To many carbs do a good job of making the skin weak, that surface fat layer is really what kills ya it seems. I used to weight 350 and I'm now down to 210, stretch marks were a problem till I started eating lots of meat and veggies. Now the only stretch marks you can see on my body are the ones on the air sack of a stomach I have now, which will be removed soon enough. I'm half black and very athletic though, I think stretch marks stand out quite a bit more if you have light skin.
People with a stretch mark problem could really bennifit from a toning diet, it tightens the skin quite a bit.
"I used to weight 350 and I'm now down to 210, stretch marks were a problem till I started eating lots of meat and veggies."
There's no way I'll agree with this. I was about underweight as a kid, but I ate like crazy. And I ate the healthiest foods and lowest in carbo. A lot of protein, meat, and vegetables. That's basically all I ever ate, with carbo only a few times in my life. Yet, my marks are everywhere, on my tighs, my behind, my chest, my calves (right underneath and on my knees) and one on my shoulder. They were very apparent on my behind though. They're mild everywhere else. Basically I would say they're insignificant elsewhere. Either I've adjusted to the marks or they've actually subsided and aren't as visual as before. I think they blend with my skin so they aren't that noticeable. Strangely I do like them, except the ones on my behind make me wonder sometimes.