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How to Take Measurements for Weight Loss

By Sarah S – Jenny Craig

Take your measurements to measure your success. Seeing your inches melt away can be a great motivator throughout your weight loss journey.


Here's how to do it:

For best accuracy, take your measurements before you get dressed or wearing very thin clothing. Keep the tape measure parallel to the floor and firmly against your skin. Pull it just enough to keep it in position without making an indentation on the skin.


  • Bust/Chest -- Place the tape at nipple level.
  • Waist -- Measure at the smallest part (above the belly button and below the ribs). If you were to bend to the side, it would be there.
  • Abdomen -- Place the tape at the top of the hip bone, about 2 inches below your belly button.
  • Hips -- With your legs together place the tape around the largest part, including your butt.


Feel free to take additional measurements where you'd like to see progress. Other ideas are your upper arm, thigh and neck. Be sure to come back and record your measurements every month. When you lose weight, you can lose it everywhere. It all counts!


Did you know: A high waist circumference is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.1

High-risk Waist Circumference:

  • Men: >40 in (>102 cm)
  • Women: >35 (>88 cm)



[1] Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. The Evidence Report. Washington, DC: US Dept of Health and Human Services; September, 1998. NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative, (PHS) publication 98-4083.



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