Body Fat %

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WildWill    pirate
12/11/2002 at 14:22
Gaz - it worth a try, but he may just get a tape measure out an tell you to reduce your weight

Another option is to find a sports theropist that offers the service
12/11/2002 at 15:06
Most GPs of my acquaintance don't have a body fat monitor, Gaz, although some do. I have one, but it's hand-held and probably not very accurate. Some gyms offer skinfold thickness measurements, which give a more accurate result in trained hands.

Your waist measurement falls well within the "safe" zone for men (under 38") provided you measured it at the level of your bellybutton and not where you can suck your tummy in.

You're moving in the right direction and know where you're aiming for. No harm seeing your GP, but he/she will probably tell you to keep doing what you're doing now and be delighted that someone somewhere is giving diet and exercise their best shot.
12/11/2002 at 15:23
Gaz, Another good indicator, apparently, is your Body Mass Index score (BMI). That can be worked out using a formula I can't remember, but I think takes height, weight and various other measurements into account. There seem to be quite a few websites on the net dedicated to this subject.....NB
12/11/2002 at 15:38
Gaz, your BMI, according to the numbers you qote, is 25.16kg/m2, which is just on the upside of normal. But you knew that already, didn't you?
12/11/2002 at 15:46
Will, V-Rap, NB,

Thanks for your advice, as I am heading in the right direction, slowly I know, but getting there, I dont think I am too bad, body fat wise, but will certainly try to get checked out.....

Thanks again, Gaz.....
12/11/2002 at 18:28
Can't resist adding my opinion here. All you need is a mirror and a realistic eye to tell if you're too fat or not. Hand on heart, you're going to know whether you could do with losing a few pounds without going through the humiliation of getting measured at a gym.

Better still (since most people will still think they're too fat rather than too thin) ask a loving but honest friend for their opinion. Or jump up and down in front of the mirror naked (you won't be the first!). Remember, some bits are supposed to wobble!

Please please don't encourage yourselves or others to add yet another measurement obession to the list. Use an outfit you like and feel good in - if it starts getting tighter it aint the fabric that's shrinking. If you exercise regularly (and I can't believe anyone reading this isn't already also doing that) and eat sensibly you will end up the shape and weight that's healthy for you.

I really think the whole western world ought to put itself into therapy to get rid of this weight/body fat neurosis that dominates the media/our lives. It's just another thing to worry about isn't it?
12/11/2002 at 18:36
Well said Laura,

Think I will try the jumping up and down in front of the mirror at bed time, with door locked, dont want anyone watching, not a pretty sight, ha ha ha.........

12/11/2002 at 20:49
Hi, going vegan isnt the answer unless your know what your doing, if you cut out protien your heading for trouble, and worse than that you probably wont be able to run as far as you can now and it will probably take you longer to recover to, i know i tried that route, try longer slower runs,and stick to what you know. good luck
15/11/2002 at 12:07
Some interesting points here, I dont like the BMI - probably because I dont do well :)

I enjoy weight training (a lot) as well as running, so my weight and BMI is skewed by my muscle weight. I have a 33" waist at 5'10" - not too bad I thought but my bmi had me in the slightly obese category:((((

I also use bfat% monitor scales - biggest waste (waist?) od money ever. It i just too hydration dependant.
15/11/2002 at 16:11
All the facts and figures, good god..............I agree Laura you know if you are fat or not.I'm 5'10" female and have a waist of 32 inches, but have a large frame....and although my waist is just ok according to V-raps measurements I think I'm just fine! Surely someone of 4'10" shouldn't be measuring themselves with the same waist measurement and thinking they are ok? Moderation in everything....these figures are just a guide. Fat neuroses feeds off facts and and be happy!!
15/11/2002 at 18:04
By the way I'm 154 lbs and 21% body fat.....not that I'm at all concerned by figures......
15/11/2002 at 21:52
A year ago my clothes got tight & I found my weight was 12 stone - not the 10 stone 10 I was used to!

Well it was either diet or excercise, so I took up running. 3 months later I was down to 11:7 so I paid minor attention to diet (drank red wine instead of beer most of the time) and now I'm down to 10:9.

Its taken a year, but I feel much better & I've got a new, healthy interest. Body fat 14% according to a 1-off measurement on one of those unreliable hand-held devices.

My view - running beats dieting!
15/11/2002 at 22:13
Hear, hear, Dave!

Much healthier to be a runner - even a podgy runner (which you're not) - than to be a slender sofa spud.

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