Why Waist Measurement Matters

One of my biggest concerns with my weight was my waist circumference. My waist measured 109cm (inches) when I started on my journey. This put me at a much higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. An ideal waist measurement for women is 88cm (35 inches) or less.

All the extra weight I was carrying was fat, which was surrounding all my vital organs like my heart, liver and pancreas. I had been taking tablets for high blood pressure for a couple of years, and for my cholesterol for at least 6 years, so my body was already showing signs of issues caused by this excess fat around my abdomen.

Along with wanting to lose weight, I was desperate to reduce the size of my waist to prevent any other health issues. So I started measuring my waist, hips, bust, thighs and upper arms along with weighing myself 2 – 3 times a week. I used a Body Fat Calculator to assess this. My body fat percentage a year ago was 43.3% which is very high, and now it is around 28% and in the healthy range for my age.

I have found that taking those measurements is more incentive to lose weight than just weighing on the scales alone is. I can also see that some days I’m quite bloated with my waist ranging between 84cm on a good day to 88cm on a bad day! The “bad day” is usually from working night shifts or having a day or two of eating and drinking unhealthy food – but we all need a day or two like that occasionally.

If you are interested in starting to do the same measurements, there’s a great website called Calculator.net that has a number of health and fitness calculators that are easy to use. If you don’t want to go to that much trouble, try writing down your waist measurement and weight once or twice a week. The way your clothes fit will also be a good way to gauge whether you’re losing weight off your waist.

I’ve had to totally replace my whole wardrobe twice in the last year, down to my underwear! It’s so rewarding to be able to see the results, and know that I’ve done a lot to improve my health by reducing my waist size.

Here are my measurements:

October 2018 / October 2019

Weight 83.5kg / 66.1kg

Waist 105cm / 84cm

Hips 109cm / 95cm

Bust 104cm / 90cm

Thighs 69cm / 59cm

Upper arm 30cm / 27cm

I’d love to hear about your own weight loss journey. Keep up the good work!

Before 83.5kg October 2018. After 66.1kg October 2019

Image credit for feature photo: Pixabay on Pexel

13 thoughts on “Why Waist Measurement Matters

  • Good job! In the beginning, I took my measurements. I know it is important and can be a better indicator of health than weight and BMI. I was in the obese category back before my cancer diagnosis. Then, breast cancer hit like a freight train and I knew I had to get healthy again after treatments. I ate better and started running. I lost 90 pounds. But my cancer meds left me with a swollen liver and bloated middle. Waist measurements were frustrating me, so I stopped. Now I don’t really worry about any of it. I run and I eat healthy. I weigh myself occasionally to ensure my weight isn’t creeping back up, and it does from time to time. That just makes me readjust and reassess my choices. I am constantly striving towards healthy. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am so glad you found your healthy path too. Fantastic! You are an inspiration.

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    • Hi Patricia, thanks so much for your feedback. I think you’re an inspiration too! You’ve taken a negative experience and made changes towards a healthier lifestyle and it’s paid off. It’s great to find what works for you and stick to it. Well done on your recovery from cancer and healthy lifestyle choices.

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  • Good job! In the beginning, I took my measurements. I know it is important and can be a better indicator of health than weight and BMI. I was in the obese category back before my cancer diagnosis. Then, breast cancer hit like a freight train and I knew I had to get healthy again after treatments. I ate better and started running. I lost 90 pounds. But my cancer meds left me with a swollen liver and bloated middle. Waist measurements were frustrating me, so I stopped. Now I don’t really worry about any of it. I run and I eat healthy. I weigh myself occasionally to ensure my weight isn’t creeping back up, and it does from time to time. That just makes me readjust and reassess my choices. I am constantly striving towards healthy. Thank you for sharing your journey. I am so glad you found your healthy path too. Fantastic! You are an inspiration.

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