Thursday, February 03, 2011
So, this morning at my personal training session I took the “body age” test for the first time since before I left for Germany. My goal was to be the same or better than the last time I tested. I have taken about 7 of these tests in the past year. The first time I tested (almost exactly a year ago) it calculated my "body age" to be 37, and this was after I'd already lost about 60lbs from my top weight.
Today, it calculated my “body age” at 28 years old. Chronologically, I turn 35 in exactly one month. The only section I didn’t place “good” “optimal” or “elite” in was body composition. I am 5’4.5” tall and I weight 203lbs (by the gym scale). However, my current body fat percentage is only 33.7% (unexpectedly low for my height/weight ratio). And when we plugged in my proposed goal weight of 156 (half of my top weight and still solidly in the “overweight” section of the BMI chart for my height), it said if I didn’t lose muscle mass, I’d have a body fat percentage of 13.5% (very very low). It suggested that for ideal body composition, I should weigh between 166.4-177.3lbs. On the BMI chart, the cutoff between Overweight and Obese for my height is around 180lbs. This is yet more evidence that the BMI chart is a metric ton of bovine feces and only applies to the "average" person...when many of us are simply *not* average.
So, I’m just gonna train for my runs and do my strength training twice a week and eat well this year and wherever I land at the end of the year, that’s where I’ll land. I suspect that if I do right by my body this year, by the end of it I’ll be well within healthy body composition standards one way or another. Forget the BMI.