26 July 29
Have you ever stopped to consider how LEAN you are rather than FAT you are? You should. Lean body mass (muscle) burns more calories than adipose tissue (fat), and weighs more. If you are using only the scale to measure your progress, beware. Losing pounds does NOT accurately reflect loss of adipose tissue. You could be losing much-needed muscle mass.
The typical dieter is on a crash course to a smaller waistline by any means necessary. However, if the body is deprived of too many calories, the dieter runs the risk of placing the body in “starvation mode”, causing it to release hormones that induce fat storage. Although the scale may show a lower number, your body fat percentage has gone up and lean body mass gone down. Fail.
Want to know how lean you are? Here’s the deal. Weigh yourself. Multiply your weight by your body fat percentage. The result is the number of pounds you carry
in adipose tissue. Now subtract that number from your weight. Ta-da! This equals your LBM!
W x .BF% = #s Fat
W – #s Fat = LBM
Clearly, a necessary component to this formula is your body fat percentage. There are a few ways to calculate it – two of which we recommend:
1. At the box, we have the Omron Body Fat Analyzer (BEA). BEA stands for bio-electrical impedence analysis. This tool measures the density of your tissue using a small electrical current to calculate your body fat percentage.
2. The tried-and-true body fat caliper test. Skin folds from multiple locations on the body are trapped in the caliper and measured in millimeters. To “read” your results, consult a body fat chart.
Keep in mind many factors can interfere with your read. Choose the same time of day (preferably morning) to minimize variation due to hydration level. Women must also consider menstrual cycle timing. (The day after menstruation ends is usually best). Don’t overdo your screenings. Once a week will do nicely to track your progress.
It’s time. Start seeing the glass as half full, not half empty. Go see how lean you are!
- Fat or fit? Body Fat Analyzers Help Uncover the Real Answer (healthgoods.com)
- Free and Easy Online Body Fat Calculator! (skinnygreens4queens.wordpress.com)
- Body Composition Goals (eatrunreadtravel.com)