I think it really depends on your body shape and how much you have to lose. I am STILL in a size 26 right now, but it's getting looser and looser. I also think it has more to do with inches lost than pounds lost. I haven't lost ANY weight over the last three weeks, but the jeans are fitting better, and are almost TOO loose.
For me, a size = about 10 pounds. When I first started my diet, though, I was squeezing into my largest elastic waist pants and warp around skirts, so I have no idea what size I actually was. I had to lose about 25 pounds for my largest clothes to start feeling loose again. I am just now starting to fit into the next size down.
From personal experience it seems like the bigger sizes take more pounds. I think it's was close to 25 pounds to go from an 18/20 to a 16. The smaller sizes have been much less -- a 12 to a 10 was only about 10 pounds different for me.
I know it's tough but you really just have to keep going! I'm 5ft10' and I lost 20lbs and still didn't go down a jean size! My clothes were definitely looser, and my jeans weren't so snug, but still not enough to stop wearing them completely and get smaller jeans. It's very very frustrating but you just have to keep plugging away. You'll get there. WE'LL get there!
Congrats on your five pound loss! As everyone else has said, losing a jean size is VERY individual. I am an apple shape, so I lose jean sizes faster (relatively speaking) than my girlfriends who are pears, even if they have lost more weight than I have.
If you want a quick boost, go to Old Navy during a jean sale (usually $15 or so) and I would bet that you could wear a smaller size today. I know that it's not a "real" jean size (I assume you're using an existing pair for measurement), but if seeing the number on something you do own and fit in helps, why not? I own pants and skirts in sizes 2-8, and all of them fit. A size 2 skirt I bought last year is larger than a size 6 I bought 7 years ago. I weigh 10 pounds more than I did in high school yet wear clothes two sizes smaller on average. The label is meaningless. :)
If you want an idea of what "old-fashioned" ie non-vanity sized size you are, go try on wedding dresses. It always makes me laugh when people claim that wedding dresses "run small." Their sizing has stayed fairly consistent industry-wide over the years, while everyone else has been turning 10s into 6s, and XLs into Ls. My mother was 5'4" and 102 pounds in the mid-60s. She still has some of the clothes she bought then, and this incredibly thin woman wore a size 8 in 1968. :)
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I would agree with others that at 5'7' its 10-15 pounds for me. Probably closer to 15.
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I know what you mean about buying clothes that fit and look nice. I go to the second hand stores and take advantage of that. I am not planning to stay in some of these sizes for very long so I don't want to spend much.
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I've only lost 22 lbs and have not gone down a jean size yet. Regular dress pants, yes - I've gone down one size. But my jeans do fit me better and don't cut into my waist anymore, lol!
I agree with Jenni about the losing little bits of weight all over. In all honesty it took me 40lbs to lose a jean size. I can understand your frustration, it's hard to stay motivated when that doesn't change - it will change eventually though! Stick with it!
I agree with all of those who have posted but have to emphasize the fact that manufacturers are pretty much making it up as they go. Take your measurements and go by that. I own 2 different pairs of jeans made by the same company, one 2 sizes smaller than the other and the bigger ones are tighter. If I go to store #2, I wear jeans 2 sizes bigger than that and if I put on my vintage skirt from the 1970's my size doubles. Basically, it's all irrelevant. What matters is how you feel in your own skin and how healthy you are.
Congrats on your weight loss!
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I am sure everyone is different depending on height and how they carry weight, etc. I am down 44 pounds and 3 jeans sizes. The size I am in now is a little loose at the waist, but nowhere near the next size down. I am 5'8 - started at 284 and am now 239.9 started at 24 and in 18 now, but I know some people who wear 18 and look a lot larger around the middle or some look smaller. So - I would say about 15 pounds is a size for me, but I would think when smaller it would be about 10.
