"I've lost x lbs of fat and gained y lbs of muscle." How do you know?

  • Tyinstl

    Posts: 353

    Sep 16, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    Do you use calipers or something? I always hear people say this but I have no idea how they determined how much fat they lost or muscle they gained.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    My face is a much more finely calibrated measuring implement than a pair of calipers. You'd better sit on it so I can accurately answer your question.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    ^^^ i would take him up on his offer but yeah calipers is the best way to gauge this. Figure out your weight and body fat percentage by the pinch/caliper test. simple math after that to find out how many lbs of fat you have lost and the rest is considered muscle gain when you track it over time.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    I have a calliper to measure my body fat content.

    My first measurement said that my body fat is 15%. After 1 cycle of insanity training and 2 km (1.2 miles) swimming almost everyday, now my body fat content is 11%. However my weight remains the same 115 lbs. I assume I gained muscles and lost fat. icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 16, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
    I use a scale that gives my body fat percentage. However, I'm guessing that if you weigh yourself consistently and get a good feeling for how much you weigh hydrated, you don't have too many other variables. You're not going to gain bone or tendon. It'll pretty much all be water, muscle or fat.