Taken from The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Heatlh Magazine.
Waist-to-hip ratio Researchers have begun using waist size and its relationship to hip size as more definitive way to determine your health risk. This is considered more important than BMI because of that visceral fat I talk about earlier—the fat that pushes your waist out in front of you. Because abdominal fat is the most dangerous fat, a lower waist-to-hip ratio means fewer health risks. To figure your waist-to-hip, measure your waist at your belly button and your hips at the widest point (around your butt). Divide your waist by your hips. For example, if your hips measure 40 inches and your waist at belly button level measures 38 inches, your waist-to-hip ratio is 0.95
38/40 = .95
That’s not bad, but it’s not ideal. You want a waist-to-hip ratio of .92 or lower. If you were to lose just 2 inches off your waist you’d find yourself in the fit range.
36/40 = 0.90
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