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My body composition test results...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

So my school had some kind of health fair today…there was all kind of eye tests, breast cancer awareness table, dental table, flu shot table ect. And then there was a table where you could have your body composition tested…so I thought, why not?

So this was probably a bad time to have it tested, I even said this to the lady. See I had just eaten my lunch and finished my water. But she said we could do it anyways…she asked my height and my age and how active I was. I told her I had even lost 100 pounds…

so she puts all of this information into this scale on the floor and instructs me how to stand on it. These are my results:

Body Composition Report
187.2 pounds
29.3 % Fat
50.8 % Water
125.6 lbs. muscle
Basal Metabolic Rate: 1826 calories
Age-30 years
6.6 lbs bone

She said I had alot of good numbers. I figure the weight is up since I hate just eaten? Apparently 29.3% of body fat is good for me and it is in a healthy range. I thought I had to be 24-25% but maybe that is BMI? She said I was well hydrated and I said I drink plenty of water each day.

Almost 126 pounds of muscle on me!? Is that possible? That is the number the scale gave us; apparently she believed it…but I told her that my goal weight I picked for myself is 150…if 125 pounds of me is muscle and almost 7 pounds bone is 150 a healthy weight for me? She said she teaches nutrition classes and she pointed out something she taught where people choose their goal weight when it is unrealistic and too low to be healthy for their body.

So my basal metabolic rate is 1826 calories…so apparently if I stayed in bed all day I would still burn that amount each day she said. It told me that I am 30 years old but she said since all my other numbers are good not to worry about that…and then it told me I have 6.6 pounds of muscle. She says that I am one of the only ones she has met that had that much bone on them!

So should I believe this? I am not sure…I remember we used these types of body fat assessments in PE class but there are other, more accurate methods such as calipers and a very expensive test which requires you being dunked under water (I can’t remember the name)

So…does anyone know if this kind of test is accurate and believable?

I do know that my doctor suggested my weight should be around 170 and that I am at a healthy weight now. This lady suggested I try to be around 175. But then what about the fat around my stomach that I hate? The lady today said maybe it is extra skin…but I don’t know.

Say I maintained 170-175 as my goal…if I continue to exercise might I lose fat?
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    Don't obsess about one test result. If you can get a dunk test through your school's phys ed dept, THAT's the one to trust. They may do them for their athletes.

    Super-athletic women can get their body fat down to under 10%, but may create problems for themselves at such low percentages. You must have at least a few pounds of fat around the kidneys, etc., as padding/shock absorption. (Kidneys are actually very delicate, one reason an impact to the middle/lower back is considered bad form in all sports.)

    Losing 100 lbs is just amazing! Okay, I HAVE to get the Spark book now!

    2835 days ago
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