Numbers don’t really mean a whole hell of a lot to me.
For the first time in many many years I don’t have a scale in my house (… not counting the old food scale) and have no idea how much I weigh.
Umm… I lived my whole life thinking I was 5’4.
True story, I’m 5’3. Shocker I got when I did my first height check.
I booked my appointment at the local Y thinking it was going to give me an awesome result. I mean come on, I had lost a crap ton of weight and was feeling really good. I was racing at the national level as a lightweight so CLEARLY I was lean right.
48% body fat.
Please don’t ask how long I sat in my car sobbing, it was probably an embarrassing length of time. I was a teenager, what do you expect?
Anyway, after that I got researching and learned that the method used, bio impedance, is really just stupid.
BIA: Bio Impedance Analysis
What is a BIA? Bio-impedance body composition analysis (BIA) measures body composition electronically. Body composition analysis is the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid compartments in the human body. A normal distribution of tissue and fluid in the body is associated with immunity, high function, and longevity. An abnormal distribution of tissue and fluid in the body is associated with susceptibility, low function, and the effects of disease and aging. Our body is bioelectric and the Body bioimpedance analysis measures our vitality at a cellular level.
This type of test is VERY sensitive to the amount of hydration going on, plus body temp and food intake.
After that incident I really didn’t put much thought into it. A few times over the years I’ve had caliper testing done, and know if I dug around a little bit I could find the numbers, but it was always more realistic than the BIA testing, about 25%.
Yesterday morning I seemed to be making good time in the gym. I don’t know what was up with that, but it was just working. During my last few sets of exercises on calves I took a pee break and when I came back I was asked by one of the trainers to prove a point to one of his regular clients. I had time, and the client is a super friendly guy, so why not be a guinea pig for a few minutes and have my bodyfat tested.
I gave my height, a rough guess on my weight, took the little machine and did as I was told.
Part of me was thinking “shit, what if this says I’m 70% bf”… but the other part was thinking “yeah, this is stupid”.
I was already feeling less bloated yesterday morning and that just made me feel a little bit better.
Wrong and totally inaccurate or not, I’m still a girl on some level and seeing that number was a little comforting…. and it totally pegged me as the leanest one in the little group. I’m a-ok with that.