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How to Take Measurements for Weight Loss

By Sarah S – Jenny Craig

Wondering how you should take your body measurements to assess your weight loss success? We've rounded up our top tips to show you how. Seeing how your body changes can be a great motivator throughout your weight loss journey. Remember, non-scale weight loss successes should be celebrated as well! As you lose fat and build muscle, we bet you'll notice changes in your body composition, and that is amazing! Looks like it might be time to buy a new pair of jeans...

Here's how to take your body measurements:

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 backside. 


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)


Do you know if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI)? Use our free tool to check if you fall within a healthy range. Beyond taking measurements for weight loss, this is another good indicator of health.






[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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