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# June 11, 2008 Fat!

### Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Weight is a good indicator of possible fatness however it is not necessarily accurate. BMI is a standard that you can use but keep in mind BMI is a SIMPLE math calculation that does not take into account your muscle mass. If you are athletic or lift weights your muscle mass may be higher and through no fault of your own you have blown the BMI charts and are considered obese! Yikes that is pretty negative.

How about body fat percentage? Taking skin fold measurements in precise locations to mathematically determine your body fat percentage. Again we are using a math calculation that says if your three skin fold measurements calculate x then you are y% body fat based on the average persons body fat distribution. But it doesn't take into account the fact that you may not store fat In the same manner as an average person. Who is this average person that everything is based on.

The best way to decide whether you are fat or not is to ask yourself. Consult the scale as one tool but not as the only indicator.

I am telling you this because my damn scale wont move! I get more exercise than just about anyone. I am eating right (mostly), drinking my water and nothing. What? Is it stuck?Why cant they make a scale that will cooperate? Some days its up some days its down now that just has to be shoddy workmanship. It is actually worse than that because i weighed myself this morning waited and weighted myself 10 minutes later. I didn't drink, pee, change clothes or anything in between and the darn thing said .4 higher. Aaaarrrrrgh! Weight loss should be a mathematical formula 3500 calories lees means 1lb lower on the scale. Who can I write to because I need to get this fixed.

Wait I know I'll by two scales that way I'll have a back up scale to consult ..... or maybe i will just have twice the frustration!

I am drinking my water and following my program.
• LILLIAN364
Average or not. Bodyfat measurements can tell if you are moving in the right direction. I'm not average in build. I'm bigger on the top than bottom, rather rare in women. Even at my heaviest, my buxon is at least 3 or 4 inches bigger than my hips. I feel I need to keep my weight low because I don't want fat around my heart.

However, even with my odd shaped body, I find bodyfat measurements helpful. I can see myself shrinking. The inches are coming off. The measurement imply a ten pound gain in muscle mass and that is proof that my working out is making a difference.

3539 days ago
• MRSHONEYC
Good job on the blog!

I still think that you're not getting enough calories for what you do every day! Try upping your intake a couple of hundred for a week, see what happens.
And I think that a second opinion would be an idea! LOL@.4 UP! Mine does the same thing! You think it could be the moon???
3540 days ago
• LIKEAMORPHO
I know - it's completely frustrating! I wish it was a simple math equation too! The body is a crazy thing... and since you're doing so well with eating and exercise, I know you're doing great things for your body. I hate the BMI calculation, and am slowly realizing I don't care much for the scale either. I'm starting to weigh much less frequently so I can focus on the positive aspects of my progress even if/when the scale doesn't move. Maybe taking a little scale hiatus will help you see the positives?
3540 days ago