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What to Measure

If you are embarking on a weight loss challenge, measure the following:

  • Around the largest part of your belly – A circumference larger than 40 inches for men or larger than 35 for women means that the person is at risk for Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 diabetes
  • Hips
  • Upper leg (thigh)
  • Lower leg (calf)
  • Chest (females: measure over breasts and again just below)
  • Upper arm (biceps)
  • Forearm (usually this just applies to men, women rarely change this measurement)
  • Neck (usually this just applies to men, women rarely change this measurement)

Now that you have the measurements, figure out your waist to hip ratio. The ideal is 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men. Here’s an online WHR calculator.

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