I love this picture. It makes me laugh. And it inspires me. What does it do for you? I find myself lately addicted to looking at people’s before and after weight loss pictures. Now, obviously this one is computer generated, but you can find tons of people’s success stories out there for inspriration. I try to steer clear of success stories that are tied into a product because I’m not buying. I like trying to find someone just like me as far as age, height, start weight, and goal weight. It’s inspiring to see someone achieve this goal because sometimes it’s so hard to believe that I can do this.
Yesterday, my mom measured me to send in my initial stats to my seamstress, Brandie Thomas. I was kind of excited for this because I had measured myself in the fall before I had lost weight, so it was important for me to see actual numbers of how my body has changed. For me, this speaks louder than a weight.
I have gone down two inches in my chest, two inches in my waist, and four inches in my hips. My waist to hip ratio is .78 which is high. The recommended ratio for minimizing heart disease (how this is linked is anyone’s guess) is .7 meaning that your waist measurement is 70% of your hip measurement. Basically, for those who are math challenged, take your hip measurement and divide it by your hip measurement.
Along with minimizing heart disease risk, your waist to hip ratio (WHR) is also related to others’ attraction to you. I was watching some show on some channel (It was late.) about a study where they had instructed participants to look at computer generated images with different WHRs and indicate if they were attracted to the figure or not. They showed them all sorts of figures, but there were many more “attractions” to the figures that had a .7 WHR regardless of the starting numbers (small, large, etc). A .7 WHR shows up throughout history in art featuring women as well. Apparently this relates to a man’s perspective of how able a woman is to bear his offspring. A .7 WHR ensures a large enough womb, I guess.
The study showed even more attraction to WHRs closer to .5 which means that the waste of the figures was HALF of the hip measurements. This would make childbearing nearly impossible, according to the study. This indicates that men have given up on the whole child bearing idea rather to concentrate on the attraction for other reasons….hmmm….
So where does this leave me? What are my goals for my WHR? My measurements were as follows:
Height: 69″ (5’9″), Bust: 40.75″, UnderBust (Bra size): 35.75″, Waist: 35.5″, Hip: 45″, WHR: .78
Goal (according to jcrew size charts size 10: Bust: 37.5″, Waist: 30, Hip: 40″, WHR: .75
Why did I pick size 10? Dunno…just cause. 🙂 It’s a start, right? I wanted to set a realistic goal.