Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My new ironman scale

My new scale came!! It's a Tanita Ironman Innerscan Body Composition Monitor (BC-558) that tells me my weight, body fat percentage, muscle mass, hydration levels, BMR and a bunch of other stuff. It also tells you some of those numbers for each section of your body.

And it only cost $300.

Yes, I paid hundreds of dollars for a scale. It has similar technology to the doctor's office scales that cost thousands of dollars like my surgeon has. I was tired of having a scale that gave me a body fat percentage I couldn't trust. Plus, I used my birthday money and birthday money should always be used for something frivolous that you can't really justify.

Anyway, I programmed it in and got on and it said my body fat percentage was:

NINE POINT FIVE PERCENT

I'm not sure I believe that, but part of me does. If it's true, I absolutely do not want to lose a single pound more. (Not that I really did before this, but part of me was wondering how much of my spare tire was fat and how much was loose skin. I thought it was pretty much all loose skin, but it's hard to tell for sure by looking and feeling.)

It also says my left leg is more muscular than my right. That I believe. I clip out on my left, did my "spirals" on my left when I skated and my left thigh is bigger than my right. My arms are even though -- probably because of swimming and working out with Mr. Hot Stuff (my personal trainer).

It also says my legs are fatter than my arms and my visceral fat is quite low. I believe that too based on feeling myself up. Which I have to say, I do on a regular basis. I'm very thin on top, in fact. Thinner than I look because loose skin is masking my actual shape. But I'm pretty sure my panus still has a smidgen of fat in it and my thighs do too based on how they feel.

I'm supposed to get my annual physical with my PCP next month. I'm going to ask for a Dexa Scan along with my regular PAP and mam and lab work. Those are the most accurate for determining bone density and body fat percentage. Because I've had weight loss surgery and am entering menopause (I think) and osteoporosis runs in my family, I'm pretty sure insurance will pay for it. Then I can see how accurate my new scale is.

In the meantime, I read this in my instructions which may be of interested those of us who weigh ourselves a lot:

When is the best time to use my body composition monitor?

"Your body water levels naturally fluctuate throughout the day and night. Any significant changes in body water may effect your boy composition readings; for example, the body tends to be dehydrated after a long night sleep so if you take a reading firs thing in the morning your weight will be lower and your body fat percentages higher. Eating large meals, drinking alcohol, menstruation, illness, exercising, and bathing may also cause variations in your hydration levels.

"To get the most reliable reading it is important to use your Body Composition Monitor at a consistent time of day under consistent conditions. We suggest taking a reading before your evening meal."

Interesting. They also say elsewhere to wait at least three hours after rising and after eating before taking a reading. I always take my readings in the morning because, dehydration aside, it's the most consistent time for me in terms of when and what I've last eaten. But my readings tonight were taken right before dinner, at least three hours since my last meal just like they suggest.
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