one have any upside to this? Or am I looking at surgery?

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow great job! It sounds like it’s time to address your metabolism first. Check this out:


  • judarl

    I couldnot find gelatin capsules in turkey . I found gelatin powder which is used in kitchen to make desserts. Does it work ?

    • Michael Matthews

      Hmm it may help.

      • judarl

        E441 Is it important for us ? And There is a big differences among normal jelatin powder prices so I’m worry about fake or useless. Some of them looks like white others yellow.

        Thank you replying so quickly. I appreciated.

        • judarl

          I’m sorry I guess E441 is just a code to show food categories.

        • Michael Matthews

          I’m not sure as I don’t have personal experience dealing with loose skin–I’m simply going off the research I could find.

      • judarl

        I have tried the jelatin powder now and the smell is disgusting. But I can handle it.

        By the way, jelatin is highly included in jelibons but it contains lots of sugar, which means It isn’t appriopiate for people doing bodybuilding like me.

        I will consume on empty stomach or after bb.

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay well let me know how it goes.

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  • Cali

    I am a plastic surgeon. loose skin after a massive skin loss is not amnable for any (no surgical treatment) yes you may tighten a bit of skin with laser or ultrasound liposuction but the true excess skin can only treated by removing it surgically. I am not happy seeing you giving advises about things you do know.
    I was a big fan till a I saw this article.

  • sian

    Hi, should the above supplements all be taken together or just one if then?

    • Michael Matthews

      You can take all together.

  • Mandi Kelly

    I started using Dermelastic Serum for two week, at first I thought this was
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  • Barb

    Best, most informative article I have ever seen on this subject. I wonder how many people get discouraged in their weight loss journey because they believe they have loose skin and that it will only get worse with continued fat loss?

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks Barb! I really appreciate it. And yes, it happens often.

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  • Huda

    Hey i lost 50 pounds recently but i still have flabby arms cause of the loose skin. Will lifting dumbels help in getting slimmer arms ? Could you suggest some exeecises.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Not necessarily. Do you know your body fat %?


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  • saad aldossary

    hello Dear Michael,
    my name is saad, im 31 years old. i was around 297lb and now my wight is 176lb. i did a surgery to lost this wight and it was succeed. im so happy when i got this result. i did this surgery last April 2013. And now i have skin i can’t move it or lose it, it is so hard. can you help me with this situation? i really need a help please!

    Best regards

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Hmm how bad is it?

      • saad aldossary

        It is hard to explain how bad is it the totally of the skin in my body around %35-45 but isn’t in one part. Its in a different parts in my body

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay well unfortunately there aren’t any “quick fixes” and I haven’t been able to find anything reliable beyond what I’ve shared in this article.

  • skinny_mom

    Hi. I have lost a total of 80 lbs since I had my little girl and I’m lower than my target weight. Ask I’ve been doing lately is muscle building exercises, squats, a bunch of different ab work outs, some weighted. I just can’t seem to shake the really bad skin on my tummy and some sags over my hip ridges… getting so frustrated…help please

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! Do you know your body fat percentage?

      • skinny_mom

        I do not. I do know I weigh 126 and I’m 5’1″. Just getting discouraged. I like to think I know what I’m doing but maybe I’m doing the wrong workouts? I’m very proud of not using supplements in my mostly organic diet so idk….at a loss.

        • Michael Matthews

          Ah okay check this out:


          And let’s check your diet:


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  • mary osterman

    HELLO I’m 50 yes old and I have gastroparesis . I have never weighted more than 119 now I can’t eat a lot of foods because I can not digest them. I can loose 13 pounds in one week if my stomach acts up. It’s depressing to watch people eat and I cant. I love steak and vegetables plus fruit but I have a really hard time eatting. So now with a neck fusion which killed my stomach I have to drink boost 4 times a day and my poor little arms look skinny and my skin is just there. I need to find something to help my weight . I hate being so skinny and my weight is 105 and I’m 5’4. Please help me. I hate looking dead.

    • Michael Matthews

      Wow I’m sorry to hear that. Check this out:


      Is there any way you could work out a proper meal plan using foods you can eat?

  • http://www.spreaker.com/user/5041864 Noor Wassef

    I”m 13 I know I’m too young but honestly it runs in my family the overweight process, so I want to loose all the extra skin and build muscle instead of it, so I really need help with what to do and what not to do appropriate for m age thanks!

    • Michael Matthews

      Hey man!

      At your age I would simply recommend being active and eating whole foods, guided by your natural hunger.

      Personally I would play sports but you could also do bodyweight training.

      Limit your intake of fast food, candy, junk food like TV dinners and such, and work your body, and you’ll do great.

      • http://www.spreaker.com/user/5041864 Noor Wassef

        thanks soo much for that tough the hardest is staying away from junk food and all that , thanks

        • Michael Matthews

          YW! Yeah I understand!

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  • mari klinger

    Ive lost 78 pounds body fat 23% whats the best thing for me to do to get rid of excess skin? Its not bad but annoying. Ive done lots of cardio and resistance training thus far and wondering if i just continue to do what ive been doing it will come around. I started on march 31 2014 and i would like to lose bout 9 more pounds so at 5’4 i would be 130 pounds? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job! That rocks.

      I would continue getting leaner and see how things shape up. Let’s get you to the 19-20% range and see…

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  • loose skin guy

    So basically the article says no its not loose skin it’s a little fat under the skin. No i clearly have loose f-ing skin. Now the question is how do u get rid of the loose skin that has NO fat under it!!

    • Michael Matthews

      If you’re lean and still have loose skin it may tighten up in time or surgery may be the only choice…

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  • Caitlin

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  • Mimi

    I went from 221 to 133 pounds at 5’7″. I did it by eating less but not exercising (not really)…. What a big mistake! I have that same problem with what I think is skin. I now do a fit body boot camp every week day and run 3 Miles a day. I do some weights at the boot camp and a lot of strength training. I have seen some improvement in the past month, but I’m not sure if I agree that I should loose more fat then I already have. At 39 years old I think that the numbers given here are a bit low and perhaps not healthy for everyone. My body fat is 22.7%. I’d love to hear your response.

    • Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss and that’s awesome you’re including exercise and strength training.

      You’re lean and if you like your current look, you can stay there. You can get leaner though and have no health issues. Many women like to maintain 18-20%.

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  • Jake

    It seems to me that you have no real answers other then to say ‘great job, do you know your BM %’

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    Just bought thinner leaner stronger on Amazon! Can’t wait for the book to arrive!=)

    • Michael Matthews

      Thank you! Let me know what you think!

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  • Michael Matthews

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  • Nicole

    Thank you for this information! I have been feeling so lost on what to do for excess skin. I dropped lots of weight the wrong way awhile back, and have unfortunately been dealing with a lot of hanging skin from my arms. I am so desperate for a solution that i looked into surgery, but decided against it. I am determined to put in the work and get results!

    • Michael Matthews

      Let me know how it goes Nicole!

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  • Jacob

    I read the article and it deals with weight loss after dieting. However, my concern is for the individuals the lose weight after stomach surgeries. My wife had a stomach surgery and went from 360 to 190 in under 15 months. She lost 40 pounds after the first month. She can only consume up to a half a cup of food per meal before her brain tells her she’s stuffed. After the weight loss, she is left with a lot of excess skin. This is a common problem after a stomach surgery for a lot of people including several extended family members that I have. How can she get the extra skin and body tone to come back to normal. Also, she is annoyed by the large amount of excess skin under her arms, chest, hips, but, legs and breasts. What can we do to avoid having it removed by plastic surgery? Also, what articles do you recommend for those with extra skin after stomach surgeries? My aunt lost 450 pounds with the help of her stomach surgery. She was left with a massive amount of extra skin that she has to hide with extra clothing.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Yes that’s very true. Sometimes it requires surgery but sometimes the skin tightens up in time as people exercise and eat well…

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  • Joey

    going for the loose skin

    I got the powder beef gelatin

    i have worked out before muscle is comin back fast , I just lost 15
    lbs or more from 160 to 142 I have need a little elasticity bak undr
    bell button? I also need a joint support I don’t have pain regularly but
    i’m not 31 anymore I’m 51

    ????? what can you advise I figure two
    teaspoons a day in my food is cool , all doctors did was give me Aleve
    500 mg a few days for that and that was it anti inflammatory , when i
    notice now no pain, so this looks like two birds with one stone my back hasn’t hurt anymore yet my foot seems to get numb they don’t find anything wrong with me sooo why not at least I’d get the little skin off if any thing

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Check this out for the joints:


      I wouldn’t recommend regular use of NSAIDs. They come with a long list of side effects.

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  • Davide

    Hi Mike! This summer I was obese (82kg x 175cm) but I lost 17 kg and went back to normal.
    the problem is my bodyfat is still around 12% amand I have a bit of loose skin that won’t make my 6pack rise!

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! In some cases loose skin is unavoidable. How long have you been at 12% for?

      • Davide

        I just got measured today and I am at 7.5% bodyfat… however I think I’ve been there since september

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          How did you measure?

          • Davide

            The measures were taken with a caliper and a centimeter

          • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

            Yeah but which caliper/method? Check this out:


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  • Maegan Hunter

    Hi Michael, thank you so much for this article, I’m hoping I’ve finally found what I’ve been searching for to finally help fix this excess skin. and trust me, mine is excess. no fat left. so I’m on the hunt for skin tightening options while weight lifting. creams and lotions don’t help because the focus on the appearance of cellulite and the suppleness of wrinkled skin. mine is straight up, lost 82lbs, now weigh106, skinny as a rail and need to start lifting weights excess lol. So im loving the Beef Gellatin and Vitamin C options, they make the most since for my first shot at supplements, but I need to ask you, is it safe to take the Gellatin and the Vit C at the same time or should I try one then the other?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great! I’m glad you liked the article!

      Yes you can take both at the same time.

      Let me know how it goes!

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  • Chase Smith

    I would say that after a few weeks I do see improvement in my abdominal
    area. I’ve tried a lot of creams offered on google and dermelastic serum one by far
    has been the best. Already on my second bottle.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Thanks for sharing Chase!

  • Tom

    Hi there,
    I’m a 57 year old male. I lost weight involuntarily due to a change in my diet.
    I stopped eating GMO’s and now eat relatively healthy. I still have a good BMI.
    I lost 15 pounds I never wanted to loose, the result is saggy stomach/buttocks skin, plus some under my chin . This bothers me tremendously, the stomach skin only shows when I bend forward Picture # 2.
    The photograph below shows me before and after I lost the weight (2014 a little over a year and a half ago and now). I am slightly bending forward on picture
    # 2. As you can see, I did not need to loose any weight. I wouldn’t mind exercising, I have a Bowlex, I’m just afraid I loose more weight, I can’t have that happen. I really want to gain the weight back without eating bad food. I’ve never use to eat lot’s of food, never drank soft-drinks, the only thing I did was changing over to good quality food. How can I tighten my skin and look healthy again, please advise. I appreciate your advise, thank you in advance. Tom

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Thanks Tom. There’s no picture attached. This may help you though:


      • Tom

        Thanks Mike, strange the pix simply vanished lol!
        Pic # 1 before weight loss, pic # 2 after, dramatic, don’t U think?

      • Tom

        Thanks Mike, weird about the pics, here they are, just as a reference, Pic # 1 was 19 months ago pic # 2 yesterday, thanks again man

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          Ah okay there we go. Yeah I see what you mean.

          It looks like you’ve had some muscle loss in your core?

