Getting Results: How to Measure Your Waist

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer

Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash

What is the best way to measure my weight loss (while using a waist trainer)?

So, you’ve done your research, you've seen the countless before and afters of women who have reached their weight loss goals using a waist trainer, and you’re SO ready to get started on your waist training journey.

What’s next?

If you are looking into waist training for weight loss chances are that like many other women out there, you’ve been avoiding stepping on the scale to see the dreaded number flashing back.

The truth is, we’ve all been there. But it’s so important to understand where you’re starting because when the fat starts melting off, you’re going to want to know your progress. And, have no doubt, you will see significant progress by incorporating a waist trainer into your weight loss program.

But did you know that stepping on a scale may not be the best method for tracking your weight loss? It can be a useful tool, but it should not be your only tool. Women can fluctuate up to 5 pounds on a daily basis - and when you are giving your new weight loss program your all, that little number can be so disheartening when it’s not moving in the right direction. Tracking inches lost is a much more reliable method for monitoring your progress, but the process can be confusing if you’re new to it. 

The good news is, measuring your waistline is pretty simple. All you need is a measuring tape and to follow the 3 easy steps outlined below.

Step 1. Find the smallest part of your waist.

You may have to do a little bit of trial and error to find this.

Step 2. Take care that your measuring tape is not too tight - but not too loose, either.

You want it to fit comfortably around your waistline. You might be tempted to hold your breath in, but don’t! 

Step 3. Record your number and repeat.

I recommend measuring your waistline once a week to track your progress. 

That’s it! Super simple, right? I’d love to hear about your progress. Leave a comment below, and don't forget to share pictures of your progress and tag @LifestyleCurves!

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