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    Question Loosing weight but worried about loose skin - some questions from a newbie

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    I'm 28, 171cm tall, male and weigh 115KG (almost a week in and I'm now 111KG). Covid has absolutely rekt me as I've become lazy and have really piled on the weight this year. I've always been heavy, but thankfully as a youngster I played lots of sports, it was mainly post university at 22/23 that I started to get lazy, with Covid over the past year or two compounding this further.

    I've joined a gym and in less than a week alone I've lost around 4KG thanks to a jumping on the bike and doing around 10/15KM a day on that, cross trainer for about 20mins a day, some weights (mainly biceps and chest focussed, would definitely like some advice on what weight training to incorporate as I've never really done weights before in my life) and trying to get in around 10,000 steps a day walking around my local area (I'll start jogging soon, just don't want to ruin my knees just yet as I'm quite heavy at the moment). I've also got my fitness pal downloaded and am eating around 1500 calories of healthy food each day with intermittent fasting (I start eating around 2PM, which I've not found hard as I generally don't do breakfast anyway). I'm honestly enjoying it and am not feeling hungry at the end of the day, however I'm worried about loose skin. At the current rate I'm loosing around 3-4KG a week, however even if that goes to 2KG a week, I'll still be down 20KG in around 2 months, therefore, my questions are:

    1) What should I be doing to avoid loose skin, in terms of exercises? I've read that building lean muscle helps, as well as tightening all of the hot spots of loose skin (like tummy, thighs, arms, man boob etc), however what exactly are these lean building/tightening exercises? I just don't want a flabby stomach pouch, and my chest to have loose skin, nor my arms etc. Others have said I should just go on long walks, like 10,000/20,000 steps a day and use the cross trainer?

    2) Is losing 8/10KG a month at my height and weight too much, and a catalyst for me getting loose skin? I don't feel hungry at 1500 calories consumed and 800 calories burnt.

    3) Should I only be doing 30mins of Cardio, and more time on weights?

    4) I've never really done weights, any recommendations, especially for ones that tone areas of the body that are associated with loose skin?

    5) For my height and weight (above) and as a 28YO male, is 1500 calories enough? I'm also burning a solid 800 calories a day according to my Apple Watch too, sometimes 1000

    6) I've also read that I should be taking collagen supplements. Anything else? I take Wellman tablets too daily

    7) I've seen others at the gym taking things like protein shakes? But I'm losing weight rather than bulking, so should I also be doing this?

    Thanks all!
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    You can't avoid loose skin... if you have it, you have it.

    The only possible mitigation would be gaining muscle to fill it out.

    As to your questions:

    1. You should follow a 3-4 day a week program which hits all major muscle group twice. Look up the Fierce 5 Novice routine.

    2. I find it hard to believe you don't feel hungry at 1500 calories... how did you end up gaining so much weight with such a low appetite.

    3. 30min is fine... most of your weight loss will be through diet anyway

    4. Look up the Fierce 5 Novice Routine

    5. 1500 calories is CRAZY low... start closer to 2300 and see how quickly you lose weight. You should lose about 1% of your bodyweight every week or so as a maximum

    6. You don't need collagen or any supplements. Just eat a nutritious diets with plenty of protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc, and essential fats.

    7. Protein shakes are just a food item for convenience. They aren't needed unless you need something quick and easy.
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    MUCH/most of your initial weight loss was water. You will not continue to lose at that pace.
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