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How to Take Body Measurements for Weight Loss

January 17, 2015 2 min read

Have you ever heard that the best way to measure your weight loss success is by ditching the scale and relying on body measurements? That is so very true! The scale is just what it is-a scale. It does not tell you anything specific at all. This is one reason why I hate scales. People are always so focused on getting their body weight down to a specific number that they forget the numbers that they should be paying attention to: body fat percentages and inches. Before you begin your transformation or journey, you have got to take full body measurements! Also, take a before picture. You want to track your progress and as we all know, photos do not lie. Well, mostly (thanks, Photoshop!). 1f372efc88601ba169b49970d1f22aeb Here's what to do:
  1. Get naked. Yes, naked is best since clothes can actually add inches to your body. If you do not want to get naked, try a bathing suit or thin clothing.
  2. Measure the main key parts of your body using a measuring tape. But remember to not pull the tape very tightly-it should just fit snug. Pulling two tightly can offer inaccurate results.
  3. When taking the circumferences, always measure at the widest points.
  4. Relax your entire body. This is not the time to pose, flex, or suck it all in. Just relax. We need to know what you truly are at.
IMG_8338.CR2 Now, here is what to measure: Bust: Measure the chest right at the nipple line, but again, don’t pull the tape to tight. Chest: Measure just under your bust. Some people even prefer to measure above the bust. Waist: Measure a half-inch above your belly button or at the smallest part if your waist Hips: Stand with feet together & Place the tape measure around the widest part. Thighs: Measure around the widest part of each thigh. Arms: Measure around the widest part of each upper arm. Calves: Measure around the widest point of each thigh. You can record your measurements in a notebook or planner to keep up with your progress. If you would like a free body measurement tracker, click the image below for a free printable! URLSmall

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