Scales are evil, lying, deceptive and evil devices whose sole purpose is to undermine anyones attempt at being healthy. (Did I say evil twice?)
So, as you can imagine, I seldom get on one. So instead of stepping on the Device of Doom I will be taking my measurements monthly. The trick to using measurements as a tool for measuring weight loss is to do it the same every time and to understand that if you are doing weight building exercises you might see a temporary increase in your measurements in the beginning.
I found a good guideline for measurements on About.com.
- Bust: Measure around the chest right at the nipple line, but don't pull the tape too tight.
- Chest: Measure just under your bust
- Waist: Measure a half-inch above your belly button or at the smallest part of your waist
- Hips: Place tape measure around the biggest part of your hips
- Thighs: Measure around the biggest part of each thigh
- Calves: Measure around the largest part of each calf
- Upper arm: Measure around the largest part of each arm above the elbow
- Forearm: Measure around the largest part of the arm below the elbow.