Losing weight can leave dieters with more energy, increased confidence, and loose skin. Although some creams promise magical firming powers, surgical removal is the only effective option. John David Glaude, who runs the account Obese to Beast on YouTube, posted about his decision not to have extra skin removed in a new video.
In the video, Glaude stands shirtless to show viewers the extra skin remaining after losing a significant amount of weight.
"This is not what I would have wanted after losing 160 pounds. I would have wanted to have a perfect body, right? But that's not the case."
Over time, Glaude says he's come to accept his body as it is. "I've had lose skin for years and years and years now, and I am happy person. I am happy with my body," he explains.
Glaude answers some of the most common questions people have about loose skin, like whether the condition causes pain. Although Glaude hasn't experienced irritation, he explains some people may suffer from chafing and irritation.
The YouTube star also answers the one question he receives most: why doesn't he get surgery?
Glaude says he doesn't want to take the risk that comes with a major elective surgery. Plus, he's come to appreciate his body and doesn't mind the loose skin.
"This past year, I've actually gotten a lot more comfortable with my body than I ever have been."
Glaude doesn't push others to follow his path, but he does encourage people to wait until they've tried to accept their bodies, too.
"It's worth a shot to put it off just a little bit."
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