When I first started, I didn't notice much of a difference after losing 5 pounds. I started at a 16 and don't think I got into a 14 until I lost 15 or 20 pounds. After that, it seemed like after every 10 to 12 pounds I lost, I'd drop a size. I know we're all different and it varies. I've heard people say every 10 pounds lost is a size, but it wasn't for me.
Don't lose motivation! You'll get there. Slow and steady wins the race. It took me a year to lose 60 pounds. I know someone that lost 30 pounds in 3 months and has put it all back on within a year!
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I was wearing 38's and they where kinda loose and dropped 15 pounds and I can now fit 34's comfortably.
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Love how others have clothes they are eyeing to fit into hanging on their doors or in their closets. I have my eyes on a pair of size 16 shorts I bought from the mens department. They are way, way too tight, although I fit just fine in womens 14s. I just don't understand sizing. The shorts are really cute with loads of pockets I can keep my stuff in rather than tote a purse around, which I hate to do. How can a size 16 be smaller than a 14???
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jackieda: focus on the positive-you lost five pounds! : ) i was frustrated at first, because i was losing weight, but not noticing a difference in my clothes. i had lost 5 pounds and saw no difference. somewhere between losing 5 pounds and losing 27 pounds there was a difference. i bought a a size 6 in the same brand i bought a 10 in last summer. you will see results, it will just take time.
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Thanks for all the feedback, ladies! I'm trying to be patient! Good luck to you all!
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Many factors seem to impact our jean size, based on all the responses.
JUST A LIL SIDE NOTE "YOU LOST 5 POUNDS!!! YOU LOST 5 POUNDS!!!"
Way to go
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I too have been waiting on that magical moment when I drop a size. I have a family reunion to attend mid-August and my goal is to drop one or two sizes by then. I have just recently lost 12 pounds since January and this past weekend, to my great surprise, I put on my usual size 14 pants (a new pair just purchased 2 weeks ago) and they're too big! I'm now in a size 12 with that manufacturer's clothing and have noticed that my size 14's in other brands are now fitting me more loose. Woo hoo! FINALLY I am seeing results! (In regards to the scale.) However, I could tell a difference before the scale ever confirmed it. My body physically "felt" better, my clothes didn't feel as tight, my self-esteem improved and my motivation kicked in after having lost the initial 10 pounds even though a size decrease didn't happen for another two and a half pounds. I regret not having taken measurements as there was definitely loss occurring, it just wasn't being reflected in the scale. (It's never too late to get those measurements. I plan to do that soon.) So don't lose your motivation and also don't put too much emphasis on that scale. Even though fast weight loss is what we desire, my hopes are that this gradual weight loss will better enable me to keep it off. (Oh, and I'd only lost half a pound this week, after having gone back up a pound the week prior when I discovered that my new pants I'd bought are now going to alterations! So stick with it. It's pretty amazing when it happens.) Best of luck to all of us!
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I've lost 9/10 lbs and have dropped a jeans size (from a UK 14 to a UK 12). Although I agree with everyone else in this thread - It really depends on the person and where you store/loose your weight. I have 13 lbs more to loose and am hoping I will be a UK size 10 by the time I hit my target weight.
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Good question. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any good anwers. Unlike most of the people who have answered you so far, I have been wearing mens jeans for years (although even that sizing is inconsistent) and they are measured by waist size. I'm short (just 5'2") and I started off wearing a size 40 relaxed, and they left me with a (huge) muffin top. I'm down 23 lbs now and I am in a size 40 regular and they are fairly loose. I've got a pair of 38 regulars hanging on the back of a door that I try on every now and again. When I started, I struggled to slide them up my thighs and they didn't get up onto my hips. Currently, they slide on no problem, but the button and zipper are still having a long-distance relationship. I've definitely dropped sizes in other clothing (like my scrubs) but I refuse to buy new ones until I run out of drawstring to tighten. Besides, right now, those jeans are my goal and I wont consider it being a size lost until I can zip them without lying down on the bed and using pliers.