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  • Anna

    Hello! I actually shouldn’t be here as I still have a long way to go but I worry alot and so here I am. I am a female, 21 years old, weight 105kg and height 164cm. I was always a fat kid but my parents didn’t do anything about it until I was 10-12 years old. Then hell started. I know they did this for my own good but from the diets they pushed me to do and the ‘don’t eat this, don’t eat that’ I ended up having a weird relationship with food. Lived to eat, would steal money from parent’s wallets to buy food, sneak food in the house,wake up at midnight to eat, food even became my antidepressant. Sadly I didn’t realize what I was doing until recently. Tried Cambridge diet (Yes I become that desperate now), it worked, 10 kg loss in a month. But I stopped at the second month when I came across an article about loose skin. Got really scared. Okay I said, let’s lose weight slowly. Joined Slimming World, losing 0,5-1kg a week(Surprisingly my will is stronger than I thought) . BUT I’m still scared, even more than before. I know I will end up with ugly loose skin, my skin has always been stretched, I’m old so my skin elasticity is only getting worse and I’m losing motivation because of this. I found other articles of yours who are helpful but I’d appreciate any kind of advice you can give me personally here, on how to end up with the less possible loose skin or anything that will be useful for me like exercises &etc. Thank you.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey hey!

      I’m sorry to hear about the troubles you’ve had. Check this out:


      If we get you going on a proper weightlifting routine and diet, it can make a big difference.

      Check this out too:


  • Chris

    Hi Michael,
    I am going into surgery 2 weeks today to have part of my stomach removed. I currently weigh 140kgs (310lbs) – I’m a 6’2 34 year old male with very little muscle. I can see you have suggested to lift weights but I am not sure what kind I need to do. Obviously, removing part of my stomach will let me feel fuller on less for longer, but I also suspect that it would be put in the ‘starving yourself’ category. What sort of weights should I do? Will swimming help? And what would be your suggestion to get rid of man boobs as I have had them since I was young, I am so self conscious about it that over the years I have rolled my shoulders forward to try hide it, only now to have an arched back and look like I have scoliosis / hunch back.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated and I would love to share my journey with you as I go.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I hope the surgery goes well and you know I’m not sure how your body will respond. I’ve never worked for an extended period with someone that got gastric surgery.

      I think your doc will have some input here?

  • Tamara

    I am 136 pounds and my body fat is approximately 20% . My stomach is pretty flat when I stand up but when I sit down or bend over there is a tire size pudge. I am not sure if its extra skin or just fat that I need to get rid of!! What can I do. I alternate between strength and cardio. I just want it to go away. Thanks

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Cool on your stats. Sounds like it’s just fat you need to lose. Check this out:


  • Joe.C.

    Hello MM,
    I really wonder how you could preserve those chubby cheeks when you’re
    under %10 fat? While I’m cutting, I lose lots of fat from my face and people say my face has gone, which I really really hate to hear!
    Do I have to make a choice between a fuller & better face and a better body? Or can I make it look fuller by using creatin or increasing salt because of its face bloating adverse affect?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Haha same happens to me! My face just gets a bit gaunt when I get really lean. No way around it…

  • Natalia

    I have really loose skin in my buttock area that causes the bottom of my butt cheeks to hang I got butt implants thinking it would fix the problem but it didn’t :( . So I have the same sagging at the bottom of my buttocks. If lifting weights in conjunction with squats will this help tighten my butt area ?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I’m sorry to hear that and yes it’s very likely that it will help.

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  • Yie Salmah

    I am always looking for ways to keep my skin looking young and healthy. After
    having kids, my whole body could use all the help it can get with firming since I don’t exercise like I should. The instructions say to apply all over the entire body in small circles once or twice daily. The first time I used Dermelastic Serum, I could feel my skin tighten on my legs. It is very moisturizing and makes my skin very soft and silky. I typically apply it twice a day and have used it for a couple weeks now. I have definitely seen results, especially on the backs of my legs! My husband even asked me what I have been doing different. If he has noticed, then I know it works. It also smells great! My skin is very sensitive
    to many products but I have had no problems with dermelastic serum. I would
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  • Alexis

    Hi Micheal,
    I have lost 70 pounds over the last 6 month and I am at 9% body fat on the Inbody230.
    I have done a lot of cardio p90x3 exercise and I am starting weight training since two weeks and I’m trying to build and bulk (3100 calories day supplements etc…) I hope with time I will get rid of the loose skin but right now I can clearly see my abs but I have skin that is loose on it :(
    I did a lot over the last 6 month to get here but now I just hope I could get the results I was hoping for. So time ? Maybe doing another fat percentage test ?
    Thanks for the help

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Yeah it may take time. I’ve seen people’s loose skin tighten up over time. Supplementation may help too.

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  • Caleb Hoag

    I went from around 280 down to about 155 over the course of a year, I experienced considerable frustration and still do. I tried all the supplementation possible, for close to a year. I am now about 3 years into my journey and still have not achieved the physique I truly desire, however I do not give up. I have learned that patience is the key, Rome was not built in a day. I have done my fair share of bulking and cutting over time and have managed to go from a relatively lean 155, despite the stubborn fat and loose skin, to a again relatively lean 190, and have noticeably decrease the excess space/skin. Again I am not quit yet where I want to be, I crave bulk mode because I want nothing more than for my strength to be obscene lol, and I will one day be at 6 or 7 percent body fat with tight skin, likely in the 215 weight range. My best advice to everyone out there is patience and staying the course, it’s so easy for me to look in the mirror or see people on tv or the internet, and say to myself why the he’ll is that not me, why did I let myself get so far through child hood and early adulthood being obese. I do not let this deter me. I buck up and push on, and my workouts are insane, people look at me like I’m a crazy person at the gym. I will one day be right where I want to be with my physique, until then I will keep on putting all my efforts to gym and always go balls to the wall, lol. So everyone out there keep it up!!!!

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great to hear from you man! You’re doing a GREAT job. Damn you’ve really put on a lot of size. That’s impressive. What’s your end goal?

      • Caleb Hoag

        About 215 at 7 or so percent body fat, I’m considering doing a bodybuilding show but it wouldn’t be for at least another year. I’m told all the time by the body builders at my gym about how awesome my calfs and quads are and I tell them that I have work to do but some day would go on stage. Like I said it’s been a game of patience, my most lagging body part is chest, it’s big but not near as strong as I want it to be.

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          That would be freaking impressive. Definitely keep me posted man.

          Are you hitting chest twice per week?

  • panda

    Good article I usto weigh 400 lb now im 240 but wit muscles just by reading this kind of websites thank all of u guy’s who make this happened

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Great job!

