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Old 02-02-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Bust/Waist/Hip measurements...fill me in

I unfortunately do not have a tape measurer, I keep forgetting to get one at Walmart. So I've been doing the next best thing, standing in my bday suit in front of the mirror using strings, then cutting the strings and measuring them. I'm sure I lose a few accuracy points, but it gives me a general idea.

I do wish I would have measured at the beginning, but I just got a nudge of curiosity and did it tonight. My measurements were:

Bust: 39.0
Waist: 30.5
Hips: 40.5

According to a calculator, my waist-hip ratio is .75. I guess I have no idea what that means. I understand where they get the number from, but I don't know what a healthy WHR is.

I also guess this makes me hourglass/slightly pearshaped? I really just have no sense of what these numbers are. Big, small, average. I'm so used to thinking in weight and BMI, I don't have anything to compare measurements to, haha.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:13 AM   #2
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Yeah, I did this too...but I put mine into a calculator (I'm large around the thighs/hips), but it said I have a ridiculously high amount of fat on my body.... Although, I'm at a healthy BMI right now. WTF?
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:05 AM   #3
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I'm very similar in stats to you, although not quite so much in the bust. I measure 37", 31", 41". A waist to hip ratio of less than 0.8 in women is supposed to be healthy. Interestingly I'm also much shorter than you but somehow still manage to be heavier. Its things like that I don't understand, how I can weigh so much more in a similar sized frame and yet still be 4" shorter.

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Old 02-03-2010, 06:01 AM   #4
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I'm 26" in the waist and 38" around the hips with a ratio of 0.68. I'm a definite pear shape
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:05 AM   #5
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I'm also a healthy BMI but I'm pretty sure I still have a high amount of body fat %. I'm totally "skinny fat" lol, but then again, when I started this journey I would have given my left arm just to BE skinny fat, you know? Now I'm concentrating on losing body fat % because it still puts me at high risk for obesity-related disease. In fact, someone just posted an article about this in the Maintainers forum! Article: The Scales Can Lie: Hidden Fat

I've been taking measurements from pretty much the beginning so it's been really cool to see how things have progressed... especially when the scale sucks.

Starting Hips: 49.5″
Starting Waist: 40.5″
Starting Thighs: 29″
Starting Calves: 15″
Starting Chest: 42″
Starting Arms: 16″

Hips: 34″ (-15.5)
Waist: 29″ (-11.5)
Thighs: 20.5″ (-8.5)
Calves: 13″ (-2)
Chest: 33″ (-9)
Arms: 11.5″ (-4.5)
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:10 AM   #6
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Fat Pants, I'm skinny fat too. Well, not entirely skinny, but I'm certainly not toned. I've just recently started getting serious about it.

My legs and arms tone fairly easily. I've only been doing strength training for 3 days and I already have defined calves, quads, and biceps. My whole core section, which is my big issue, takes longer. Maybe once I tone, it'll tighten everything up and bring it all in. Hence, less inches. I can only hope, haha.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:16 AM   #7
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I usually think of measurements in terms of model measurements (34-24-34). I know they aren't something I should aspire to, but it's the only measurements that are broadcast out there for everyone to know... so it gives me a good idea of whether I am considered "big" or not. I can't recall my measurements at the moment (I'm at work and they're at home)... but I noticed you said your bust was 39, is that what size bra you wear? Or were you measuring over the ladies? (I was just asking because to me you don't look like a 39 in your avatar.)

edit: One thing I thought of... They say it's healthy if your waist measurement is below 30" for a woman.
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Old 02-03-2010, 10:33 AM   #8
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well as for me my goal weight is 125 ... so when I get to 129 I will star working more in my body fat which was 43% and now is 35% I will love something under 30.

When you girls say waist where exactly do you measure , at you belly or a your narrow point.

I ask this because I have 4" different from one to another .

Starting Hips: 41.5″
Starting Waist: 35.5″
Starting at my belly: 42.5"
Starting Thighs: 25.5″
Starting Chest: 43.5″
Starting Arms: 13.5″

Hips: 36.5″
Waist: 31″
Thighs: 21.5″
At my belly:35
Chest: 39″
Arms: 10.5″
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:14 AM   #9
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It's weird to see my body shape changing in my measurements, bc I hadn't noticed with the naked eye. I started out with a 10in difference between my waist and hips (~32-42), and now it's down to 9 (~27.5-36.5). I guess I'm less of a pear than I thought.

Although, I'm confused about where to measure hips. They say at your widest part, but that's ambiguous for me. I have a local maximum around my hip bones, which is what measures 36.5; then my body goes in again at my hip flexors, and then back out around the tops of my thighs. If I were to measure at my truly widest part, the tape measure would be around the bottom of my butt and right at my crotch or even lower, and be closer to 38.5. Which is my hip measurement?

These are my stats:

Age: 25
Weight: ~133
Height: 5'4.75"
Bust: 35"
Waist: 27.5"
Hips: 36.5"
BF%: ~22%
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:16 AM   #10
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but I noticed you said your bust was 39, is that what size bra you wear? Or were you measuring over the ladies? (I was just asking because to me you don't look like a 39 in your avatar.)
I second this question

I measure under the girls, and I think I'm at 35.5 now. I have to check my measurements at home - and I just remembered my scale has a body fat % checker thing. A few years ago they measured it at my gym and I *think* I was like 40% (terrible) and that has had to have gone down by now...
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Fat Pants, I'm skinny fat too. Well, not entirely skinny, but I'm certainly not toned. I've just recently started getting serious about it.

My legs and arms tone fairly easily. I've only been doing strength training for 3 days and I already have defined calves, quads, and biceps. My whole core section, which is my big issue, takes longer. Maybe once I tone, it'll tighten everything up and bring it all in. Hence, less inches. I can only hope, haha.
That's my problem, too. My legs and arms/upper body are pretty good, but my butt, hips and tummy are pretty flabby. I'm really hitting it up with core work and lots of squats/lunges. My gosh, do I hate the lunges...!
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I second this question

I measure under the girls, and I think I'm at 35.5 now. I have to check my measurements at home - and I just remembered my scale has a body fat % checker thing. A few years ago they measured it at my gym and I *think* I was like 40% (terrible) and that has had to have gone down by now...
For my chest measurement, I measure under the armpits, but not the "bust" - the actual chest. So my chest measurement is 33" or whatever but I'm pretty sure my bust measurement is 37" the last time I checked. I never started out checking my bust measurement so I don't know what the inches were when I first started... but I have gone from a 42DDD to a 36D.
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I don't put much stock in the waist-hip ratio. I'm a 35-27.5-38--extreme pear--so I look artificially healthy by WHR standards. I mean, I am generally healthy, but I think my body fat percentage is a lot higher than you would assume from that number alone, because it all sits in the thighs.
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Your waist measurement would be about an inch above your navel, or the smallest part of your torso. Your hip measurement would be around your hip bone area where it's the largest. When you get to below your hip bones, that becomes more of a cumulative thigh measurement.
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Your waist measurement would be about an inch above your navel, or the smallest part of your torso. Your hip measurement would be around your hip bone area where it's the largest. When you get to below your hip bones, that becomes more of a cumulative thigh measurement.
Oh good. That's what I've been doing.

I think last time I checked I was 36/31/39. I still consider that hourglass (esp since I measure right under my bust, so maybe if I did it the way FatPants suggested it would be slightly bigger). My waist is definately shrinking a lot faster than anything else - and I'm okay with that.
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