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Weekly measurements.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 by  
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It’s Sunday, and that means that it’s time for my weekly tape measurements and body fat reading…

My scale weight over the past week has dropped two full pounds, moving from 193.8 pounds down to 191.8 pounds. That’s a very solid net weight loss for the week, but let’s see how that breaks down in terms of lean mass and fat…

My body fat measurement this morning is 10.1% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers), which is exactly the same as last week’s body fat measurement. I’m somewhat surprised by this reading, but we got the same reading multiple times so I’m going with it. I’ll come back to this subject after I talk about my tape measurements.

I lost a quarter of an inch from each my waist, my hips and my thighs. All other measurements are the same as last week.

So, if I lost a quarter of an inch from my waist, hips and thighs and had no reduction in size in my arms, calves, chest and forearms, how did my body fat reading stay the same? There could be any number of reasons that would explain this morning’s body fat reading, but the most likely explanation is simply inaccuracies/variations with the body fat test. Because my tape measurements show clear evidence of fat loss and no signs of muscle loss, I’m going to chalk up this week’s stagnant body fat reading to human error with last week’s test. Hey, it happens. I do believe that this week’s reading of 10.1% is accurate, as we performed the test several times with the exact same result each time.

I’m going to continue this week with no changes to my diet and training, but I expect that next weekend I’ll need to make some changes to my diet. Of course I’ll post my revised diet any time changes are made.

Today is the one month mark (well, four full weeks) of my 2008 cut. Over the past four weeks I’ve lost exactly 8 pounds and reduced my body fat from 12% to 10.1%. That’s 4.6 pounds of fat loss, and 3.4 pounds of lean mass loss. I started my cut pretty bloated, so I’m confident that the lean mass I lost was nothing but water. My tape measurements back this up: over the past four weeks I’ve reduced my waist by a full inch, reduced my hips a half inch and reduced my thighs 3/4 of an inch. My arm and chest measurements have slightly increased.

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