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  • Megan Kelly

    http://www.gofundme.com/100poundsdown – i have lost 125 pounds and need assistance with new clothes. working, single mom of one with student loans, please help if you can.

  • Mislav Mikulčić

    Thanks for the article!!!

    I am an endo-mesomorph and have been on a diet for a month and one week now, loosing about 10kgs, but in reality it is much more since I have been training with weight a couple years ago and since got fat. My muscles have grown enormously, but the belly fat still remains, since it’s stubborn.
    My question is this: my diet looks a little like this – 150g of protein, mainly through milk, chicken white meat, beef red meat and whey protein powders. 50-100g of carbs, depending if it’s a training day or not and 50-80 grams of fat also depending on exercises that day. As a supplementation I use: Creatine 10g per day, Vitamins and minerals, L-Glutamine pre and post-training, some fat burners with garcinia, green tea, guarana etc. Also planing to add CLA and L-Carnitine to supplementation.
    Workout is as follows: 40 min interval cardio training, and weight training 6-12 reps by exercise, whole body workout. I do training 4-5 times a week.

    now, what would you suggest, cardio on non lifting days? Some other supplementation? Change of diet plan? What I am terrefied is that I’ll start loosing muscle, or keep the muscles at cost of belly fat. HELP!!!

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  • Bratista

    So building muscle can tighten the skin?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Yeah :)

      • Bratista

        Cool, thanks.

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


  • Adel-Alexander

    Ugh Mike, I dunno if this is the right place to post it, but i’m reading your second edition BLS, and I think there’s an error.. In the section where you’re writing about TDEE, you said we have to calculate our LBM. Thing is, when you come up with your own numbers. I get something entirely different when I calculate it on my calculator??

    “LBM = (1 – BF% expressed as decimal numeral) * total body weight

    For instance, I’m currently 186 pounds at about 6 percent body fat, so my LBM is calculated like this:

    1 – 0.06 = 0.94

    0.94 * 186 = 167 lbs. (LBM)”

    You wrote that, but when I type in 0.94*186 in my calculator, I get 174 and not 167??

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Doh! Typo! Fail. Thanks for pointing it out. :)

  • Mohammed Awada

    Hey i wanted to start loosing weight, but rapidly whilst trying to avoid loose skin as much as possible. I’m currently 17 and planning on doing 40 min of cardio and 40 min of weight lifting with a fairly strict diet. Could you recommend the amount of weight i should loose a day to reduce the amount of loose skin i get, I’m currently 127kg going for 90kg with a good amount of muscle.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey hey check this out:


  • Nimesh

    Hi Mike,
    I hv lost around 72kgs of weight in a spam of 12 months. But now I m struggling with the flab around my belly. Please could you please suggest me some of the exercises and meal plan.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Check this out:


  • Abdul Tujjar

    Hello, I have lost 84 pounds as now i weight 176 pound and my height is 174 cm , but still my waste and billy look so horrible, knowing that i also started building muscles 2 month ago, so any advice? Thanks a lot your articles are always helpful.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


      Check this out:


  • Andrea

    I could really use some personal help on this. My daughter is slightly overweight, she’s 11 but her stomach “fat” is hard to grab”/it hurts her and mine, I can grab it and stretch it super far. Is that fat?? I noticed this after my fourth baby, which I had 1.5 years ago. I’m 5’3 and weigh 119, and I just don’t know what else to do. I exercise lots too!

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      It’s hard to say what’s going on from this picture but are you talking about reducing your body fat levels or hers?

      • Andrea

        NO II just don’t understand why my “stomach” skin/fat is so so stretchy and she is more overweight than I am, but her stomach “skin/fat” is harder to grab. Does that mean that mine is loose skin?? I want to get rid of my protruding belly. Sorry if it wasn’t clear, but I’m just confused on if mine is belly fat or loose skin.

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          Ah okay. I hear you!

          There’s probably some loose skin from the pregnancies. It could also be water retention. Check this out:


          What do you think?

          • Andrea

            Hopefully!! Thanks a lot!

          • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

            YW. :)

  • Toni

    I’m sitting at around 21% body fat, and what I previously thought was loose skin from two pregnancies is really just belly fat after reading this article. Although I’m hesitate to get down to 17-18% body fat as I fear my hourglass figure might not look as curvy. Right now my measurements are: 36-26.5-38, and I’m pretty happy with how I look. This article did clear up the confusion I had about whether it was loose skin or belly fat.

    • Toni

      Recent pic for reference.

    • Toni

      Enclosed a recent picture for reference for you.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      You look great! Yup that’s the tricky thing–if you get down to the 18% range you might feel too skinny. There’s a solution though–put on muscle! :)

      If you gained 5 to 10 pounds of muscle PLUS got down to 18%, you’d have the nice arm, legs, and butt curves plus the lean, ripped stomach.

      • Andrea

        This is where I get confused. first you lose the weight right?? so let’s say me, I go from 118 to 115. Then I go to “bulking calories” so I go above maintenace again??? but hoping it turns into muscle???

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          Check this out:



      • Toni

        Thanks so much, I appreciate it! Yes, I realize I could do that, and end up looking pretty good. And to be honest, my husband kind of likes the look I have going on now so I keep that in the back of my mind. Ultimately, I think the key is being happy with yourself no matter what. :)

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          YW! I hear you on that. As long as you’re happy with how you look. :)

  • Sim

    Hi first off, thank you for posting this. I have been on this journey for over 10 years and overall went from around 236 pounds to roughly 165. My body fat is 28% though and I would love to lose 20 pounds 12% body fat but besides that, I have a LOT of excess skin under my arms. In your professional opinion, do you think it’s possible to tighten them up? The more muscle I gain seems not to change any of the hanging fat.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


      Great job on what you’ve accomplished already!

      Taking the supplements I mentioned in the article and gaining muscle will definitely help with the skin.

