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Are Leggings Making Me Fat?

Updated on January 9, 2017
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A pair of leggings: innocent wardrobe choice or weight gain encourager?  (Is encourager even a word?)
A pair of leggings: innocent wardrobe choice or weight gain encourager? (Is encourager even a word?) | Source

The Leggings Conspiracy

OK, I get it. The title is a little deceiving. I realize leggings can't be making me fat. My inability to stop eating ice cream is making me fat. My desire to take naps instead of working out is making me fat. However, I must admit I believe my leggings are contributing to my weight issues. I mean, if you've got to blame something, it seems like a likely candidate. Let me explain and I am sure you will agree.

Stretchy Pants

Let me tell you something about leggings - they are very forgiving pants. I lovingly refer to them as "stretchy pants." You know what is great about stretchy pants? You can gain weight and they do not judge you. They keep stretching right along with you.

Jeans are awesome, but they are rather unforgiving. Even if you get the kind that stretch, they can only go so far. I also recently read that denim sales are down for teenagers... but the American public's weight is going up. Is this a coincidence? I think not. I also learned the sale of leggings is sky-rocketing.

So are these seemingly innocent pants encouraging weight gain in our society? I think so! When I wear jeans, I know I can only afford to gain about 5 pounds... maybe 10 if I am lucky. If I wear leggings, they are going to accept at least a 15 pound weight gain before I start to hear the stitching pop. If you can deal with some major muffin top action, those leggings still have some life in them if you gain past 15 pounds. Gasp! Chances are, you only paid $10 or less for them anyway. If they bust one day, so be it.

(P.S. If you paid more than $10 for your leggings and they are just some boring solid color, you paid too much. Just saying!)

If Pants Could Talk

Jeans: Ouch, looks like you are gaining weight. Are you trying to use the zipper right now? Don't think so, fatty!

Dress Pants: Oh man, do we have to go to work again? Oh no, is it Susie's birthday? You are going to eat cake again, aren't you? Nope, I quit. I can't zip or button anymore. I am done.

Leggings: It's OK, honey. I know you were extra hungry last week. It happens to the best of us. I'll bet most of this weight gain is just bloat anyway. Yep, I am happy to accommodate you.

Yoga Pants: You don't feel like doing yoga again today? OK, that is cool. Sure, pizza sounds good. A little extra weight, nah, I can hardly tell.

Short Shorts: No, just no. And put the burger down now.

Yoga Pants

Oh, yoga pants, don't think you are not getting some of the blame in this situation. Yoga pants are like the classier (if that is possible) version of leggings. The bottom of the legs typically flare out to make them look more like regular pants. The fabric is often thicker, so the top of the legs tend to look a little nicer than leggings. But let us not forget... the fabric is still stretchy. Yoga pants are also forgiving pants. For this reason, yoga pants, I also blame you.

I realize yoga pants are intended for yoga. I need to be honest with you... I see a lot of people wearing yoga pants, but I hardly know anyone that does yoga. Let's not kid ourselves about why anyone wears yoga pants. Here is a list of the activities I do while wearing yoga pants:

  • Nap
  • Watch TV
  • Read books
  • Go shopping
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk on the phone
  • Lounge around the house
  • Prepare food
  • Attempt to pass off black yoga pants as dress pants at work by wearing a long shirt.

As you can see, nowhere on this list is "yoga" listed as an activity. Yet, I have at least 5 pairs of yoga pants. I highly recommend them. I find New York & Company to have the best yoga pants because not only can my big butt squeeze into a medium (thanks for the compliment / dishonest sizing), but it also makes my thighs look deceivingly thin. Thanks, New York & Company, and thanks for the coupons since I can't afford the pants otherwise.

Such forgiving pants!
Such forgiving pants! | Source

Take a Look in the Mirror

Now is the time we need to ask ourselves some hard-hitting questions:

Are stretchy pants making me fat?

Are leggings, yoga pants, and sweatpants ruining my life?

Should I actually do yoga while wearing yoga pants?

These are the questions that haunt me (well, not really, but that sounded pretty impressive). The truth is, just because your pants will allow you to gain weight, doesn't mean you should take them up on the challenge. It is easy to let yourself go in the colder months when those leggings are keeping your legs nice and toasty, but at some point, the shorts must come out. That day, when you can't get any of your shorts to go past your thighs, that is when you realize, maybe... just maybe... those leggings are making you fat.

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Exactly! I am happy I could help. It is always the fault of leggings and other stretchy pants.

