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165 Pounds - What Not to Wear


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Last Friday I watched that show "What Not to Wear".  They featured a woman who had gastric bypass surgery and lost about 170 pounds, going from 330 to 165. 

While I'm watching, my husband walks in, checks out a little of the show and says that there is no way in the world this woman weighs 165 pounds.  He said she looked much heavier.

In fact they were talking about her having to shop in the plus department for pants, which means she was at least a 16W on the bottom.

So I'm wondering, do you think it is possible for a 165 pound woman to wear a 16W pant?  I currently weigh 155 and wear a size 6-8 in bottoms.  I'm thinking that perhaps it has something to do with muscle tone.  But 10 pounds shouldn't be that huge of a difference?  I think she must have been at least 5'5" because they were not shopping petites.  What do you think?

 

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I think it's possible because body type, muscle tone and the cut of the clothing can all change how clothing fits you.

I enjoy this show as well and if you watch it, they tell you to fit to the largest part of your body and tailor the rest.  Maybe she is a pear/apple shape and just has a bigger bottom.

I am 5'4", 165 pounds and I wear a size 10 pants.  A few years ago, I was a size 10 at 140 pounds.  The difference?  I like to think I've got better muscle tone now.  

I wore a size 16 at 220 pounds.  Those pants have long since gone to Goodwill.

It's possible that losing that much weight has left her with a large amount of sagging skin and making her need larger size pants.

Well I'd say it depends on height.  I'm 5'10" which is pretty tall for a woman, of course and I weigh 165.  I wear size 10 or 12 pants.  I don't think it's too far fetched that someone considerably shorter and the same weight might wear a size 16.

Depending on what stores the were shopping in, she was probably smaller than a 16. Some stores consider 12 "plus size."

Katie

It's totally possible.  I was about 170 and I fit a 16.  Never tried a 16W but, I could see if your body shape was heavier on the bottom (even heavy I didn't have a whole lotta butt) you could be a 16W.  My friend is about 177 and a total pear shape.  She wears a 16.  She is pretty short too...about 5'1-5'2.

Wow Katydid, I didn't know that.  A size 12 being considered a plus size is just too much for my mind to wrap around. 

All good points that I hadn't thought about.  Thanks ladies!

What?  I thought it was standard that a 12 was plus size.

Yes, it is possible to weigh 165 lbs and wear size 16.  It might be that the person did not exercise during her weight loss and therefore still has a high percentage of body fat which we all know takes up much more space than lean muscle.  It could also be as stated above, loose skin. 

I am 5'7", weigh 166 and wear size 6-8 tops and size 8-10 pants and skirts.  But I have exercised and lifted weight throughout my entire weight loss journey.  I still have 20 lbs towards my goal and I'm not sure what size I'll be then and don't really care.  Not so concerned about clothes size.  Just want to be healthy and look fit.

I am about 190 pounds and a size 16.  It all depends on your natural shape, mine being an hourglass shape.  But, you have to keep in mind that my measurements are 45", 36", 47" and it has nothing to do with weight, it's just the fact that I am blessed with large hips :D

It varies greatly from woman to woman. We are all shaped differently. I'm a size 10  at 155 lbs. My mom has an hourglass figure, weighs a lot less than I do, but wears a size 18. I don't have an hourglass figure, weighed 216 when I started and was in a size 16. So, clothes fits a certain woman, but, no two women's bodies are exactly alike. You have to realize too, that the woman on the show likely has a ton of loose skin to put in those pants that don't necessarily make her weight a ton more.

The camera does add weight as well.

 I'm 5'3, 169 lbs and I have three pairs of pants right now. A pair of 16s, 14s, and 12s.  The 16s are very big and baggy, but not to the point that they fall off of me yet.  The 14s are just about right.  The 12s fit, but are tight and sometimes get a bit uncomfortable after a meal.

I think its feasable that if a woman was my height, but mostly carried her weight around her thighs and butt, she could wear a 16 comfortably.  Most of my weight is in my boobs, arms, and stomach.

I also believe that the extra skin theory is the most likely explanation.  In my experience, people I know that have gastric bypass lose weight so quickly that their skin's elasticity cannot keep up

It depends on a lot of factors.  How tall is she?  How much muscle vs. fat does she have?  Where does she carry the weight (belly, legs, boobs....)? 

I'm 5'4".  At ~150 I wore a 10/12 bottom and top because of my large boobs.  But if you moved the weight from my boobs to my bottom, I easily could have worn a 14/16. 

Now at ~122 I wear a 4/6 bottom.  Unfortunatley, my boobs have shrunk too.

Original Post by bittybettie:

I am about 190 pounds and a size 16.  It all depends on your natural shape, mine being an hourglass shape.  But, you have to keep in mind that my measurements are 45", 36", 47" and it has nothing to do with weight, it's just the fact that I am blessed with large hips :D

 Blessed indeed! :-)

I have no idea how tall she was or how much muscle vs. fat.  But it does make sense that all bodies are different.  I also didn't think about the fact that manufacturers clothing sizes are not reliable.  The comment about various sizes in the closet that still fit hit home.  Thanks ladies!

Original Post by tciherr:

I have no idea how tall she was or how much muscle vs. fat.  But it does make sense that all bodies are different.  I also didn't think about the fact that manufacturers clothing sizes are not reliable.  The comment about various sizes in the closet that still fit hit home.  Thanks ladies!

I didn't even think of that. I have pants in 18, 16 and 14 that all fit right now! LOL The manufacturer sizes not being accurate is so true. Also, I find that the higher quality more expensive clothes are much more forgiving than the less expensive brands. Guess that's why a celebrity who should be in a 6 fits in a 4!! LOL

Undecidedor my favourite manufacturer's size:

ONE SIZE FITS ALL .... (but me)

Tongue out

Original Post by tamji:

Undecidedor my favourite manufacturer's size:

ONE SIZE FITS ALL .... (but me)

Tongue out

No kidding. I have never had something that said that fit me either!! LOL

At 175 5'8" I wore a tight, desperatly trying to fit, size 14.

Today I weigh 145 and wear 12/10...yup, 30 pounds gone and only a few sizes smaller.

Every Body is different.

I saw that episode and yes, I do think that is entirely possible. She was pretty short (compared to other folks on the show like Stacy, her mom, etc.) and she was also bottom heavy. Her top was pretty small (relatively speaking) and she appeared to carry most of her weight on her bottom half -- thighs, calves, butt, etc. Also she looked like she didn't exercise much so at a lower weight but having more fat (vs muscle).

I am 5'7" and a size 10/12 and I carry my weight well. A lot of people at my weight are in a 16/18 but we're the same weight and height. It's just distributed differently on my body. I'm also large frame and I have more broad shoulders than many women. So *shoulder shrug* I don't know why, scientifically, there can be such a big difference in people's weights vs. sizes but yes I do know it's possible.

Original Post by setyourselfonfire:

What?  I thought it was standard that a 12 was plus size.

I guess it makes sense given that a 12 now is an 18 when I was a teen (and an 18 then was borderline between regular and plus sizes).  But it makes me kind of sad that the clothing manufacturers have warped the sizes so horribly that the size 12 I wore as a teenageer is now considered 'plus size' (even though I know that actual piece of clothing would have a 'size 6' label on it if it were produced today).  Just how dumb do the clothing manufacturers think we are? 

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