Weight is a measurement of a person’s body mass.
Body mass can be measured using units such as kilograms, pounds, or stones and pounds.
Weight Loss Measurements: Measure Weight
To measure your weight, place the scale on a level hard surface.
Do not place the scale on a soft surface like carpet.
Before stepping on the scale, make sure it is set to zero, and remove any heavy clothing and shoes.
Go to the toilet if you need to.
Step onto the scale and stand in the middle.
Standing off-centre can affect the accuracy of the measurement.
If you want to monitor your weight over a period of time, for example, over the 6 weeks of this course, it is important to weigh yourself at the same time each day, on the same set of scales, and wearing the same clothing, or none at all.
Weight Loss Measurements: Measure Height
Another measure commonly taken is height.
Human height is a measure of the length from the bottom of the feet to the top of the head.
When measuring height, hats and shoes should be removed.
Stand against a wall with the back of your head and heels touching the wall.
Look straight ahead so that the eyes and ears are aligned.
Feet should be placed together.
Health professionals often use a tool like this to measure height, but you can use a pencil and tape measure at home.
Make a mark level with the top of the head.
You might like to use a hard cover book to guide you.
Measure the distance between the mark and the floor.
Weight Loss Measurements: Waist Circumference
Waist circumference can be measured at the narrowest point or at the belly button.
Make sure the measuring tape is tight against the body but not squeezing the skin.
When measuring waist circumference, the tape measure should be placed directly on the skin or over light clothing.