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Old 04-04-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Smaller size at a higher weight? Ladies please come in

I know I am losing inches. I am wearing clothes I wore at 240 pounds. I don't get it.

I am an 18-20 on top and 20 on the bottom at almost 300 pounds.
I should weigh under 250 to wear those sizes. I am so confused at this.


Can anyone help with sizes. I know I was a size 8 at 160. I am 5'5. I think my weight is evenly distributed. I am fat all over. lol
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:58 AM   #3
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I know I am losing inches. I am wearing clothes I wore at 240 pounds. I don't get it.
"Yay!" on losing those inches – that's what we shoot for on low carb. The scale can and will lie, so ignore it if you can. As you lose fat, your body fills up the emptying cells with water for a while to maintain equilibrium, so the weight comes off more slowly. It may take as long as 6 months for it to even out, so use your tape measure or go by how well your clothing fits to determine if you're losing.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:53 AM   #4
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If you're losing fat while keeping your muscle mass, you will be smaller at a higher weight. Too many people lose both fat and quite a bit of muscle while they're losing weight, but the ideal is to lose one and keep the other. Body fat percentage has a lot to do with how you "carry" your weight, and how you fit into clothes.

ETA: I'm your weight and almost the same size: 18-20 on top, between a 20-22 in jeans (depending on the brand). I'm 5' 6.5".

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Old 04-05-2014, 05:19 AM   #5
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sometimes it's all this complicated stuff, and sometimes, since we are gaining that weight slowly, we just don't realize how tight the clothes are getting! I can wear the same things over a wide span too, with them hanging loosely at the low weight and being much more "fitted" at the high weight.

this can apply to pants too, if they are cut a certain way and have elastic waists. now fitted jeans won't give that much leeway, though they do stretch after washing too.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:47 AM   #6
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Also, if you're buying new clothes the size today may be cut fuller than it was years ago so the 18-20 may fit more like a 22-24 a while back. The size number is smaller but the cut isn't.
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You may also discover that other people wearing the same size as you weigh quite a bit less. Smaller & heavier is definitely better.

I recall shopping once with someone who wore the same size as me & I weighed 30 pounds more than she did. It made a big difference in appearance; muscle mass gives us great shape. My plan is to be small in size & as scale-heavy as possible. I want to look good and that is the best combo!
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I agree with what everyone has written here, and I'd also mention that people come with different frames - a large-framed person at 200 pounds has heavier bones and maybe more muscle and will be "smaller" than a small-framed person at 200 pounds with small bones and muscles but a lot of "fluff" (fat).

I remember in my teens that I always felt bad because my friends weighed, like, 125 pounds and I weighed 135. (Now I'd kill to weigh 135 ) But I wasn't particularly fat then, I just have a medium frame with big strong bones and peasant muscles.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:49 AM   #9
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Hi,
I am not exercising at all. In fact the opposite.
I really hope I am losing fat and retaining muscle with the good protein. I know on weight watchers, the scale was all that mattered and weight loss, not fat loss was counted.

I am buying new clothes and I know about vanity sizing. These are not older clothes that have stretched out. I just bought new clothes and not all elastic waist pants either. LOL. I just hate that my fat is everywhere. I wish I had one problem area and not all of them.

I have always weighed more and wore a smaller size, but it is so apparent at this higher weight.
But I remember being a size 16 at 220 pounds , so in my mind I need to lose over 80 pounds to lose 2 sizes? This gets confusing.

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:51 AM   #10
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If you're losing fat while keeping your muscle mass, you will be smaller at a higher weight. Too many people lose both fat and quite a bit of muscle while they're losing weight, but the ideal is to lose one and keep the other. Body fat percentage has a lot to do with how you "carry" your weight, and how you fit into clothes.

ETA: I'm your weight and almost the same size: 18-20 on top, between a 20-22 in jeans (depending on the brand). I'm 5' 6.5".


I thought of you when I made my other post.
I am going to get body fat tested.
Glad to see there is another women like this. I was also worrying the fat I had was around my organs , that is why I weighed more. Which is scary.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:01 AM   #11
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If you're losing fat while keeping your muscle mass, you will be smaller at a higher weight. Too many people lose both fat and quite a bit of muscle while they're losing weight, but the ideal is to lose one and keep the other. Body fat percentage has a lot to do with how you "carry" your weight, and how you fit into clothes.

ETA: I'm your weight and almost the same size: 18-20 on top, between a 20-22 in jeans (depending on the brand). I'm 5' 6.5".
Just wanted to add you look great and I would never think you weighed close to 300 in that after pic.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:48 PM   #12
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With weight training over the years, that has happened to me. I have weighed a certain number that I was in high school and look completely different.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:00 PM   #13
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Hi,
I am not exercising at all. In fact the opposite.
I really hope I am losing fat and retaining muscle with the good protein. I know on weight watchers, the scale was all that mattered and weight loss, not fat loss was counted.

I am buying new clothes and I know about vanity sizing. These are not older clothes that have stretched out. I just bought new clothes and not all elastic waist pants either. LOL. I just hate that my fat is everywhere. I wish I had one problem area and not all of them.

I have always weighed more and wore a smaller size, but it is so apparent at this higher weight.
But I remember being a size 16 at 220 pounds , so in my mind I need to lose over 80 pounds to lose 2 sizes? This gets confusing.
I think the closer one is at 200 or below, one size change in clothing is an equivalent of 20 pounds. If you are at 300, it's probably 35 pounds.
I am 5'7" large frame, and can start to fit into tight 12's at 175-180 pounds. A friend of mine was same frame and height, wore a size 10 at 155.
My original size was a 40W; now a 14W...235 pounds lost with a change in 13 sizes.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:26 AM   #14
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My original size was a 40W; now a 14W...235 pounds lost with a change in 13 sizes.
You rock!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:19 AM   #15
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You rock!
TY MerryKate.
Too bad I will never see the size 8 that I saw when I was 10 yrs old. LOL!
Sigh, Some women are never satisfied!

Always gotta remember the line in Forrest Gump: " you have to do the best with what God gave you!"
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:20 PM   #16
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Weight and sizes are so weird. I started at around 240 and was in a size 20 pant and 24/26 top. At 140 I am a size 8 pant and large top. I'm a little shorter than you at 5'1.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:14 AM   #17
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I've noticed as the weight comes off, things just fit differently. I think I can probably attribute that to losing weight closer to age 50 than age 40! For example, my arms and upper body seem fuller than the last time I was losing weight.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:20 PM   #18
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Just to add my experience-I've never been smaller than a size 8 dress, and that was when I weighed 125-130 lbs ( a LONG time ago, and I'm 5'6"), and I don't have a big frame. In fact, I was pretty slender on top. I always carried my weight in my butt and legs (all muscle in the old days). Now I'm about 153 lbs and a comfortable size 10, but my boobs are MUCH bigger than when I was younger, and I have more fat around my middle. Both of which I'd like to lose!!

It's so weird, getting old.
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I agree with what everyone has written here, and I'd also mention that people come with different frames - a large-framed person at 200 pounds has heavier bones and maybe more muscle and will be "smaller" than a small-framed person at 200 pounds with small bones and muscles but a lot of "fluff" (fat).

I remember in my teens that I always felt bad because my friends weighed, like, 125 pounds and I weighed 135. (Now I'd kill to weigh 135 ) But I wasn't particularly fat then, I just have a medium frame with big strong bones and peasant muscles.
I read a great quote about this not long ago: "I wish I was as thin as I was when I thought I was fat!"

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I have wondered the same. I seem to be a smaller size going down, now, then it was going up. Go figure...
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