How to measure yourself
Tracking your progress on a weight loss journey isn’t only about the digits on the scale. Sometimes we lose more centimetres than actual weight and it’s important to measure yourself correctly to track your progress accurately. Here’s how to do it right:
- Use a material tape measure to measure yourself.
- Then take it around the circumference of whatever area of your body you are measuring by putting the end of the tape measure in a middle point of the area and wrap the tape measure around until it touches the end of the tape measure again.
- Don’t include the 5mm piece of metal that usually comes on the end of a tape measure in your reading.
- Make sure it is just lightly resting on your skin – not pulling tight and squeezing and not hanging loose.
- Measure yourself first thing in the morning.
- Just like you shouldn’t weigh yourself too often, don’t measure yourself too often.
- Relax and breathe normally.
When tracking weight loss, important areas to measure are:
- Waist. Place the tape measure at the top of your hipbone but under your ribs. NOTE: Tracking your waist measurement is important as it’s an essential indicator of your risk for heart ailments and diabetes. According to the Heart Foundation, tracking waist measurement is seen as a better way of checking for risk of developing chronic disease than tracking your BMI.
- Chest. Measure around the largest part of your chest.
- Biceps. Measure midway between the top of your shoulder and elbow. Keep your arm at your side.
- Hips. Put the tape at the widest point. Keep your heels together.
- Thighs. Measure each thigh separately, around the thickest part of your upper leg.
Good idea: Keep a journal and write down your centimetres each time you measure yourself. That way you can track your progress and see your hard work paying off – in black and white.
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