How to Measure Your Body for Weight Loss

by Arthur Barnhouse

About Arthur Barnhouse

Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.


Weight loss, whether it’s through diet, exercise or a combination of both, is often an arduous process that demands time and hard work. While you’re trying to drop the pounds, one of the best ways to maintain motivation is to measure the progress of your weight loss. When measuring your weight loss, try to do so first thing in the morning before you have breakfast. Also, wear as little clothing as possible to avoid skewing the results.

Measuring Your Weight Loss in Pounds

Step 1

Position your scale on a flat, hard surface. Do not place the scale on carpeting.

Step 2

Step onto the scale at least once a week. If you’re using weight-loss software or a dietary journal, measure your weight as often as needed.

Step 3

Note the reading on the scale and then record your weight in a notebook. Understand that your weight may fluctuate as you record your progress. For instance, prior to the start of your period, you might notice slight weight gain.

Step 4

Continue recording your weight loss at least once a week, every week, until you’ve achieved your goal.

Measuring Your Weight Loss in Inches

Step 1

Dress in as little clothing as possible. You will be measuring various areas of your body, and you do not want to throw off the results.

Step 2

Step in front of a full-length mirror, with your measuring tape in hand. Relax your body. Don’t attempt to suck in your tummy. Use the mirror to help you make sure the tape is held straight.

Step 3

Grasp the end of the tape measure and wrap it around the biggest portion of your chest. Hold the tape around your chest just tight enough so that it does not sag. Note the measurement and record it in your notebook. Then measure your biceps halfway between the elbow and the shoulder and record it as well.

Step 4

Measure your waist approximately 1 inch above the bellybutton. Move on to your hips, measuring around the largest part of the butt, with the heels of your feet together. Finally, measure each thigh around the largest portion. Record each of these measurements.

Step 5

Continue to track your weight loss in inches once every eight weeks. Be aware that it may take more than a month for any noticeable weight loss in inches.

Items you will need

  • Scale
  • Notebook or weight-loss journal
  • Full-length mirror

Photo Credits:

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