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How many pounds in a size?


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How many pounds do you think, on average, are involved going up or down a size of pants?

I lost a few pounds and seem to have stagnated even though I am sticking with 1200 calories. But my pants seem to be getting looser, even though I am not doing a lot of exercise or anything. I thought maybe it was some water weight or something and maybe I have lost some in the past couple days that will show up if I am not carrying extra water ... someday.

Anyway, I was just wondering how many pounds I have to lose to get back down a size. I think I am on the size 8 to size 6 borderline right now. 

So, what are people's thoughts? 

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well, I think about...... 14 pounds.

I'm guessing. I found these sites:

http://www.peertrainer.com/LoungeCommunityThr ead.aspx?ForumID=1&ThreadID=4889

http://www.calorie-count.com/forums/post/2735 2.html

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi d=20070423105925AAd6LUz

its really hard to tell, there is not a accurate answer, cause everyone's body is different.

I think it really depends on your height and weight to change sizes. Someone who is already thin probably would go down in sizes with lower amount of lbs. lost I would think....

I am 5'7" and large frame, for me it's anywhere from 10-15 lbs for a pants size to change. My shirt size is much harder to change, in fact more like 20 lbs on the top for me. I'm top heavy - large chest but also very broad shoulders for a woman. And I have narrow hips. So anyway the number of lbs is different for me for changing sizes when you compare tops vs. bottoms. I've lost 12 lbs and haven't gone down a size yet but I'm very close. It's soooo nice having my pants loose! I'm about a size 10 but going for a size 6 bottom and 8/10 top.

Good luck, keep up the good work!

I'm 5'6 and 115-120 and I find about 5-7 pounds makes a change in size for me. I go down an inch in waist 5 pounds either way but my clothing sizes (dresses tops etc.) don't tend to change unless my weight loss or gain is around the 10 pound mark
It definitely depends on you and where you lost the weight and the brand of clothes .............. but I lost roughly 25-30 lbs and went from a comfortable 8, (occasional 10) to a very comfortable 2 (occasional 0). That means 4 sizes in 25-30 lbs. About 7 lbs a size for me.
This depends on a lot of things. If you are building muscle, you will see a smaller size but not lose (much) weight. I've lost 3 pant sizes with only losing 10 pounds. It can also depend on your own body, and where you store and lose fat most.
Psht.  Websites lie.  I lost 30 pounds and I still wear the same pant size.  After losing 33 pounds, they started to get a little loose, as in, they no longer cut off circulation and gave me muffin tops.
I went from a size 18 to an 8 when I lost 55 lbs - when I quit smoking i gained 30 lbs went back to a 14 -- now 1 year after starting to do weights I weigh the same if not 10 lbs more but wear a size 10 -- so lbs have nothing to do with sizes its whats in those lbs - fat vs muscle

I don't really know, but I can tell you that it's fun to buy your favorite pants in a size too small, and then try them on every week to watch them get closer and closer to fitting...

I've been doing this with a pair of jeans (size 14).  Just this week I got them to zip up, but I can't wear them yet as they give me muffin top.  I figure in a couple of weeks I may be able to go out in public in them. 

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I don't really know, but I can tell you that it's fun to buy your favorite pants in a size too small, and then try them on every week to watch them get closer and closer to fitting...

I've been doing this with a pair of jeans (size 14).  Just this week I got them to zip up, but I can't wear them yet as they give me muffin top.  I figure in a couple of weeks I may be able to go out in public in them. 

 Oh, I like that idea! That's a good way to set goals for yourself. Of course, that wouldn't work for me since I have legs that are too short for most pants, but the idea is great!

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