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45 lb weight loss but STILL wearing the same size clothes!


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At my heaviest I was 285 lbs, wearing between a 20 and 22 in jeans and usually a 1x in shirts now I am down to 240 and still wearing 20's! I have found 18's that i can wear but not very often. I still wear 1x's in shirts (some xl's depending on where i go) and it's extremely frustrating! I feel like the scale is lying or something. 

to give more background, I'm 5'11" tall, I have a large body size, Even at my biggest my BMI (according to a skin fold test) was only 29. If i do a regular BMI test on here or anywhere on the net, It comes up as 38-39 and that i was morbidly obese. Thats why i don't trust regular BMI tests, Skin fold tests seems to be a much more accurate representation of BMI and amount of fat.

ANYWAYS, Has anyone had to deal with this before? I feel like I'm never going be a smaller size, like maybe I'll get to a 14 and thats it, I don't want to be a size 6 or anything, i just want to NOT have to shop in the plus sizes any more. 

I've been told by my doctor, and by a personal trainer (who did the skin fold test) that I only need to be between 180 and 190 to be or normal weight, and to have a normal BMI etc...

But with the way things are going, if i do lose another 60 lbs im still going to be in a 16 or something! It just bothers me that I'll have a normal bmi, and be normal weight and such, but STILL be considered plus size! 

I just need help understanding this....

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Hi Gamergirl!

I think you are my weightloss twin! I am 5'11'' as well and at my heaviest I was around 282 lbs and I was wearing size 20 jeans. :o) After losing 40 lbs last summer I put back on 20 lbs. Now I am re-starting at 262 lbs... and still wearing 20 jeans.

It's frustrating I know, but I believe the reason is that we are so tall and our weight is fairly well distributed. Your figure/shape is very similar to mine - you don't have this dreaded apple shape but a more female, curvy figure. But that also means that when we lose weight we lose it EVERYWHERE! Not just around the middle or the thighs. We are losing an inch from top to bottom and that means that our waist might not shrink as much as if we were taking off all the pounds just from the middle.

Last year when I was around 260 lbs I went for a few sessions with a dietician and weightloss specialist (medical doctor) and he did the same measurements and told me that I am actually not that overweight! For a woman I am quite tall and since my weight is fairly well distributed I am at least not prone to suffer from typical diseases like diabetes or heart attacks etc. Which is good news. But of course I should still lose weight and get fit.

My goal is actually to be 180 lbs as well. I believe that with our height it's a perfect weight and we will look smokin hot!! :o)

I remember being 180 lbs about 10 years ago and I was wearing 'normal' clothes. Probably 12s and 14s on the bottom and 10s around the top. Which is fine. You WILL be able to shop in normal shops! You don't have to get oversize clothes anymore! Of course always depending where you want to shop! :o) H&M frequently seems to be a size smaller than it is labeled. :o)

I really hope I could give you some hope and cheer you up! We WILL be healthy and wear a nice 12-14! Isnt that a great goal to work for? I can't wait for the day!!!

Common girl - let's do it together!!!

 

i can't really explain it but i sympathize. i lost 20 lbs and actually went up a pants size! RAR now that's pure frustration. just stick with it!

Hey Gamergirl,

I just wanted to send a nod your way that I know how you feel.  I am 5'8 and started at 235lb. I'm now 172lb and still losing but I started with a size 18 and now, 60+lbs lighter I'm only now BARELY fitting a size 12 but usually wear a 14. I wish I could say that I am happily in a size 8 which is really what I ultimately had hoped for but at this point I'm starting to think that I'll never see smaller then a size 10. Again, while I don't have your height, I am a largely built girl and I think it ultimately does have a lot to do with our height. It's frustrating and I feel your frustration about still having a hard time with sizes. We live in a world of small people who genetically seem to just be getting smaller. Wink  No, you are not alone. You will eventually hit those smaller sizes especially if you do lose that extra 60lbs. It will take a little while to see the change, especially with the way jeans tend to relax until you wash them again. 

