Your clothes are the first and often the best measure of weight gain or weight loss. You instantly know when your favorite jeans has become tighter or more loose. Take out a pair of trousers from 5 or 10 years ago. Can you comfortably fit into it. If not, what has gone wrong?
You almost never gain weight over night. Weight gain often takes months or even years. It is a gradual process. You can pick up this weight gain by the clothes you are wearing.
Here are 7 ways that your clothing can prevent weight gain. With a little more awareness you can even use your clothing to lose weight.
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1. Never buy a bigger outfit
Your clothes are a measure of your weight gain. The best measure is your pants as this is influenced by your waistline. Never get a bigger pair of pants. Do not settle for larger clothes. Resolve to get your weight back down and fit into the same sized pants. If need be, come back 4 to 8 weeks later once you have done something about your weight.
2. Always keep your jeans
Keep your current jeans and always use it as a baseline. Do not discard this pair of jeans even if you have a new pair. Try to get into this jeans at least once a month. The moment you feel it getting tight, press the panic button and take the necessary measures. For even better control, try out the jeans once a week. This will give you a tighter control and you will be able to pick up weight gain sooner.
3. Ask your tailor to keep an eye
You will have access to a lot of historic data if you have always been using the same tailor. Very few people have their body dimensions from 3 to 5 years ago. Your tailor would probably have these numbers and you can use this to assess how much weight you have gained. You can also ask your tailor to alert you when the dimensions have increased. You might have to ask for this as some tailors may consider it rude to tell you that your waistline has increased by 2 inches.
4. Never tailor a bigger pair of pants
Tailors have a tendency to stitch a pair of pants with an extra half-inch of slack. This slack is to give you a comfort fit. You may either opt to come back in 4 weeks or ask the tailor to stick to the same measurements as the last pair of pants. A small increase of half an inch every time you make a new pair of pants can be a disaster after 5 years.
5. Men can use their belts as a baseline
The belt is another excellent measurement of your waistline. Any increase in your waistline can be felt unless your stomach is so big that it bulges over the belt. In this case, the belt is of little use.
6. Buy a smaller outfit and set a goal to get into it
Get your favourite outfit in one size smaller. Set a goal to get into this outfit within a month. Try out the outfit on a weekly basis. With a sound weight loss plan, you may actually find yourself being able to get into this outfit after a month. This is one way to motivate your self by using clothing to lose weight.
7. Use your wedding outfit as a baseline
The oldest clothes that most people have are their wedding outfits. This is an excellent measure of how many inches you have gained since your wedding. It is also an excellent way to make sure that you are always within the bounds of what you were when you got married.
There are numerous ways for you to use your clothing to lose weight. As mentioned earlier, you can detect weight gain very early if you have an increased awareness of how your clothes are fitting. Resolve never to increase clothing size and you will always keep your weight in-check.