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5 Women Whose Excess Skin Photos Show the True Side of Extreme Weight Loss

  • Rachel Graham

    This mother-of-two's powerful message is encouragement to men and women who've had success losing weight, but feel insecure about their new bodies. "I'd be lying if I said my loose skin wasn't an insecurity of mine... But I refuse to let it consume me," she wrote in her viral Instagram post last year. 

    Addressing her excess skin, she explains: "It doesn't hold me back like the weight used to. This stomach has grown two beautiful boys.. Has been through a 90lb+ gain and loss (100lb+ lost from my highest weight while pregnant!) Will you have loose skin after losing weight? I can't answer that for you, every BODY is different... I do plan to have surgery some day, but in the mean time I'm just working on self loooovvveeee."

  • Kayla Hurley

    In a refreshingly honest post on Imgur, Kayla Hurley recently shared two images of her excess skin after losing 193 lbs over two years. "No amount of exercising will remove this," she says. "It may reduce in a year or so with more toning and weight training but it will never be completely gone without surgical intervention."

    However, regardless of the side-effect, Kayla has come to love her body just the way it is. "I wouldn't change anything," she says. "I would take yards and yards of loose skin over being the unhealthy and depressed person I was 2 years ago!"

  • Molly Hawkins

    After going under the knife for weight-loss surgery in 2007, Molly Hawkins was not prepared for the catch. "It's [something] that the surgeon warns you about beforehand, but you're not listening," she reveals in a personal essay on XOJane. "Who cares, because you're about to go from a size 28 to a size 8! It's all that loose skin."

    That loose skin presented its own challenges, but after years of beating herself up for, she realized that she shouldn't be apologetic for the body that's seen her through so much. "My skin and I have seen some sh*t," she writes. "We’ve moved across the country together. I go to the gym nearly every day, and am in pretty good shape. I see so many people apologizing for their shapes and their skin issues, but after nearly a decade of living a healthy life with this one silly side effect, I think we should all collectively knock it off."

  • Naomi Teeter

    Naomi Teeter considered removing her excess skin after she'd successfully lost 150 lbs, but after years of deliberation, she decided against it. "Eventually, I realized that if I had skin removal surgery, it would have ONLY been for the sake of vanity," she told The Huffington Post.

    "My extra skin did not hold me back from enjoying any bit of my life.;In the last six years of maintained weight loss, I’ve run two marathons, five half-marathons, and countless other races. I’ve climbed a mountain, jumped from an airplane, and worn a swimsuit in public... all without my loose skin being a hindrance. Excess skin is not hazardous to my health."

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    Simone Anderson

    This Instagram star first made the news after she shared before-and-after pictures of her unbelievable 200 lb weight loss. That said, her road to success was anything but easy. Simone Anderson has dealt with a fair share of haters along the way—especially last year when she was accused of faking her journey. As a result, she shared a picture of her lose skin to prove everyone wrong. 

    "Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot," she wrote alongside the photo. "And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the non believers." Her fans loved her bravery and honesty and realized that extreme weight loss is so much more than just losing weight. 


Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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