Many many congratulations on your weight loss so far and keep up the good work!

I can relate. I started out at 190 (I'm only 5'3"), and wearing a tight 15/16. I'm down to 164 and am in a loose 15, some 13s. It's incredibly frustrating. I've done some research, and for most american clothing companies, the average weight change between sizes 00-10/11 is 10 pounds. From 10/11-18/19 it's 15 to 20 pounds. Above size 20, it can be more than a 20 pound difference to go up or down a size. This is all based on averages, mind you, but it does show that it's not unheard of to  drop 20 pounds and not change pants sizes.

Another thing: I've come to realize, when I was heavier, I was used to my pants being tight, because I wasn't willing to buy up another size (or it was difficult to find, or more expensive, or whatever), but that meant I was wearing my pants much tighter than I actually prefer. Now that I'm smaller, I may be wearing the same size, but it's SO much more comfortable. Pants I wear now, if they're as tight as my 15s used o be, are a size 11. I am making progress. You are too.

Also, Mermaid3011 made excellent points. You are tall, and look like a curvy hourglass. You lose your weight everywhere, so it may not seem as noticeable. I'm built similarly (large framed hourglass, obviously shorter though), and I know that my shirt and pants fit better in my thighs and upper arms. That's one area where I've really noticed.

I have lost about 15 pounds and not changed size.  Yeah, I know that is nothing like losing 45, but I am barely 5'5".  I haven't boumoved down a pants size, but now the pants I could barely get on are now lose.  They look much better lose and the smaller ones I couldn't get on before I can get on, but are a bit tight.  The point is that we often don't go out and but new clothes when gaining and we wear stuff that is too tight.  We have to lose a lot just to fit well in the stuff we have, much more to go into a lower size.

Oh I can relate to this very well! At my heaviest I was 300 lbs (at 5'4" 1/2) and even after losing 50 lbs, I was still wearing basically the same size which was 26 jeans and XXXL tops. My clothes fit better and were a bit looser, but still, it seemed pretty ridiculous that someone at my height could lose 50 lbs and not see much of a difference in clothing size. After 50-60 lbs lost though I went down to a 24 jeans and XXL tops and from that point on I continued dropping sizes at a quicker (although still pretty gradual) pace. The more overweight you are, the longer it takes to notice these kinds of changes. When I look at old pictures of myself, I don't really see a major difference in my appearance from when I was 260 lbs to when I was 300 lbs. But now, as little as 5 or 10 lbs makes a difference in my appearance or in how my jeans fit. How and where your weight is distributed also makes a big difference in how quickly you'll drop sizes. I've always carried a lot of my excess weight in my stomach/hips/thighs (still do) so jean sizes felt like it took *forever* to go down.

I know it's frustrating because of course you want to feel like all of your hard work is paying off, and trust me it is even if you don't notice it yet! It will happen sooner than you think I promise. The closer you get down to your goal weight, the quicker you'll start going through sizes TRUST me on this! Originally I anticipated that if I got down to my goal of 150, I'd probably only be a 14 or a 12 if I was lucky. And I couldn't even imagine that because when I was 12 years old and 140 lbs (about 20-30 lbs overweight for my age/height at that time) I could barely squeeze into a 12. When I got down to 150 I was able to comfortably wear an 8/10 jeans and small/medium tops. When I was down to my lowest of 128 I basically wore a small in all tops and 6/8 jeans.  Now that I'm back up to 146, I'm still wearing size 8 jeans and small tops and size 6/8 in dresses. Although everyones bodies/builds are different, I still have a feeling you'll be quite a bit smaller than a size 16 once you reach your goal! 

