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Junin
06-28-2005, 11:33 AM
Pardon my lack of eloquence today, but I must make this quick.

I'm 6ft tall and I weigh about 163lbs. I've been cutting for a while now, but it seems I've run into a bit of a problem. I'm starting to be able to see my upper abs, however, I still have a pouch around my lower abs. I haven't been to a doctor or specialist, but from the opinions of the people that have looked at it closely (and touched it), it is mostly loose skin. The same goes for my chest. They're telling me that there IS a little bit of fat, but mostly its just loose skin.

Unless I'm mistaken, the only way to get skin to tighten is through time (or surgery). It's wreaking havoc in my head to know that no matter how hard I cut, I still have to wait for this skin to tighten to see my abs.

To the point: Would this be a good time to start a clean bulk? It kills me that I haven't been able to see my abs yet, but if I'm going to have to wait anyway... well, you see my dilemma.


Thanks in advance.

Woodward
06-28-2005, 12:19 PM
I'm almost in the same boat.. I just keep working at it, especially in the kitchen.

bigsethmeister
06-28-2005, 01:43 PM
Same boat. Just go bulk.

EJFan
06-28-2005, 03:20 PM
me too.

bulk and cut as usual... the skin'll catch up when it's good and ready.

CarlP
06-28-2005, 04:41 PM
Get bigger and grow into your skin.

pfc3rex
06-29-2005, 12:53 AM
Give it time, everything will work out for the best!

CarlP that's a good quote! "Get bigger and grow into your skin"

Haaji Dont Surf
06-29-2005, 09:01 AM
Same, it kills me too, just gotta keep on truckin'!

Junin
06-29-2005, 09:19 AM
A couple of google results:

http://www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

Not sure how trustworthy this one is, but its interesting..

http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/tummy_tuck_loose_skin.html

Last resort.. but it seems to really work.

Unholy
06-29-2005, 09:27 AM
Im starting to realize I have the same probelm, ive cut from 244 down to 218 over 2.5 months and there is definatly extra skin, Im hoping that being young helps it tighten up.

smalls
06-29-2005, 12:57 PM
Most people will not have enough extra skin to warrant plastic surgery or any other drastic measures, unless you have lost over 100lbs. Lower abs almost always are the last to go when dieting and what seems like a bunch of loose skin is most likely fat and the tiniest bit of skin that will tighten up the longer you are lean.

Chances are, it's fat, just keep dieting and you will lose it.

Junin
06-30-2005, 08:49 AM
Thanks for the responses.

I've decided to continue cutting. I've never had a 6 pack in my life, and I MUST know if I can get one. I have a feeling it will take me until 150 lbs to have my 6 pack. I'm going to be feeling pretty small at that point.

d'Anconia
07-03-2005, 07:26 PM
Dude, if you're six feet tall and weigh 163 then you should start gaining muscle. Are you sure your abs are even that big? You need to have decent sized abs so that they can stick through the little bit of fat and loose skin. You don't want to be six feet tall and 150 lbs, that's ridiculous. I'm 5'11" 194lbs with around 14% bodyfat and couldn't even imagine myself being under 175 lbs. If you don't see your abs completely at 163 and 6' tall then either something is totally wrong or your need bigger abs. Unless of course I'm totally missing something here.

Unholy
07-03-2005, 07:51 PM
I have to agree, I think the over all muscular package is worth a whole lot more than being skinny with a 6 pack, I always see skinny guys with 6 packs and its not very impressive when it looks as if the wind can break you in half.

d'Anconia
07-03-2005, 11:19 PM
Yeah those skinny guys don't f*ck with some of us bigger guys cuz we can wreak havoc on them. LOL but it's the truth.

zimbo
07-04-2005, 12:17 AM
This is my first post (longtime lurker)...

I'm in a similar situation as the original poster. I'm a very small-boned guy (my wrists are only 6.5" around, for example) so even though I went from 215 lbs to 165 lbs at 6' tall I still would have had to lose more weight to see a 6-pack.

I lost the weight slowly, ate right, and lifted weights all the way down, but it's going to take me more than 6 months of weight lifting to get enough lean body mass to be able to weigh 175 @ 10 percent BF. So I decided that rather than weigh 150 and have a six pack (and look like Lance Armstrong--not that there's anything wrong with that) I would drop to 165 and then start a clean bulk back up to 185 with a goal of 500 extra calories a day and then slowly cut to 170 or whatever--and keep doing that as needed until I can weigh 170 with the six pack.

If being huge isn't your be-all-end-all goal, then being thin-boned does have some advantages. If you like cycling or triathlons then you're going to have a decided advantage over stockier guys. Plus, a six-pack at 175 lbs would look pretty damn good on a guy of my bone structure, IMO. A six-pack at 150 would look like the typical Tour de France rider (i.e. a bit sickly). Lastly, if I had to choose between looking cut and skinny at 6' tall over being cut and bulky at 5'6" tall, I'll take the 6' thank you very much ;)

--Steve

smalls
07-04-2005, 12:35 AM
Thanks for the responses.

I've decided to continue cutting. I've never had a 6 pack in my life, and I MUST know if I can get one. I have a feeling it will take me until 150 lbs to have my 6 pack. I'm going to be feeling pretty small at that point.

If you really want to be lean and prove to yourself that you can do it, then I think that's great and encourage you. But long term dieting does have plenty of negatives so be sure it's worth it, and add carb up days or even a few weeks of bulking possibly. The first time I ever really dieted I got down to 160lbs at 6', and I looked just fine and proved to myself that i could be lean (even though i've always been skinny and small boned). It taught me the importance of calories, how to eat yadda yadda. So I so lots of benefits from it even if I was skinny. Dont let people with different goals than yours discourage you from achieving what you desire.

d'Anconia
07-04-2005, 12:41 AM
I lost the weight slowly, ate right, and lifted weights all the way down, but it's going to take me more than 6 months of weight lifting to get enough lean body mass to be able to weigh 175 @ 10 percent BF. So I decided that rather than weigh 150 and have a six pack (and look like Lance Armstrong--not that there's anything wrong with that) I would drop to 165 and then start a clean bulk back up to 185 with a goal of 500 extra calories a day and then slowly cut to 170 or whatever--and keep doing that as needed until I can weigh 170 with the six pack.

If being huge isn't your be-all-end-all goal, then being thin-boned does have some advantages. If you like cycling or triathlons then you're going to have a decided advantage over stockier guys. Plus, a six-pack at 175 lbs would look pretty damn good on a guy of my bone structure, IMO. A six-pack at 150 would look like the typical Tour de France rider (i.e. a bit sickly). Lastly, if I had to choose between looking cut and skinny at 6' tall over being cut and bulky at 5'6" tall, I'll take the 6' thank you very much ;)

--Steve

LOL somebody likes Lance Armstrong. Yeah I get the problem now though that you guys are talking about.

Junin
07-04-2005, 01:22 AM
I'm not sure what the deal is. I'm fairly muscular. I'm not huge, but I am not scrawny.

I'll post a pic as soon as I get my camera back.

- still cutting.

pfc3rex
07-04-2005, 08:59 AM
you need to bulk, period

zimbo
07-04-2005, 11:36 AM
LOL somebody likes Lance Armstrong.

Yeah, yeah. Since I'm a cycling wannabe, watching 3 straight days of the TdF will do that to me.

--Steve

smalls
07-04-2005, 12:38 PM
you need to bulk, period

He obviously is fairly happy with his physique currenlty he just wants to be leaner and have abs and then go from there. He will most likely be much more satisfied with his results if he just acheives his short term goals and then makes new ones. Try to understand other people have different goals, and there is nothing wrong with that.