      Keep building muscle use the products and LMK how it goes. :)

  • Tracy

    Hi. Enjoyed the article. Wished I had read this sooner. I weighed 360 pounds and 13 months later I weigh 174 pounds. The stubborn fat/extra skin is wrecking me. I feel I looked better fat. I’m more self conscious now with a lower self esteem after all that hard work. I have read your article so many times and I’m so overwhelmed that I still don’t even know where to start.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss! Remember it’s not just about looks–you’re MUCH healthier now and much less likely to suffer from disease.

      That said, do you know your current approximate body fat %?

      • Tracy

        Figuring out my approximate body fat has been difficult based on the eye ball test of the pictures. I would say 30-40% maybe. Yes I know it is so much more than looks as I am much healthier and feel better. But looks are what we see everyday and plays a HUGE role in keeping going. I will keep reading through your articles and figure out the best place to start this far into the game for me. I have ordered FORGE already. Thank you so much for your reply and encouragement. I appreciate it!

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          Cool. I think we should shoot for getting you to the 25% range and see how the skin is looking then?

          Thanks on Forge! Let me know how you like it!

    • Bea O

      Congratulations! Hang in there. :)

      • Tracy

        Thank you so much!

    • Tracy

      This might be out of the question but do you ever do body assessments either in person and/or photos sent to you and provide feedback on fat % and exercise recommendations based on what you see?

      • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

        I don’t have a service that offers that or anything, but you’re welcome to email me photos, and I’ll give you my opinion on your BF%.

        The training and dieting won’t change though.

        You can email me at Mike@muscleforlife.com

  • Anthony

    I’m 16, I’ve lost 90+ pounds now I am 13+ I was weighing maximum at 232 lbs I already know that muscle can fill in the excess skin but Can mucle be built around the lower abdomen area and my sides?

    • Anthony

      130+ correction

      • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

        Damn. Great job on the weight you lost!

        You can definitely build muscle around your core, check this out:


        LMK what you think!

  • muse

    Hi … im 22 years old and 240lbs and 5.2 I want to lose weight but im scared of loose and saggy skin …. I want to lose 100lbs … will my face skin get saggy after losing this much ? Plz help

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey hey I would take it slowly if I were you. I would shoot for 50 to 60 pounds down in year 1 and the rest in year 2.

  • mich

    Hi. Since having my daughter 2 years ago and going from a toned physique ,gaining 4 stone and losing it within a year with no effort..im now at a stage where my weight is perfect but ive lost major muscle tone…have excess skin everywhere although my stomach and chest are worst…and from your article still some fat. What is my best path to take?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      The best thing you can do is try doing the things in this article for the excess skin.

      Then you should start building muscle and losing fat. For help getting started on that, check these articles of mine:





      If you like those, then you should really check out my book Thinner Leaner Stronger:


      It lays out EVERYTHING you need to know about diet and training to build muscle and lose fat effectively…

      What do you think?

    • Tina

      I lost 30 pounds in two months stress and a boyfriends thing I look like d hit I got all fat hanging now plz I want to Kato make it into muscle plz fast I look bad

      • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

        Sorry but I don’t quite understand. Can you elaborate?

  • Reda

    Hello. i have question? in the age of 18 i decided to lose weight but unfortunately i lost it in an unhealthy way with out doing muscle building exercise s i was running reguarly i lost about 80pounds in 3 months then i started going to the change really often, about 5 days a week to build muscles and try to recover the extra skin from my lower back and lower abs my weight was about 166pounds that time and my body fats were 23% after one year progress i reached to 14 % of body fats but my lower back and lower abs where hardly improved, although i used to care about training them regularly. but the extra skin specialy around my lower back never improve.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I’m sorry to hear about your troubles. Do you know where your BF% currently is?


  • Rai Darby

    Hi! I’ve spent the past two years loosing weight, I was around 23 stone and I’m currently 13.7 stone so almost lost 10! Stone! I’ve signed up for the email crash course but I’d like to make sure it’s going to be right for me.. I’m left with loads of (what I think is) access skin, I’ve started using the rowing machine and the low row weights at the gym because I was told it can help with tightening up. My main goals are really to tone up now, I think! Anyway, I just wanted to send this to check that I’m heading in the right direction! And feedback and tips would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you
    Rai Darby

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Wow. Do you know your approximate body fat %?


      • Raimund Darby

        Thank you very much!! It’s been tough but I want to look good and I was fed up of being so overweight! Haha!
        No, I don’t know my body fat %.. I have a doctors appointment next week at some point and I’m going to find out if there is anything he could suggest in regards to loosing all the skin I now have and I’ll find out my body fat % then.
        Just because I love to show off my new (nearly perfect – for me) body..
        The fatter picture was taken on 8th July 2013 and the topless was the other day. I really want to tone up as you can see all my access skin under my armpits and on my stomach.
        What type of exercise do you think would be best for this problem? :)

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          Great job on the weight loss. I see what you mean. There could be a bit of a skin issue here but you could also get a bit leaner. It would help.

  • chris

    Hi Michael
    I am 47 years old and have been working out consistently 4 to 5 times a week reducing my total body fat to 10%. However, I am frustrated that my sixpack does not show. I can feel the shape of the six pack but I have a thick layer of skin over it. what do you recommend me to do diferently ?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Are you sure on your body fat %? Check this out:


  • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

    I feel you Val!

    Great job on the weight you lost. That’s really impressive.

    Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

    LMK if you have any questions. I’m happy to help!

  • Saul

    Mike ,, we are all trying to figure out the way to get to 10 % body fat ,,

    Give us the steps bro

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      All you need to do is stick to a calorie deficit until you reach 10%. It is really that simple.

      To set up a meal plan to ensure you’re in a deficit, check this out:


  • Keast

    Hey Mike
    Awesome site, you have here.
    Really like your podcasts, listing to them at work atm, summer job, tho im almost done with them :(
    Really liked the one with DNAFit, as it went a bit beyond just “be in a deficit, if you want to lose weight, and surplus, if you want to gain, and train heavy!!!”, and gave a more “individual” perceptive on the human body and how “everything fits one box” rarely works.

