While weight loss is constantly seen as a source of aggravation, frustration and helplessness - it also works. Whether you have just hit on the right diet plan or found an exercise regime that is making your figure more slender, things do begin to change. No one is saying that it's easy or doesn't require a huge amount of sacrifice - but the rewards are always going to be worth it.
It's not a quick process, though - which is a good thing. Most of us know that crash dieting doesn't work and pounds lost will still be regained, sometimes with interest. So the fact it's taking awhile is a good thing; and you know it should take awhile longer before you reach your goal.
There's just one problem: your clothes don't fit you anymore.
When clothes become too loose, they can begin to look ridiculous. You can give the appearance of a child dressed up after raiding their parents’ closets rather than a functioning adult, a look most of us try to avoid. At this point, you are faced with the Dieter's Dilemma.
Option One: Buy New Clothes
It's probably something you have savored, the moment when you've lost weight and can drop down a few sizes. You have thought long and hard about the fashions you're going to have available to you, the styles your new figure can handle.
So, it's really not much of a choice? Go shopping! Use your credit card until it burns!
Except... you still have more weight to lose. So that means, all being well, these new clothes that you purchase will in time become too loose also. It's investing a lot of money in something you don't even want to wear for long - you can't lie to yourself and say it's worth the investment.
Option Two: You Do Nothing
So you don't want to be trapped into spending money on things that are going to soon be dismissed to the "too big" pile. But this isn't really an option, as you still have the problem of your existing clothes not fitting. So what to do?
The Solution: Spend Money Wisely
For awhile, you might have to put your high fashion aspirations to one side and focus on clothes that can change as your figure does. This is not the time to be buying fitted, tailored garments - you'll get to that point, but not yet.
For casual clothes, go for yoga capris or anything with a drawstring waist, which can be cinched in as you lose more weight. Men’s style shirts are meant to be worn loose, so utilize their flexibility.
For professional attire, it's a little more difficult. Dresses with a stretch fabric are helpful, but the real saviors are wraparound dresses. They'll fit in the moment, and can then just be wrapped tighter - perhaps with a little at-home sewing - as you begin to lose the pounds.
Finally, both categories benefit from opting for patterns and prints over solid colors. Solid colors can make it more obvious if the clothes are too baggy due to their crisp, clean lines, whereas prints help to break things up.