Calculating your Waist-to-Hip ratio to understand your body fat levels is useful to understand how your body fat is distributed around your body.
This will give you a heads-up about your predisposition to a number of heart and weight related conditions.
This is where a Waist-to-Hip Ratio measurement comes in.
Measure your waist (i.e. around your belly button area), and the largest circumference for your hips. Now divide the waist measurement into the hip measurement.
It might reveal that you’re apple-shaped, which means you store fat around your abdominal region. Or perhaps you’re pear-shaped, meaning that you store fat around your hips and thighs.
Take note that a WHR over 0.85 for women indicates excessive abdominal fat stores (i.e. apple shape), which means there’s a high likelihood of other complications.
Now that you know where you carry excess fat, you can put together a workout programme and a diet that will address it.