Week #11 of my 2015/2016 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report.
A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements
- My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking).
- All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed.
- A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most accurate “at-home” method of determining one’s body fat percentage, but even in the most skilled hands calipers have a margin of error up to +/-3%. The key is consistent readings from one week to the next: the actual number is not that important (to me). With that said, I believe my caliper body fat reading is consistently 1.5% – 2% lower than my actual body fat percentage. For example, if my caliper indicates 5.6% body fat, I believe my actual body fat is probably around 7.1%.
- If you want the most accurate body fat percentage reading possible, go have a DEXA test done.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE:
This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week
My scale weight this morning (as measured by the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale) is 167.0 pounds. That’s a –0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 167.0 pounds, and a +5.2 pound change from my 2015/2016 maintenance starting weight of 161.8 pounds.
My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Caliper) is 6.5%. That’s a –0.0% change since last week’s body fat measurement of 6.5%, and a +1.5% change from my 2015/2016 maintenance starting body fat measurement of 5.0%.
Over the past week I’ve lost 0.00 pounds of fat and lost 0.00 pounds of lean mass. Since the beginning of my 2015/2016 maintenance program I’ve gained a total of 2.77 pounds of fat and gained a total of 2.43 pounds of lean mass.
My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) indicate no changes over the past week. Since the beginning of my 2015/2016 maintenance program I’ve added 0.50″ to my waist, 0.25″ inches to my hips and 0.25″ to my quads while all other measurements have remained the same.
Here are this week’s actual tape measurements:
No additional fat loss this week, but that’s okay. I knew I was probably going to be racing tomorrow, and so I didn’t think this was a good week to eat under maintenance.
For the most part, my diet was clean this week. I didn’t eat too well on Monday, and last night I had my weekly cheat meal. Apart from that, pretty tight.
To drink this week I consumed water (about 1.5+ gallons per day), several cups of black coffee each morning, a little calorie-free iced coffee, a cup of warm Yogi Peach DeTox tea each afternoon and a cup of warm Yogi Bedtime tea each evening before bed. Gatorade was consumed on my longer training rides.
Activity level this week has been moderate . So far this week I’ve cycled 210 miles, and I’ll be adding about 20 miles to that total this morning (saving the legs for tomorrow’s race).
Next week I’m planning to resume eating a little under maintenance. I still want to get back to the lower 160s, but it’s not a super high priority to do it quickly.