Sep 28, 2013
I went to my local university yesterday and completed a hydrostatic weighing session. I wasn't crazy about the grad student seeing me in my borrowed swimsuit but at least I didn't have to traipse through the exercise physi lab in front of a bunch of people. It was a surprisingly private set-up with the weighing tank in a room all by itself. So it was just me, the tank and the grad student.
I was worried that the results were going to bum me out; I fully expected the results to show me at a pretty high percentage of body fat. I was high but it didn't bum me out at all - just the opposite! So here's how it went:
1. Even though my scale weighed me at 162 this morning I was at 164.2 by 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. So that was the starting point.
2. They had me dunk under the water about 10 times and used my best 3 efforts to get a good average.
3. Fat mass: 57.7 lbs Fat free mass: 106.4 % Body Fat: 35.16
4. The way I figure it, if I can get to 141 lbs. with NO loss of lean body mass, I should be at 25% body fat. Optimum for women is 22-25% (some professionals even go up to 32%).
5. I still plan to shoot for 135 as my goal weight and allow myself a 3 lb. "cushion".
Biggest surprises: how hard it was to blow out all my air and how still I had to be under water. The scale is super-sensitive so I had to concentrate on moving slowly and as little as possible.
This just goes to show that we shouldn't live-and-die by the BMI Charts. Based on my height, I would barely be in the normal BMI range at 135 lbs. But getting to 141 clearly puts me at a very healthy body fat percentage (if I can retain 105 lbs. of lean body mass).
So that's my challenge for the next three months: Lost 20-25 lbs. of FAT while retaining all my non-fat body mass.
Wish me luck!