How to Take Body Circumference Measurements
Are you sick of being so obsessed with that number on the scale? Tired of seeing your scale weight go up or stay the same even though you know you're making progress?
Yea, I get it because I've been there. The scale can be frustrating and there are many reasons why scale fluctuates every day. [See related: 9 Reasons Why Your Weight Fluctuates]
It's important you realize there are other ways to track physique progress that have nothing to do with the scale and are less inconsistent.
In this IGTV video below, I share 5 ways to track progress. Take a few minutes to watch this to learn why things like inches, how clothes fit, pictures, and gym progress may be better markers for tracking progress than scale weight. This is especially true if you're gaining muscle or pursuing a body recomposition goal. [See related: What is body recomposition?]
In that video, you learned that one way to track progress is by taking body circumference inch measurements regularly. Besides progress photos, this is my second favorite way to track progress and truly be able to see the inches melt off (if fat loss is your goal).
So let's look at body circumference measurements deeper now.
Here are some key points to follow:
- What you'll need: one tape measure
- When to take these measurements: First thing in the morning before eating or training
- What to wear: swimsuit or tight sports bra & shorts
- What to do: relax - don't suck in or flex
- How to measure: keep the tape measure relaxed instead of pulling tight
- 6 places to measure: arm, chest, waist, hips, thigh, calf
All of those points are covered in the video below! Just 10min and you'll learn how to measure body circumference as accurately as you humanly can.