(Closed) What does it take to drop a size?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  I lost 35lbs in 4 months before(roughly 2 sizes), so you have plenty of time to lose a size.

It will vary per person and where the weigh comes off of but generally 15-20lbs lost, is a size of clothing. If you are weght training that amount may vary as you would be gaining muscle, which weighs more then fat.

ETA** I wasn’t exercising when I lost the pounds – I was just following the South Beach diet, which is a Low GI diet.

Post # 4
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Sizes are hard because they depend on so many things – your height, your weight, muscle vs fat composition, where you carry your fat. Plus clothes are so inconsistent.

8 pounds is about a size for me, but I’m shortish (5’3″). I can lose that in a couple months.

Post # 6
1366 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m also on the small side (5’2″) so was able to drop a size in a month (and more importantly, KEEP it off, at least I have for the past 2 months). My wedding dress was actually loose!

I followed a strict Paleo diet called the Whole 30 for 30 days the month before the month of my wedding and have been eating Paleo about 70% of the time ever since.  My exercise regime pretty much sucks other than my daily walks to and sometimes from work.  My Darling Husband is an exercise fanatic and even he’s impressed with “all that” as he says from “just eating well.”

Interestingly enough besides the weight loss the Whole 30 also led to other unexpected health benefits that I won’t get into.

Post # 8
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Dedication, exercise, and keeping to a healthy diet. 80% of it is food, 20% is exercise! Make sure you incorporate weights into your workout, muscle burns fat on a consistent basis and it helps you not to fluctuate as much. Plus, who doesn’t want toned arms in their dress 😉

Post # 9
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It can vary so much like others have said, I know personally I lost 25 lbs and it was NOT a size for me. I stayed the same size in all my clothes. They fit better, some a little loose but not enough for me to change sizes. Only in certain brands where I am between sizes all the time anyway did it make a difference.

However, I’m sure with a lot of dedication and work you can reach that goal in 5 months! It should be plently of time.

Post # 10
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

It really depends on so many things… your body shape, your metabolism…

For example: at 5’0 and 130 ish pounds, I’ve been anything from a UK 6 to a UK 10 (US 2-6).

I’m currently closer to 150lb and am a UK 10 (US 6). No… that’s not a typo.

Probably the best thing to do would be to think back to a time when you were the size you want to be. If that was a long time ago, it will be harder to get back to that size, and you will probably have lost muscle mass in the meantime, so also take that into account.

Post # 11
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Lily_of_the_valley:  Carbs.  That really makes a difference, unfortunately.  That is really hard though.  I just use my fitness pal and work out.  And drink a LOT of water!  Drink half your body weight in ounces a day!

Post # 12
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

@Lily_of_the_valley:  I’m a 14 and I need to get to a 12 by mid January. my suggestion is not to cut carbs. You will lose weight fast yes, but it’s easier to fall off the wagon and binge. Your body needs the carbs. Focus on brown rice, quinoa and fruits as your source of carbs 🙂 the weight will fall off. I also suggest Jillian Michaels workouts. 30DS, 6 week 6 pack, etc. seriously amazing! Good luck 🙂


Post # 13
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  I got down two dress sizes before my wedding and my dress had to be taken in from a size 10 to a size 6. I used myfitness pal which i think was my major help cause it made me realize what I was eating that was making me keep the weight on. I have since stopped using it because I have lost so much weight even after the wedding I lost more weight. Drink alot of water it really makes a huge difference in detoxing your body and helping with metabolism. Also mix up your workouts and do different things and workouts so your body doesnt get used to the same things. Running was also a godsent for me!!!! Drops the pounds really fast and tones you up!! 

Post # 14
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

To go from a 14 to a 12 wook me about 4 weeks! To get from a 14 to an 8 took me about 5 months!

Post # 15
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have lost a total of 60 lbs so far since 2010. Slow, but steady. It took 40 lbs lost to go from a size 22 to a size 18/20.

When I bought my wedding dress in January I weighed 218 lbs and ordered a size 18, the same size as the sample I tried on that fit me like a glove.

I continued working out and eating right and by my first fitting in September, I had only gotten down to 213 but had to get an entirely new dress (size 16 this time). It was such a minimal difference in weight, but my strength training really leaned me out. I lost a lot through my back and shoulders which really made a difference in how the dress fit me.

It’s not always the number on the scale that reflects inches lost. I was shocked.

Size 18 Gown, the day I tried it on for the first time:

Size 16 Gown:

Post # 16
1621 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As others have said, it can depend on a lot of things but 5 months is a reasonable amount of time to drop a size.

Having said that, a street size 14 or 12 might be very different from a bridal size 14 or 12 so you actually need to get the measurements for your size 12 dress and compare to your current measurements and use that as a guide.  For example, I’m a street size 6-8 and my wedding dress was a size 10.  So you have to go on measurements!


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