Since starting my weight loss journey I’ve had more than a few comments and emails telling me that I don’t really need to lose any weight at all and, in fact, I look on the small side. I can’t say that I’m not thrilled to get such comments, but I do wonder whether some of you think I’m worrying about a couple of extra pounds.
I am incredibly keen to keep this space on the internet full of positivity, and I would be mortified if I thought any of my readers were to think that I am banging on about losing weight when I’m only a few pounds heavier that I should be, or concerned that I am going down the ‘stick thin’ road. I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.
When I started this latest journey back to a healthy weight (I have lost a lot of weight in the past, at one point I was actually obese) I weighed 10 stone and 3 pounds with a BMI of 27.9. My ideal weight for my height (5′) should be between 6 stone 10 pounds and 9 stone 1 pound. When I married 6 years ago (which is the last time I weighed myself before this weight loss journey) I was 8 stone and 2 pounds. That, to me, was too thin – I looked ‘delicate’. So I’m aiming for about 8 stone and 7 pounds, which seems like a sensible amount to me.
The fact is I am overweight – I simply hide it well with the way I stand for photographs, the clothes I wear and the underwear I choose.
How To Look A Dress Size Smaller Without Losing Weight
In order to show you what I see when I look in the mirror, I’ve decided to take a few pics (towards the end of this post) when I’m not taking note of my posture, and not wearing underwear that helps with shaping. I have also chosen a dress that is not particularly flattering. You also need to keep in mind that I have already lost half a stone (7lb); when I started back down the road to health I was bigger.
I have no illusions as to how overweight I actually am – in my mind it’s moderate. I’m not stressed about it, I’m not obsessing over it and my approach to weight loss is, if I say so myself, very measured and sensible. By showing you what I do to ensure I look a dress size smaller without losing weight and sharing with you what I actually look like bumps included, I am hoping that you won’t see a woman who is a couple of pounds overweight – what you will see is a woman who does need to lose a fair amount of weight in order to be a good height to weight ratio.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I would like to share with you my secret weapon when it comes to looking as if I’ve lost weight, or looking smaller than my actual size – shape wear. I have always been a keen advocate of shape wear so when I was sent the Shapeez Tankee Slip to try I was intrigued. Designed to be worn under dresses and skirts, the Tankee Slip claims to slim the waist, tummy and back – but did it work?
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I think the pictures of me not wearing the Shapeez Slip and not taking note of my posture below kind of speak for themselves. I found it to be comfortable and it certainly did what it claimed to do – and then some! I didn’t find it restrictive and the wide straps are a real plus point. I will definitely be ditching my usual shape wear in favour of Shapeez and ordering more.
I have used Pic Monkey on occasion to get rid of spinach in my teeth (yes I’ve done that), or make a weird twig disappear in the background, but as far as manipulating the way I look, blurring my lines and wrinkles, making my skin look better – nope, it goes agains everything the Barefaced Chic stands for.
I have no issue with bloggers who choose to go down the Photoshop route, but I am comfortable enough in my own skin to share my flaws with you. You only have to take a look at some of my vlogs to see me makeup free and flaunting them! However, when it comes to my outfit shoots I will keep sharing me at my best because I believe that is what you want to see.
So that’s how I look a dress size smaller without losing weight. Do let me know in the comments what you think. Are you happy with bloggers sharing how they look at their best, or do you prefer the reality of vlogs?
How to look a dress size smaller without losing weight is sponsored by Shapeez. All opinions are, as usual, my own and 100% honest.