Dealing With Excess Skin After Weight Loss – The Journey of John David Glaud

Formerly weighing 360 pounds and now down to 200, John David Glaud’s transformation is really impressive. While John is proud of how far he’s come, he still harbors insecurities about his weight loss, which is not uncommon among those who have shed a significant amount of weight.

Specifically, he says, he’s feels awkward about the pounds of loose skin hanging all over his body — remnants of his larger days. Watch the video below to see what we mean. As the camera rolls, Glaud strips down, revealing bunches of skin under his arms, over his stomach and on the insides of his thighs. Although he’s self-conscious about it, loose skin is typical of dramatic weight loss like his.

“I’m comfortable clothed. I’m not that comfortable unclothed,” he said in a Nov. 8 video for his “Obese To Beast” YouTube channel.

This is how the New York Magazine puts it:

The experience of significant weight loss is much more psychologically complex than the multi-billion-dollar diet industry, with its beaming “after” photos and promises of a new life, acknowledges. After all that work, it can be a disappointing blow to discover that bodies that have lost 50-plus pounds simply don’t look like bodies that have maintained a steady weight since reaching adulthood.

Despite Glaud’s own insecurities, he still looks on his weight loss as a positive change.

“I wanted to have a perfect body, but that’s not the case. And that’s okay,” he concludes. “Loose skin and all, I’m happy with where I’ve come from and where I am at now.”

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