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How to Take Body Measurements

Track Your Progress with a Measuring Tape

Thigh: Measure around the largest 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 each arm (below the elbow).

Neck: Measure around the largest part of the neck.

Tips for Measuring
  • When taking measurements, stand tall with your muscles relaxed and your feet together.
  • When measuring, apply constant pressure to the tape (so it doesn't sag) without pinching the skin.
  • Use a flexible measuring tape, such as plastic or cloth.
  • Measure under the same conditions each time, such as wearing the same clothes (or none at all).
  • Measure yourself in front of a mirror to make sure the tape is positioned correctly. If possible, have someone else do the measuring for you.
  • The place to take some of these measurements will vary slightly from person to person. To ensure accuracy, just remember to take them in the same place on your body each time.
So don't let the scale get you down! Losing inches means you'll be wearing a smaller size in no time! Everyone will be commenting on how great you look and the number on the scale will suddenly seem a lot less important.
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Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is a certified personal trainer, certified health coach and advanced health & fitness specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • how do I edit my goal weight, I am not seeing how to do that - 1/7/2015 12:19:58 AM
  • Very helpful information. I wasn't sure how to measure the chest/bust part. This article is very useful. Thanks! - 9/17/2014 3:28:40 PM
  • Whether you set your weight goal for all the weight you want to lose or you set your goal in smaller increments, you can always change your weight goal at any time to better suit your needs.

    To change your weight goal:
    Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen.
    You’ll now see your Start page.
    At the top of your Start page, you'll see "Step 1, Track Your Progress."
    In that section, you'll see "Track Weight & Other Measurements" with a button just below it for "Edit Goals."
    Click on "Edit Goals."
    Scroll down the page to see the "Set Your Weight Goal" section.
    In the "Target Weight" text box, enter your new weight goal.
    If necessary, you can also change your weight goal date by selecting a new date in the "By When" drop-down menus.
    Click "Save Your Changes" at the bottom of the page.
    Note: If you do not have a weight goal listed or see the "my Goals & Progress" section on the left side of your start page, you have signed up for the Spark5 program, which is for weight maintenance only. With the Spark5 program, you are not able to create or edit a weight goal.

    If you are in the Spark5 program, but want to create a weight goal, you will need to reset your program. Once you reset, you will need to choose the weight loss program and set up your goals, including your weight goal. - 5/31/2014 2:22:24 PM
    Why isn't BUST a common measurment on your track measurments screen? You have waist, hips, thigh etc... but no Bust, yet you say on your LEARN MORE that it is a common measurment. - 5/19/2014 3:25:24 PM
  • For those of you asking about changing your start weight, I entered mine wrong the first time too. I went back to that day and changed it to the correct weight. You may be able to blank it out as well just update your weight on today's entry. - 5/13/2014 4:45:01 PM
    It's nice that there's a place to leave comments, but many are questions. WHERE are the answers???? - 4/30/2014 8:50:07 AM
  • I know I am not suppose to but because we were on vacation I was not exercising and eating normal, well Tue when I got on the scale (day we got home) I was the same 192 today, Fri I am 190.. Go figure! - 4/11/2014 8:29:16 PM
  • I want ot change my start weight to a previous date-I have the wrong one in there.

    Can I edit that? - 3/24/2014 10:23:41 AM
    need to start w/ new weight/goal - 3/22/2014 9:44:49 AM
  • How do I change my start weight? - 3/18/2014 12:07:25 PM
    At the beginning I entered an incorrect weight. How do I change this? - 3/10/2014 11:33:29 AM
    I started 3/4 and put in the wrong weight how do I correct this mistake? - 3/5/2014 7:50:05 PM
    I have changed my weight goal end date, which I have done before but last time my progress report changed the goal line to reflect this changed, this time it didn't. Do you know why this is? I did log out and log back in. - 3/2/2014 1:34:19 PM
  • At the beginning I entered the incorrect weight and how can i correct this? - 2/21/2014 9:55:35 AM
  • I lost 5 pounds but don't know how to enter it ! Yeah me! - 2/19/2014 5:23:18 PM
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