View Full Version : can you get strech marks from losing weight while fasting?
08-06-2006, 09:04 AM
I've lost 11 pounds in five day. :D [well around that, I think it was mostly water weight though cause I was five pounds heavier than normal when I started because I had just got back form vacation.] If at the end of forty days I end up losing 20/30 more pounds then will my skin afterward look lose and will I have stretch marks? [I'm only 18, before going raw I used to yoyo allot, so I already had a few from that.] If so is there anyway I can prevent it?
08-06-2006, 11:28 AM
Yes. You can get stretch marks form losing (and gaining) weight period - no matter how you lose it. I really don't know what to tell you as far as how to stop it (when you find out let me know :) ). I remember having a conversation with a dermatologist once and basically he said that it was all about genetics meaning the elasticity of our skin, I guess our own make-up. He also mentioned that if my mother had them, chances were that I would. Well that theory was blown out of the water for me because my mom doesn't have any - at least I've never seen them. As far as prevention goes, I know that hydration is important for the skin. Also, pure cocoa butter and shea butter work great to moisturize and heal (soften) skin imperfections over time so patience is necessary. When I first started losing weight (which was before even considering raw) I noticed some that developed. It was kind of frustrating - had me thinking, "I'd rather stay a little chunky with smooth skin rather than have these." After reconsideration, I figured it was it my best interest to have a healthy body with a few battle of the bulge scars rather than risk future health problems. I do think genetics is a part of it. I have two friends, one is an extreme health nut and the other just eats whatever the wind blows her way. They are both expecting parents (each at about 81/2 months). My healthier friend and her husband are raw vegans and she has this tiny ball in her stomach (doesn't even look as big as half a soccer ball). My other friends eats it all, she and her husband and little one eat out every day as she hates to cook. She has a belly that looks like two beach balls -seriously. The healthy one has stretch marks all over and the healthy one has baby smooth skin. For my healthy friend it is her second pregnancy and my junk food eating friend, it is her third. Go figure! Maybe my dermatologist was right when he said genetics was a factor. My unhealthy friend's tummy snapped right back and went down with no effort on her part (as far as exercise goes); she doesn't even look like she's had a baby after about a month or so past delivery. My healthy friend's tummy has never been the same (labor of love) she has some excess skin that will not go back in place - and she barely had a noticeable lump in her tummy. Oh yeah, lemon, rose water olive oil, sesame oil, and aloe vera are also great for the skin. I use everything I mentioned above (just alternate because of the humidity here, right now I am mainly using shea butter; I also make a combo of olive oil and aloe vera. At random times throughout the day I just hydrate my skin with rose water whenever I feel the need (in a spray bottle). It's light and refreshing. Hope this helps.
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