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Old 12-28-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Correlating pounds & inches lost

For various reasons, I decided to do my "one year" measuring today (instead of on 1/1/14). Over the last year, I've lost 42# and ~46". I say "about" because I added some additional measuring places in the middle of the year, and may be over-measuring.
Anyway, I noticed when I was tallying up the results that its almost 1:1 pound:inch ratio. I know fat is "fluffy", but I was wondering if anyone else had done a comparison or noticed this as well.
It would be interesting to see if this ratio holds pretty true for most people or if its a highly individual result.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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I just checked your journal to see where you're measuring. I don't measure as many sites, so I wouldn't have the same numbers. I only measure the right side or the middle.

It'd be interesting to see in others' numbers, though.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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Wow Jen, you're numbers are fantastic! I love seeing people's comparisons because it really does show and prove the amazing changes we can affect with a little dedication and hard work. WTG!

My numbers are 73.5 inches to 139 pounds, but I measure upper arm, forearm, thigh and calf only on one side, so that would get me closer to that 1:1 ratio you mentioned. I also didn't measure until a few months into my losing, so I'm missing some inches there too.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #4
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I wonder if the ratio is also affected by the individual's height.
What I'm saying is- 145lb is very slender for someone who is 5'8" tall, but it is overweight for someone who is 5' tall. Would the ratio be the same for people of differing heights

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Old 12-29-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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I really like numbers...can you tell?
I think that would be an interesting point, Carly. I also wonder if someone taller, with more top-to-bottom distribution of the fat would lose fewer inches around compared to a shorter person losing the same weight of fat but having less vertical space to store it in, the short person would lose more inches?
I'm even confusing myself with that one.
On a semi-related note, I was reading on Facebook someone talking about doing a weight loss challenge, having lost 20# and 3 pants sizes. It especially intrigued me because I've lost 42# and only gone down 2 pants sizes (12s to 8s). But my measurements show where I've really lost from (extremities mostly) and where I still have lots of work to do (hips, behind, abdomen, waist) which might explain the lack of pants sizes results.
I'm really interested in this whole concept.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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I've lost 36 lbs and can still wear the jeans I was wearing at 207 lbs! I can't imagine how I was wearing them then. I have gone down approximately 2 sizes from 18W to regular 16s in most pants and I have some 14s that are tight, but as I said I can still wear one pair of 18W jeans and they are snug fresh out of the dryer--tend to get baggy as the day goes on.
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I read some where you drop a size for every 10lbs lost. I went from a size 16/18 to 6/8 and lost about 80lbs so that ratio holds true for me but it's really tricky because dress sizes aren't standard...even when it's the same label/company!
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That ten pounds per size thing is only for the smaller sizes. But not too small, because then it might be down to even five pounds.

I think of it like a roll of paper towels: the more you have to lose, the bigger the roll, and the more sheets you need to remove before you can see a difference. As the roll gets smaller, removing even one or two sheets makes an appreciable difference.

Plus, it depends on how you carry your weight too. I just don't think there's a rule that's applicable across the board.
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I've lost 36 lbs and can still wear the jeans I was wearing at 207 lbs! I can't imagine how I was wearing them then. I have gone down approximately 2 sizes from 18W to regular 16s in most pants and I have some 14s that are tight, but as I said I can still wear one pair of 18W jeans and they are snug fresh out of the dryer--tend to get baggy as the day goes on.
Cindy,
We're pretty much changing shape on the same scale. I have 1 pair of pants that I can still wear from "before" but technically they weren't from "before" since they were just a bit too tight to wear ever since I bought them. I did ditch a bunch of old stuff that didn't fit. But, saying that, there are some styles of size 8 that I can't yet wear so I'm not a solid 8 across the board yet.