    You know any good fitness blogs, like yours, for women?
    Im asking, as my sister is might start work out again, but as im a skinny guy (74 kg, 180 cm tall, 17% BF) that never picked up a weight, doing one arm push ups tho, chances are very slim she will listen to me, over the guy down in the gym selling “personalized workout plan”, which pretty much involves machines, machines and a bit more machines…
    So i thought, if i can find a few blogs, she can identify herself with, she wont waste time, and money, on a machine program, and actually start to using real weights, its a win.
    And im not going with her for 2 reasons. I cant afford a gym membership atm, and she prefers going there with her friends.

    As just said, i cant afford a gym membership atm, went back to study for an engineer bach., and maybe a master later, last year, at the age of 28, so economic is a bit tight atm.
    Currently trying to start up on a BW program i made. In general i prefer BW exercises, as i mostly just want to be able to do cool and fun stuff^^’ And you can do them almost everywhere.

    But how does this program sound:

    Monday – One Arm Push Ups, Pull Ups, Bridging

    Wednesday – Handstand Push ups, Chin Ups, Situps (or other form of abs workout)

    Friday – Dips, Pistol Squats, Bicep Curls

    Trying to keep the reps between 4 – 6 and 3 min rest, using a back bag to add weight (water bottles is mostly used).
    OAP is elevated, using a chair, later a box, to progress with till i can do them on the floor and pistol squats using a table for balance, so still a bit of progressing i can do on those.
    Doing Curls as i found out my left arm is around 1 cm smaller than right arm, and by looking in the mirror, it looks like my left bicep is way smaller, than my right. So trying to even things out a bit.

    Also does your cookbook come with SI/Metric measurements?
    One thing is remembering all the english names for the different ingredients, but converting from imperic to the metric system? Its just… nope not going to happen…
    Its at least something to keep in mind, as you aren’t communicating with just the North America, but from listing to your Q&A Podcasts, pretty much the entire world^^

    Damn got a bit longer than expected. Anyway keep up the awesome work you do here.


    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Thanks Keast!

      Not really, sorry.

      Check this out:


      LMK what you think.

      The AZ UK cookbook is metric but the US is Imperial.

      Hope this helps! Talk soon!

  • Omar ahmed

    I have lost around 66 kilo and stuck with loose skin
    I started leftting weights but the problem become worse
    I left heavy and doing cardio as well i gaine myscle and the loose skin with the muscle mass i gaine i look even fater not lean
    My chest look wrong it has more muscle mass and loose skin than the rest of my body
    Im consedering a surgery is there any way i can loos the muscle in my chest so it can fit with rest of my body

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Do you know your body fat %?

  • Bianca Price

    Great information. Struggling with a bit of loose skin after pregnancies but definitely not worth surgery so this advice is great.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Glad I could help!

  • Liam

    Hi mike
    i loved bls second edition, ive been bulking and im getting close to 17% bf, ive always found it easy to lose weight and had to eat 3500 cal to start gaining weight. how much time should i give myself to get down to 8 – 10% following the bls cutting plan including using your recomended supplements, cardio etc many thanks

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Glad you’re loving it!

      It depends on your starting weight, BF% and genetics. You should be able to get to 8-10% in 12-16 weeks though.

  • oz zim

    Hi mike,
    first of all love bls, muscle for life site and your vids and pod casts! Question: I am naturally lean especially lower body, thin legs narrow hips, small calves etc. I’m following bls guidelines and eating in a deficit to get under 10%. I’m 6ft, 166lbs and 12-14% now. As bf is now coming off so are my glutes, especially the glute-ham tie in. I feel that the area right below glutes is loose skin but is thick so maybe just fat? I have a hip injury that prevents heavy back squatting but can do lunging, split squats, rdls. should i also do other isolation exercises to to tighten and build muscle in that area and/or add an extra leg/glute day? Any suggestion or comment would be greatly appreciated. Again, loving everything you are doing!

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Glad you’re enjoying BLS, the site and everything else. :)

      I hear you on the glutes getting smaller as you get leaner. Sucks that you can’t squat.

      No worries though, there are other exercises you can do to help develop the glutes.

      Here are the glute exercises I recommend:


      Do the ones you can!

      • oz zim


      • oz zim


        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


  • Ashleigh C.

    How can I stay motivated? I’ve lost 50 of the 100 pound goal I’ve set, and I’ve lost all energy and motivation. I know this is a generalized, broad question but it’d be nice to have the insight of such a well built professional

  • Hayley Grill

    This article is SO wrong when it comes to loose skin and large amounts of weight loss. The information is just to sell a product and as someone experienced with results of bariatric surgery, the information here regarding loose skin is simply incorrect

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Care to share what you believe is incorrect?

  • gulcin

    Hello , very useful informations also regarding the supplements , thank you . I do sport like 4 times a week but this year i am 40th years old and i had skin loose in my belly and soft cellulite looking (between 1-2 degree ) on my legs even i exercise 4th times a week. Since now i did not use any oral supplement but i will start to use gelly supplent and nordic omega and green tee extract as you have recommended , would it be enough ? Thanks and hi from turkey :) gulcin

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Sounds good on everything you’re doing!

      LMK how it goes using those supplements.

      Also, to help with the cellulite, check this out:


  • Alice

    Hi Michael thanks for the article. I am going to commit to your advice and lose another 4% body fat to see if it helps what I thought was excess skin. I have lost about 25kg. I work out 3 times a week with weights and run. My BMI is apparently 24. Would love to read your views on weight loss without compromising muscle mass. I look toned but I was wondering if 20% BMI is where I would expect to see muscle definition? thks Alice

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I liked the plan!

      Great job on the weight you’ve lost so far.

      BMI isn’t the standard I recommend you go by. BF% is what really matters. Muscle definition starts coming in below 20% BF. At about 12% BF you start seeing abs.

      To figure out and track your BF%, check this out:


  • AndrewJBreenHoughton

    How many capsules of fish oil, should i take per day providing i buy the one’s that you listed (nordic naturals)?

    I’m rubbish at working out grams etc.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Haha all good. 4-6 capsules is good.

