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067: When Measuring Your Waist Circumference Doesn’t Work

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In the past I have recommended measuring your waist circumference in addition to your scale weight when you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle. This is an easy way to gauge how much of your change in weight is fat versus muscle.

But sometimes it just doesn’t give you good information. Waist circumference is influenced not just by abdominal fat but also by the amount of undigested food in the stomach, and by retention of water and gas from hormones, inflammation, and digestive distress. This episode is about how to tell when you should and shouldn’t be measuring your waist circumference.

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“Chris Masterjohn Lite” is a running series of quick tip videos lasting two to five minutes where the name of the game is “Details? Shmetails! Just tell me what works!”
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