" 1 - Strip down to your underwear and stand in front of a full-length mirror.
2 - While standing straight, bend over to the front or side and make a note of where your body creases. This is your natural waist. It should be the narrowest part of your waist, and it is generally located between your rib cage and belly button.
3 - Return to an upright position.
4 - Wrap the tape measure around your natural waist, keeping it parallel to the floor. Wrap the tape measure around your natural waist, keeping it parallel to the floor.
5 - Do not hold your breath or suck you stomach in.
6 - Stick your thumb beneath the tape measure to prevent yourself from drawing it too tight.
7- Bring the tape measure together in the center front of your body.
8 - Look at the number in the mirror or carefully look down at it while keeping your back straight.
9 - Mark the number down on paper."
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I always thought the waist measurement was around the belly button area. As for apple shape that is also my body's tendency & I know it means greater risk for cardio-diseases (runs in the family). But, I would imagine if you're eating right & exercising (firm, fit body) that would definitely be a benefit.
That might sounds silly but it is very important that I find it correctly.
I've had my waist measured right above the hip bones, at the bellybutton and at the smallest part which is above my belly button.
Though my measurements say I am an 'apple' this just doesn't sit right with how I carry weight. I am a gentle hourglass. I carry weight like a tire between my bum and my waist (love handles and tummy) but not above my waist noticeably. I carry some on the inside of my thighs and I'm full chested. When I gain I gain all over, and when I lose I lose all over. But according to the measurements tools I am an major apple (and at serious risk for disease even at a BMI of 26).
Is this just because the assessments tools are too standardized to accommodate the massive range of sizes or am I in denial? If I'm in denial and I'm really an apple I can't see how I will ever be anything but at serious risk. I'm not going to change my shape even when I get to a lower BMI. How do you deal with this risk if weight loss doesn't change it?
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