13 Feb Tracking Weight Loss: How to Take Body Measurements
Knowing how to take body measurements correctly is important when you’re losing weight. Many of us jump on the scale in order to track our progress. However, your weight alone (and even your BMI) doesn’t always tell the whole story.
Any good fat loss programme will incorporate optimal levels of protein which, especially when combined with exercise, can result in an increase in muscle mass. Given that muscle is denser and weighs heavier than fat, when we step on the scale we may be surprised that although our body is changing in a way that brings you closer to reaching your goals, that number on the scale may not decrease as quickly as you might expect.
Learning how to take body measurements to track your weight loss is just as important as stepping on a scale.
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HOW TO TAKE BODY MEASUREMENTS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Below are five key areas to measure. Of course, where you choose to measure is completely up to you. If one of the areas outlined isn’t a concern for you, feel free to leave it out. Read on to find out where and how to take body measurements when tracking weight loss.
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Keep the tape measure in line with the nipple and take the measurement at the side of the ribcage, underneath the arm.
Keep the tape measure in line with the tummy button, ensure it’s level all the way around. Again, taking the measure at the side of your body is often easiest. (It’s worth remembering that the waist can be the least reliable measurement due to bloating. Often women’s measurements will not be accurate around the time of their period.)
It would be more accurate to call this the ‘bum measurement’! This measures the widest point. Ensure that the tape measure is level both side of your hips.
Take this measure towards the top of the leg at the widest point at. Make sure you measure the same leg each time as your legs can be slightly different in size.
From the tip of the elbow, measure 15cm up the arm. Take the measurement at this point. As with your thighs, make sure you measure the same leg each time.
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