Guys [males], this post is not for you, please leave and see next post on beer bellies...
Ladies, we have to talk about this. I know it's on your mind, esp. if you are trying to lose weight, have lost weight or thinking about losing weight.
What do you do about the saggy boobs?
When you embark on your fun weight loss journey, you envision that the hard things are going to be fitting in the workouts, the actual workouts, learning how to eat right, eating right - but most the time, those are easy compared to the emotional issues that come up and the saggy boobs.
Why do you lose weight in your breasts - when you want to lose weight in your stomach or hips or thighs? It doesn't make sense and it is so frustrating! If you've lost weight, esp. a substantial amount of weight, you'll know what I mean, when you bend over and see the concave that used to be full and pretty. Ugh. Anyone know what I mean? Full, robust breasts suddenly become flabby, saggy bags of skin. Ick.
It is at this point that most women say "whoa bessie" and pull out the stops on the weight loss train. This is not worth it, they say. They hate the flabby, saggy bags of skin. Their husband hates it. They won't look in the mirror. It affects what they think about themselves and how they act. They think to themselves "If this is what is going to happen when I lose weight, this is not worth it". They may not come out and say that in public, but EMOTIONALLY, this is a huge battle that most women are not up to facing. Let's face it, our breasts are very important to us. Guys [males], what are you still doing here? Go please. You're not going to miss anything, okay, and it's not all about you... :))
Ladies, here are the facts, down and dirty...
• Your breasts are made up mostly of fatty tissue. When you lose weight in a proper way, you will lose fat. And this is one of the first places it will come from [for most women]. What is the next place? Wherever you have fat on your body, usually your stomach or thighs or hips - however - you have to keep burning the fat in order to get there. You cannot stop because your breasts are looking saggy. I know how frustrating it is, it's very disheartening when part of you that you love lets you down, way down, and you blame your body. When I was in my heyday after nursing two babies, I wore 38D babies. Yeah baby, I had robust, beautiful breasts! And then I started losing weight. Gasp! I went to 36's, then 34's. I went to C's, then B's. Not a huge change, right? Ugh, wrong. Huge change. I lost approximately 70 lbs in 15 months and although I finally fit in a size 4, I had so much saggy skin, I looked like a sad dog. Not a good dog, a bad dog with saggy face!
• Your body needs time to adjust to weight loss. It always amazes me that people take years to get in the condition they where they are overweight and miserable, but then expect to lose it all within 2 months and everything is fine. NOT! Real life is not The Biggest Loser, losing 4-14 lbs a week. Real life is losing 1-2 lbs. a week and being consistent. Take it slow. Make it last. I was absolutely heartbroken when I finally reached my weight goals and I was left with saggy breasts. You can cover up with clothes, which is what I did before when I was overweight, but it's not the same. You know what's under your clothes, ladies, and it does matter. You want to feel sexy and great-looking, esp. to your spouse or loved one.
• It takes time for your skin to adjust. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, it will adjust, you just have to give it time. I cringe when someone mentions having surgery, weight-loss surgery or plastic surgery to correct something that could be taken care of with a little care and planning. Anyone can lose weight - IF they want to. It's about your choices and decisions every day. I can tell you from experience that your skin will adjust. And I can also tell you it takes time - 6 months to a year, at least. Here's where some women will crack under the pressure. They just can't take it how they look and schedule a dangerous surgery or SUBCONSCIOUSLY they start gaining weight. Can't put their finger on WHY, but they just do. They don't want to deal with the saggy boobs. When I went from 38D's to 34B's, I maintained that weight for a good year before finally, my skin adjusted. I kept a good program focusing on proper strength training [lifting weights], effective cardio and good nutrition; and kept my weight where it was. Now, I am happy to tell you - boys, you had better be out of here, I mean it - there is absolutely no sagging and I have beautiful perky breasts.
Will this happen for everyone? I don't know. I haven't lost 100 lbs. I only lost 70. But isn't it worth it to wait and see?
Don't give up when you start losing weight and your boobs get saggy. You have to get tough EMOTIONALLY and TRUST your body! Your body will adjust, it just takes time. Now, who's going to be my busom buddy out there? Anyone?