take body measurements for weight loss

How to take body measurements for weight loss progress tracking

September 25. 2021

Have you ever been in a situation when you look in the mirror and see progress, but the number is always the same when you use the scale? That’s because the scale is “blind”; the scale doesn’t know if you exercised more intensely yesterday or if you drank too much water or ate a little bit more salty food. Luckily, there are so many other ways to track your weight loss progress, other than weighing yourself. One of them is to take body measurements for weight loss.   

Why is it important to take body measurements for weight loss?

If you made a decision to start losing weight, the hardest part is already behind you. While time passes by, the results you will achieve will encourage you to continue and be consistent at losing weight. That’s why it’s crucial to track your progress, which will help you to stay focused on a healthy lifestyle. Also, tracking your progress is essential for knowing how your diet plan is working for you. If results don’t show after a reasonable amount of time, maybe it’s time for another diet plan, or you are perhaps doing something wrong. It would help if you took pictures before starting a diet and after some time. When you see what you achieved, that picture might motivate you, and then it will be harder for you to give up. Taking these photos will allow you to track your progress better, and if you think you can’t see the results, you can always show your friends and family, and ask them for an opinion.  

What are body measurements?

Body measurements measure different body parts, such as arms, waist, neck, or hips. You can use a metric system or inches when measuring your body, whatever you find easier. Taylor can probably take your measures the best with the tape, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do that by yourself at home. Also, if you decide to take body measurements for weight loss, you can visit any dietitian, fitness trainer, or weight loss clinic, and the experts can do that for you.

How to take body measurements for weight loss? 

Primarily you need to know which body parts to measure. The most common places to take measurements on your body are:

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Hips
  • Waist

To get precise results, you have to place the tape in the right places. Read the following instructions on how to measure different parts of the body. Also, make sure that the tape is right against your skin, and it would be great if you measured yourself in front of a mirror. 


If you measure your arms, put your arm horizontal, then flex and place your tape on the widest point of your biceps. 


You have to stand up, place the top of the tape on the inner thigh, then let the rest of the tame around your thigh at its widest point. 


Stand up, place your feet together because when your feet are separated, you can get more extensive measurements. Put the tape on the widest point of your hips.


You have to stand up, find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips, and place the tape somewhere in between.

Track and compare your results every month. You will be able to see a change even if the number on the scale is the same.  

The results you get when measuring your body, can help you to find out your body shape:

  • If the widest parts of your body are your chest and hips, and they are approximately the same, and your waist is smaller, then you have an hourglass figure. 
  • If your waist is the widest, you have an apple-shaped body. 
  • When your hips are wider than the rest of your body, your body has the shape of a pear. 
  • If your shoulders are wider than the rest of your body, you have an inverted triangle-shaped body. 

Determining your body shape can help you with choosing the right clothes for you.    

  • What if you are tracking your progress regularly, using the scale, and taking measurements, but you don’t see any results. You are tired of traditional dieting; you feel like there is no point in eating healthy and exercising when the results are nowhere to be seen. Perhaps, you could try some of the following solutions for losing weight:
    • Lipo C injections

Lipo C injections are improving body efficiency at burning fat, and they prevent muscle loss. Ingredients of these injections can break fat in your body and improve liver health. But, lipo injections only work when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, and in that way, you could lose 2-4 pounds a week. 

    • Myoden

Myoden for weight loss can help you with appetite reduction and energy production, which is very important for the weight loss process. We already have myoden in our organism, but sometimes there is a deficiency of myoden so that we can take it as a dietary supplement,  

    • Phentermine for weight loss

If you want to start taking phentermine for weight loss, you have to visit your doctor in order to get a prescription. Many people take phentermine because it suppresses their appetite, so they aren’t hungry when on a diet. 

Don’t forget to take body measurements when you are using any of the supplements already mentioned; that way, you can see if they are working for you or not. 

Final thoughts

If you aren’t sure how to take body measures for weight loss, or you think your progress is stagnating. Visit our weight loss clinic, here we will inform you about everything you need to know about weight loss. We can take a couple of tests and measurements, and we will be able to tell you a lot about your health. Then we will determine what supplements are the best for you and what diet you should follow. The fact that you decided to lose weight got you far in your weight loss journey, and with our help, you could get to the finish line faster, safer, and without starving.

Nurse Walton


Nurse Walton

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Chanay received her Practical Nurse licensure and went to work in clinical specialties such as Home Health, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care and Dialysis Centers. Through this work, she realized the importance of diet, nutrition and weight loss among her patients. This led her to open A Better Weigh, Inc. Medical Weight Loss Center in 2009.

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