Post # 1
I was stupid. My mom kept encouraging me to buy a dress a size smaller so that it would force me to lose weight. I was told 1 size = 20 pounds. So I have lost 14 pounds at this point, but my dress fitting is Friday and it still doesn’t fit.
I can zip it up most of the way, but it’s right around the bust line where the zipper stops. I have a corset bra (which I tighten to the tighest possible notch) but it still won’t zip… that stupid back fat! I tried it on this weekend and it’s fitting better than a few weeks ago (FI has to help me with it, so unfortunately he has seen it, but I am not sure if he’s too cautious to try to zip it?)
I have been doing push ups and lifting some light weights to tone (not as much as I should!)… but I am not sure what to do. My dress has buttons down the back (although it just zips) and I don’t like corset tops.
Should I just wait to see what they say at my fitting? Are there any types of undergarments that can suck me in (about an inch or 2)… exercises you recommend? Creams that tighten?I am getting so stressed over this fitting… I don’t want to pay to let it out (is it expensive??) Advice?
Post # 3
Have you been working on your diet? That’s the only way to really lose fat. But you might be okay without losing weight, some dresses have some extra fabric so you can let them out a bit.
Post # 4
At this point I would just go to the fitting and see what they recommend. Each dress is different 🙂
Post # 5
@BelleoftheNorth: If you’re just needing an extra inch, they should be able to take it out for you without resorting to a corset. Good luck!
Post # 6
To lose the weight you need to cut your caloric intake and up your cardio exercise.
You cannot “spot reduce” with weights. Your body will lose fat where it wants to lose fat. (i.e. for me I always lose in the arms and stomach first and the thighs and hips last).
Post # 7
@BelleoftheNorth: I agree with PP. Your going to need to alter your diet. No cream, or any quick fix is going to help. Really, its diet and cardio. And depending on how far off you are from comfortably fitting into your dress, you might really need to step it up in both areas.
Also, when dieting, dont stop eating. Thats not a diet. Eat about 5 small (seriously) meals a day, limit your carb intake to very minimal, stick more to very low fat proteins and veggies. No fried foods, no processed food, eat at home, cook urself, no oils, butter, etc.
Best time to work out, if you can, is first thing in the AM as well, before eating anything.
Post # 8
I’m in the exact same boat – trying to lose in the exact same spot. I have more time than you, but I think it’s just an overall tough spot to lose inches. I’ve finally come to the realization that I’ll have to have mine taken out a bit (I also have the zip up back with buttons and don’t want the corset back).
Another thing – I’m not wearing a bra with my dress (it has boning built in to make it stay up). Is there any way you could wear yours w/out the corset bra? Would that give you enough room to zip it up?
Post # 9
Yes, you definitely need to do some major cardio. Jogging or walking at a fast pace for 45min-1 hr a day will significantly help, especially if your body is not conditioned to these types of exercising.
Also, eat lots of fiber (very easy to have a bowl of Fiber One for breakfast) so it cleans out your digestive system, and go really easy on carbs (especially sugar). No potatoes, no bread, no raisins/dried fruit, only low-sugar fruits, no soda. I am not the type of person that will tell you permanently excluding yummy foods from your diet is sustainable… but you have a short deadline right? So every little bit helps. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thanks for all the advice! I have been doing Weight Watchers, which is how I lost the 14 pounds to start and am still at it! I have hit a plateau the last 2 weeks, so I plan to get a little more strict! I am hoping to lose another 5 or so.
@milesbella – Good luck with yours! I don’t think I could pull off not wearing a bra- it does have the boning, but I am a little too voluptous in that area to feel comfortable doing that. 🙁
@MissAsB – Hopefully there’s some extra fabric in there! You just gave me a little hope!
Post # 11
@BelleoftheNorth: A plateau means that your body has reached homeostasis (or however that’s spelled!) and is working to maintain your weight at your new “normal” diet and exercise level. You need to really switch it up. Do an exercise you don’t normally do (bike or eliptical?) and add weights — they TRULY do NOT bulk you up — weights BURN FAT. Yoga is good for confusing the body too.
The key to ending a plateau is to MIX THINGS UP.
Post # 12
When hitting a plateau it’s also a good idea to actually increase your intake of good and healthy calories.
I also think you need to mix up your routine to something new. If you are a runner try some other form of cardio instead and change up your weights. Ideally you should be doing cardio 2-3x’s per week and strength training 2-3x’s per week. Muscle burns fat so the more muscle you gain the more fat you burn.
Post # 13
@BelleoftheNorth: hey! I actually gained weight since i bought my dress but I have the option of having the seamstress changing from a zippered backing to laced up backing that will allow more room for me in teh dress. This may cost 100dollars for alterations…but if you dont want to go through extensive exercise and panicking this may be an option for you. 🙂 but talk with teh seamstress and see if this would be possible with the dress you have or even if you want the lace up backing for your dress.
Post # 14
Oh boy, I don’t really have much to add, but I just wanted to say good luck with everything, and that it will all work out!
Post # 15
As a last resort, you can ask the to cut the back into a “V” so that it fits better.
Post # 16
@YSQueen That’s a great idea! I never would have thought of that for a solution! (I actually like the V-back dresses a lot!)
Thanks for all the advice girls, off to eat my spinach salad!