Smart Shrinking

When you start working with Sara and one of your goals is to lose weight, have smaller waist, or whatever your health goals may include, she will take your measurements and a photo to help you see your progress. Tracking your results can be highly motivating and rewarding, even when the scale seems to stay the same. It is reassuring that all your hard work and dedication is paying off and is another way to monitor your progress beyond just the scale. This is especially true if you notice that your clothes are fitting more loosely–you are likely shrinking as you drop inches off your waist, hips, and thighs. You may have even gotten compliments that you are looking great as others notice a difference in you. If you are working with Sara remotely over phone and email, it is a good idea to ask a friend to take your picture and measurements for you. Here are some tips on how to get started.


  • Ask a friend or family member to take two photos of you in slim-fitting clothing. Take one picture facing the camera, and the second from the side to capture your profile. Make sure that your entire body is photographed, not just your upper body.
  • Ask your friend to check your measurements using a loose, flexible measuring tape. Without holding the tape too tight, measure the circumference of the following five areas over bare skin or thin clothing:
    • chest / bust at the largest part
    • waist at the navel
    • abdomen at two inches below the navel
    • hips / buttocks at the largest part
    • thighs- at the point where the tip of your middle finger hits your thigh when your arms are relaxed at your sides
  • Write down and keep your measurements, and print or save your photos to your computer.
  • Make a plan to take photos and measurements again in 6-8 weeks.


Written by Sara Nicole Ansari, R.D.

November 2012