What to Wear While You Lose Weight

On your way to a smaller size? Here's how to deal with wardrobe woes

By Jean Lawrence
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

There comes a time in every successful dieter's life when he or she stands befuddled in front of the closet, wondering what in the heck to wear.

The clothes that fit a few weeks ago now hang in loose and unflattering folds. But with goal weight still several pounds away, it's not time to invest in a whole new wardrobe.

It's a happy dilemma, but a dilemma all the same. So what's a soon-to-be-slimmer person to do?

Showcasing the New You

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD

When you're in the process of losing weight, a beautiful new outfit that emphasizes your chiseled-down figure is just what you need to celebrate your success. There's nothing more exhilarating than fitting into those jeans in the back of the closet -- or buying a new pair several sizes smaller. A little extra makeup, jewelry, or a new haircut are other ways to show off the "new you" and help you feel good about yourself. Don't get hung up on striving for the perfect body. Be proud of your weight loss accomplishment, and let it help motivate you to continue on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.

What not to do, the experts say, is to keep reaching for those same old baggy duds -- at least not after a certain point. Clothes not only make the person, they can make the person feel and look slimmer. And some say that dressing to look your best, no matter where you are in your program, can inspire you and help propel you further downward.