How to Calculate Your Waist-to-Hip ratio

Calculating your Waist-to-Hip ratio to understand your body fat levels isĀ useful to understand how your body fat is distributed around your body.

This will give you a heads-up about your predisposition to a number of heart and weight related conditions.

This is where a Waist-to-Hip Ratio measurement comes in.

Calculate it:

Measure your waist (i.e. around your belly button area), and the largest circumference for your hips. Now divide the waist measurement into the hip measurement.

It might reveal that you’re apple-shaped, which means you store fat around your abdominal region. Or perhaps you’re pear-shaped, meaning that you store fat around your hips and thighs.

Take note that a WHR over 0.85 for women indicates excessive abdominal fat stores (i.e. apple shape), which means there’s a high likelihood of other complications.

Now that you know where you carry excess fat, you can put together a workout programme and a diet that will address it.

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.