Body weight is often used as an indicator of ﬁtness progress. When people attempt to change their physique and don’t see pounds coming off on the scale every week, they can get a little discouraged.
Your two best friends – a tape measure and a mirror
The only way to measure progress in slimming down is by comparing before and after, but if you don’t use weight, how do you measure it? With a mirror and a tape measure. The mirror is subjective, but hey, if you look better you are better. The tape measure can be used with razor accuracy to measure just those parts of the body you wish to change. Before we look at how to measure your body, a few words about fat, muscle and all that other stuff…
Just for the record – your body composition
Your body weight consists of:
- Muscle: 30-55%
- Fat: 10-30%
- Water: 10-25% (not including the water in muscle and fat)”
- Bone: 15% “
- Organs and other tissues: 10-15%”
Here’s how to measure:
- Bust: Measure all the way around your bust and back on the line of your nipples.”
- Waist: Measure its narrowest point, usually just above the navel.”
- Hips: Measure all the way around the widest part of the hip bones and the gluteus muscles.
- Upper arm: Measure above your elbows around the fullest part.”
- Thighs: While standing, measure around the fullest part of thighs.”
- Calves: While sitting, measure around the fullest part.