100 lb. Club - How Many Pounds Apart Are Pants Sizes

05-15-2008, 07:46 PM
Sorry i know im making alot of threads ... i have alot of questions ..... How many pounds apart are pants sizes ( for example if you wear a size 16 how many pounds down is it to a size 14 ? )

05-15-2008, 07:52 PM
LOL I'll let you know when I find out! I started in a size 22 Lane Bryant jeans, and when I had lost about 35 lbs. I had to buy new ones in a size 16 (also LB). I have been wearing them ever since, even though I have lost another 25 lbs. They still fit fine. I think I'll be in these damn 16s forever, and I've got the 14s hanging in the closet all ready to go.:(

05-15-2008, 07:55 PM
lol .... were in the same boat apparently ! im eyeing my size 14 clothes right now .... i weigh a ton more than you though .... im surprised your a 16 i weigh abt 250 .... but i am 2 inches taller ......

05-15-2008, 08:05 PM
Waist sizes on clothes are determined by how many inches you are around the waist.

05-15-2008, 08:11 PM
How tall are you, what brand is the pants, what's your waist and hip measurements, how tight or loose do you want your pants? All this determines size. The larger sizes have more pounds between them than the smaller sizes. So the answer is there isn't an answer because it depends on the person.

05-15-2008, 08:22 PM
Yeah, i wish there was a clear cut answer to this one too, so we would know when we will be able to fit in a new size.
I started in a 16, and am now comfortable in a 14. I tried on some 12 jeans not too long ago, and still have quite a ways to go.

05-15-2008, 09:47 PM
Meanwhile I'm 5'0" and just now into an 18. I started in a 22 and 45 pounds later I'm barely down 2 sizes. Just goes to show it's definitely individual!

05-16-2008, 02:14 AM
It's so individual, your body shape, the pants, all of that make a huge difference. I don't know if you'll come up with a clear answer. I can't wait to get out of a 16! I am firmly in this size - I anticipate about 27 pounds gone before I see a 14. Hopefully less though! And really I am aiming for a size 15. Then it'll be allll normal sizes... I cannot wait :)


05-16-2008, 02:35 AM
For me it's about 20 pounds between sizes. Which is pretty cool, but holy crap is it getting expensive. These days I'm buying the absolute minimum I need to get by, because I can only wear it for about six or eight weeks.

05-16-2008, 08:44 AM
the most clear cut answer i can give you is working off belt sizes. for each notch on a standard retail purchased belt = 10lbs roughly. so if you go down 1 notch its about a 10lb loss. as for trouser size (pants are what you wear under trousers) so i'd assume that if you lost the weight evenly across your lower body (don't we all wish that would happen) it would be about the same. but as we know you lose it from certain places more than others so your trousers could be looser round your hips and thights but still snug on the waist are loose on the waist but still snug everywhere else.

05-16-2008, 10:33 AM
Chunky, it's always amazing to me to see how sizes fit different people. Even folks the same height and weight can look totally different. I have a curvy or hourglass shape, which is a nice way of saying big butt, and have had babies, so the belly is saggy. Height, body shape, how toned your muscles are all plays a part - oh, and the brand of clothing. The jeans I'm referring to are from LB, but I do have some 16s work pants I got from JCPenney last fall that are falling off now. I probably could get down into those 14 jeans if I add some crunches. After reading this post yesterday, I went and tried them on again. They button and zip, but still a little snug and some muffin top going on. So I'm guessing another 5 lbs.maybe? I do exercise, but mostly cardio, I haven't gotten into the toning stuff much.

05-16-2008, 10:38 AM
The higher I was (24W at the start), the longer between sizes - like 20 or more pounds. Then it was about 10 pounds between sizes when I was around 200.

At the weight I am now, it is around 5 pounds per size.

My 14s are loose, and I am wearing some size 12s. I am short, so the size changes are quicker with smaller losses now.

05-16-2008, 11:09 AM
I wish I could predict pound/size differentials. I have 2 pairs of navy slacks--1 is falling off me and the other is a mite snug--the ones that are falling off-14: the too snug-16. Different brands of course--go figure.

