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How Much Weight Do You Have to Lose to Go Down a Pant Size?

Updated on March 21, 2011

Is there a calculator that can tell you how many pounds you will have to lose to drop a pant size? We all want to be able to waltz into a store and look awesome in anything we try on. For many of us, that involves some weight loss. So, exactly how many pounds do you have to lose in order to achieve your dream size? In reality, there is no magic calculator - everyone’s body is different. No specific number of pounds lost will put you in a certain size pant.

We all have different body shapes and sizes, and we all react differently to weight loss. Therefore, one person may only need to lose 5 pounds to drop a pant size, while others may need to lose up to 25. How much weight you need to lose to get to your target size depends on a variety of factors, such as your current weight, how you carry your weight, your body shape, and your lifestyle. Your initial size is one big indicator of the ‘pounds-to-pants’ ratio. Some people say that initially they need to lose more weight to drop a pant size, but once they get closer to their target size they need to lose less and less weight for each drop in size. You may see that the number of pounds you must lose to drop a pant size changes as you fluctuate in weight.

Where you put weight on most is another factor. We all carry weight in different areas – not just your belly. Many people do not realize how much fat they carry on their backs, chests, butts, and arms. Therefore, significant weight loss may not immediately result in the reduction of pant size, but it will reduce inches somewhere. Maybe your pant size is not dropping, but as you reach your target healthy weight, you will notice that your appearance is leaner and more toned. You may find that even if you have not dropped that pant size, you can still look good!

Getting the concept of an ideal number out of your head and focusing on healthy habits is a more effective way of reaching your pant size goals. Ultimately, the true issue is not whether you can fit into a size 0, because a size is just that – a mere number. If you are leading a healthy, active lifestyle that involves a low-calorie, low-fat diet, and cardiovascular exercise at least 4 times a week, it does not really matter what size pant you are. Accepting your size and making healthy choices will yield more overall results than getting into a smaller pair of jeans.

I did some informal research on a few diet message boards, inquiring how many pounds most people lost when they lost a pant size.  The results varied, but I found that with those who were majorly overweight (women who were over 200 pounds) that they normally went down a pant size after losing 12-15 pounds.  For women who weight less, they would more quickly reach a new size pants.  Those who were very small and petite might notice a pants size change with a fluctuation of only 5 pounds.

How many pounds do you generally have to lose (or gain) to see a change in pants size?

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      maria.rose 6 years ago from Florida

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