  • Jenny Lear Brinker

    Hi mike thanks for the info. I’m a 51 year old woman that quit smoking 5 years ago, I was always fit but smoked. I gained 40 pounds. I was loosing the weight slowly so I wouldn’t get loose skin by Excercises and diet. But this year I dropped 20-25 pounds very fast and noticed loose skin on arms and belly. I hate it! Do you think at my age this advice will help tighten my skin? Thanks again.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Awesome you quit smoking and on the weight you lost!

      Yes, you can still improve your skin by applying the points in this article.

  • R

    Great Article,
    I’m 18 and 20.3 Stone and 6ft 3 (Was 22 stone a few months ago) and I’m aiming to reach the 12-14 stone mark. Currently I work out 6 days a week. Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday’s doing muscle building ( Core, Chest & Arms and Legs) and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays doing Fast/Slow Cardio Training. I’ve started drinking lots of water to keep hydrated and I’ve overhauled my diet, I’m looking to transform my whole life rather than just ‘loose a bit of weight’. I was wondering how can I avoid having lots of excess skin when I reach my goal.
    Is it best to continue with the muscle building exercises?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Good job on the weight you’ve lost already. I like the goal. Let’s do it.

      Yup, continue the weight lifting and apply the points you can from this article. They’ll all help.

  • 3rdjerseyman

    I’m 64. I’ve been as high as 328 and as low as 260 in the last five years. I just dropped from 325 to 270 in about five months. I lift about 3X week and do some- not a lot- of floor work and light cardio. I’ve developed loose skin under my arms and thighs- got hit with the ugly stick. I figure I’ve got about fifty – sixty more pounds to go to ideal weight. Worried about more ‘sags.’ I appreciate your advice. I’ll add gelatin and continue lifting. By the way, for all the old guys and gals, I’ll tell you that strength increases and weight loss cures many joint problems.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight loss dude!

      Cool on the lifting and cardio you’re doing.

      LMK how it goes with the loose skin.

      Happy to hear on the joint problems. Losing weight and building strength definitely help.

      • 3rdjerseyman

        Thank you for your kind reply. I’m totally enjoying the process. The “Boomers” represent a real opportunity for the fitness industry and strength- bodybuilding sports in particular.

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          My pleasure! I agree.

  • Franco

    In 2014 I lost 60 pounds eating a ketogenic diet (and I’ve kept it off, even without being keto now.) I’m considering returning to keto to get rid of the stubborn “loose skin” fat. Used to eat around 1500 calories/day between two meals (morning/night). Worked really well until I reached 155 pounds which is where I am now. I’m wondering if your supplements like FORGE and PHOENIX work well with that diet? Do you recommend trying something else?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job on the weight you lost Franco!

      I’m not a fan of the keto diet TBH. Check this out:


      Phoenix and Forge will both work well while cutting. Forge you’d only take if you’re training fasted though.

  • Kelly

    Excellent article. Michael! I just wanted to comment and mention that some women have trouble with the skin surrounding their scar after having a C-section; and diet, exercise, dont always help with those areas that have been injured. I just wanted to let you know that there are alternatives out there to help tighten and tone that loose skin without invasive procedures and surgeries. I’d love to share that info with you. You are welcome to message at thenontoxicmomma@gmail.com :)

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


      Want to share here so everyone can see?

      • Kelly

        Yes, sure thing. There is a topical “wrap” with a botanical gel that can be placed on the tummy (and other places too) to help with the extra sagging skin, and its awesome! I thought it was b.s at first lol But after I researched the ingredients and tried it, I was blown away.

        It has a tightening effect on where it is administered which is really bizarre to see since it is applied topically and is absorbed from the outside in rather than from the inside out like traditional ingested supplements.

        There’s hydroctyl leaf extract (or pennywort) in it, which apparently is used around the world for skin conditions and helps with the toning of the skin. There’s also butchers broom and horse chestnut in there, which I’m familiar with as a tonic (usually ingested) for strengthening blood vessels. There’s also guarana in it which seems to be the catalyst for the lipolysis effect. There’s more but thats the jist.

        Anyways, I had much success with it and started sharing it with other moms especially, and also with folks who are left with sagging skin after significant weight loss. Its a much better option than invasive procedures, that’s for sure. Hope that helps <3

      • Kelly

        Oh dear, I posted the comment and didn’t realize how huge the pictures would be!!!! so i deleted them and reposted without the pics. Thanks Michael!

        The Non-Toxic Momma

        • Talya Baker

          I’d love to know more, Kelly – I’ve got my body fat down from 32% to about 18% and I’m now concentrating on building muscle, but I have a fold that I hate that hangs over my hysterectomy scar. I do most of the things suggested above – I’m pescetarian so won’t add gelatin, but will add green tea.

          • Kelly

            That’s awesome, Talya! There is a botanical blend that is infused into an applicator that can be placed topically. It helps to tighten and restore elasticity to the area that’s been damaged..its pretty amazing. I was verrry skeptical about it until I checked out the ingredients and found that there was butchers broom and horse chestnut in there (which is usually taken as an ingested supplement) as a vein tonic. Apparently this helps with the micro-circulation of the area. And there is hydrocotyl leaf extract (pennywort) which is used around the world as a skin tonic and also for cellulitis and varicose veins. Anyways, I tried it out and its legit! I can send you pictures if you’d like? I didnt want to clog Mikes blog..I attached a few pictures the other day and they came out wayyyy big! So i deleted them bc they took up half a page for each one..lol

          • Kelly

            I can send them to you if you’d like? My email is thenontoxicmomma@gmail.com

          • Talya Baker

            That could be interesting – do you know if it’s available in the UK? My email is talyabaker@gmail.com

          • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

            Hm sounds suspiciously like a pitch. Keep that in mind anyone that is reading this comment. I’ll leave it up in case it’s not.

  • Aaron Watson

    Hi I’m 14 and i’m 11 st 11 pound when i lose this weight will my skin shrink with it as i don’t want lose skin for another 80 years the rest of my life?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey Aaron!

      Given your age, I wouldn’t worry too much about it and would just focus on being healthy and active.


