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I read that it's 7 pounds per dress size.

That if you lose 7 pounds, you'll go down a dress size. I think it's over 10. Any experience with this?

Tue. Nov 1, 4:02pm

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Having been a 14/16, then a 12, then a 10 and now back to a size 12, I would say 7 lbs a size is incorrect, but that may just be my body. Considering at the 14/16 I weighed ~200, and at a 12 I weight 165, there is a much larger discrepancy than 7 pounds. I guess it depends on your bone structure and muscle vs. fat content.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005, 4:29 PM

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This subject was brought up recently in another post and it was said that at a plus size it is about 20 lbs. between sizes and a regular misses size is approximately 10 lbs. between sizes. Having worn plus sizes and misses sizes this has proven true for me.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005, 5:01 PM

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I have heard and experienced that losing between 10-15lbs is one regular dress size. It probably depends on the body type. For myself it's more like the 15lbs.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005, 5:43 PM

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Of course, one thing to keep in mind, is that there is no fashion industry standard for womens clothing sizes. A size 8 in one store could be a 6 or 10 in another. They do that just to make us crazy!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005, 5:29 PM

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Everybody is different. It depends on where you lose the weight. I myself go down a dress size when I lose 12 - 14 pounds, my sister goes down at about 8 - 10 pounds. I have a friend who didn't budge until she lost 20 pounds. So really everyone is different.

Sunday, November 20, 2005, 11:24 PM

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It would depend on your height. If I lose (or gain) 7 lbs it shows a lot because I'm 5'4. For someone who is 5'10 it wouldn't be a big difference. For someone 5'0 it would be a huge difference.

Monday, November 21, 2005, 12:38 AM

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I also think it it depends on how you lose your weight - diet alone or diet and exercise. I have lost a dress size through exercise, with only a 4 lb weight loss.

Monday, November 21, 2005, 5:43 AM

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5-7 pounds sounds about right for someone of medium height. that has been my experience.

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 4:50 PM

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It's more like 13-14 lbs for me. I've gotten rid of about 53 lbs and come down 4 sizes.

Someone mentioned being 200 lbs & wearing size 14-16. When I wore a size 16 in the early 80s I weighed 155 lbs. In the mid 70s I weighed about 140 and wore a size 14. Are the sizes assigned to different measurements now?

Saturday, November 10, 2007, 5:25 PM

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Quite possibly only 7lb for sizes 0-10 because there is only an inch between sizes. But if you are over a size 10, then it's two inches between sizes and so it will take more pounds to drop a dress size.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:20 PM

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And of course your height makes a difference as well as how much of your weight loss is fat and how much is water loss or muscle.

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:21 PM

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I am extemely overweight and for me it is 20 pounds per size. I have heard from friends though that 10 pounds is common.
I think there are just too many variables.
As long as the sizes keep going down it makes me happy.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 9:43 PM

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I've said this before but when you are quite heavy it takes several pounds to go down a size-maybe 10-20 but it comes off relatively easy (if you really watch diet and exercise). When you get smaller, closer to small sizes, it takes less actual pounds (5-10), but much more work to get those 2 or 3 lbs to budge.

I started off at 215 lbs and a size 16/18. When I got to 190 I could squeeze into a 14, 175 got me into a 12, 160, size 10, 150, size 8, 145 lbs, size 6, now at 137 lbs, I wear some 6's and mostly 4's (depending on the brand).

It is different for everyone but in general I've seen it to be true-the bigger you are the more lbs you need to lose to change sizes and the smaller you are, the less weight you need to lose to go down a size.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 10:09 PM

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My opinion....

There's a few factors that need to be considered.

1. Your height. A short person probably has to lose less scale weight than a taller person to go down a dress size.

2. The lbs. of fat you're losing - not just scale pounds you're losing. 2 people could step on the scale and have lost 5 lbs. of scale weight. Person #1 may have only lost 1# of fat and person 2 lost 4# of fat. Person #2 probably lost more inches than person #1.

Friday, November 16, 2007, 11:08 PM

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I'm 5'-6" and at 168 lbs. I was a 12/14. Now, at 148 lbs. I'm an 8/10. So, I guess that would be about 10 lbs. per size (at least for me). I'm hour-glass to slightly pear-shaped.

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 7:08 PM

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I find it odd and disturbing that a thread from 2 years ago is being revisited. Didn't the first person of 2007 responding to this have anything better to do then go looking for something this old. Why not just start a new thread?

Monday, November 19, 2007, 2:14 AM

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to the 11/19 2.14 poster : because then someone would have asked why they didn't search the archives... damned if you do, damned if you don't!!

I believe it all depends on where you shop and where you lose your weight. I lost about 10 pounds recently, but didn't budge in my dress size, but that's because my hips went down, but my tummy didn't. continuing on my way to that size 8!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007, 4:54 PM

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I agree that everyone is different, so here is my experience:

at 220 I wore a 16. Now I'm 190 and I wear a 10. (I've been told I carry my weight well, whatever that means.)

Monday, November 19, 2007, 5:18 PM

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I'm at 142-144 and am 5'6" and 10s are a bit large and 8s are a bit small.

Monday, November 19, 2007, 5:33 PM

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pounds per dress size

I am 5'2, hour glass/pear shaped and wear an 8 at 138 lbs. I can still wear some 6s, but it's a very tight squeeze on the bottom. I have gained 25 lbs lately and used to be a size 4 prior, i would have to say that losing 7 pounds allows me to fit into the next smaller size comfortably. Keep in mind i am not counting odd # sizes.

Monday, July 28, 2008, 6:02 AM

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it depends where you carry your fat. some people are incredibly top heavy, through their torso but have thin legs and hips. I, personally, carry probably 85% of my fat around my hips so i'm at 166 in a size 10/12. I really hope to be in a size 6 at my goal of 139 but i dont know about that because of my gynoid body.

Monday, July 28, 2008, 4:48 PM

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I'm 5'4
When I was 200+ lbs, I wore a 16 because I have a lot of muscle
Now at about 185, I am between a 12/14
I agree with the people who have said it depends on how you're losing the weight. You can definitely go down dress sizes with exercise without necessarily losing that much at all

Monday, July 28, 2008, 9:54 PM

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I'm 5'8" and it takes more than 7 lbs a size for me. At 180+ I was a 14; at 160 a 10, and at 150 I'm still a 10 and don't think I will fit into an 8 until I am 140.

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