You've done an amazing job dropping the weight you have so far so please keep it up!  I understand how difficult it can be to keep a positive outlook when you're feeling discouraged or don't feel like all of the effort you're putting in is showing, but it IS whether you can see it right now or not. You're probably approaching the point in your weight loss where NOW (or soon enough) you're going to go down in sizes. Just keep in mind it takes a while to lose enough inches where it's significant enough to effect your clothing sizes. It's going to happen though. You're still a work in progress so don't worry too much about where you're at right now because you're still changing little by little every day.

Good luck and keep going! :-)

Another thing: I've come to realize, when I was heavier, I was used to my pants being tight, because I wasn't willing to buy up another size (or it was difficult to find, or more expensive, or whatever), but that meant I was wearing my pants much tighter than I actually prefer. Now that I'm smaller, I may be wearing the same size, but it's SO much more comfortable. Pants I wear now, if they're as tight as my 15s used o be, are a size 11. I am making progress. You are too.

Great point klc! The biggest size jeans I ever wore was 26, but at my heaviest they were WAY too tight. So tight that at one point it was too painful to sit down while having them zipped and buttoned. I wouldn't cave and order anything bigger so I would sometimes wear them unbuttoned with a long shirt to cover the open fly! I wore those size 26 jeans until I lost 50 lbs and then was finally able to go down to 24, but that's probably because I should have actually been wearing at least 28's at my highest (my hip/stomach measurement was about 63" all the way around so that's not hard to imagine!)

to give more background, I'm 5'11" tall, I have a large body size, Even at my biggest my BMI (according to a skin fold test) was only 29. If i do a regular BMI test on here or anywhere on the net, It comes up as 38-39 and that i was morbidly obese. Thats why i don't trust regular BMI tests, Skin fold tests seems to be a much more accurate representation of BMI and amount of fat.

You may have had a BODY FAT of 29%, but as BMI is based strictly on weight and height and age, there is no way you had a BMI of 29 measured with a skin-fold test.

It is likely the clothes you were wearing at your heaviest were probably slightly stretched (like the difference btwn putting on jeans fresh out of the dryer and putting on a pair you've worn a few time btwn washings), so in actual fact, you may have been wearing a tad larger size.

Furthermore, it is possible to lose weight and not lose inches if you are only cutting calories and not doing anything to maintain muscle mass.  By doing something to maintain muscle mass, I mean strength exercises, not cardio.  Cardio definitely has its place, but should not be the only exercise your body gets.  Lifting heavy weights will help you maintain your muscle mass AND help re-shape your body.

 


Original Post by klcqtee:

I've done some research, and for most american clothing companies, the average weight change between sizes 00-10/11 is 10 pounds. From 10/11-18/19 it's 15 to 20 pounds. Above size 20, it can be more than a 20 pound difference to go up or down a size.

Thanks so much for finding and posting this!!! Finally it makes sense why it takes FOREVER to drop a large size but then in the smaller regions you need 10 lbs and whoosh you are down a size! Very interesting!!!

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I am 6 ft as well. The standard BMI system is broken when it comes to tall women. My body fat percentage is higher than I would like but when I lose 50 lbs it would be on the perfect side.

BMI: They took the male scale and applied to men and women and also rounded up to the next 5 pound slot because it was too much math to have both scales. Women weigh very differently based on body shape at our height. If you are hippy at 6 ft tall its very different and many more pounds than someone 5 ft tall. Your skeleton and muscle and skin weigh more. The standard BMI wants me to weigh about 150 lbs, I have been 150 lbs when I had an eatting disorder and did ballet for years, I have an A cup and look boney.

I currently weigh about 255 ( I gained 100 lbs in a year on birth control) but at 270 and at 220 I wear the same size 16-18 jeans and I have DD chest so the shirts range from large to 2X. I gain a lot in my arms and back like my grandmother and my stomach. I also have large hips, as in bones, I cannot fit in some roller coasters even though I have seen larger women get into the seats. My hips are solid no matter my weight. Even at 150 lbs I wore a size 13/14 pants.

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