Moving from ideal weight towards ideal body composition
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I just had a body analysis done a couple of days ago. The good news is that my percentage of body fat is not as high as I feared, 30.9 pounds out of 130 lbs. total weight or 23.6 %.
The one time I had body fat measured before with a less accurate method it was about 30% and I weighed about 10 lbs. more.
The bad news is that my percentage of skeletal muscle mass is only 54.9 lbs. and while my legs are quite strong and my core strength is at least average at about 44 lbs. for my torso, my arms have very little muscle.
The good news is that my right to left balance is almost perfect, maybe due to the fact that I'm ambidextrous and make a point of using both sides of my body evenly.
I suspected this result and now have no reason any more to not work on my upper body strength. I already had two strength training workouts this week.
My doctor warned me that it takes a long time to build a significant amount of muscle. I will go back for another scan in 2 months and hope I can make a difference in that time.
I'm thinking that if I could increase lean muscle mass by two pounds and reduce body fat by 4 lbs. I'd be happy but have no idea if that is realistic.
This is a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it.
I also had my Insulin level tested and it was 2.2, on the low side after eating around 80-100 grams of carbs for a number of weeks.
Now that I'm back to ketosis or at least closer this reading may change again.
C-reactive Protein was low at 0.9 mg/L, showing that there is no significant inflammation in my body. So far low-carb eating seems to work very well for me.