Friday, January 25, 2008
Fat or Fiction?
I have a scale that measures body fat percentage. Well, it is supposed to.When you step on it an electric current runs through your body and determines how much of it is fat. I stepped on it last weekend and it said 30%. I thought- "That seems high.... I really need to workout more and get myself pulled together." When I mentioned this percentage to my trainer she looked at me like I was crazy and set up an appointment for me to be measured by the body-composition-measuring-chick at the YMCA. So this morning I was measured using those Caliper-pinching things.My results came back.... 16% body fat!!!! What the heck? Now I am really confused. Frankly, I don't think either one is accurate! To understand where the percentages fall see the American Council on Exercise's body fat chart here. My Dad said he had a similar experience w/ the scale measuring almost twice what the Caliper test did. So how do I figure out what is right? I am considering having it done a 3rd time but then I feel like I am just getting it done until I have a result I like. (I guess I like the 16%! I just don't think it is correct.) Hmmmm. What to do? I must know the truth!