When it comes to being healthy, the scale isn’t the only indicator of progress, success, or a happy body. I personally feel like each and every home that has a scale should also have a soft measuring tape sitting right next to it.
While you don’t have to measure yourself constantly, it’s a good idea to measure yourself today, and keep a weekly to monthly eye on it (depending on life’s circumstances).
Why Is Measuring Yourself So Important?
Even when your weight is considered “healthy” (within your BMI weight range), if your belly measurement is running on the high side, you could be putting yourself at risk for premature death. If your belly is larger than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, you are increasing your chances of high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
When it comes to weight loss, the cloth tape measure becomes my best friend. The day we start a diet or detox, we take our measurements around our bust, waist, belly, hips and (for me personally, ladies!) upper thigh.
During your weight loss battle, the scale can stall. And if you’ve dieted before, you know how insanely frustrating this is. But just because the scale isn’t moving, that doesn’t mean you aren’t loosing.
This is where your charted measurements will come in handy. Measure yourself again and compare it to your last measurements. Chances are you’re still losing inches.
And for those who are dieting with strength training, muscle has weight to it. So while the scale might not be moving the way you want it to, use your measurements to watch those inches fall by the wayside.
Measuring yourself is an encouraging way to keep track of your progress!
How Do I Properly Measure Myself?
The best place to shop for a cloth tape measure would be a fabric store or a craft store. You can also scoop one up online for only $3-$4. When measuring yourself, wear thin clothing or nothing at all. Stand up straight with your feet together, relaxed in front of a mirror. Don’t try and suck your belly in, but also don’t overly exhale pushing everything out further.
- To measure your bust: Place the measuring tape at the fullest part of your bust (with the tape positioned over the widest part of your back).
- To measure your waist: Place the tape measure around your natural waist line (in between your bust and your belly button). To find your natural waist, stand in front of the mirror with your feet slightly apart and bend to your side. The crease created is your natural waist line.
- To measure your belly: Place the measuring tape around your belly, just bellow your belly button.
- To measure your hips: Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips/butt.
- To measure your upper thigh: Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your thigh.