It also depends on how tall you are and what size jeans you're wearing to begin with. I'm 5'3 and fifteen pounds for me is the difference between a size 10 and a size 6. My sister is 5'10 and 200 pounds and she could lose fifteen pounds without even noticing much difference in the fit of her clothes. Her weight is just spread over more area, or something.
I agree it depends on the brand. It also depends on how much you have to lose. I lost a lot of weight and did not change sizes for a long time. Now all of a sudden, I am changing sizes and the loss is getting noticed by outsiders. I think it depends a lot on you and how you lose.
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In todays clothing market the sizes are so very different in one store can get into a size 14 and in another store it can be 16 and before losing weight was in 18-20 Have lost 35 pounds Also exercise has something to do with shaping your body to fit into a jean One day at a time
I found that it takes about 10 pounds to drop a jean size and I'm 5'4". When I first started losing I didn't drop a size for 15 pounds as I was stuffed into my jeans like a sausage lol. Don't quit trying... it is easier to stay on course that it is to start over! Spark on!
It all depends on your body type, but usually somewhere between 10-20 pounds is a jeans size.
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Fitting jeans is a hard call. Jeans are mass produced on the cutting tables and how they fit depends on where they fall on the cutting tables. The most accurate sizes are on top of the cutting stack. Then couple that with all the styles and cuts for the different body types and the problems really begin.
As for pounds to drop a size? It took me 10 lbs. to drop a size. I think, it is going to be a very individualized.
I am 5'11'' and both with my first and second 30 pounds I lost 2 jeans sizes, first from 24 to 20 and now I am in 16's. I have lost an additional 20 pounds but these 16s don't feel like they are loosening as much as expect. I have been keeping with the same brand of jeans to try to keep an accurate idea of how many sizes I've gone down, but I can't afford to buy new pants all the time!
Everything I've read says 10-15 pounds is usually a pants size, but like people have said, it varies a lot from person to person. Hang in there! You'll get there yet :)
It varies for me on the brand of jeans. I can fit some size 14 comfortably and then others are tight. I started at a size 20 and have lost 80 lbs.
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i'm 59" and 5-7lbs makes all the difference.
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If you're like me, the key factor is how much you were in denial before you started eating properly and exercising. I was in denial BIG time - refused to buy UK size 16 trousers/jeans and somehow didn't quite see the actual size of the muffin top in the mirror. If I can squeeze quite a lot of me into size 14 jeans then I'm a size 14, right? Sigh.
40lbs later, I am back in a UK size 12 (US 10) and they are definitely "relaxed" fit. I am 53, 5' 10" tall and I wore a size 10-12 (US 8-10) when I was 18 so I'm well happy, definitely don't want to lose any more (my profile pic is me in the new jeans I bought to celebrate making my target. They are a little bit loose now!).
Don't lose your motivation - stick with the programme and you will get there. It took me about 9 months to lose those 40 pounds and actually keeping them off is getting easier all the time. Good old Spark.
Edited by: MISOTU at: 5/31/2012 (07:53)
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I'm so glad to read that there are other taller ladies on here who think that a size "8" is their skinny jeans! They're my skinny jeans! It's so frustrating sometimes to hear my petite friends talking about how they got so fat, that they're wearing their size 6 pants and they can't wait to get back to a size 2. Or when I announce a triumph that I'm back in the 160's and no one gets it because they weigh 150 at 6 months pregnant!
My point is, that height really does have to do with size and weight sooo much, and how fast you change sizes too!
Measure your whole body, arms, chest, waist, hips, thighs, etc. It will tell you where you are getting smaller. Seeing your body get smaller is better than stepping on the scale, which will change if you drink a glass of water.
Hmmm I'd say on average, 10-15 pounds for me was a big enough difference that I could go with a size smaller jeans/pants. I started at 190 size 12/14 and now I'm at around 150 size 8 (some 8s are loose, some 8s are tight however). So 40 pounds lost = going from 12s and 14s, past 10s, into the 8s. This can vary a ton depending on how tall you are, your muscle mass, and your shape (pear, apple, ruler, etc) Don't be discouraged!
