Weight Loss: Where and How to Measure

Although the scale is a useful indicator of weight loss over time (as in tracking a trend in your body mass weight), it is not necessarily the best method of measuring weight loss progress in the short-term because the number on the scale can be deceptive.  For example, a person's weight can fluctuate 3-4 pounds (or more!) in a single day depending on hydration and various other factors.

Weight loss experts recommend not relying exclusively on the scale but instead to use several different tools for measuring progress - such as calipers (to measure fat loss), visual assessments (mirror and photographs) and the tape measure.

When individuals are asked to take body measurements, there is often some confusion about where and how, exactly, one should measure. This infographic entitled "Where Should I Measure?" illustrates and explains how and where to measure key areas of the body including the chest, bust, arms, waist, midway between the waist and hips (abdomen/lower abdomen), hips, thighs and knees.

Some people also choose to measure their neck and calves.

Regardless of which sites on the body are chosen for measurement, it is important to be consistent by establishing a regular day of the week and time of day and keeping an accurate record to chart progress.

Infographic source:  iVillage.com

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