Curious as to why I’d be writing about compression undershirts for loose skin?
Well, in years past, Mrs. Tug and I followed The Biggest Loser pretty regularly as well as Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. In fact, in one episode of Extreme Makeover, contestant Alex is transformed after losing 216 lbs (from 459 lbs).
During one of the final weigh-ins they showed images of Alex’s sagging skin. It had been damaged from excessive rubbing and chafing.
The first thing thing I asked myself is why wouldn’t they encourage Alex, or any contestant for that matter, to wear compression clothing.
Think of it. Wouldn’t it be better, for example, to wear a compression undershirt after massive weight loss to help hold in the excess loose skin so it’s not as damaged toward the end of the weight-loss program?
Wearing Compression Undershirts After Weight Loss
We have a pretty timely question from a reader about compression undershirts, who lost a significant amount of weight, also resulting in loose skin.
Hi, I just happened to stumble across your site and i figured if anybody could help me you could.
Well lets start. I’m 22 yrs old and I have been overweight for most of my life. I developed man boobs in the 8th or 9th grade, and an undershirt was needed since.
I started with wearing one wife beater. Then two of course (they were two sizes too small for compression) then those tended to stretch out. I then added a female sports bra (a really small one) just to keep things under wraps so to speak.
Reached my breaking point last year when I had gastric bypass surgery. I have never been happier with the way I feel. However, going from 354 to 230 in less than a year has its drawbacks.
My man boobs and stomach went down dramatically. But, they are still very visible along with my love handles and excess loose skin that couldn’t keep up with the weight loss.
It’s not that bad but my question is what is a good compression shirt, or a compression tank top/vest that work on my love handles, chest and belly area? Any advice you could give me would be great.– George
Compression Clothing For Loose Skin
First of all, thanks so much for writing in and sharing those personal details on the techniques you have used to conceal the extra weight you’ve been carrying in your chest (aka, your man boobs). That’s incredibly brave and I applaud you for your courage.
Also, congratulations on taking the step to shed all the extra weight. I’m certain that decision to get gastric bypass surgery wasn’t easy to make. But, I’m happy to hear you’ve lost a whopping 124 pounds!
I’m guessing that having the extra loose skin and remaining love handles is a lot more easy to live with than carrying the extra weight.
I am at an average weight for my height right now. However, I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. I was very overweight as a young boy. And still, to this day, I have a reasonably tough time keeping the extra weight off.
I am not as tone as I would like to be in my chest and midsection area too. So I can truly appreciate the confidence you can gain wearing compression undershirts that helps to hold your shit in.
Now, to your question about a good compression shirt or tank top for man boobs and loose skin. Since I don’t know whether or not you’re on a budget, I’ll just make my recommendations based on the products I know perform well.
Great Compression Shirts To Wear After Weight Loss
Out of all the slimming undershirts I own, the one that seems to have the greatest amount of compression is the ardyss abdomen shirt.
It is, however, the weirdest looking and most embarrassing to wear. But, if you want a high compression product that performs well, that’s one you should consider. It is a a tank and not a full undershirt, so if you’re looking for a compression shirt with sleeves, read on.
I pretty much always wear the Ardyss as my base layer to the gym. Then I wear another compression top over that, then a t-shirt. I like how all the compression feels when I’m working out.
Where to buy: Amazon
The one that seems to be second best performing is the compression undershirts from Underworks. The only minor issue I’ve had with these is that the ones that have inner linings, can pinch a little from time to time. They may have changed the design of the inner lining, but you’d have to check with them to be certain.
I believe they have 3 different compression levels, going from the highest compression (one listed above) to lightest compression. Plus, the company makes their products in the USA, so it’s worth giving them a try.
Where to buy: Underworks.com
Other Good Performing Shapewear Undershirts
Two other good performing slimming undershirts, are GC2 and Instaslim.
Again, both shirts do a good job flattening the chest, but I’d say the GC2 holds in the midsection a little better. Plus I like the fact they are made in the USA and they’ve been in the compression undershirts manufacturing business for a long time.
Spanx for Men Zoned Performance undershirts perform well too. Good chest fattening, moderate smoothing around midsection and love handles.
Hopefully the above recommendations will get you going. To be quite honest, I think you’d be happy with any of the products I’ve listed above.
Of course there are others that you can choose from too. Be sure to check out the following articles for other compression shirts you can wear after weight loss.
Be sure to keep me posted on which products you try and what you think of them. Please stay in touch.
Again, congratulations on losing all that weight. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
I actually just purchased the Power Body Tank that you have wrote about today.
I thought for 22 bucks it was def worth a try :)– George
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