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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. emoticon
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.
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    All sounds great! I know when ppl ask me how much I want to lose, or the doctor's office asked me my goal, weight, I really dont have an answer. It is more of a look that I want, than a weight.

    Good luck on this next phase of your journey!
    2084 days ago
    That is awesome! How fun to see the results of your hard work in black and white. Thanks for sharing your results. emoticon
    2086 days ago
    Body composition so beats just a number on the scale and really really kicks BMI booty.

    Good for you for not going just by the scale.

    2087 days ago
    Concerning the tool used for body analysis: My doctor used the InBody 230, which gives a relatively accurate reading of body composition. It gives total body water, dry lean mass, body fat mass, skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass, and then a segmental lean analysis with separate figures for right arm, left arm, torso, right leg and left leg plus putting those figures in a range of normal, under or above average (with percentile). Together with measuring circumference it gives a fairly good idea of comparative strength between right and left side of the body, although not front and back. I have to still learn more about analyzing the figures from my doctor later this week.

    2087 days ago
    It took me years (1985 to 2009) to learn body composition is the number for health, scale weight is virtually useless. I hope this works well for you!
    2087 days ago
    That's very cool, congrats!

    What kind of tests did you do to measure symmetry?

    I'm going for my annual physical in November where I'll get the full gamut blood work to see what effect 6 months of low carb living have had on everything.

    For upper body you can do a number of things. I'd recommend starting out slow. Initially, do things like push-ups, dips, & bicep curls just to build up your muscle tone. If you want to add muscle, it may be best to engage a trainer to help you develop a systematic plan to add increasing weights to a routine that will help you develop not just your arms, but shoulders & back as well

    Good luck & congrats again!
    2087 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    you will do this! emoticon emoticon
    2087 days ago
  • SHOES17
    emoticon emoticon
    2087 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    I'd be interested to know how much you manage to accomplish in this. I know I need to do some ST myself but haven't gotten really serious about it yet. Hope it works for you!
    2087 days ago
    Keep going!
    People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
    2087 days ago
    Success with your new challenge!
    2087 days ago
    Interesting. I didn't know you could break it down like this.
    2087 days ago
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