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


  1. says

    I guess i feel validated. I routinely subtract 2-3 pounds off my client’s weight when we measure body composition because any excess weight is automatically designated as fat weight–(I’ve weighed clothes too–just didn’t publish the results and find statistical significance). It is information when someone needs to discuss a two pounds difference in weight.

  2. says

    seems too easy to actually weigh yourself nekkid at home, then get dressed, and do it again; as a man, I just did this again, three pounds of clothes, nothing fancy there, and two and half pounds for walking shoes, so do kick off those scoots at the dr.’s office, total 5.5 lbs.

  3. Rachel says

    Thanks for the info! I used to always weigh myself naked at home. But right now I am minus a scale and have to use one in the gym lockeroom. Technically I COULD use it while naked or in my undies, but imagine the stares! lol

  4. Anonymous says

    I usually deduct 2.0 lbs fire my clothes.
    If I am wearing my sneakers, I deduct 2.0 for
    those and 5.0 for my steel toe work boots. I have weighed both and find these to be accurate

  5. eddio says

    I’ve weighed my clothes many times during weight lose. I’m an averaged sized man.,5.9″, 36″ waist between 180lbs-195lbs. and more or less my clothes always weigh around 4lb-5lb. And difntintly less in the summer when wearing shorts and t-shirts. I can’t understand how these researches claim there is no real difference in weight between summer and winter dress. That makes no sense. Men’s shorts usually weigh less than a pound, jeans often weigh 2 pounds or more. A t shirt weighs less than a pound, a long sleeve knit shirt can weigh more than apound.


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