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June 5, 2011 2:12 PM
how many pounds would you have to lose in order to go down a clothing size. i know its different for everyone but just a general idea would be nice to know. thanks!
  7048765
June 5, 2011 2:15 PM
Like you said, it depends on the person, where they carry the weight and how far they are from increasing or decreasing in a size. For me it's about 15 pounds, then again I wasn't really that far into a size 18. My size 18 jeans were still kinda loose and I needed a belt.
  7796878
June 5, 2011 2:17 PM
It honestly varies on the person.
My friend and I are the same exact height and weight, but she wears I size three and I wear a size five.
  4639871
June 5, 2011 2:18 PM
For me it's been about 5 kg per dress size. I was a 22 heading to 24 now almost a size 14, not sure what that is in pounds though.
  3970743
June 5, 2011 2:18 PM
It took me 16 lbs to see a dress size down. But the size smaller is still a little tight.
June 5, 2011 2:19 PM
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  2828624
June 5, 2011 2:20 PM
I've always wondered this.
  5377565
June 5, 2011 2:22 PM
For me it's about 10-12 pounds.
  8112501
June 5, 2011 2:23 PM
for me i think it was about 14 - 19 lbs but as you get closer to your goal weight it goes down to about every 10 lbs as every pound shows more. happy
  6434335
June 5, 2011 2:24 PM
I believe the average is 10-15lbs.

For me, I lose a size between 5-8lbs (depending on where I see the loss).
  3200790
June 5, 2011 2:25 PM
I'VE HEARD IT'S 10!
June 5, 2011 2:28 PM
For me it was about every 10 - 15 pounds. At 220 I barely fit into my size 18s and I should have been wearing 20s.
When I got back to around 200 my 18s fit good and I could squeeze into 16s.
16s started fitting good around 180 - 190
14s about 175ish
12s around 160 - 165ish
now i'm just under 160 and I can squeeze into 10s but it's definitely a squeeze.
June 5, 2011 2:37 PM
At 167 I wear an 11, I have 12's that are very loose and 10's that are a little too tight. But from about 175 up to 205 I was in a 13, it was all after pregnancy weight I don't know if that makes a difference.
  7346377
June 5, 2011 2:44 PM
Every one is different.
It took me 14 pounds to drop a dress size.
  4157877
June 5, 2011 2:49 PM
I haven't dropped a dress size yet, and I've lost about 15lbs. I'm close, though.
June 5, 2011 3:47 PM
At 12 pounds lost I went from a US size 14 to a 12. I have now lost almost 20 pounds and can fit into *some* size 10 bottoms
  4901482
June 5, 2011 3:51 PM
I think it's down to size, the bigger you are the more pounds it takes to drop a dress size. I've lost 26lbs and am still in the same size clothes as when i started.
  3411672
June 5, 2011 4:34 PM
I think I'm odd. I'm 5'6 , 130 lbs and wear a US 10. I'm large in my bust so I think that's part of the reason, but I think the most I'd go down to is an 8 with about a 10 lb loss. Anymore weight lost and I'd just be too thin. So it definitely varies from person to person.
  6979810
June 5, 2011 4:39 PM
My first 10lbs I dropped almost a full size (was a very loose 16), but my 2nd 10lbs I have went from a 14 to a tight 10.
June 5, 2011 4:49 PM
A similar topic was posted here not too long ago, and I remember reading that there is a 2" difference between sizes for plus size clothing, but only a 1" inch difference between regular sizes. So it will take longer between sizes 16 and above (and likely require a belt before fitting into the next size down).

I might be making this up, but I think the size difference has to do with selling more clothes.
  6317502
June 5, 2011 5:04 PM
I think I was a size 4 at 118lb. So about 6 pounds, I'd say.
  3317078
July 31, 2013 10:51 AM
This is my second time doing the "impossible" weight loss. First time 205>>>145 equalled out to 12 pounds per size average and was pretty close to that being exactly true each size down. That time 205 was a size 14 and 145 was a size 6 verging on a size 4. This time I am definitely less fit with less muscle and more fat. So I just dropped from 18 to 16 with only 8.8 pounds down.

So if you are muscle and fit you will need to lose more weight for a size.
If you are more fat and less fit you will need to lose less weight for a size.

If you have never seen the artificial model of 5 pounds of fat next to the artificial model of 5 pounds of muscle...search it out on the net. The cubic mass of fat is much higher and takes up much more space.
July 31, 2013 11:03 AM
ive lost 5lbs and gone down 2 dress sizes
  120035
July 31, 2013 11:05 AM
I've lost 30lbs and went from a 22 to a 14/16 :)
  44944328
July 31, 2013 11:28 AM
Clearly this depends on the size chart of the manufacturer, but in general:

At 200 I was about a 14/16, and now at 172 I'm in a variety of 6/8/10's. The slim fit size 8 pants I'm wearing today are feeling pretty loose today - about an inch of extra space.

Looking back at my measurements vs. weight - my hips have been shrinking about an inch every 5 lbs. My waist, upper thighs and ribcage all went down roughly an inch every 10lbs.

Obviously that's going to vary depending on where your body holds fat. Haha, my ribs and waist never had nearly as much potential fat to lose as my butt...
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