Weight gain dress doesn\'t fit…atall!!

posted 6 months ago in Dress
Post # 2
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

Change the back to a corset. I had to do that for mine. Good luck!

Post # 3
1288 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think changing the back to a corset back or any other alterations will help enough based on what you said. For weight loss, I recommend counting calories and moving your body. It doesn’t have to be a “workout.” If you go on at least an hour long fast paced walk you’ll be burning 300 calories right there. You need to figure out how to get a calorie deficit going. The weight will move even with PCOS if you maintain a caloric deficit.  I stick to 1500 calories a day and it’s totally fine and doable.  Make sure you accurately weight and measure your food portions or your calorie counts will be off. Or you can always get a new dress if all else fails.

Post # 4
2877 posts
Sugar bee

I have PCOS. What’s worked for me in the past is intermittent fasting (eating between 8A-4P), making breakfast my largest meal and dinner my smallest meal, and just being mindful. Losing weight is like 90% diet in my opinion. I only do exercise to tone. 

Post # 5
7224 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m sorry to hear you still aren’t feeling well and that trying to work out has cause a set back. Have you seen any of the articles about how contracting covid can impact gut bacteria (and extend the recovery time)?

I think yogahammy’s response is a good one. I was coming to say you may need to seriously allow yourself to consider getting a new dress. If you are still recovering, the added stress and pressure of trying to lose weight isn’t helpful or beneficial.

Post # 6
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Meet with a seamstress to discuss your options. And be kind to yourself. Too much salt in just one meal can bounce you back up a few pounds on the scale. Are you drinking 8-10 glasses of water or herbal tea each day?

You are dealing with ongoing health issues–take care of yourself even if that means a new dress. 

Post # 7
2645 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Lots of water and green tea, portion control, and eat plenty of whole food items. Cut out processed junk and stick with clean eating. Calories in, calories out, but quality of what you’re eating matters too. 

Post # 8
51 posts
Worker bee

This may or may not work but: were you warm when you put on your dress? I found out that I swell when I’m hot and dehydrated. I went to my final fitting and the seamstress had about an inch of a gap when trying to do my buttons… she dragged me to an AC vent, had me stand on it five minutes, and then she buttoned me right up. To this day it still blew my mind. It was over 30C on my wedding day and I didn’t have any trouble during the day either. 

Post # 9
578 posts
Busy bee

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@yogahammy:  It doesn’t sound like you understand PCOS. It’s a real medical condition that affects body weight for reasons that have nothing to do with calories. From WebMD: “PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy. This condition — called insulin resistance — can cause insulin and sugar — glucose — to build up in the bloodstream. High insulin levels increase the production of male hormones called androgens. High androgen levels lead to symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods — and weight gain. Because the weight gain is triggered by male hormones, it is typically in the abdomen. That is where men tend to carry weight. So, instead of having a pear shape, women with PCOS have more of an apple shape.”

Standard dieting advice that works for you won’t necessarily work for someone with PCOS. I’m glad that you can burn 300 calories by going on an hour-long, fast-paced walk, but that’s not true for everyone. And it’s great that you can easily lose weight by following a 1500-calorie diet, but again, that’s not true for everyone. Even without underlying medical conditions, everyone has different calorie needs and a different metabolic rate. Sure, anyone can lose weight, but some people have to work a lot harder and some people need medication.

Post # 10
1288 posts
Bumble bee

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@cypresstree85:  Yes, I understand that medical conditions can make it harder. I know. I have hypothyroidism for which I take medication. I was just using myself as an example with the 1500 calorie diet (which I use to sustainably maintain my weight, not lose it). To clarify, the 300 calories burned walking is based on my weight of 136 pounds and a heart rate in the “fat burn” zone. Of course the amount someone else burns will vary based on their weight and heart rate. Nonetheless, weight loss (and maintenance for that matter) is calories in and calories out, though of course how many calories you burn will vary based on your health conditions, metabolic rate, muscle mass etc.

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