05-16-2008, 11:40 AM
sizes are sooooooo weird!! I'm almost 5'9 and i've lost 60 + pounds, but I've only gone from 24W/26W down to 22w, i have some 20s that are just too tight!

I found in my closet of old clothes a super cute khaki skirt I remember wearing and thinking i was a bit too heavy (OMG it was a size 14 !!!! ) THAT is my new motivation piece! luckily it's old enough to have become fashionable again LOL

05-16-2008, 11:40 AM
thanks so much for all your wonderful awnsers .... i guess theres no clear cut awnser to this one .... but thats okay .... if im loosing weight i guess the pants size will eventually have to go down .... lol

traci in training
05-17-2008, 09:58 AM
It also depends on where you carry weight and where you lose it first. Lots of the maintainers say the last 20-30 pounds comes off from the place you've always been big - like if you've always had big thighs, that will be the last place you lose it.

I started at a 20, sometimes 22 and a 2X shirt. Now I wear 16 pants and a large shirt, but if it's a skirt or a dress then I usually wear a 12. Anything that doesn't have to fit the butt and thighs is smaller.

My new swimsuit is a large. :-) Can I just tell you it's a two piece and that tickles me to death???

05-17-2008, 10:58 AM
This variation is staggering. I can just finally fit into a 12 after getting a little below 150, and I'm 5'3". I started out at almost 190 in a tight 18. I don't think I look oddly proportioned but I do have a belly. In fact, I think I'm a smaller size standing up than sitting down because of how my belly bunches up! :o

Anyway, I've definitely had a different experience with sizing than most of you guys.

Shy Moment
05-17-2008, 02:00 PM
I carry my weight pretty evenly. When I started this journey at 198 I was wearing a tight 18 ( I have the same style of pants same exact pants all the way from 18's to 12's ) It took me about 40 pounds to go from the 18 to the 16. In the last 15 pounds I have gone from the 16's to the 12's. Crazy isn't it. Was great to have the same pants in all those sizes and in the old sizes not these new vanity sizes. Really showed me ( when I couldn't see it in the mirror ) how much smaller I was getting.

05-17-2008, 03:18 PM
blah, to much for me. I've lost 48 lbs and I still wear the same clothes I did when I started, they are looser, but still, you'd think if one lost 50lbs they'd be falling off at the hips. Oh well, they will be soon enough.

Shy Moment
05-17-2008, 04:20 PM
It took me forever go go down a size. It was like one day they fit ok and the next they were falling off my bottom.

05-17-2008, 11:07 PM
For me it's always been about 20 pounds EXCEPT for going from a 22 to a 20. For some reason, that is WAY more pounds than anything else, and I've never been able to do it...yet!!!

05-18-2008, 01:37 AM
Lets see at 318 I was in a size 26w and now at 228 pounds I'm in a size 16. I really don't know how many pounds apart my sizes were, I know the 26's were getting big on me within weeks. Sorry I don't have more but just keep at it and you'll be in another size before you know it!

05-18-2008, 11:40 AM
It took me forever go go down a size. It was like one day they fit ok and the next they were falling off my bottom.

Hopefully that is right around the corner. :)

05-18-2008, 07:59 PM
I have been way up and down in my weight, I was about 20 lbs per size. But I often "skipped sizes" meaning i was a 26 and lost weight they got loose and by the time I went to replace my clothes I could fit into a 22 (never wore the 24!) and that continued wore an 18 and a 14. Going up sizes I hit everyone all the way up :( Back to a 22:devil:

05-19-2008, 04:21 AM
I find it is between 15 and 20 pounds between sizes in the same brand. The other thing that I have noticed is that I lose from the top down. So my tops are big before my bottoms! Someone told me that this is common and that when you stop losing pounds your body actually readjusts, so you can feel as though you are still losing, while the top may get a little bigger, the bottom gets smaller.

The other big factor is exercise. When I did Optifast several of us lost the same amount of pounds, but the real difference in size was not the pounds lost, but the exercise. We have all heard "muscle weighs more than fat" but it sure looks better!