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A new stat for me -- percent body fat

Today at the Y they had free percent body fat tests using a small hand-held electrical device (not skin calipers in other words). They did mine twice and got 21.8% and 21.5%.

I also weighed 200 this morning, a pound less than my pre-Christmas weight, which is great since I had two fun gluttonous free days between then and now.

After I got home from the Y I looked up a chart on the web and found It showed the following for a male my age:

16.1% -- Excellent
19.4% -- Good
22.6% -- Fair
26.1% -- Poor

So, not surprisingly, I still have some weight to lose.

Taking 21.8% for calculation purposes, at 200 pounds exactly I guess this means I have about 43.6 pounds of fat on my body. (I realize the measurements these gadgets produce aren't 100% accurate.) Since I'm actively lifting weights I'm going to assume the weight I'm losing is all fat, and for purposes of math simplication I'm going to assuming I'm not going to gain any muscle mass for a while.

So, when I reach my goal weight of 185, meaning I've lost 15 more pounds of fat, that would make my percent body fat then to be (43.6-15)/185 = 15.5%, putting me into the "excellent" category then. I'm thinking this suggests that my 185 is a good "ideal body weight" for me. My BMI would then be 24.4, at the high end of "normal", but maybe the fact that that I've been lifting weights regularly for some time now means I've got a bit more muscle mass then some.

About 6 more pounds and I'll be "good" according to this chart.

Anyway, I was happy to see that I had lost a pound when I weighed this morning. 185 is on it's way...




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