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Pinch Punch First of the Month, July

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Relying too much on the scale can be discouraging. If I'm eating right, exercising, and practicing a healthy lifestyle, I can be losing fat & building muscle, and I will look and feel great in my clothes, but the scale won't display that success.

That's why I invite you to take your measurements every 1st of the month. For the month of June, I lost half an inch on hips, and half an inch on waist, but only lost .8 pounds!

~Inches in Pants~
I fit into the smallest size pants in my closet. I'm going to have to get smaller pants for fall. Pants sizes run about 2 inches per size. I started my weight loss journey in tight 18W/2x, now I'm in a loose 12, or 10. I would love to be in single digit pants! We don't carry a scale around with us displaying our current weight. People see the body, as the size it is. That's why pants size is a better indication of fat loss than the scale.

~Waist Measurements~
Inches may be a better indication of risk for diseases associated with obesity, like diabetes and heart disease. According to the Heart Foundation, a woman's health is at risk if your waist is over 31.5 inches, and at high risk if over 34.5 inches.

~Waist to Height Ratio~
If you're a shorty like me, you might like this rule of thumb: Your waist should be less than half your height.

~Waist to Hip Ratio~
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that WTH is a better indication of mortality risk than BMI. Check out Spark People's calculator below:

~ Other non-scale improvements~
1. More definition
2. Better coordination
3. Stronger
4. More energy
5. More confidence
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    1450 days ago
    I gain weight all over when I do except in my forearms but I pile it on my torso and that is where I try to get it off. Very unhealthy.
    1450 days ago
  • LIS193
    There are many ways to measure progress!
    1450 days ago
  • JAROL7
    We are all different. I weigh 2-3 times a day to discover how my body is responding to my choices. Every BODY works differently.
    1450 days ago
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