  • kuma

    in the last 2 years i lost more than half of my weight from 130KGs to 65KGs. Now the amount of extra skin is terrifying. I can’t even wear short of cuts shirts cuz of area around the armpit, and huge thighs. lots of people keep saying now is the time to build muscles, but I’ve been going to the gym for around 4 or 5 months now. and still i feel kind of embarrassed about it. I know for what i did is count as an achievement, but i don’t feel like it!!!! should i gain the weight back?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job on all the weight you’ve lost!

      I understand on the loose skin. Are you doing the things I recommend in this article?

      Building muscle will definitely help. I don’t recommend just putting fat back on…

  • mrmilan rajyaguru

    Hi Micheal,

    Thank you for this great article.

    I have been attempting to lose my weight from last 8 to 9 months and was only sucessful to lose upto to 10 kgs. Now I am standing at 75 form 86 kgs. I am really terrified of those loose skin at the stomach may be due to excessive cardio. Could you please advice and advice me how to get rid of those excess skin and bring my weight upto 70 kgs.

    Thank you in advance

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Thanks Milan!

      Did you read the article?

      This may help you too:


  • Joshua

    My name is Josh and I’m 19 years old about 5’8 and I weight 278 pounds and have been overweight for most of my life, I don’t look much like my weight at all but I figure I should be down to 180 or 190 to be fit and happy but I’m terrified of loose skin because all I’ve ever wanted was to be able to be confident with my shirt off and be normal for once but if I have loose skin forever it crushes that dream for me. Is it too late for me?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I hear you Josh. It isn’t too late!

      Go ahead and start with your plan for weight loss and apply the points in this article.

      LMK how it goes.

      • Joshua

        Thank you for the response! That alone gives me some serious motivation! Thank you

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          My pleasure man! I look forward to seeing your results. :)

  • cynthia

    Im 15 and after years ive lost the amount of weight ive wanted the only problem is that now im Full of loss skin all over my body!!!!! Im not in the age of drinking pills, but my day is busy & i dont always have time to work out sadly. Whats another tip you could give me ??

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      I’m sorry to hear that Cynthia.

      At your age we really want to focus on being HEALTHY and not trying to look like girls on the covers of magazines.

      What’s your diet like?>

  • Owen

    im 19 i weigh 105kg and currently stand on 12.86% body fat, im a active rugby player and im constantly in the gym i see my body get leaner and in a better cut shape but my abdomen is still jiggly and loose skin and i have large love handles due to my weight drop over the past 3 years where i use to have 48% body fat in 2011 and started with 26% in the begining of this year. is there any exercises that can help tighten the skin around my abdomen and ilium

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey hey!

      Check this out:


  • Sandra

    I found this very motivating and informative! I thought I was going to need surgery, but now I know that it’s probably just stubborn fat!! Seriously, thank you!!!
    What do you recommend for belly “stubborn fat” ? Are sit ups enough? And off so, hire many per day?

    By the way, I’ve read a few other of your articles and I find them such a blessing! So easy to understand as well!
    Thank you , thank you,thank you!!

    • Sandra

      *if so, how many?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews


      Check this out:


  • Wayne T. Knisley

    This info is very useful for me. I am on a transformation. I’ve lost 81 pounds since Jan 5. I went from 48% bf to 27%. Phase 1 of my transformation ends on Oct 9 and as I look at myself, I see the excess skin/fat around my midsection and worried that it would not go away.

    After reading that I need to get down to 10% to evaluate what I have left, it calmed me because I know I am not finished and have a goal to hit for Phase 2, which starts Jan 4, 2016 and will last 40 weeks.

    Thank you so much Michael!

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Wow. Great job on the weight you lost.

      I understand your concern! Yeah, let’s get down to 10-12% BF, and we’ll go from there. :)

      Welcome for everything!

      Definitely keep me posted on your progress and write anytime if you have any questions or run into any difficulties. I’m always happy to help.

      • Wayne T. Knisley

        Thanks Michael! I definitely will keep you posted.

        Are you FB by chance?

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          YW. Great!

          I am on FB, but what’s best is emailing me. You can email me at Mike@muscleforlife.com.

  • Alexis

    I am a fourteen year old female at 5′ 10″. At my heaviest I weighed about 256 pounds, but am now down to about 230. I try to lose weight at a healthy rate of 1 or 2 pounds a week, but, without even trying, I have been losing 4 or 5 pounds a week. I think this is because of my homework load (all honors and horizon classes), so I barely have enough time to think to myself, let alone eat properly. All this is in addition to my average sleep a night of 4 or 5 hours, 6 if I am really lucky. I know this isn’t the best way to go about losing weight, but I can’t really do anything about it. At this rate I am very scared about loose skin after this endeavor, especially because I have been obese all my life. If you could please find something to help me about my worries and fit in my busy and hectic schedule at the same time, I would be very grateful. Thank you.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Hey Alexis,

      I would definitely recommend not starving yourself at your age. It’s particularly unhealthy.

      This should help you:


  • AaronLampkin

    I am 20 years old at 6’1 and I lost about 70 pounds the last two years. I currently weigh 186 pounds and every time I exercise I feel like i’m not gaining any muscles. I cut off the carbs and yet I still have excess skin what can i do to improve my body?

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Great job! Check this out:


  • Wendell Matthews II

    I’m 5’10” , typically 165-168, 12-13%bf, I typically workout at 5a (4:45 wake up)for hour. Goal is to get to 6-8% within 2 months. Do you recommend the fasted preworkout supplement and With 15-20% cal deficit, is it do able?

    My overall goal is to compete in a physique competition in May. I desire to maintain and build muscle starting in January.

    • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

      Cool on your goal. Let’s do it.

      I recommend a 20-25% deficit. And yes, Forge will definitely help you reach your goal. It is not required to reach your goal, but it’ll get you there faster.

      • Wendell Matthews II

        Thanks Mike. I believe you posted an article before about HITT vs Steady-State cardio for fat loss, what are your thoughts on that?

        I want to be effective with my time and not spend unnecessary time in the gym.

        • http://www.muscleforlife.com/ Michael Matthews

          I recommend HIIT over steady-state cardio for sure. Check this out:


          LMK what you think.

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