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dropping weight vs sizes

I am reading on some spotlight profiles about people dropping 2 sizes with a 10 pound loss, 3 sizes with a 28 pound loss. I know it's different for everyone, just wondering what others' experience is.

I'm still at the beginning of my journey, but in past attempts to lose weight, one size was about 15 pounds, sometimes more.

Sat. Jun 30, 11:31am

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That depends on how you are losing and what you are gaining. I dropped a size after 10 pounds, but I was working out every single day. My pants started to ride lower and sag in the back as my abs, thighs and butt firmed up and my shirts started to drape over my smaller bust and upper arms. So, I probably lost more weight in fat than 10 pounds, but gained some in the form of muscle. However muscle takes less space than fat so overall I got smaller even though I didn't really lose that much 'weight'. Hence I lost 10 pounds and went down a size. If I was just losing weight through diet alone I don't think I would have seen quite that much change in my body.

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 11:45 AM

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It also depends on your height. My friend's 5ft, and when she loses 5lbs its very noticable.

I'm 5'8 and gained about 20lbs and still fit in some of the same clothes (differenly, of course, but I remained around the same size) and people said they didn't really notice much of a weight change. Its a little annoying though, since I've lost 10lbs and have yet to see a size change really lol

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 3:11 PM

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OP here-- that explains things better, 11:45. i'm 5'10", so maybe it just takes more weight to make a diff.

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 5:30 PM

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Yeah, I'm 5'2" and 10 lbs for me is 2 whole sizes.

Saturday, June 30, 2007, 8:51 PM

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Height is definitely a factor (for me.) I'm 5'3" and 5 pounds is a size for me.

Sunday, July 01, 2007, 12:43 PM

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so unfair! another downside to being tall. =)

Sunday, July 01, 2007, 4:52 PM

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4.52, I'd call it an upside... if we gain 10lbs, no one really notices =)
Plus we get super long lean legs to look foward to!

Sunday, July 01, 2007, 5:02 PM

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I agree 5:02! As a shorty every pound counts - up or down!!

Sunday, July 01, 2007, 5:13 PM

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Well I think it depends on how much weight you have to lose. The less you have to lose the more sizes you lose. I have about 150 lbs to lose...and I have lost almost 30 lbs but only have came down 1 size.

Sunday, July 01, 2007, 6:53 PM

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Plus-sized clothing sizes are generally 25-30 lbs of loss to change a size, whereas for regular-sized clothing it's normally around 15 lbs. Don't know why, but, that was in a previous thread somewhere too.

So yes, if you're a bigger size, it takes a larger loss to change sizes.

And as for the tall girls, just think how much more you get to eat than us shorties, w/o gaining, or with still losing! I'm 5'1", and if I eat over 1300 cals a day, I will gain. At 1300 cals, I don't lose. It's pretty annoying!!

Friday, July 06, 2007, 12:28 PM

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