Weight Loss Worries

Patient

Q: I had severe asthma when I was younger. When the asthma attacks stopped and I came off of the steroids at age 7, I rapidly gained weight and kept gaining weight throughout my childhood and teens. Now at the age of 20, I've decided to change my life. It has been two months and I've lost 16 pounds. My only concerns are skin elasticity. My highest weight was 260 and I fluctuated about 10-15 pounds at that weight for nearly a year. Now that I'm losing the weight I'm terrified my skin won't bounce back. I have stretch marks TERRIBLY on my arms, chest, shoulders, back, hips, and stomach. There are NONE past my waist. The stretch marks I don't mind. But I don't want loose skin. I also have what is referred to as a fupa. It's an accumulation of fat below the stomach on top of the pelvic bone. I want it gone. I'm very aware that I have a lot of weight to lose. My doctor gave me a goal of another 75 pounds. But I want to look good after all of this. Not have another issue to worry about. I go to the gym regularly and do cardiovascular and strength training. Are there any other suggestions? I'd rather not ever consider going under the knife to have skin removed. Also, I've been very heavy in the chest are for a while as well. How will the elasticity in this area fair?
Thanks in advance.

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