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18% Body Fat - Not bad for an old guy

Saturday, March 06, 2010

A few weeks ago I went to get a health assessment at work. Our insurance company sponsors these to help us be aware of where we are and what we can do to improve our health. They do a good basic checkup consisting of blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels, weight, body fat and waist measurements.
They have some good literature and advice on improving anything that's not optimal. In the past I would get lots of advice on how to get healthier. There are also several incentive programs that pay cash for achieving certain goals related to better health.
So, the bad news is that there is nothing I can do to earn one of the incentives because my health and fitness level is so good that I don't qualify for cash incentives to improve them. Basically, I'm already equal to or better than all their criteria. Oh wait! Maybe that's the good news! :)

So, I get on their scale and my weight is good (although my BMI is just barely on the overweight side), but my body fat percentage is at 17.6%! OK, so how is it that my body fat is at about 18%, but my BMI still says I'm overweight? It just shows you that BMI isn't really that great a measurement for fitness. My fat % is low because I do a lot of strength training and have more muscles than fat.

When I started my weight loss, get healthy journey, my body fat was at 45%, my waist was 46" and my weight was 248 pounds. Now I'm at 18% body fat, my waist is 35" and my weight hovers around 180-184 pounds. I feel great and can do the things I love to do.

I was so happy to see my body fat reach my goal of 18%. It felt great to know that the hard work and fun I've had these last few years has had that kind of an effect.

Folks - it is worth it.
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ARCHIMEDESII 3/7/2010 2:03PM

    Hey, Ron ! Congratulations on doing so well on your recent health exam !!

How did they test your body fat ? Did they use a hand held meter, body fat scale or calipers ? If they used a body fat scale or hand held meter, those readings are notoriously inaccurate. A better measure of body fat is with the calipers. The body fat scales can be influenced by hydration. if you are the least bit dehydrated, that actually causes the number to go up, not down. go figure.

I'll bet your body fat is LOWER than 18%. Do you have a gym membership ? If so, ask a trainer to do the caliper test on you. that's a much more effective way to test for body fat. the best way is hydrostatically i.e. where they dunk you in water, but that's expensive.

Actually, these days more doctors are paying attention to waist measurement. So, if you're at 35", that's totally AWESOME !!!

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BOOKNAN 3/6/2010 6:23PM

    I am proud of you honey. I like the way you look now. I am going to get to that point in my life also. We will do this together. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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