How to Take Body Measurements

Video and instructions on how to take body measurements to track weight loss.

Six Month Body Measurement Tracking Chart
Printable chart (one page) to track measurements of weight, chest, waist, right arm, left arm, right thigh, left thigh and hips for 24 weeks.

Here are the body parts you should always measure and how to measure them properly:

  • Neck – Measure around the smallest part of your neck.
  • Chest– Measure around the fullest part of your bust, under your armpits and around your shoulder blades, include your nipples.
  • Arms – Measure around the largest part of your arms (flexed or not flexed, just make sure to do it the same every week.)
  • Waist – Measure around the smallest part of your waist, if you don’t have a pronounced wasistline and you’re fairly straight, measure just above your belly button.
  • Hips – Measure around the widest portion of your hips. Making sure the tape is level back there isn’t easy, try to do it in front of a mirror.
  • Thighs –  Measure the circumference of the the fullest part of your thigh, usually about three inches from your crotch.
  • Calves – Measure around the largest part of your calf (flexed or not flexed, just do it the same each time).

The video below shows how to measure results during a weight loss program.

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