Operation Skinny Jeans: Fitspiration Friday: Measure Up!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fitspiration Friday: Measure Up!


If you have ever been stuck at a plateau, you know that the scale is not the only measure of weight loss.  As you may already know, muscle weighs more than fat, so when you are in the process of converting fat into muscle, you may not see a change in number, but you will see a change in your size. This brings me to measurements.

At the start of any weight loss efforts, it is important to take your body measurements! As you are losing, you will not only be losing fat, but gaining muscle. And while a number on the scale might be changing, the most obvious change you will see is how your clothes fit. This is why you measure :)

"But what should I measure and how do I measure it?" you might ask. Well that is a very good question :) You can measure just about everything, but not everything will necessarily lose inches as you lose weight. I have found the most effective places to track are your neck, chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, bi-ceps and forearms. I don't always do calves and forearms, but for Commit to Fit they have and I have actually seen a difference there too!

To take a your measurements, take a soft tape measure around the area, and bring it together and there you go! Make sure you stay level and that you don't pull too tight. Here is a great article if you need more specific details.

Basically when the scale is stuck, pick up a tape measure and see where you're at. :)


3 comments :

  1. Good reminder! Scale can fluxuate everyday, but inches don't lie!

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