I relate well to nerd stuff. This is some really helpful information. Also, I will kiss my BMI (whatever it is) goodbye.
This is really interesting. I like that they included the comparison pics. Too bad my body dysmorphia won’t let me accurately compare.
My handheld monitor generally puts me between 19-21%, but I don’t know if it’s accurate.
About your fat % monitor. Before I comment, I want you to know that although I got my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (basically, personal training) I am NOT certified (because I don’t want to be a personal trainer). I have interned in a specialized personal training studio though. That said, in my experience, finding fat % can be tricky. The gold standard is hydrostatic weighing, which is highly inaccessible to the average Joe. The best practical measure is a skin fold test (the more sites they test, the better. For example, a 5-point test is more accurate than a 3-point test). If you have a fat % monitoring scale, or a handheld fat monitor, these are among the least accurate measurement tools. They can either give you a decent ballpark estimate of your fat %, or they can be wildly inaccurate. For example, I am 5’5” and about 120 lbs and I stepped onto a fat monitoring scale in one of my labs during class, and it said I was 33% body fat (which is considered obese). In another example, my cousin (who is very similar to me in size) has a body fat measuring scale, too. It tells her that she is 4-8% body fat, which is EXTREMELY unlikely for any female (and most males). She is actually more like 18-19%. So, I advise you take it with a (big) grain of salt! If you want a more accurate measure, I’d consider calling up some gyms in your area and asking if they’ll give you a skin fold test. They will probably charge you, but if you only do it every month or every 3 months or something, it could be worth it to see your improvement! :)
Thank you for the information. I don’t know that I’m concerned enough about it to pay for it at a gym.
I was mostly wondering if that seems about right for me. Mine has never given me any crazy readings. It’s ranged from 25.4% at 144.4 lbs when I first got it to 19.3% at 126.8 at my lowest. Even if it’s not accurate, it seems consistent.
I put up Christmas lights in my classroom.
Season of Scales:
What’s awesome is that on 11/30, my body fat monitor said I was at 20.5% and this morning it said 19.8% even though I’m 0.4 lbs heavier. Oh, yeah!
Also, I finally remembered my paper from my stationary bike intervals on Monday, so I have my mileage for that. I rode 7.63 total miles which puts me at 12.08/35 miles for Robin.