Weight Gain? Weight Loss? Wardrobe Tips for Yo-Yo Dieters
Many of us experience weight loss to prepare our bodies before wearing a swimsuit or getting into a tight outfit for a special occasion. But old habits die hard, and we start eating the sweets and the 90-minute gym visit stop. We experience weight loss but find ourselves back where we started, or worse. This is called yo-yoing.
Let me guess, you could probably open a small clothing boutique with all the different sized clothes you have lurking in your closets?
For some deciding what to keep or toss is simple when your weight remains relatively consistent. But if your weight fluctuates, it can be fearful to let go of clothes you’re currently not wearing.
I’ve heard my clients say…
“I love this dress, but I’m afraid I’ll never be this size again.”
“If I keep gaining weight at this rate, I’ll be back in a size 16. I need to keep it…just in case.”
Typically, I suggest my clients only keep clothes that fit them well, decent and that are comfortable to wear. There is no right or wrong. However, accepting your body for where it now does not mean you’ve failed.
When your weight fluctuates, it can be challenging to decide what to do with your existing wardrobe. Here are 3 tips that’ll help keep your clothing from looking like a small boutique.
FOCUS ON THE FIT, NOT THE SCALE
Numbers on the scale and size in tag doesn’t mean a thing. Don’t be mind-fucked (excuse my French) by brands that are not notorious for vanity sizing. Your size 6 may actually be a size 8 or 10. Once you know how clothes are supposed to fit, the number on the tag won’t matter.
IDENTIFY TENDENCIES AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET DRESSED
Accept that your body is always changing, and every day your needs will be different. Instead of laying there being unkind to yourself about the 5lb weight gain, use it as an opportunity to get dressed. Once you put on the right fitting clothes, your mood will roll out the window for a brighter day ahead.
STOP NEGLECTING YOUR STYLE WAITING ON THE PERFECT MOMENT
The second you see a successful change in your weight…go shopping! Go to all the all the stores you always wanted to go and try on stuff. Start getting a feeling for what brands, cuts, styles work best for you.