Track your weight loss progress with the Ribbon Test and say goodbye to the scales for ever.

Many people reading this will know me for my work with Slimpod, where I am the Weight Loss Community Manager, and I’m back on track after Christmas, doing my bit with all the other happy podders to shed a few pounds in 2019.

Ditch the Scales - use the ribbon test

But one thing I don’t do any more is weigh myself obsessively. I used to be a daily weigher and now I’m down to once a month or less frequently, and here is why…. 

The scales can be so discouraging when you are trying to lose weight. Sandra Roycroft-Davis of Thinking Slimmer has blogged about this at length

Don’t trust your scales

Don’t be a slave to the Scales

No more. It strikes me that if your goal is to have your body look a certain way and to get into certain clothes, then your way of measuring should be based on the physical shape of your body and not about its weight.


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Your waist should be half your height

A study at City University concluded that the best way to attain good health is to have a waist measurement that is less than half of your height.

So what better way to judge your progress than by plotting the size of your waist over time.  And, if you don’t want to focus in on the numbers (or if you don’t want anyone else to see them) then the ribbon test is a great visual aid for you. First of all you measure your waist and your height, and then you keep taking photos to show your progress.

The Ribbon Test

You will need

  • a pencil
  • a piece of string at least as tall as you are
  • a pretty piece of ribbon

Measure your height against the wall with a pencil, and cut a piece of string to that length.  You don’t have to know the exact numbers of your height. – (this is mine, plotted on the children’s height chart)

Ribbon test step 1: Measure your height

Measure around your waist with the ribbon and cut it to the exact size of your waist.  My definition of ‘waist’ is the smallest part you can find around your middle, but you can use whichever bit you like as long as you are consistent.

ribbon test

Fold the piece of string in half and lay it on a table – then lay the ribbon alongside it and compare them.  Your health is good if the ribbon is shorter than the string – (I still have a way to go!)

Ribbon tes: Compare your ribbon with your string

After a few weeks of your weight loss programme try the ribbon round your waist again.  With any luck you will have a bit of an overlap and you will be able to take a really good picture to show your progress.

ribbon test - the results

And there you have it – the ribbon test is a really simple way to track your weight loss progress without obsessing over numbers (or sharing them with anyone). You can keep pictures like this for yourself, or even share them on social media, without your head showing or anything, and all you can see is is how far you have come.

Slimpod was recently featured on Channel 4 How to Lose weight Well – watch the episode on catch up by clicking the link above

If you want to join a whole lot of happy podders who are losing weight this year, then please purchase your Slimpod Gold Programme from Thinking Slimmer and come and join us in the Slimpod Club Facebook group.

This is an affiliate link – I will receive a commission if you buy a Slimpod, but I wouldn’t recommend it if I hadn’t seen loads and loads of people make amazing life and weight transformations within the Slimpod Community and it is my privilege to serve there.

Please take a look at my other posts on Wellbeing and self care…

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