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Eats and Exercise and Body Fat Measurement Voodoo: Jan 27, 2009

Posted Jan 28 2009 3:41pm

Got up before 4am - had my 1 scoop of Nitrean protein powder and was at the gym about 4:10. 

Did 20 minutes on the treadmill at 4.0 mph - max heart rate 129.

Part of me kept longing for the weight-training… that’s something I thought I’d never see myself write.

Did 3 circuits:

leg press: 150 lbs. 20 reps - maybe I should go for a heavier weight next time.

Vertical chest press: 75 lbs. 10 reps - could hardly do it - chest muscles are the most weak.

Vertical row: 100 lbs. 10 reps - this was a tad bit easier than the chest press, but not by much.

Lat pulldown: 100 lbs. 10 reps - this was the easiest of the 3 chest exercises for me this morning.

When I was done, I felt beat to Hell - but a good beat to Hell. Went out in the cold morning air and it felt good.

When I got home, I had another scoop of the protein powder, my cup of coffee, and some of the psyllium.

An hour later I had another 2 scoops of the protein powder. 

We had a client at work - and that means food. Bagels, pastries, etc. - you know what the spread looks like. Without drawing too much attention to myself, I grabbed a hunk of flavored cream cheese and ate that.

Lunch was better - a big-ass tray of sashimi - and it was real good cold, raw fish. I probably had a dozen pieces.

During the meeting cookies were passed around - I seemed to get the try twice - I just passed it along.

Had a headache - carb withdrawal - in the late afternoon. An annoyance, but nothing disabling. 

I was exhausted mentally from the day-long meeting, and went home to 3 more of my spicy Italian sausages from the previous day, as well as some Swiss cheese and some red wine. Even with the red wine, if I keep this up, in another day I might be in Ketosis

I sometimes weigh myself when I come home from work - sometimes not. Today I did and the numbers were:

Weight: 214.8

Total body fat 27.5%

Total Body Water: 50%

What I found curious was the total body fat here is about as low as I have ever seen, while my weight is still up there. A friend of mine happened to call to check in and we were discussing my fledgling exercise program and reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, so you might be losing fat, gaining muscle - and the scale confuses the whole calculation because it just measures weight.

But…I have a Tanita scale, which has proven to be quite accurate - I once went to the doc, got weighed on the beam scale, ran home and weighed myself on the Tanita and it was spot on.

I’m kinda dubious of the body water and body fat calculations - can running some electricity through my bod while weighing me calculate body water and body fat to half a percent?

I’m not sure about that. If I did believe these numbers, it might lead one to the conclusion that: if my fat percentage declines, and my total body water remains the same - unless I am growning an additional limb I don’t know about, it must be the muscle.

I’m going to try to track these numbers a bit more closely, even though I doubt their accuracy. 

From day-to-day they are probably worthless, but over the long term, might reveal some interesting trends.

In bed before 10 - I have another day-long presentation coming up, and I needed the rest.

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