Tae Bo (I miss Billy Blanks. What is he doing these days, anyway?) I recognize that what little I do is not enough, will never be enough exercise to actively maintain weight loss, or maintain weight lost. But it has kept some lean muscle on me, even when I was doing nothing else good for my body.
As a person wrapped up entirely in her computer, I looked up a body fat calculator on line.
The first promising one was from http://www.healthcentral.com. They asked for my weight, age, gender, and then a couple of measurements (none including height). At the end of filling out all this information (Which I gathered using a ruler and a telephone cord!) they said:
You have 27.4% body fat.
You have 86.9 Pounds of fat and 230.1 Pounds of lean (muscle, bone, body water).
27.4% you say? I scoffed, and knew then that there was no way I was going to get a correct or reasonable answer online. Knowing this, I found a few other websites. Entering the same information (some required more or less), I got results from three other websites.
Body Mass Index: 49.8 kg/m2 Waist-to-Height ratio: 0.79 Percent Body Fat: 61.3% Lean Body Mass: 122.8 lb
You have a Body Fat Percentage of 31.44%
Using your measurements of a 51 inches waist and weight of 317 pounds your body fat percentage is estimated to be 59.41 % using the U.S. Navy body fat formula, or 36.97 % using the formula developed by the YMCA.
With differentiations like these, its a wonder anyone knows anything that's going on with their bodies! I know of course there are other ways of measuring your body fat. Certainly more accurate ones that involve pinching and electroids, but I was curious now, and don't have any other resource at this point.
To those who may be following along with me on day four of my epic weight loss/awareness journey, how do you measure your body fat?
Disclosure: You'll notice on the last website I visited it mentions that my waist is 51 inches and I weigh 317 pounds. I have been weighing myself everyday this week, just to see if not binge eating makes any sort of difference, and I can definitively say, yes, not binge eating does make a difference. A very big one, in fact. I have a story about my binge eating, but we'll get to that another day.