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    Shannon Henry 

    6 years ago from Texas

    So now I know what to blame it on! Gee, thanks. ;)

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is so easy to not even realize weight is being gained with those pants. I guess everyone should make a habit out of trying to put on jeans once a week. ;-) Thanks for your comment.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    You're right that sweat pants / yoga pants and leggings allow for weight gain in a way that jeans and other types of pants with a non-elastic waistband do not. Leggings can be a fashionable item, but like anything, it's important to choose them with care.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You are right. Sweatpants can easily be anyone's downfall. I am not sure if people are getting bigger because of stretchy pants or stretchy pants are popular because we are all getting bigger. Something tells me it is a little of both. Congrats on your weight loss! Good luck with the rest of your journey. Thanks for the votes!

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    Robert E Smith 

    6 years ago from Rochester, New York

    Guys do the same thing with sweat pants. We wear them and feel freer to move and simply grow big. See a huge guy and he's wearing sweats. I think it is an insightful point of view that everyone notices but seldom ever change to be "less comfortable." As long as we can get something to stretch with us we will expand. After I retired I began to wear sweats all the time. But then I had an occasion wear I had to be "dressed up" and I went to the part of the closet where I should have found clothes that fit and what did I find? Shirts that no longer buttoned and pants that groaned in pain as I struggled to fasten them. I began a serious overhaul of me and lost considerable weight. My battle is not done (by the way) and I still have about 60 pounds to go. But with the Lord's help I will get there. No more will I believe the lies my sweats told me. Voted up and funny and interesting.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    H&M is an ultra-trendy clothing store at a lot of malls. The clothes are dirt cheap, especially when they are on sale. I got a dress for 5 bucks the other day. I can't say the clothes are that well-made, but hey, the dress was only 5 dollars! You can't beat that.

    I know what you mean... Ree Drummond does have some nice clothes. I've noticed that when I am actually able to take my eyes off the food she is preparing.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    What's H&M? I've half a mind to tweet Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman on the Food Network) and ask her where she gets her tunics!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I still have a couple pairs of jeans (I am grasping on to hope), but the leggings and yoga pants make life so much better. I have managed to find some 80s style over-sized tunics... they were selling them at H&M. They are also wonderful! Oh yes, the skin tight jeans are not happening for me either. Maybe one day again! But just not now! Thanks for your comment.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Jeannie, this is a trip. I wear elastic banded pants all the time now. I can't even fit into jeans anymore unless they're jeggings! I don't think leggings make us fat, but they definitely don't let us know when we're packing on the pounds. I think leggings are the best thing since sliced bread. Now if only they'd bring back the over-sized tunics I'd be a happy camper.

    Oh, I remember the days of short shirts and skin tight jeans. Sadly, they're long gone and have given way to spandex!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I would recommend the yoga pants at New York & Company. I don't know how they do it, but they make my thighs look so much thinner. I love them! Thanks for the comment, lambservant.

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    Lori Colbo 

    6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    I love the way leggins feel, but hate the way my thunder thighs look in them. Thus, I will not wear them without the long top. I need to get some yoga pants. Funny as always Jeannie.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Blond Logic, thanks so much. Yes, the muffin top needs to become the new "it" look. I would be so happy. :-)

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    Mary Wickison 

    6 years ago from Brazil

    I don't have leggings or yoga pants but after reading this, I think I need to get some. I am always looking for an excuse to a slight weight gain.

    I am still waiting for the muffin top to become chic. I should have been born in a Rubenesque time.

    Fun stuff as always.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you, twoseven. I have to find something to blame, so leggings seemed like the best and funniest way to go.

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    6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Hilarious!!! This is cracking me up. Thank you for this great perspective.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Bill, you are a smart man to stay clear away from answering that question. ;-) Thanks for checking out my hub... it is OK if you are not a leggings wearer like me.

    FlourishAnyway - Wow, that sounds so cool! I did do yoga long ago... but in shorts. You are awesome for going with your daughter for yoga. However, I don't envy her having to do something like that for school. Yuck! Thanks for the comment!

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    6 years ago from USA

    For the first time yesterday, I actually did yoga wearing my yoga pants and it did not feel as good as napping or eating food. The only reason I succumbed to exercising in them was that I had to accompany my minor daughter to a class she was required to take for school. Blek.

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I don't even know what to say about this, Jeannie. There is no way I'm answering the question in the title. LOL And I don't wear leggings. Sigh! I'll just say you are a funny lady and leave it at that.


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