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Not going down sizes!

So I have now lost 17 pounds... and I am the same size! My clothes are noticably looser but when I try the next size down (12 instead of 14) they are still too snug. What gives? I just read a thread where a woman said she went down two sizes in 15 pounds and I haven't even gone down one! And I'm not that tall - 5'7". I do exercise but not enough strength training to be gaining tons of muscle.

Tue. Aug 7, 12:03am

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I'm 5'8 and I'm the same way...I lost 10 lbs and fit in the same size..better..but the same size.

Upside is I gained 15 lbs last time and fit in the same clothes.

Try running..it did a lot for me.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 1:29 AM

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If your clothes are looser, then you are losing sizes. You just may not be at a whole size yet.

I lost 15 lbs and went down 2 sizes. BUT, I am 5'1" - very short. And, the sizes were size 4/6 to size 0/2. The smaller the size, I think, the smaller the difference between them.

I thought I had heard that for regular clothes, it's supposed to be about 15 - 20 lbs per size, and for plus-sized clothes, closer to 30lbs between sizes. Anyway, if your clothes are getting loose, then you're almost there!!

Also, not to be a pessimist, but try and remember how your old clothes fit before you lost the 17 lbs. Could you put your fav jeans through the dryer and still put them on? For most of us, no. But, the new clothes you're trying on in the store are essentially the size as though they've recently gone through the dryer.

Most of us forget that we stretch our clothes out over time. So, old clothes in a size 14 and new clothes in a size 12 may actually be more than a size apart.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 12:55 PM

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I"m in the same boat. I've lost 20 lbs and can't go down a size yet, but my clothes are very loose (they look terrible, actually), but apparently not enough to go down a size. I'm gonna keep on keeping on, it'll happen soon I hope!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 1:00 PM

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Okay, this sounds weird but I swear it's true. There is a bigger difference (pound-wise) between larger sizes than there are between smaller sizes. How do I know this? From experience.

When I lost my first 10 or 15 lbs, no size difference even though lots of things were more loose. It was when I hit the 20 lb mark that I went from a 16 to a 14, and then another 20 lbs when I went from a 14 to a 12. about 15 lbs trying to go from a 12 to a 10, and about 10 more lbs to get to an 8, and weirdly enough, it only took 5 or 6 more lbs for me to get to a 6. If my calculations are correct, I'm only 3 or 4 lbs away from getting into a size 4.

For some reason it works like this. While it may seem unfair that it takes less pounds to get into a smaller size than now, it takes a smaller person more effort to lose a couple of pounds (they burn less calories).

I've heard this before but I can't think of where. Think of weight loss like a roll of paper towels. When the roll is new and you take off a sheet, or two (a pound or two), you don't see the overall size of the roll as getting smaller, and each sheet barely wraps around the cylinder once. By the time you get towards the end of the roll, those last sheets wrap around the roll several times so that when you remove one sheet, it makes a big difference in how the roll looks. Weight loss is sort of like this too.

Anyhow OP-be patient, you'll get there! Don't get discouraged!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:27 PM

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when i use to be overweight I wore a size 8 now i wear a size 4 and I sometimes fit into a size 8...it all depends on where it was made and high end clothing runs smaller so keep that in mind.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:41 PM

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the scale doesn't reflect any changes, but my bras are getting too big (yay!!!!!) i don't weight train, so i'm not sure how i've gotten a bit smaller w/o losing any weight?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007, 2:50 PM

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