Measuring Your Body
BY MEGAN ALSFORD
When it comes to losing weight the scales often don’t show the whole picture. This is why at Jenny Craig our trained consultants will also take body measurements to track your progress. Taking measurements isn’t always easy as it’s a learnt skill that take practice to master.
If you need to take your own measurements, follow our tips to get the best results:
1. Pull the tape measure so that it sits flat on the surface of the skin, but doesn’t compress the skin.
2. Make sure there aren’t any twists in the tape
3. Make sure the tape is parallel to the floor.
4. Try take your measurements at the same time each day and remove any bulky clothing (or simply wear the same thing each time).
5. If measurements jump a lot from week to week, take them again as the tape may have moved.
6. Try and take the measurement from the same spot each time for the most accurate results. It can help to take notes of how you decided on a spot.
7. Stand with your feet together and stand tall but relaxed.
Here are some ideas to help you find the same spot each time:
Waist: Find the narrowest part of the torso or line the tape up with your belly button.
Hips: Use the widest part of your glutes. Try looking in a mirror while standing sideways.
Chest: Find the widest part around your bust or pectoral muscles.
Arms: Stand up straight with the arm relaxed and find the midpoint between the shoulder bone and the elbow of one arm. It can help to get someone else to do this one for you.
Thighs: The midpoint between the lower part of the glutes and the back of the knee, or the widest part of the thigh. Take a note of which one you choose.
If you find taking measurements difficult, then it can help to get a trained professional to take them for you. Jenny Craig consultants are trained in taking measurements and can help you to interpret them in the context of your weight loss journey.
Also remember that weight loss is complex and it’s not just the scales or measurements that determine your success. Try and think of other ways you’ve changed your habits for the better. For example, are you eating more fruit, drinking more water, eating mindfully, feeling more energized or sleeping better. Keep a track of these success milestones too and celebrate all your achievements big and small.