Body Fat Scales

how to get rid of fat!!!!!!!!!

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30/04/2004 at 11:36
I brought some new scales the other day, Rosmary Connolly ones, cost £60.00 weighed myself and weigh the same as my old scales so thats fine.

Got on to measure my body fat and it's telling me that I have 30.5%!! I got my boyfriend to check I had typed in the information correct, ie age, sex and height.

I can't believe that's right. I am 5 ft 5, 23yrs and weight between 9 stone 9 and 9 stone 13 pounds.

Started running last August and have lost a stone. This is the first time I have used this sort of scale.

What does this mean?

How do I get rid of fat?

What should my fat % be?

I would like to be 9 stone, but it is no happening for me.

I don't eat a lot of junk food, I eat very healty (well so I thought), lots of veg, fruit, wholemea bread, cereals etc.

Advise would be appreciated.

30/04/2004 at 11:42
Sounds wrong. I've put your details into the online BMI calculator (BBC Healthy Living webpage) and even putting your weight at 10 stone your BMI comes out at 23.33. which is well in the healthy range.

30/04/2004 at 11:43
Happy Runner.

The problem with the BMI index is that it is tilted towards the average population that lead live doing little exercise..

Through exercise you have lost a stone in weight. In reality you have probably lost more than that in fat and gained weight by increasing muscle. Muscle is of course denser than fat. At the same time your blood pressure is probably lower as is your resting heart rate. Hopefully you feel better, except when, as we all, you've really piled the miles on and your legs, ankles knees etc say ' give us a break'.

So don't be too swayed by the high alter of BMI, it cannot be absolutely universally applied.
cougie    pirate
30/04/2004 at 11:43
These body fat scales are not very reliable.
30/04/2004 at 11:45
60 quid, blimey.

Body fat callipers only cost 15 quid or so and are more reliable so I'm told.
30/04/2004 at 11:46
Happy runner - to stay happy, stay off the scales...they never bring good know how you feel, you have lost weight, you are keeping fit...that's all good and positive so think happy thoughts and get someone to hide those darned scales from you :)
30/04/2004 at 11:47
quite frankly HR - you have been duped into buying these

most peeps would say these scales are useless for measuring %fat - quite often they give different readings on the same day.

the best way to measure bit fat% is too complex for home use so these scales have come into vogue but are crap.

my honest view is not to take any notice of the fat reading and stick with what you feel is right for you.

we don't possess scales at home and work on our weight based on how tight our clothes fit - if getting tighter do something about it

if you keep running your fat will reduce but you may not notice a weight change as you covert all that fat into muscle which is denser - you will notice however that your clothes are less tight. that's got to be a result surely? plus you will be fitter
30/04/2004 at 11:49
and don't get me started on BMI's

they are also a complete and utter waste of time

fb (BMI 32.3 and fit as a fiddle)
30/04/2004 at 11:49
Here's mine.

However I did the London Marathon 2 weeks ago. Did a PB 10k in January of 54mins. Run hundres of miles in training for FLM. But I'm 6ft 3ins.

'kk's Results:-
Your Weight - Body Mass Index
Your BMI Result is:


You are in the range that is classified as obese and your health would greatly benefit from a life-long reduction in weight. You may want to get specialist advice from a dietitian to help you do this. Being overweight is linked with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and other types of illness.

It is very important that you don't gain any more weight and start to take life-long steps to reduce your weight. You can do this by eating a balanced diet associated with optimal health and by taking regular physical activity that you can stick to for life. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and starchy foods, which should form the largest portion on our plate. Avoid foods containing a lot of fat and cut down on sugar and sugary foods.

Don't try to lose weight too fast, body fat can only be lost slowly (aim for about 0.5 kg/week). It might be best to see your doctor before starting an exercise programme.
Recommended BMI Chart
Underweight BMI less than 20
Ideal BMI 20-25
Overweight BMI 25-30
Should lose weight BMI 30-40
Lose weight now BMI greater than 40

Back to Your Weight homepage or Living to 100 Calculator

IMPORTANT: The BMI Calculator is only a guideline and should be treated as such. BMI is only one measure of your health. Body fat percentage, blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol and other measurements are at least as important as BMI. You need to get the whole picture.
30/04/2004 at 11:50
Have a pee and pick up a pile of books.

Your bf will plummet to 13 per cent.

Or rocket to 75 - whatever.

pinch an inch or spend £600 on a Bodystat.
30/04/2004 at 11:52
I read in New Scientist that the only really accurate method for finding out %body fat is an MRI scan. Not really an option.
30/04/2004 at 11:53
FBF, agreed, apart from "convert ... fat into muscle".

You cannot chemically alter fat so that it becomes muscle.

But you can gain muscle and lose fat, so that it *looks* like you have.

Live from pedants corner ...
30/04/2004 at 11:53
kk - obese eh? I am according to the BMI figures clinically obese! yep. OK.

fb 106kg 176cm - ex prop forward, age 51, best 10K 48:30, best 1/2 marathon 1:45:07

30/04/2004 at 11:56
If I want to get into the middle of the ideal range of BMI, I would need to lose 5 stone.

If I did that I would look like a 'stick of pump water" as my wife would say. Besides last time I was 12.5 stone coincided with being me 12.5 years old I reckon!!!!!!!!!!!
30/04/2004 at 11:59
ewok - I know that ya pedant - I am as it happens a biochemist!!

it's a simple way to describe a complex process that most people can understand

30/04/2004 at 12:01
Hey FB race you to 5 stone weight loss??

Then we 'll be more gorgeous than ever!!!
30/04/2004 at 12:01
It's a simple way to describe, in a way that most people can understand, a complex process.

Pedants' Corner
30/04/2004 at 12:02
re BMI - you may all be interested in this:

The Big Fat Con story

The salient point in this article for me was:

The most extensive work of this sort has been carried out by Steven Blair and his colleagues at Dallas's Cooper Institute, involving more than 70,000 people. What they have discovered is that, quite simply, when researchers take into account the activity levels and resulting fitness of the people being studied, body mass appears to have no relevance to health whatsoever. In Blair's studies, obese people who engage in at least moderate levels of physical activity have around one half the mortality rate of sedentary people who maintain supposedly ideal weight levels.
30/04/2004 at 12:03
Jj - co-director I believe!!!!
30/04/2004 at 12:09
Have posted on same thread in H&I forum, but it's all been said far more eloquently here. I am SO proud of you guys :o)
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