Perfect Body Shape for Men and Women
the scale is a good indicator of how much you weigh, it is by no means a
good indicator of how fat or slim you really are. When you climb on a scale
to measure yourself, you are not simply measuring fat. You are measuring
your body as a whole and that means fat, muscle, organs, bone and water
— everything put together. What you eat, what you wear and whether you measure
on the carpet or tile as well as the time of day can all influence the reading.
For this reason, health professionals and personal trainers advice their
clients to not use the scale as their only source of progress measurement.
There are other methods such as circumference reading and body fat testing
that will give you more accurate results. But what then is ideal? Thankfully
there are two formulas you can use to determine whether or not you have
a good body.
The ideal shape for a man is one where they seem to resemble an upside-down
triangle, with broad shoulders and a solid chest and a smaller lower body.
For men, having a good chest-to-waist ratio means that they are a
lesser health risk than those who's chest-to-waist ratio is greater. To
determine this, you will need the circumference reading of your chest and
the circumference reading of your waist in inches. To calculate the chest-to-waist
ratio, subtract your waist measurement from your chest circumference. An
ideal number to aim for would be 10.
The ideal women's body shape would be one where the waist is slim and the
hips are slightly wider and proportionate. Women who carry a lot of weight
in their waist are at risk of heart disease and should aim at slimming down
Use the waist-to-hip ratio to determine if your body is in optimal
or bad shape. To determine this, you will need to measure the circumference
of your hips as well as the circumference of your waist in inches. To calculate
your waist-to-hip ratio, divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement
and record your score. An ideal number would be a ratio of under 0.8. Take
this reading on a regular basis, such as once a week and track your score.