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HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF CORRECTLY

By September 1, 2020No Comments
MEASURING TIPS

• Always use a cloth measuring tape, not a metal one, as it’s much more accurate.
• Do your measurements in the nude first thing in the morning, it’s the best way to avoid your clothes getting in the way as well as steering clear of post-meal bloating.
• Breathe normally and don’t ‘suck in’ to get a better number as it won’t be reflective of your true stats.
• Measure in front of a mirror, to ensure that your tape is straight. This is especially important when measuring hips as it’s hard to see if your tape is in line.
• Remember to write them down, as it would be impossible to remember them all. Plus you can then see your progress over time.
• Pull the tape so that it is snug but not too tight.
• Be consistent with your measuring. If you need to, write down exactly where you measured so that you remember each time you do it.

BUST
Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your breast, which is usually your nipple. Wrap the rest of the tape around your back and under your arms to join back up.

UNDER BUST
This is measured just under your breasts, where your bra line goes.

WAIST
Your waist tends to be the smallest part on your torso. Place one end of the tape above your belly button and bring the other side of the tape around your back to join up again.

HIPS
Generally about 5 to 6 inches down from your belly button

BOTTOM
Measure at the widest point of your hips or bottom. It’s really important to be in front of a mirror for this one as it’s tough to see if your tape is level. Generally 8-9 inches down from belly button

THIGHS
Use the fullest part of your thigh as the point to measure. Always stick to the same leg

ARMS
Once again it’s the fullest part that you want to measure. Always stick to the same arm

CALVES
Measure the largest part of your lower calf. Always stick to the one side.

Please remember – when weighing yourself, the scales doesn’t always tell the truth!! As you begin doing exercise and light weight bearing exercise you will gain lean muscle tissue, a substance which weighs more and is denser than fat. So you may actually see the number on the scales increase. Even though the scale may not be moving, it doesn’t mean that you’re not getting smaller. Muscle is more dense than fat, so it takes up less space. You can be in a smaller pants size and not be any lighter on the scale – and this is why we advise to take measurements each week as well as weighing yourself. It is also a good point to note that this extra lean muscle tissue has added benefits too – not only will you appear smaller, but muscle will help raise your metabolism too which helps to burn more fat.

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