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Body Composition Measures Results

Use these Numbers to Track your Progress

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  • I saw someone mention earlier that having body composition measurements taken can be expensive. That's a myth, it doesn't have to be.

    Take some time to do the research, then have a look at the wonderful world of scales that Amazon has to offer. I recently purchased a scale that measures body fat %, skeletal muscle %, generic weight, BMI (if you care to measure that), visceral fat level (the dangerous fat that hangs out in your belly and around your vital organs) and even your Basal Metabolic Rate (rate your body burns calories at rest) at the time based on your body's composition. It was only $75. I say "only" because that was a 1-time payment, and I can weigh myself as often as I like without paying a professional something close to that each time.

    There are slightly more expensive models that also measure bone density (if you're concerned about osteoporosis etc.) and water weight. Those are the really complete ones. In my research before I made my purchase, I found a ton of different options ranging from $50 to about $140. And you know what? I saw the EXACT same device that a personal trainer used on me at the gym I used to be a member of to measure all of those things. The scale I ended up getting requires you to both stand on foot sensors AND hold sensors in your hands (like the devices many personal trainers use). So instead of just gathering info from my hands being the point of contact, it's gathering data from both hands and feet - slightly more accurate in my opinion.

    The brand I got was Omron and I've very happy with the scale. I can keep track of my body composition at every weekly weigh-in and have the ability to see how I'm changing and what behaviors or slip-ups may have stalled my progress and how. It's enlightening and empowering. And yes, $75 may seem expensive and doesn't always come easily in this economy. But let's be reasonable, your health is THAT important. The next time you're thinking of picking up that new game for the Xbox (which usually run $60 to $70 bucks) or detour to Starbucks or elsewhere for your favorite coffee drink every single day, think about what else that money could be going to. I have a friend who used to purchase 2 fancy drinks from Starbucks a day. That came up to about $60 a week by the time it was all said and done. Just cutting back or making one or 2 sacrifices could allow you to save the money to get some kind of body composition device or scale and you'd be all set. Your health is much more important than your cravings, addictions or comfort purchases.
  • I'm so glad someone took the time to write an article like this. For too long we've heard that BMI is the way to go for measuring your weight, health and disease risk. BMI, however, doesn't take critical measurements into account. The weight of your body is made up of bone mass, muscle mass, fat percentage and water percentage. That will be completely different for every person, and much of one's natural body composition is genetic in nature. Just because someone's BMI is 32 doesn't necessarily mean they're super unhealthy.

    For example, a couple of weeks ago I lost a bit of body fat but gained a bit of muscle. That's a GOOD thing, an indication that I'm moving in the right direction. However, my BMI went up. To a traditional doctor, that would be a bad thing. Never mind that the loss was fat and the gain was muscle. They just see the BMI getting higher and want to instill fear in you.

    I stopped paying attention to BMI a while ago, and I wish health professionals would as well. Instead, I bit the bullet and invested in a body composition scale. It was expensive, but worth it. At least now I have a way at home to measure more than just my total weight and BMI. It may or may not be as accurate as whatever the professionals use, but it's got my thinking and behavior going in the right direction and that's what's important. Now when I weigh in, I'm not so naive. If I've lost weight, I'm more concerned about seeing WHY. Was it fat I lost, or muscle? If it was muscle, I evaluate my eating and activity level over the past week to see what may have caused the loss. I usually notice a drop in muscle mass when I have a few "bad" days and eat a bit more junk food, or don't get enough sleep. These are all good things to know and to be able to evaluate for better results, rather than just looking at an unexplained number on a scale and assuming I'm doing good because I'm losing weight.
  • Great article. Losing weight is fine. But tighten up everything is crazy. But I keep pushing myself and doing what I need to do to see results. Slow but they come. Woohoo

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