This is such a hard question because our bodies are so weird!! When I started this journey (this time) I did the first 3 months just focusing on my eating. I lost about 13-15lbs, but no difference in jean size. When I started working out I plateaued at a 16lb loss (for 2 months!). About a month into my plateau I found my clothes fitting better and I did make it comfortably into a smaller size. Even that size now seems to be big... But I've only lost 1 more pound!
There is no sense comparing your size/weight to anybody else's... we are all too different! Don't lose your motivation - you will see it come off!
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I think what everyone is saying is that jeans size does not directly correlate with weight loss.
I've lost a bit over 20 lbs and I went from a tight size 12/loose size 14 (US) to a comfortable size 8 but more a size 6. I also bought a dress at target the other day that is a size 4 and fights me perfectly. The thing is that this shrinkage did not in any way follow a pattern on the scale. For example, I maybe wore a size 10 for a single day. The next day it was too big, however that was in the middle of a 6 week weight loss plateau where my body got smaller but I never seemed to weigh less. It is almost as if I lost 10 pounds and had no change, then lost zero pounds and had a drastic change.
Mostly, just keep at it. If you are at all like me you might see no physical result for weeks but then suddenly find that the pair of jeans that fit last Wednesday are way to big! It'll happen!
JACKIEDA... I have lost 25 pounds and I am in the same jean size.
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Don't lose motivation! I know exactly how you feel, I'm rather tall and for me to drop a pant size it's usually 10 to 15 lbs. your losing weight which is key here, keep doing that your doing for another 5 to 10 lbs and you'll see what ur looking for. Keep with it, you got this!
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Hi, Jackie ! This really is a difficult question. There is A LOT of variation when it comes to pants. That's because there is no standardization in women's clothing. What is a size 8 ? Does anyone know the exact waist and hip measurements ? I sure don't. What is a size 12 ? A size 12 in Old Navy is different from a size 12 in Ralph Lauren which is different than a size 12 in Levi's. Then you add height and things get more complicated.
Do you want to drop a size ? Try a different brand of pants. Seriously, you could wear a size 8 in one brand and a size 6 in another. Buying women's clothing is really frustrating.
You can't beat yourself up because your pants don't seem very loose after losing five pounds. As a generality, women tend to lose up top before they lose around their hips. So, you may have notice your tops fit a bit better before your pants do. And that's not unusual. Most women will tell you that they dropped a shirt size long before they dropped a pants size.
Mostly, you need to be patient. Contrary to what the Biggest Loser and the late night infomercials promise, you can't drop a pants size in a week. As the teeny tiny print at the bottom of the TV says,"results not typical". So, don't beat yourself up because you haven't dropped a pant size yet. Change really does take time.
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I feel your pain...I've been recently trying to shove my butt into a certain pair of jeans too. These jeans are a size down from my current ones and I've been trying to fit into them for the past 10-15 pounds now.
I'm close (can buckle), but no cigar.
It may be because of where we loose our weight (largely determined by genetics). Although I carry most of my weight around my waist-line I've been slimming down mostly in my legs, neck, back, and arms as opposed to my stomach.
Edit: opps should point out that I've been trying to fit in a size 13, which is technically 3 sizes down from what I wear (Size 16) :s
Edited by: LEMONADESLUGGER at: 5/30/2012 (12:45)
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Oh goodness Jackie, this is tough, because our weight does not tell us our body composition. Fat takes up much more space than muscle, so pound for pound, the more muscle you have the leaner you are, but that does not necessarily mean you will weigh any less. Hang in there and know that this is a life-long journey you're on and you will reach that destination sooner than later if you stay the course.
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So frustrated! My clothes are only a smidge looser after dropping 5 lbs.... when have you ladies been able to drop a jean size? After 10 lbs or what? I'm losing my motovation....
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