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I was sooooo upset this morning. I mean downright emotional. I hadn't stepped on the scale in almost 2 weeks. AF is around, but she's almost gone and I usually lose any water weight from her by now. Anyhow, I woke up this morning at 5am and just did not feel like exercising. So I thought ah, I've been busting serious butt on the exercise here and caved and stepped on my not so handy dandy scale. I thought that if I saw I lost a little I would feel motivated to exercise. So I step on the dumb thing and it says I am up .2 lbs or 1.2lbs depending on which day you go by. I was sooo irritated I couldn't get myself back in the groove to exercise. I was all boohooey this morning which is probably partly due to AF. Anyhow, I get to the gym and beg the trainer to check my body fat. I feel so much better now! I've lost almost 5% in body fat since I started going to the gym almost 2 months ago. I also lost 12 lbs. The 12 lbs didn't do much to make me feel better, but that body fat sure did. I do not really base my goals on the scale, but I never have a measuring tape around and I can't check my own body fat so it's just something I use loosely. I am at 30.4% now! What made me smile is the next time I have it checked I gotta be in the 20 something range! I am changing my goal weight now because I am not sure I can get to it if I am gaining muscle. My new goal is 22% body fat - period, regardless of what my scale says. I'd really like to get there and I really want a six pack lol.
Teresa! WTG That is so awesome, how do you measure body fat? I dont know [/b]
There are a couple ways to do body fat, but my gym uses caliper measurements. They basically pinch up the fat in specific areas of your body and measure it and have some formula to figure it out. My gym is computerized so I have no clue. I have had it done at the hospital's gym before and they used electrode or something like that to measure it. I can't remember exactly. I'm going to post pics in a minute.
There are several ways to measure body fat. Calipers is my favorite because it is easy and cheap. I have charts I use that you basically find your gender, age, and sum of caliper measurements and connect the dots to see the body fat %. I've also used handheld bioelectrical impedence machines and high end bioimpedence machines that use electrodes like an EKG. Any Bio-impedence machine uses an electric current that it sends through your body and receives back and then figures the amount of body fat based on your age, gender, height, weight, and how fast the current went through your body tissue. Since electricity moves faster through muscle, bones, organs, and water then it does through fat, faster movement is better. There are also ways to do it through hydrostatic weighing, which is based on how much water your body displaces, but that requires very expensive equipment that is usually only available at universities and hospitals and only a select few of those. A Bod Pod is another expensive way of measuring it. It is similar to hydrostatic weighing, but determined by air displacement instead of water.
Tonya Wife to Mike, Mom to Bobby (19) and Koti (17)
Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Sports Nutritionist
Valdosta State University Class of 2012, Major: Exercise Physiology, Minor: Nutrition
Masters in Exercise Science Starting August 2012 at the University of South Florida