I have lost 40 lbs and 4 sizes. That would be an average of 10 lbs per size but, as I was losing weight it seems it took at least 15 lbs at first to see a size difference. But I probably went from a size 8 to a size 6 in jeans by just losing 5 lbs. I think this is because you lose fat all over your body. At first there is more fat all over. Right now my body is thinner but I still have some fat in my abdominal area, so if I lose a few more pounds I will lose more inches in my waist.
Hang in there and be consistent and you will get to the size you want to be.
Edited by: JKW1957 at: 4/9/2009 (23:36)
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4/9/09 9:37 P
It probably does depend on size. I started at over 145 and was a stuffed sausage in my size 8 jeans (should have been wearing a 10), and after losing nearly 30 lbs I'm down to a size 4. So that's a total of wearing 4 different jeans sizes with 30 lbs loss.
So 20 lbs = 1 size doesn't work with my experience!
Wow great discussion. It seems like 20lbs=1size for me. Thats a bummer. I've lost 25lbs so far and only went down one size. I am hoping that this changes.
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764 4/9/09 3:57 P
Not sure if this will help, but, after losing 50 pounds I went from a 26 pants to a size 18 (and I'm nearly in a 16). My shirt went from 24/26 to a 14/16. So, just over 10 pounds per size for me. I'm figuring I'll be a size 8 when (NOT IF) I hit goal.
Holy cow an 8...whoa. I haven't seen that number since high school, I think!
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2,490 4/9/09 3:06 P
Congrats on your weight loss to date! I totally agree that it varies by a person's size, shape, genetics, etc. For me, it seems to be about 15 lbs. = 1 size, depending on the manufacturer.
it seems to be about 10 lbs to a size for me. Unless it is one of those times where I SHOULD have bought a larger size but was just squeezing in as best I could - then it can be almost 14 lbs to a size.
i lost like 10lbs in past 4-5 months but jeans size only by 1.That not for all brands...I still weat same size of AE ,it was bit tighter ,now fits good. In the past, i lost like so much weight ,but same jean size. i think it depends on body also, i carry a big belly so jeans size wnt cm dwn easily
4/8/09 4:25 P
You're fine. The people who told you this, as well as whatever reported it in writing, are misinformed. The rule about strength training is just not to strength train the same groups of muscles on consecutive days. So like, if you did a full body strength session today, you would not want to do any ST tomorrow.
Thank you! It works for me, so I don't really want to change it
"I've been told & read many many times to not do cardio & weights the same day, but i don't know how to quit now, been doing in since feb." You're fine. The people who told you this, as well as whatever reported it in writing, are misinformed. The rule about strength training is just not to strength train the same groups of muscles on consecutive days. So like, if you did a full body strength session today, you would not want to do any ST tomorrow.
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4/8/09 2:52 P
Back in 2003 I went from 160 to 137, and went from an almost-snug size 12 to a very comfy size 7 or 8.
Now I'm at around 156 and a comfy size 10, though they're getting loser lately (yay!). I'm thinking that when I get to 135 I'll be a comfy size 8 again.
I'm a guy, so we don't do sizes except for t-shirts really ;)
But I've lost a good 6+" on my waist since I started working out again.
My goal is to fit back into a 32" waist and have some slack again (almost there). And to think I was a 26-28" waist most of my teen years :)
But when I was at my heaviest I would say I was close to a 40" waist for sure and I've lost 45lbs since then and fit into a 33" no problem.
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4/8/09 2:32 P
Yep, that's a tricky one ... I STILL can't fit in my size 6 Levi's ... but I can fit in my size 4 Old Navy pants, guess because they have the spandex in it. They're certainly comfortable.
I actually measured my pants to get an estimate of what weight I'd need to be to be in which size pants, and I was dramatically off.
I stopped worrying about it over a year ago - I just get a new size when the stuff I'm wearing is too big.
4/8/09 1:21 P
I wish I really knew the answer to this one too. I've lost 23lbs as well, but gone down 3 pants sizes. I did Cardio & weights the same day, I don't know if that made a difference. I've been told & read many many times to not do cardio & weights the same day, but i don't know how to quit now, been doing in since feb.
Our bodies are all different & we all lose weigh in a different way. Congrats on your 23lbs... That's fantastic!
BTW, some of the first weight that I lost were in my breasts :^( That's the part I didn't like, lol. But working on getting them more firm.
There is no real way to determine size directly to size. Your body chooses were to loose weight, and it might be in your arms, feet, face, neck, back, stomach, chest, legs, butt, or any combonation. Ive lost a lot of weight in my face, arms, legs, and shuolders - but my sizes havent changed much. Sure my belt looks funny on me since I have added about 9 holes to it, but thats over my total weight loss (about 54 pounds). Regardless, grats on your weight loss, and being down and comfortable in the smaller size =D.
Im about on the same track as you. Ive lost around 25 pounds and only gone down one size...but I DO think it is because I was still cramming my big butt into the last size I was in when I could have gone up a size to be comfortable. So I am looking at it as if I have really gone down 2 sizes.
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2,175 4/8/09 11:51 A
Husker, I honestly don't know the answer. There are many variables, including your start weight, the clothing manufacturer (one company's 12 is another company's 10), the cut of the clothing, etc.
However, I think that for toning and losing the inches (not just the pounds) that make a difference in clothing size, it is important to include strength or resistance training in order to build lean muscle mass. That's what helps you tone up as you lose the fat, so that you can accelerate your move to smaller sizes.
So take your measurements (if you don't do that already), and watch the progress there as well as the scale to tell you when you may be ready to go down another size. It's probably easier to translate inches lost into size decrease than pounds lost.
Hope that helps, and congrats on your progress to date!!
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