Body Scarring Due to Weight Gain

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The Toll of Weight Gain, Stretch Marks & Scarring

Body Scars

As layers of fat accumulate onto the body, the skin must stretch to larger dimensions to accommodate the outward push. Although the skin is elastic-like, it can only stretch so far before scarring occurs.

The scarring is commonly referred to as stretch marks.

What do stretch marks look like?

If you've never experienced stretch marks, they appear a lightened lines - varying in width AND depth on the skin, looking much like tiny veins.

Both the width and depth depends upon how quickly the weight was gained in addition to the amount of pounds gained.

Stretch Marks Common During Pregnancy as Skin Stretches to Allow Room for Baby

Stretch marks that are the result of weight gain look much like those that riddle the lower abdominal area of pregnant and post pregnant women.

Generally, they do not appear until the third trimester of pregnancy. This is when the baby starts to exhibit a burst of growth and the closer to the due date, the more rapid the rate of growth.

Shorter women are more susceptible to scarring than taller individuals because they have a smaller area where skin can stretch.

Excess Skin After Weight Loss

If an individual gained a tremendous amount of weight - like I did [over 100 pounds] they are left with wads of excess skin.

It will shrink somewhat over time but almost twenty years later - I'm still left with excess skin that I never got rid of after losing down to my recommended healthy weight. This is yet another scar - another reminder of what weight gain can do to the human body.

I was in my 40's when I lost the weight - so I'd like to note that younger individuals may experience a more significant reduction in excess skin that older folks.

Exercise - building muscles in the abdominal area and thighs can assist in filling in the empty spaces between the body frame and the sagging skin, but only to a degree.

And keep in mind that as we age the body naturally decreases in muscle mass. It's one of the effects of the ageing body.

Fear of Regaining Weight, Mental Scarring Due to Obesity & Overweight Issues

The fear of regaining the lost weight is something that can remain, years after successful diet plan. BUT - there is a workaround for this issue.

Simply build your diet on the Food Pyramid Groups going forward and never look back. Sure, you can enjoy that special something or another every now and then and still remain thin. I do such myself.

What's life without a donut or two along the way? A chunk of hot bread out of the oven?

If you have body scars from being overweight - look at them as badges of honor. They are reminders that you never want to revisit your 'fat' past.

Does an Extended Belly Contain Fat?

Fat is as necessary to the body as blood and like blood, can be found throughout the body. However, an extended belly doesn't always equate to a wad of fat.

The following may present the false appearance of belly fat:

*Constipation

Tips for combating constipation:

- Brand your daily diet with bran.

- Insert fresh fruit and veggies that are high in fiber such as: parsnips, corn, chicory, Brussel sprouts, bamboo shoots, artichoke hearts, dried apples, dried pears, raspberries and blackberries, figs, currants and guava.

As a note, dried fruit is generally packed with much more fiber than its fresh counterpart, but dried fruit also tends to be pricey in calories and sugar content.

- The media is packed full of people these days who are going nutsy-coo-coo, trying to get in all their fiber grams in one day.

In our personal experience, over the counter fiber products tend to encourage bloat - and it's not a pleasant feeling. In addition, if our bodies required so much fiber that we need to continually eat fiber-filled objects all day - then something went wrong during creation, and God doesn't make mistakes.

Perhaps in time, studies will determine that our bodies don't need as much fiber as they thought.  Studies indicate that the bulky green foods recommended by health professionals for decades to prevent and lower cancer risks aren't as effective as originally determined.

- Bloating due to the intake of certain foods.

- Lactose Intolerance

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

- Digestive Disorder or Disturbance

- Pregnancy or Menstrual Cycle Effects

Can weight loss be targeted to specific areas of the body, such as the belly?

No. Absolutely not.

Although many weight loss commercials and ads would have us believe that this amazing feat can be accomplished, it's basically Weight Loss Mumbo Jumbo intended to sell products that often times produce unfavorable health effects.

When weight loss occurs, it occurs initially from within.

Of course, the external form of the body eventually reveals the weight loss results by producing a trimmer shape. But those results impact the entire body - not just the belly but also in the arms, thighs, hips and so forth.

Exercise can render the appearance of a trimmer belly, but it's important to keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle also takes more calories to support than fat - something quite appealing to those seeking a trimmer belly.

Therefore, if you have specific areas of the body that you desire to look trimmer, work on those areas via exercise targeted to shrink fat and build muscle. As to weight loss supplements and diet pills that claim to do such - turn away. That's right. Now run!

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