Importance of Weight and Measurements when Trying to Lose Weight

Whenever going after a weight loss goal, it’s important to do both your weight and measurements when you start. You need a way to measure how your progress is going and the only way to do that is with recording your start, your progress and your final results.

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When to weigh yourself:

  • Ideally in the morning, before you eat.
  • Avoid weighing yourself right after exercise because your weight can fluctuate wildly due to changes in water content. You may weigh heavier or lighter than normal.
  • If you weigh yourself at night you are also weighing any food you have eaten and liquid you have drunk during the day.

How to measure yourself:

  • Use a flexible measuring tape as used by dressmakers.
  • Wear the thinnest clothes possible, or none at all, so as not to add to the measurement.
  • Try to measure yourself in front of a full-length mirror so that you can see if the tape is positioned correctly.
  • Perhaps you could find another person to help with the measuring. They would be able to read the results more easily.
  • Keep your muscles relaxed while measuring.
  • When measuring, pull the tape just tight enough to keep it from sagging.

What to measure:

  • Chest: Measure around the largest part of your chest.
  • Biceps: Measure midway between the top of your shoulder and elbow.
  • Waist: Measure at the narrowest point, approximately one inch above your belly button.
  • Hips: Measure your hips around the largest part of your buttocks with your heels together.
  • Thigh: Thighs are measured separately. Stand with your legs slightly apart. Measure your upper legs, where the circumference is largest.

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