How Much Do My Clothes Weigh?

doctor's scaleHave you ever stepped onto the scale and wondered, “How much do my clothes weigh…? 

Whenever I step on the scale at the doctor’s office, I always wonder, “…How much do my clothes weigh?”  That’s because I always weigh more on the medical scales than I do on my own bathroom scale. To feel better, I instantly blame the very heavy, bulky clothes I’m wearing, despite the fact that I am usually in running capris and a lightweight top.

Now, a study from the USDA’s Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, published the results of their study to answer this exact question in the International Journal of Obesity.

The researchers studied 50 adults for a year, weighing them with and without clothes (and no shoes) once during each season. The results showed that men’s clothes weigh more than women’s and differences in clothing weight throughout the year are not significant enough to have different standards for winter versus summer.

Bottom line

The authors concluded that women can subtract 1.75 pounds and men can subtract 2.5 pounds for their clothing (don’t wear shoes). So, next time you’re getting weighed in a clinical setting, be sure to mention to whomever weighed you to subtract 1.75 pounds on your record!  Show off a bit and tell them you read about it and have the published medical reference for the study that determined the average weights of clothing for men and women.

Remember, those who lose the most weight and maintain a healthier weight weigh themselves at least once a week.

Reference: International Journal of Obesity (2013) 37, 160–161; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.20; published online 28 February 2012

Comments

  1. My clothes weigh between 9 ounces to 1 pound, so I don’t get concerned unless my weight goes up more than a pound. My goal is losing not gaining.

  2. Pamela W says:

    Actually, I think the weight variation really depends on the person and the style of clothing he or she wears! I’m fond of heavier footwear (stacked heels and the such) and when I wear these types of shoes, plus a heavier pair of jeans, I’ve found this can add 3-4 pounds to my unclothed weight! Best advice for accuracy: weight yourself at home, nude, in the am before you’ve eaten breakfast. :-)

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