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Friday, October 04, 2013

For the last 12 weeks I have been working out for one hour, 3 nights a week. My Company offered this program as part of a benefit for Kilometers for Cam. Cameron is a young boy who has Progeria, a disease that makes you age faster. The 5K walk was the highlight to the program. Also included was 12 weeks of Strength and Cardio training by a local fitness/nutrition professional.

We had a pre and post weigh in, BMI, blood pressure test, and a step stress test to see how our bodies did for the period. Below are some of my results:

Weight: Start = 307.5, End = 308.5, Gain of .3%
BMI – Start=39.5%, End = 39.6%, Gain of .3%
Fat %: Start = 51.3, End = 36.4, Loss of 29%
Total Body Water: Start = 35%, End = 46%, Gain of 31.4%

I was asking my fitness coach why I wasn’t losing any weight. Instead of losing weight I was turning my fat into muscle. I lost 29% of my body fat!

My Total Body Water went up 31.4%. My coach advocates you drink one-half of your body weight in water per day. For me that is over 150 ounces! I have not met that amount but am drinking more water than I used to.

I am very pleased with my results. I feel better and can move easier. I hope to continue her program.
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    Wow Dave! That's an incredible amount of body fat lost! I'm totally impressed. I've experienced some of the same thing...losing lots of inches and not much weight and figured it was muscle replacing fat, but I didn't have any way to measure it.

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    2605 days ago
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    Hi Paul,
    Thank you for your comments. It shows how much I need to learn about body fat.

    The measurements were taken on a Tanita Body Composition Analyzer (TBF-310). They were taken by our Health Coach. The July fat was 51.3% and the September reading was 36.4%.

    Here is the interesting part. On the analysis sheet as printed out for the July reading my gender is listed as Female (?) while the September reading lists me as Male (correct). I bet the calculations are different based on gender and the computer did not know.

    This is a new path on my road to fitness. I will talk to my Doctor about it try and understand it better.

    Thanks again
    2605 days ago
    Congrats on your hard work!

    Not to minimize the actual gains you made, but the data reported to you has to be in error.

    Based on the weigh-ins and fat %, the lean body amount grew from 149 to 196. That's 46 lbs or 3.87 lbs per week. That is beyond the limits of the body.

    Here is a typical quote on muscle gain:
    "The Colgan Institute of Nutritional Sciences (located in San Diego, Calif.) run by Dr Michael Colgan PH.D., a leading sport nutritionist explains that in his extensive experience, the most muscle gain he or any of his colleagues have recorded over a year was 18 1/4 lbs. Dr Colgan goes on to state that "because of the limiting rate of turnover in the muscle cells it is impossible to grow more than an ounce of new muscle each day."

    I would have my body fat remeasured by some else and then you will have a valid starting point for the next measurement date.

    2606 days ago
    Go Dave!! emoticon emoticon
    2606 days ago
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