From Jules, Age 19 - 12/26/09 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'6", Start: 265 lb, Today: 216 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 150 lb - I am frantic about something, and I'm hoping someone will be able to give me some real information. I gained abou 80 pounds over the course of about a year (very fast), and have horrible stretch marks ALL over my body. Not joking...stomach, sides, arms, back, breasts, hips, butt, behind the knees, even on the top of one of my shoulders! I am only 19, and I want to be able to feel good once I've reached my goa weight. However, I am terrified that the amount of stretch marks I have means my skin has no elasticity and won't snap back! I don't want to look like I've had six children before I turn 20! I drink water, I exfoliate, I moisturize...but I'm TERRIFIED I'm going to be saggy. Has anyone experienced this? Should I be legitimately worried? What should I do?
Reply from Michelle, Age 18 - 01/06/10  - IP#:
I was 227 and now i am 155 and my stretch marks have faded significantly, but i will say my skin is still slightly saggy because i lost all of my weight without exercising. if you do it healthily with exercise and diet, your body will work with you to ensure a healthy look.
Reply from Amanda, Age 20 - 12/28/09  - IP#:
Hey. Don't worry. I used to be 225 pounds and had stretch marks all over my stomach and hips and now im 170 and they have completely faded. you cant even see them unless you look for them. You're young so your skin will shrink back. The only time people really have issues is when you're older or you were like 300 pounds and lost a crap ton of it in a short amount of time. just keep moisturizing and remember to drink a lot of water to help, and exercising helps as well. hope i helped!