Losing Weight? 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Closet

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By Shaun Chavis
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Everyone on a diet dreams of showing off her svelte bod in great new clothes. (Who doesn't want skinny jeans?) But what happens when you're in between sizes…or what if you get stuck on a plateau between your starting weight and your goal? If you've got more than two sizes to lose, it can be a problem. Use these tips and save yourself from the same fashion faux pas that I made.

I started out at 256 pounds. Back then, I was wearing a size 22 and eating my way toward 24. (It's embarrassing to admit, but I have no secrets left now!) As I started to lose weight, my clothes got too big. Let me be honest: They were more than baggy. They were downright tent-like. I would complain, "All my clothes are too big!" And my friends would say, "That's great! Isn't it?"

It is great—in the long run. But I was working hard for a smaller, better shape, yet getting dressed was no fun.

lose-weight-closet-150.jpg lose-weight-closet-150.jpg . "It changes our psyche, how people view us, and what we wear. Clothes are just as much a part of this process as losing the weight is." (Oh, Colin, where were you four dress sizes ago?)

What to do when you're between sizes—and on a budget
Megaro's golden rule? Be careful with the charge card. "Often when people are losing weight, they start buying clothes they think will fit them when they hit their goal weight. Well, what if you don’t quite hit that goal weight? What if you lose more than expected? Both situations are still weight-loss successes, but if you buy a ton of clothes ahead of time that don’t end up fitting correctly, it can feel like a letdown," he says.

Try these strategies for looking great no matter how much you lose:

Weight-loss update: Finally, I want to give you an update on my post about my workout routine. I had surgery Memorial Day weekend. It was supposed to be laparoscopic, which would have meant a quick recovery, but it turned into a traditional 3-inch incision. I've been on the mend for the past few weeks. My trainer, Trish, sent me the most encouraging email: "Remember: Your body WILL go back to where it was when we stopped, so that is the point we will work toward first (it won't take long at all). Hope you are reading motivational articles—stay positive!"