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I read some where you drop a size for every 10lbs lost. I went from a size 16/18 to 6/8 and lost about 80lbs so that ratio holds true for me but it's really tricky because dress sizes aren't standard...even when it's the same label/company!
Yes, this definitely does not hold true for me. But I also wonder if, again for me personally, my lack of dramatic size change comes from the fact that I was wearing a size 12 (tightly, but they were on) at nearly 200 pounds. It was going to take a lot of work to get down to a smaller size.

So interesting, isn't it?!
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:21 PM   #10
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Cindy,
We're pretty much changing shape on the same scale. I have 1 pair of pants that I can still wear from "before" but technically they weren't from "before" since they were just a bit too tight to wear ever since I bought them. I did ditch a bunch of old stuff that didn't fit. But, saying that, there are some styles of size 8 that I can't yet wear so I'm not a solid 8 across the board yet.



Yes, this definitely does not hold true for me. But I also wonder if, again for me personally, my lack of dramatic size change comes from the fact that I was wearing a size 12 (tightly, but they were on) at nearly 200 pounds. It was going to take a lot of work to get down to a smaller size.

So interesting, isn't it?!
Definitely is interesting because I'm 6' taller than you but our weight and dress size kind of match up - I was wearing size 12 @ 200lbs and we're roughly the same weight now and I'm anywhere from a 6-8.
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Definitely is interesting because I'm 6' taller than you but our weight and dress size kind of match up - I was wearing size 12 @ 200lbs and we're roughly the same weight now and I'm anywhere from a 6-8.
This is so cool! Yeah, I'm definitely not a size 6 yet, and only kinda a size 8. Thanks for contributing to my curiosity. I appreciate everyone's insight. Will be interesting to hear others' results if they choose to participate in the conversation.

Congrats on your weight loss, and size 6!! Hoping to make it there some day.
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Thanks! You WILL make it! I'd like to get down to 145-150 to get rid of my spare tire and also to have a bigger buffer when things like holidays come up. I crossed my no-no number a few days ago and it's not a nice feeling - has me motivated to get to my goal weight.
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I never saw a correlation of inches to pounds...or pounds to clothing size...or inches to clothing size (if I was honest with myself).

Inflammation plays into it. And water retention. And body shape. And - I suspect - some of us pack our fat more tightly than others (jiggly v firm).

It would be really interesting if somewhere, somehow there were true correlations (I like numbers too...but the time I lost 11 inches - thighs, hips, waist, girls - and the scale did the same bounce over and over convinced me the algorithm is not intuitive).

Oceania! Great news!

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Yes, this definitely does not hold true for me. But I also wonder if, again for me personally, my lack of dramatic size change comes from the fact that I was wearing a size 12 (tightly, but they were on) at nearly 200 pounds. It was going to take a lot of work to get down to a smaller size.

So interesting, isn't it?!
At 199lbs and 5'2" I was wearing 18 pants and 2x tops. I could not have wedged myself into a 12 if my life depended on it. It felt like it took a while to get into 16P.
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Thinking about this some more, I don't think dress sizes are accurate way of determining anything because some stores/labels make their bigger sizes smaller and vice versa - it's a vanity thing. So for example, if the size is actually 16, they put a size 12 label whereas as others take a size 6 and make it a size 10.
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Definitely is interesting because I'm 6' taller than you but our weight and dress size kind of match up - I was wearing size 12 @ 200lbs and we're roughly the same weight now and I'm anywhere from a 6-8.
We are close in height and weight. I am 145 (ish) depending on the day and some of my 8s are baggy while some fit just right, my 6s are perfect, and I've even gotten into (but did not purchase) some 4s. I wear mostly medium tops, though depending on the brand I can go as large as XL.

I did not measure when I started, so I can't speak to the correlation. I was in 24-26 pants and 3X tops at around 280 pounds.

I'm fairly well proportioned, but do still have extra around my waist. I keep playing with the idea of losing another 10 pounds just to see if my waist would look better, but my arms and legs are perfect now, if not a little scrawny, and every pound I lose ages my face, so I'm still on the fence about that.
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