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April 17, 2011 9:11 AM
I'm 5'3 and my first five pounds (pre-MFP) made a difference, especially in my face.

As for the rest of my body, I think eating well and exercise made a difference because I stood a little straighter, a little prouder, if that makes sense. And I was firmer...not so...blubbery wink
April 17, 2011 9:14 AM
I think height has a lot to do with it. I'm 5'3 and the 5 pounds of bloat that I gain the week before Aunt Flow shows up is enough to make my clothes feel snug. However my husband is 6'4 and has to gain at least 15 pounds to really feel the difference.

This is why I jokingly tell people that I'm not overweight, I'm under tall laugh
Edited by JellyJaks On April 17, 2011 9:15 AM
April 17, 2011 9:19 AM
Five pounds makes a big difference in how my clothes fit. You wouldn't think it could, but you figure what 5 pounds of hamburger looks like and add it to your hip/thigh area. I usually stay at one weight, if I go just a couple (2-3) pounds heavier my jeans feel snug. If I go lower then my current weight they are loose. I suppose it depends on what type of pants you were wearing though. If they were stretchy I don't suppose you would notice as much.
April 17, 2011 9:24 AM
I am looking for extra motivation to lose and keep off the "extra " 5-7 pounds that I seem to always keep on! (on my butt, hips, and thighs) LOSE it.....gain it back....over and over throughout the years. THANKS

I am just under 5'3" and 5-7 pounds can definitely make a difference in how my clothes fit but mostly in the "wings" and stomach. I also hang onto it in my hips and thighs. 9 pounds gone since March 3 and my thighs have only shrunk about 1/4". I know if I just keep at it, they'll start to get smaller eventually but it's frustrating.

If you're hanging around the same 5 pound mark, you're not doing too badly. It's when we start to creep up over the high end of it that it's time to take action! laugh
April 17, 2011 10:08 AM
Yes, staying around 5 pounds to much still isn't terribly aweful, I agree any more on my 5'4" frame starts being bad. My thighs touch more, and my belly is softer and a bit bigger. I can tell a difference when I lay my pelvic bones too! Thanks for your input! Seems hereditary to as where our wt might go. My sis and mom are the same....more pear shaped that is for sure. BUT good news, it is less damaging to our health if we can in this area, as the fat is not as likely to be around our vital organs, such as the apple shape. Have to look at something good about bigger lower halfs! :)
April 17, 2011 10:11 AM
I think it does, especially if its the last couple of pouns. I only have about 5 more to lose, and I hear people tell me sometimes, "Why even bother? 5 lbs isn't anything!"

But, I honestly think it does. :]
Especially when you're short! :P
April 17, 2011 10:13 AM
5lb makes a huge difference to me, i blow up like a baloon when TOM comes to visit, nothing is comfortable then.
April 17, 2011 10:16 AM
I'm 5'3 and five pounds make a huge difference!

If I'm 135 all my size 8 jeans fit perfectly, but at 140 I have no jeans to wear.
April 17, 2011 10:43 AM
One thing I heard at a conference that I think truly shows the difference 5 pounds can make is that a loss of 5 pounds takes 100 pounds of pressure off your knees.
April 17, 2011 11:01 AM

One thing I heard at a conference that I think truly shows the difference 5 pounds can make is that a loss of 5 pounds takes 100 pounds of pressure off your knees.

Wow! That's interesting!
April 17, 2011 11:05 AM
i'm 5'6", so im not short, but 5 pounds still makes a big difference on me.
April 17, 2011 11:21 AM
Wow! That is motivation to keep wt off, even 5 pounds! Protect are knees! Thanks for the info
April 17, 2011 12:01 PM
I'm 6ft tall and have lost about 7lbs so far and I can tell that my clothes fit a little better and are a little looser. I don't have any photos but all my friends and family have told me that they can see a difference already. XD
April 17, 2011 1:05 PM
At my work, the nurse has a model of 5 pounds of fat on her desk, it is gross and huge!

It is exactly like this...

I am 6'2" and I notice 5 pounds on myself!
April 17, 2011 2:55 PM
Thank you! wow seeing it is a good motivatior for change! Those model of fat are expensive, about 85 dollars! Guess I won't be getting one, but it would have been neat.
April 17, 2011 3:49 PM
Uhhhhhh..........I don't even know what to say! :)
April 17, 2011 6:52 PM
Next time you are in the grocery store, try dragging a five-pound bag of apples or a five-pound bag of sugar around. It's agony for me. I can't imagine carrying all that extra weight all the time.

My clothes do fit me better after a five-pound loss. More importantly, I FEEL better.

LOL . . .
April 17, 2011 11:32 PM
this is about 4.5 pounds for your encouragement i hope :)

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Edited by Ver2 On April 17, 2011 11:33 PM
April 18, 2011 5:39 AM
awesome! that is helpful and motivates me too. Thank you. By the way, how tall are you?
April 18, 2011 5:59 AM
Height makes a difference, but I think your current weight makes a bigger difference. If you're significantly overweight, a 5 lb gain OR loss will not be noticeable, regardless of your height. If you're at or close to a healthy weight for your height and body type, then 5 lbs is definitely more noticeable. I always say this is the silver lining. As you get closer to your goal, every pound gets harder and harder to lose, but every pound also makes a bigger difference in your appearance than it did before.
April 18, 2011 6:02 AM
5 pounds makes no difference at all on me. I am 5'7"
April 18, 2011 6:17 AM
I'm 5ft2 and I have lost 6 pounds so far, I would say I have noticed it on my stomach, but then nothing gets by that lol i'm not particularily wide in terms on bone structure so if I have a big meal by stomach really sticks out like a small food baby! Not great but it does mean that having a little less fat on the normal layer of my stomach makes it better.

That said I've not really noticed a great change anywhere else, other than my stomach I carry most of my weight on my thighs and bum and would definately like to see the next 5 coming off there!
July 17, 2012 9:38 AM
I began walking consistently about a month ago and I've lost about 4 lbs. I feel a big difference, so I was checking if someone else felt the same way. From what I've read it is. I am trying to celebrate every pound and take it one day at a time. I think I found the key, consistency!
July 17, 2012 9:48 AM
I have lost 7 pounds and at least an inch everywhere, so it definitely makes a difference on me, but that could just be because of the lifting. I'm 5'2 and I lift heavy and often.
July 17, 2012 9:58 AM
Yes 5lbs makes a difference. It makes my clothes fit different and I get "fat bags" under my arm pits when I get over 170....usually the first indicator I have gained weight..


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