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to think that losing 21lbs should be enough to drop a dress size

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activate Sat 20-Aug-11 13:19:03


New work trousers - a size smaller than previous which are hanging off me a bit now - same style - I can do them up easily but they look and feel a bit tight

how much does one need to lose to go down a dress size do you think?

birdsofshoreandsea Sat 20-Aug-11 13:20:18

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NoobytheWaspSlayer Sat 20-Aug-11 13:21:48

21lb - well done! With me I lose weight all over, except my giant chicken leg thighs, so I still take a bigger size in trousers. Remember they are new trousers too, so may well stretch a bit in the wash.

peppapighastakenovermylife Sat 20-Aug-11 13:21:53

Well done on losing 21 pounds!

I reckon around 14 - 21 pounds for me anyway. However I never seem to lose it all over...part of me will get smaller and another part not budge.

I will never be less than a size 12 - 14 on my hips but losing nearly a stone recently has meant that my waist and legs are smaller but I am still in the same size jeans...they just fit better smile

BimboNo5 Sat 20-Aug-11 13:23:25

Ive lost a stone and one pair of my size 16's are hanging off me yet another pair is still snug- weird!!

pjmama Sat 20-Aug-11 13:23:31

21lbs certainly enough for at least one dress size IMO - good on you!

I find with clothes though it really depends where you buy them. The same size can fit totally differently from different shops. Jeans are the worst culprit - I think in my entire life I have probably only managed to buy 2 or 3 pairs that actually fit properly and feel comfortable!

Xales Sat 20-Aug-11 13:28:33

Have you tried laying the trousers on top of each other to see what difference there is in size?

I brought 2 pairs of same range, same size jeans from a shop. The only difference was 1 pair black and 1 pair blue. I couldn't get the black pair up.

Laying one over the other there was about 2 inches difference around them in size!

lilmissminx Sat 20-Aug-11 13:46:04

this always seems to happen with black jeans. Is very annoying. Someoen told me before that it's something to do with the dyeing (sp?) process.

HellonHeels Sat 20-Aug-11 13:52:49

Could be a slightly different cut or fabric, maybe? 21 pounds is still a great loss!

To answer your question though, it's possible to lose that much weight without going down a full size if the start weight is high and if you've been squeezing into a size <voice of experience>

TimeWasting Sat 20-Aug-11 13:56:53

Have you been exercising a lot, or just restricted calories?

If you've just eaten less your body might have burnt more muscle off than fat, so you won't change shape as much if you'd exercised a lot.

Shop sizes are all inconsistent and arbitrary, have you taken actual measurements?

timidviper Sat 20-Aug-11 14:00:50

Apparently this also depends on what size you are to start off with. The difference in inches between a 10 and a 12 is a lot less than that between a 20 and 22 IYSWIM.

I have also lost 21lb and have not gone down a size although I am noticing some clothes are looser but as I am huuuge to start with I am not too worried.

Well done on your weight loss.

Thumbwitch Sat 20-Aug-11 14:02:31

Could also depend on where you bought them.

I remember buying cheap jeans years ago and needing to take 3 different pairs, all the same size and colour, into the changing room until I found a pair that fit! shock

1.5st should be enough to drop a dress size really.

Daft question - you're not just a bit bloated at the minute, are you?

ImperialBlether Sat 20-Aug-11 14:05:17

A WeightWatchers leader I knew said 10lbs was a dress size.

TimeWasting Sat 20-Aug-11 14:22:48

I found that a stone was a size for me, someone taller would need to lose more, someone shorter less. Physics innit, mass/volume etc.

dotty2 Sat 20-Aug-11 14:28:06

Definitely could be the individual trousers. Have dropped a dress size myself recently (on about the same loss) - but have also noticed that two size 14s in the same style, same shop can vary considerably. If you think about it, it only takes a mm or two on all the seams to make a noticeable differnce to the size.

Niecie Sat 20-Aug-11 14:29:59

For me it is over 2 stone = a dress size. A bit depressing.

I agree with the PP who said it depends on your height but it also depends on your build too I reckon.

I suppose it also depends where you were within the size iyswim. If you were wearing a very tight 14 say and wanted to get to a comfortable 12 it would be more than if you were a comfortable 14 getting to a comfortable 12. It could make 5 or 6lbs difference I should imagine.

pranma Sat 20-Aug-11 16:31:58

I lost a total of 3 and a half stones.I was 18/ 20 top and 18 bottom now I am 16 top and 16[occasionally 14] bottom.It is so disheartening.

squeakytoy Sat 20-Aug-11 16:39:37

I have lost 2 and a half stone and have gone from an 18 to a 12. Most of my weight has gone from my hips, waist and thighs. Havent lost so much as an inch off my boobs sad

Anifrangapani Sat 20-Aug-11 16:47:59

I have dropped from 12/14 ish to a comfy size 10 but have put on weight now I have started exercising. Good news is that it has firmed up my squidgy arse, flappy upper arms and my tummy is losing the baby fat ( my dd is 9 - so that has taken no time at all then)

NorfolkBroad Sat 20-Aug-11 23:49:43

I empathise with you activate but sort of in reverse! I started running 5 or 6 years ago, long distance, several times a week. I'm not going to lie and say I completely changed my diet too, I didnt but anyway even with all that exercise I have gained 1.5 stone and have never been heavier......however, i am pretty much wearing the same size clothes! Very strange, I do feel nice and toned though so I am guessing that amongst all the jammy dodgers I have gained some muscle too!

UsingMainlySpoons Sat 20-Aug-11 23:53:47

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activate Sun 21-Aug-11 07:21:18

Thank you Xales - I did what you said and put them over each other and there is a waist / hip difference of around 1.5 to 2 inches. So probably a bit more than I thought I am happy to lose about 2 inches over 21lbs (I'm tall)

they do up fine on waist it's just a little tight across hips

thank you all for congrats too - I do have the same again to lose unfortunately

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