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Where should I take circumference measurements?

Circumference measurements are a great method to help track fat loss. An individual should use a standardized measuring tape in order to accurately obtain circumference measurements. Use the following locations on the body to measure circumference as they are good indicators of body composition change.
  • Neck
  • Chest (at the mid- or nipple-line)
  • Waist (at the narrowest part, usually above the navel)
  • Hips (with feet together, measure at the widest part of the buttocks)
  • Thighs (6 inches above the knee cap)
  • Calves
  • Biceps (upper arm)
It is very important to remember to be consistent with the measurement methods. The tape should be pulled snug and level around the area which is being measured.

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