Fact Check: Did a man have loose skin after focusing only on weight loss?

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Does weight loss cause loose skin?
Does weight loss not fat loss cause loose skin?
No. It happens when people don’t lose weight gradually. Another reason is not focusing on building muscle. Also, eating an unhealthy diet can damage skin elasticity, which alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking can exacerbate. Not doing these steps can cause saggy skin. Also, saggy skin can occur if a person is too fat. In such a scenario, the body permanently loses skin elasticity.

Quick Take

Half True rating

In a video on social media, a man reviews another video of a man with loose skin who is doing exercise. In his review, referring to loose skin, the man claims people should focus on fat loss and not weight loss to avoid saggy skin. We fact-checked and found the claim to be Half True. The man with loose skin was fat and lost many kgs, which made his skin saggy. Saggy skin during weight loss depends on many factors which are discussed below in the story.

The Claim

In a video on Instagram, a man reviews another video of a man with loose skin doing exercise. In his review, referring to loose skin, the man claims people should focus on not fat loss and not weight loss to prevent saggy skin.

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Fact Check

Is the claim made in the Instagram video correct?

It does not seem so. We ran a Google reverse image search on a few keyframes of the claimed video. It took us to a YouTube reel which shows the man with loose skin was already fat and lost several pounds, which made his skin saggy.
The skin has a natural tendency of returning to its original state. But it loses elasticity after reaching a certain extent which is the case with the man exercising in the claimed video.

Why does skin sag?

Skin sag when chemicals like collagen and elastin reduce and permanently deteriorate the skin elasticity. Loss of fat often cause saggy skin.
In general, skin sag when people don’t try to lose weight gradually or don’t focus on building muscle. Also, not eating a balanced diet can damage the skin elasticity, which alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking can exacerbate.

Is fat loss better than weight loss?

It seems so. There is not much difference between fat loss and weight loss. Losing fat provides many long-lasting and consistent results, which might not be the case with weight loss. Fat loss is specific and takes time to show a change on the weighing scale. But weight loss refers to an overall change in weight from muscle, water and fat loss, which can happen quickly.

Nutritionist

Dietician Priyanka says, “Healthy weight loss means fat loss. Excess of anything is bad. Keep body fat in check as too much fat can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, PCOS, fatty liver, back pain, knee pain, etc.”

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Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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