Erica Lugo, 33, just shared new photos of her loose skin to Instagram.
The Biggest Loser star will have surgery to remove the excess skin in two weeks.
Lugo previously lost 160 pounds in 2013 and continues to build muscle.
Erica Lugo is opening up about her weight loss transformation on Instagram. The Biggest Loser star, who previously lost 160 pounds in 2013, said she’s been coping with loose skin for the past five years.
Lugo posted photos of her stomach to Instagram. She said she was nervous to share the vulnerable post, and ultimately has decided to undergo a procedure to remove the excess skin.
“I’ve worked really hard to lose 160 lbs. I’m proud of the muscle I’ve built and I’m more proud that I’ve been able to keep the weight off for 5 years,” she wrote. “Loose skin has been a part of my journey for 5 years. I’ve always been okay with it. It’s been my battle scar, but the more I begin to build muscle and get leaner I get the more loose skin builds up.”
Lugo said that no amount of exercise or diet changes has been able to help tighten the skin around her hips and stomach. “I’ve made the decision to get it removed. It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s been something I’ve researched for years,” she said, adding that she finally scheduled the surgery for the end of September.
Real, scary and raw transparency post. Nervous AF as I type and share. I’ve worked really hard to lose 160 lbs. I’m proud of the muscle I’ve built and I’m more proud that I’ve been able to keep the weight off for 5 years. This is what I look like👉🏽👉🏽this is also what I look like. Loose skin has been apart of my journey for 5 years. I’ve always been okay with it. It’s been my battle scar, but the more I begin to build muscle and get leaner I get the more loose skin builds up. No amount of exercise or nutrition will help the loose skin pockets on my hips and stomach. I’ve made the decision to get it removed. It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s been something I’ve researched for years. I’ve been back and forth for years and I’m finally scheduled Sept 22nd with @athenixbody and I couldn’t be more nervous, scared but excited! Just like I do with everything I’ll be tracking every second of this journey. Just had a pre op call to prep myself for all the post op care. 2 weeks until we leave!
A post shared by Erica Lugo ⬇️ 150 Lbs (@ericafitlove) on Sep 4, 2020 at 11:31am PDT
Last week, Lugo shared a video of her stomach after fans told her “she doesn’t need the loose skin surgery” and asked her why she was getting it.
“So you can see from here, I look normal or lean,” Lugo said while showing her toned stomach in a mirror selfie. “But these are my Lulu Lemon shorts. These are a size 8, and sure it looks fine, but here’s the thing. See all this?” she asked while grabbing her skin. “I’m so used to tucking this under so when I wear yoga pants, it all pops out, and I’m just ready for it to be gone and stop rubbing. I’m just over it.”
8 days until surgery with @athenixbody After having a baby and losing 160 lbs, I’m tired of tucking and pulling at my loose skin. I started lifting very early on in my weight loss journey. That combined with genetics played in my favor. The only real area of loose skin is on my tummy. Here’s to a journey of transparency and vulnerability 💯
A post shared by Erica Lugo ⬇️ 150 Lbs (@ericafitlove) on Sep 14, 2020 at 7:48am PDT
Lugo lost 160 pounds after her weight reached 322 pounds in 2013. The mom of three decided to get in shape after not having the energy to keep up with her then three-year-old son.
Although she told Shape she knew nothing about diet and fitness at the time, she decided to make healthy changes by reducing her calorie intake and ramping up her exercise routine.
Lugo ate smaller portions and eventually sought out low-calorie frozen foods. “Eventually, I began educating myself on food and started learning about fat, carbs, proteins and how to eat balanced meals that fueled me versus comforted me,” she told Shape. She also headed to her local Planet Fitness at 5 a.m. and spent five hours a week on the elliptical, in addition to HIIT classes.
By the end of her first year of her new lifestyle, Lugo lost 122 pounds, and continued with her routine until she lost 160 in total.
. 10 years ago I filed bankruptcy. And money security still scares the hell out me to this day. 7 years ago I weighed 322 lbs. 6 years ago I became a single mother with less than $100 bucks in my bank account. 5 years an ex boyfriend told me “you’re not a REAL trainer, you’re a joke. It’s just a piece of paper” that hurt and to this day I worry “am I a joke?” 4 years ago an agency told me “lose more weight and change your cheeks (to pudgy) and maybe you’ll be able to have a chance working with us” (yes- they were serious) 1 year ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 thyroid cancer. Life is going to hit you hard. I feel in my short 33 years I’ve been through a lot. You probably have been too. My point is ONLY you can hold yourself back. If I would allowed life’s curveball circumstances to define my future or believed the words spoken to me...I wouldn’t be here today. One thing you should know is just how damn powerful you are. You may not have all the answers or direction on how to achieve your kind of success but you need to realize that YOU are the answer. YOU are worthy! Dig deep y’all, the guck is worth it.
A post shared by Erica Lugo ⬇️ 150 Lbs (@ericafitlove) on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:56am PDT
Today, Lugo is a trainer and stars on Biggest Loser, helping others lose weight. She also keeps her Instagram followers updated on her weight loss journey and progress today.
As she heads into surgery tomorrow, the trainer said she’s ready. “Let’s do this!” she wrote in an Instagram caption.
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