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  • theatre_geek

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    Jan 07, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    The past few weeks I've been working out hard. Lifting 6 days a week and some form of cardio most days. I weighed in today and my weight hasn't budged, but my body fat percentage has gone UP! I've felt really good about the work I've been doing the past few weeks and it's very demoralizing to see negative results on the scale. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:07 PM GMT
    How are you measuring body fat?

    The stupid scale gadget was telling me I was at 25% when it was really more like 15, and now that I'm somewhere at or slightly below 10%, it's consistently telling me 34% icon_eek.gif

    Worthless piece of junk.
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    Yeah, you're probably measuring something wrong somehow.
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    What is your nutrition like?
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:59 PM GMT
    Are you training in your zone? What's your diet like?
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    theatre_geek saidThe past few weeks I've been working out hard. Lifting 6 days a week and some form of cardio most days. I weighed in today and my weight hasn't budged, but my body fat percentage has gone UP! I've felt really good about the work I've been doing the past few weeks and it's very demoralizing to see negative results on the scale. icon_neutral.gif


    You know the answer. Eat. If you eat more than you consume, you will gain. Could not be any simpler.
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    theatre_geek saidThe past few weeks I've been working out hard. Lifting 6 days a week and some form of cardio most days. I weighed in today and my weight hasn't budged, but my body fat percentage has gone UP! I've felt really good about the work I've been doing the past few weeks and it's very demoralizing to see negative results on the scale. icon_neutral.gif


    If you are using one of those hand held galvanometer fat testers, don't even bother. They are next to worthless.

    At a minimum, get a multiple point skin fold test if you are uptight about your body fat levels.

    You can also do multiple point measurements, if you can't do skin fold.

    Having it done in the pool is the second most accurate method (MRI is the most accurate.).

    BMI is pure bullshit for an active person. My BMI is a 34 to 36...and..according to the BMI, I'm obese. The cardiologist and I just giggle about it. Ironically, I'm mostly meat. LOL.
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidHow are you measuring body fat?

    The stupid scale gadget was telling me I was at 25% when it was really more like 15, and now that I'm somewhere at or slightly below 10%, it's consistently telling me 34% icon_eek.gif

    Worthless piece of junk.


    They are best placed in the trash.

    When I was at 4%, and dry, it showed me at 41% fat. They don't work right.
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Are you clothes fitting better an loooking better on you?

    Do you like the way you look in the mirror?

    I find those more helpful than the BF measurement on those goofy devices.
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    Jan 08, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Get your %BF by a 7-point skin-fold measure. Even then, know that the result is only a proxy of the real value and will be off by as much as 10%. If you have someone perform it on you who is well-practiced and consistent, you can get results within 3%.

    The important thing is to measure your weight and %BF consistently with the same person and under the same circumstances (time of day, hydration, etc.).

    If you've been working out diligently and maintained a 15% calorie deficit or more, you should see fat loss.

    Weight loss is a different thing, obviously, since you're attempting to gain lean body mass while using body fat. While the two can be done simultaneously, the stuff I've read indicates most professional body builders repeatedly cycle between fat-loss and muscle-gain phases to avoid the incredibly tricky calorie and protein monitoring required.

    My advice (as a fat person getting consistently smaller and increasing lean body mass over a two-year period) is to pick a day/time for weekly weighing, a balance that you trust for accuracy, and %BF measures from someone you know does it right and often. It's more art than you know.
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    Jan 08, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    Throw your scale in the trash and use a mirror and a tape measure.

    Or better yet, use all three. Then you can debunk the scale when it lies to you.
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidWhat is your nutrition like?


    Bingo!! Your exercise regimen is worthless if you're not eating the right foods!