Post # 1
Okay, so at the moment, my measurements are 32, 33, 36 so I pretty much have no waist. Up until now, I’ve basically lived in shorts, jeans and cargo pants so that wasn’t an issue but I’m trying to revamp my wardrobe and broaden my style and I’m finding it difficult to find dresses and cute skirts that fit me because my waist is apparently really large compared to the rest of my body. I generally do a lot of online shopping but it’s proving difficult now. I’m under 5 feet and petite but I’m not skinny and being so short, my weight distribution is problematic. In addition, my family is generally bottom-heavy so I have that issue too (big butt, thunder thighs). Now I don’t know how much I weigh at the moment but last time I checked, I was about 115 pounds or so. I dieted for most of last year with the hope of losing 10 pounds but I only lost like 2 and I put it back on. I think I might have some lost some more recently though since my pants are all fitting again.
Now my question is – if I diet like crazy and start like seriously working out, do you think I could reduce my waist size enough to be able to fit into large sizes again? Because right now my top half is like a Medium but my bottom half (and namely waist) relegate me to an Extra Large and I would prefer to wear a large at least because some places don’t have the extra large option. Is there a way to target weight loss to my waist? Could I get down to a medium in a healthy way? How much weight do you think I need to lose? I’d prefer to be about 102 pounds. Any advice is appreciated!
I’m just confused because I didn’t realize I was so big until now. I don’t think I’m overweight, although my grandmother likes to keep reminding me that I’m fat. I’m debating buying plus size skirts and dresses and getting them taken in. But at the same time, I tried on a Medium shift dress (so no waist) at Forever 21 last year and it was too big. Thanks!
Post # 2
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It really depends on if that’s just how you are shaped or if you are just storing all your fat on your waist, because if you are naturally shaped that way you will just lose weight all over and your shape won’t change, but some people tend to store fat in one spot and if that’s the case you may be able to lose most of your weight from your waist. Were you always shaped this way? Also where are you measuring your waist? Because you should be measuring on the smallest part, for me it’s right under my ribcage.
Post # 3
There is no way to spot-reduce, so you unfortunately can’t target your waist. However, if that’s where you’re carrying your excess weight, then it will likely come off of there at a reasonable pace.
I lost 15 pounds last year and went from a 30/31ish inch waist to a 26/27 inch waist (I am majorly apple-shaped genetically), so it is definitely possible. I’m also MUCH taller than you, so I would think that 10 lbs would make a big difference on you.
I always recommend MyFitnessPal to count calories, but NOT for their calorie targets. Their calorie targets tend to be super low and also were way way too carb-heavy for me.
The calorie recommendation site that I like is currently down, but here’s another good one:
I’d recommend setting the protein/carb/fat ratio to something like 35/35/30, but it depends on your preference. Any of the settings it gives you will probably be fine, but I know I personally like to eat a good amount of protein and fat for satiety reasons.
Post # 4
I don’t think my shape has changed – it just seems like I hold most of my weight in my stomach area because my legs and arms only seem marginally bigger. My stomach has never been flat but it’s definitely significantly larger now.
Actually I’ve always been a bit confused about where my natural waist is. I have noticed that there’s a sort of dip where my body narrows to just above my stomach. When I measure there, I get 29-30 inches but the 33 measurement I mentioned before comes from a few inches below there.
thank you! I will check out that site. I was using my fitness pal but it kept telling me I wasn’t eating enough and it was programmed for 1200 calories per day. I know I definitely eat too many carbs still though. Need to up my protein intake.
Oh wow, that’s a really significant difference – good for you! That’s what I’d like to do. Did you exercise in addition to counting calories? I know the main reason I haven’t lost more weight is because I don’t have a set exercise routine. I started going to the gym last year but I hated it so I stopped. I really want to find a class or something that I can get into. I think just normal exercising doesn’t work for me.
Post # 5
For clothing, you generally want to measure at the smallest point. If you’re going for, like, some kind of health insurance thing, they will likely measure more around your belly button, but for most purposes, you want to go with the smallest point on your waist.
Personally, I already worked out, so I pretty much just kept on with what I was already doing. I like weight-lifting a lot! That was something that kind of helped me go from feeling meh about exercise to really liking it, but everybody has to find their own thing!