Measuring your Waist – Why its so Important

Hi!   This is Big Kev with a guest post for the Ratchet Diet.

Wow what a day!   I spend most of yesterday with shocking hay fever.   My nose was running like a tap.   Bought some industrial strength Anti-Histamine pills and they had ZERO effect.    That should have been a clue that the problem was probably a viral infection rather than hay fever.

Sure enough, I woke up this morning feeling as sick as a dog.   Couldn’t even get out of bed and had to ring in sick.

Gradually improving as the day goes on, but its a toss up if I will be fully recovered by tomorrow.

Readers of this blog will know that the objective of the Ratchet Diet is to achieve a waist size that is approximately half of your height.

Some medical advisors dispense with the idea of a waist to height ration altogether and just suggest that regardless of your height or build, for most adults a waist measurement no greater than 94 cm for men and 80 cm for women is advisable if you want to avoid cardiac problems and even the risk of some cancers.


OK Sir, no cheating. Relax and don’t suck your gut in.

So why the focus on waist measurement?

It seems that more and more studies are finding that the location of  fat is on your body is almost as important as how much fat your are carrying.   If you have a fat belly you are at higher risk of developing major health problems.  The studies have found that carrying excess body fat around your middle is more of a health risk than if weight is on your hips and thighs.


This is very impressive. Have you been working out?

This belly fat is not just unsightly.  It is a major indicator of the level of internal fat deposits which are coating your heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas.  If you could look inside your body and see this fat encasing all of your critical organs you would be disgusted.

You really need to be monitoring your waist measurement to assess your health risks by measuring the amount of fat carried around your middle.  A lot of clinics use this measurement in conjunction with the body mass index (BMI).  Taken together, these metrics can  give an indication of your risk linked with excess body fat.


Hmmm! This requires closer inspection.

Lets check your waist measurement now and then compare it to the chart below.

Waist to   Height Ratio:
Over 0.62 – Obese
0.53 to 0.62 – Fat
0.43 to 0.52 – Normal
Less than 0.43 – Anorexic

I find that the Waist to Height Ratio is a bit esoteric and doesn’t really drive my passion to lose weight.


You appear to be in excellent shape madam.

I have estimated my ideal waist size for my height and then made that my target.  Its a lot easier to visualise a waist size.   Maybe I will even buy a belt that is the correct size for a 36 inch male?

I am 182 centimetres tall, which gives me a waist measurement of 91 centimetres.    (That’s approximately  36 inches in old money).

So where am I today?       My current waist measurement is 113 centimetres / 44.5 inches.  That is NOT a good look.

That translates that I currently have 22 centimetres / 8.5 inches to lose from my belly.   And that is VERY HARD WORK.

At the beginning of the year I had a gut of 120 centimetres / 47 inches so I have made an improvement but I have a long way to go.

So I decided to check it today.   My current waist measurement is shown below:

  • Actual Waist:    113 centimetres / 44.5 inches
  • Target Waist:     91 centimetres / 36 inches

I am pretty happy with this waist measurement so I will now go back onto the full rations of OPTIFAST plus the giant bowls of vegies and melted butter until further notice.    I would hate to think that this viral infection is due to me weakening my immune system through inadequate nutrition.

I strongly doubt that is the case because I get these lurgies on a regular basis and being a fat slob did not seem to prevent me getting sick.

So until next time, this is Big Kev signing out.


Big Kev

And before we go here are some helpful hints for taking your waist measurements. 

And this one.   I need to get this woman to take my waist measurement.   She really knows what she is doing.



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