On sagging skin: Yes, if you were significantly heavy, you will face some sag issues. Aside from plastic surgery, there's little you can do about it except build muscle mass. It's easier for guys to do that and keep a toned skin appearance after they've hit their target weight loss. I've been doing freeweights right along with my cardio workouts and I have to tell you, the best the freeweights have done for me is to help maintain a certain level of muscle mass, not build muscle. This nutrition program is just too calorie restrictive (and specifically, carb restrictive) to actually build significant muscle mass. So, my plan all along has been to just maintain what I have and then add back more muscle mass once I get the fat all gone.
You just have to remind yourself that a little extra skin is a heck of a lot better than the fat that was under it..
On T&M and life without MF: I'm looking forward to it. I have less than 20 lbs. to go (down from 354 overall) to get to that stage of the game. The key to it is to wean yourself back onto sensible meals slowly, especially if you've lost a lot of weight, and keep up with your exercise routine. I, for one, will plan to keep logging my daily calories and exercise routine even after eliminating Medifast completely. It keeps me organized, but more importantly, it keeps me informed...
Thank you Beachmang843 for responding and CONGRATULATIONS on moving into T&M..
I lost 20 lbs in the first month and 45 altogether (in 4 months). I've been maintaining for almost 2 years now.
1) Are you left with or facing issues with sagging skin due to rapid weight loss? Yes, I have some sagging skin, especially abs and neck. It gets better over time, especially by doing strength training. I'd rather have loose skin than fat though!.
2) How was or is your success during the T&M phase? Its not always easy, but I've maintained for almost 2 years now..
3) How is or was your adjustment to life without the majority of your meals being Medifast meals? I still use the same principles... eat 6 small meals a day, drink tons of water, avoid white carbs (most of the time), exercise almost every day. I still use 2 - 3 Medifast meals/day cause they are easy and they act as a reminder to me to eat healthy. But mostly, they are easy!.
Hope this helps! Great progress so far! Keep it up!..
I would say this is the key and is the kind of answer I am looking for from those you lost quick, keep it off and still maintaining. THANK YOU SO MUCH..