The Way to Gauge Your Waist
Picture your abs as the muscles that lie between two layers of fat: subcutaneous ( just below the skin) and visceral (deep down), which surrounds your organs. Too much of the latter can up your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and more as it cramps how the organs function. That’s why docs want you to keep an eye on waist circumference. Best bet to measure it? “Place a tape measure at the narrowest point, between the belly button and the bottom of the sternum,” says Dr. Cedric Bryant, the chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise. Women should be under 35 inches to be within a healthy range.