The Secret to Looking & Feeling Great? It’s all about Measuring!

If you’ve ordered a new French Connection dress or Muubaa jacket, you not only want to look great in it, you want to feel great in it, too. So what’s the secret? If you want to wear your new clothes with confidence, there’s just one thing you need to do – measure! We all lead busy lifestyles, so taking the time to measure our food intake, our health, and ourselves is something we often overlook, but, believe it or not, measuring really is the secret to good health – and it’s easy, too!

There are many different ways you can incorporate measuring into your lifestyle. Here are 3 of the most beneficial ways measuring can boost your health, happiness, and overall wellbeing:

Measuring Cholesterol Ratio
We’re told that high cholesterol is bad, but it’s not quite as black and white as that. While LDL cholesterol is bad, HDL cholesterol is actually beneficial for the body, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. What it all comes down to is the ratio of LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol in the body. A good cholesterol ratio should be less than four-to-one – 3mmol/L LDL to 1 mmol/L HDL for example.

You can measure your cholesterol level with a simple finger prick test at your GP surgery. If you have a poor LDL to HDL ratio, you may be at increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke, and may not be feeling or looking your best. The good news is that it’s simple to get your cholesterol ratio back on track by cutting down on fatty foods and eating more nuts, seeds, and oily fish.

Measuring Weight-Hip Ratio
Are you an apple or a pear? Pear-shaped people tend to carry excess fat around their bottom, maintaining a thinner, more streamlined top. Apple-shaped people, on the other hand, carry their weight around the abdomen, and research suggests that carrying weight in this region can increase the risk of developing heart-related health problems and type 2 diabetes.

To measure your waist-hip ratio, use a tape measure to find your waist measurement and your hip measurement. Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement – if the figure is more than 1 for men, or more than 0.85 for women, you’re carrying too much weight around your abdomen, which can affect the way you look in your clothes. Increasing exercise can help to reduce excess fat.

Measuring Body Fat
Many of us are consumed – and sometimes even obsessed – with the number on the scales. While measuring weight can be a good way to monitor overall health, it’s actually much more beneficial to measure body fat. Remember that strength training – using pull-up bars at home, for example – can increase muscle mass, which can make the number on the scales increase even if you’re losing fat.

What constitutes a healthy body fat percentage differs for men and women. Women should aim to have a body fat percentage of between 21 and 36 per cent depending on age, while men should have slightly less – between 8 and 25 per cent. You can measure your body fat by using traditional callipers, or some modern, high-tech weighing scales, which can also give quite an accurate reading.

Get Measuring!

Measuring isn’t difficult or time consuming, and by keeping an eye on your cholesterol ratio, waist-hip ratio, and your body fat percentage, you can help to keep your body healthy, and make sure that you’re looking great in your new clothes. There’s nothing quite like a dress or top that drapes the body perfectly, and you can help to ensure that you enjoy a perfect fit every time simply by monitoring your health.