|A delicious and nutritious entree that is perfect for slimming.|
OK. You've selected the right weight loss and exercise program for yourself and perhaps you are under your doctor's care because you have over 60 pounds to lose. You've bought your foods, have your plan at the ready and have selected the times for your exercise workouts and meetings if you need encouragement from others. Maybe you have already begun or are at the end of your weight loss regimen and are enjoying great success and the compliments of family and friends.
Do we all have a genetic proclivity for flab after weight loss? As we age and/or lose weight our surface flesh which is very forgiving to accommodate excess adipose (fat tissue) also hangs around when that adipose is long gone.The greater the weight loss, regardless of exercise or slowness of reduction, the greater the likelihood of drooping jiggles marring our new, slender figure. This is especially so if one gains and loses the same 30, 40, 50 pounds in yo-yo dieting.
|The inevitability of lose flesh after weight loss.|
I know. It happened to me. Looking back on my 110-120 pound weight loss, though I exercised, had the right food plans and moved to organic food, little meat and no junk food, and took it off in two years and kept it off, there is something I wish I had considered when I started. I wish I had synchronized my weight loss, not only with exercising, but with body wrapping every 10 pounds. How I wish someone had told me to do this. I know it would have made a difference. For example, neck wraps would have encouraged that area toward more firmness and less sag. As I slowly lost the weight, the wrap would have promoted a smoother look and forestalled sag. The same with my upper arms which, even though I am a thin, BMI 21 which is uber normal, I have a flubber effect that shakes with any severe movement. That means my arms are close to my sides, robotic when I remember to hold them in and God forbid not lift them in the summer heat. My shapely legs? The upper part are jellies borne down by gravity. This requires a program which I am strongly considering to reduce the swelling that occurs in my legs after exercise or sitting for too long.
Yes, I am healthier and much happier having lost all the weight. I have extended the life of my liver and kidneys and heart and the rest of my organs because, unlike before, they are not smothered in fat and they now thrum along like efficient tugboats without being obstacled by the toxicity of any medications except the very occasional, like once in three months use of 1 advil when I play tennis. I don't huff and puff going up 5 flights of stairs. And I look great in my clothes. It's a big "Yeah," all around.
|Get to an anorexic weight or wrap?|
But here and there, I catch a sidewise glance in the mirror and see under my neck; it is genetic and runs in my family, yes, but I should have used a neck wrap when I was losing the weight for the unofficial overhang which I HATE seeing. My arms? Well, if I lose more weight which I would love to in order to get down to a 19 BMI a place where I was two years ago, the crinkles will show up like a bad case of the crazies. That is about 15 pounds lighter than I am now. I could get down to 100 pounds of bone, but then I would be underweight and look like a skeleton. Not an option.
There is another way, of course, a way that will bring success, though it is very painful and potentially dangerous with a long recuperation period. Have a cosmetic surgeon take care of the jiggles and jelly butter rolls and flabaroos. Countless women and men are going under the knife with fearless abandon. Many of my friends have spent thousands of dollars and a few of them look better, though I don't know what they would have looked like if they had done nothing. I do have one mentor who is 86 and she is thin and she beats everyone on the tennis court. She looks fabulous and has repudiated surgeons and their scalpels and sticks with holistic treatment, good nutrition (no sweets or desserts) and plenty of exercise.
Bottom line, for me, homeopathic methods are better than surgery. So I wrote this post...to gear up for the final count down of weight loss, this time synchronizing with consistent wrapping: on my neck, on my underarms, on my waist and perhaps my legs. What can I lose? What can I gain? A tighter look. I really want to keep mutilation down to a minimum, don't you? Doctors, put your scalpels at rest!