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New monthly pictures; 206 pound comparison; Scale weight.

Saturday, April 1, 2006 by  
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I just took my monthly pictures and I’d put me between 9% and 10% body fat right now, don’t you think? Closer to 10%, IMO, so I’m going to leave my body fat percentage “officially” at 10% for now. When I first compared this month’s front picture to last month’s picture, I thought my arms looked smaller this month, but then I noticed it was my posing: in last month’s shot my arms are flared out to show more bicep/tricep (look at my elbows). Of course my profile pictures and my measurements, thankfully, show that my arms are still the same size – whew! Anyone who’s cut down after a bulk knows how paranoid we all get about losing our hard-earned muscle! I also noticed that last month I seem to be puffing my chest up, while this month my chest is more relaxed. None of these minor posing changes are purposeful, but they do illustrate that even very small changes in posing can make a big difference in the final photograph!

People who are new to fitness and fat loss often have trouble understanding that the scale is not a very useful tool. Scales don’t know if they are weighing muscle or fat, and even BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) “body fat” scales, for the most part, suck. Useless calculations based on nothing more than height and weight, such as the BMI (Body Mass Index), only help perpetuate the myth that scale weight is a good indication of health and body fat levels. For example, look at these two pictures – I actually weigh LESS in the first picture:

January 13, 2003 - 206 pounds

January 13, 2003 - 206 pounds

April 1, 2006 - 206.4 pounds

April 1, 2006 - 206.4 pounds

Sure, I weigh myself – but my scale weight plays a very small role in how I track my body composition; I also use the mirror, digital body fat calipers and a MyoTape.

I’d better go get my cardio in – dropping below 10% body fat is not easy and requires a lot of dedication and hard work, so missing cardio is not an option. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

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