Body Fat %
Many months ago, possibly last year. IIRC it was 13%. I've lost more weight since then. I used a $10 plastic caliper and tape designed for the purpose and they were fine but the issue was the difficulty of the actual multiple measurements and of the calculations. Non-chinglish instructions would've helped with the calculations - I had to make some educated guesses as to what they were wanting me to do. Some of the measurements were awkward and my choice of calculation method (the book offered several) was determined by the set of measurements I thought I could reliably make.
I don't know if I was surprised. I went in hoping it wasn't too high and it wasn't so that was ok.
Had it measured when I was 19 at the gym, I think, but not since, and I'm 40 now. I had a look at some male body fat pics via google image search, and it looks like mine is probably around 25%/26%/27%? Flabby all over without being too much of a blob, not outrageously fat anywhere in particular, OK shoulder/waist/hip ratio.
I walk quite a lot, and I lift weights (but I don't do either very seriously), and I eat fairly sensibly (but not too carefully either, and I do drink a bit too much booze). So this probably isn't too surprising. Maybe I'm lucky it isn't worse.
I see athletes are 6-13%. Even though I played two games of hockey per week for the last 10 rounds of the competition this year, "athlete" is not me. Maybe I was 18% (similar looking to 13).
> Even though I played two games of hockey per week..
You are Southern Hemisphere, are you not?
That is hockey, and not ice hockey?
October 11th, 2017 11:02am
Hm, didn't realize there were photos. I look more like 25%. I'd go by ad hoc photos more than empirical measurements in this case. Calculations are probably wrong and I'm higher than 17%.
There are quite a few methods of measuring body fat; the most common methods are the following (in order of probable accuracy)
1. Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA Scan)
2. Hydrostatic Testing (Underwater Density Test)
3. Air Displacement Plethysmograph (BOD POD)
4. SKULPT Device
5. Skinfold Measurement (Skin Pinch with Calipers)
6. Bioelectrical impedance analysis (Handheld/Scale device)
7. Height and circumference methods (Measurement Collections)
Right so I used 7, which is the "least accurate".
However, I think "look at photos" is more accurate than 4-7.
Mine was 19%. Also took a bunch of other measurements.
According to the measurer, they have 7 categories. 3 lean, 1 middle, 3 fat categories. The % fat allowed in each category depends on age,
According to this system, this puts me in the middle lean category for my age.
I looked on the Internet, and according to some other systems, I'm still in the healthy range.
Meanwhile on bmi scale, I'm into the overweight category. I think this is bullshit, since I don't know many people my age who do as much exercise as me.
On the photo test - I have a slightly flabby tummy (only visible when not wearing clothes - you wouldn't know otherwise even in a tight to shirt, and slight double chin). I don't have fat on arms, legs, chest, back, etc.
One interesting thing, is I've added twice daily press ups to my routine a couple of weeks ago (and also really worked on pulling exercises for a few weeks longer), and since then although I've lost no weight, flabby stomach has gone in, belt holes too, and the double chin seems to be disappearing.
Also on the bmi stuff, when I reduced it to 24 a couple of years ago, I looked I'll (and still had a flabby stomach).
> That is hockey, and not ice hockey?
Yes, field hockey. Yes, New South Wales. Netherlands has a good national team but I don't watch hockey because it's not much of a spectator sport, and I would rather be out there playing it than watching it :)
According to https://www.builtlean.com/2012/09/24/body-fat-percentage-men-women/ I am near 20%.
Using this photo
I'd say 19% sounds plausible - I'm the 20% guy, with better arms and legs, but slighty worse tummy.
Yeah BMI says I'm overweight too, which is obviously BS, so I never paid attention to BMI.
I could have better tone and definition but I'm just not a fatty like BMI suggests. Obviously there is something wrong with that metric.
DEXA can vary by up to 5% because of hydration levels. But it's still the most accurate out there.
October 11th, 2017 9:41pm
On the bmi thing - i know its incorrect for taller people, and gets more incorrect the taller you are. I'm not that tall, 6 foot, but already in the incorrect range.
Based on the 14 measurements, they show you this kind of chart showing body type. There was fat, skinny, muscular, super muscular (like a body builder). etc. I was in the muscular category, leaning towards the super one.
I'm definitely going to try to reduce fat, but and lose a few pounds, but I also want to increase muscle if I can. Bmi is probably still going to say overweight.
Forget BMI it's rubbish. Weight / Height squared simply doesn't correspond to anything meaningful in the real world.
The best measure is: do I fit into my clothes?
Firstly, my old clothes that I used to fit into.
Secondly, some sharp new clothes that I should fit into.