A couple weeks ago at the gym, I stopped at the trainers desk and asked if I could use their little measurement tool to find out my body fat percentage. Not the one that squeezes your fat but the one that you hold out in front of you and squeeze:
I checked my percentage against Wikipedia (because everything we read on Wikipedia is accurate, right?! ) and I was surprised to find that I’m still in the “normal” range.
My percentage was 30%. I don’t know what I want it to be because I’ve already decided I don’t want to be as tiny as I was when I got to my lowest but I do know I feel a bit more mushy than I’d like. I think I can just ask to use the monitor every other week at the gym however if at some point they tell me it’s only for training clients, maybe I’ll buy one for myself or get the one that squeezes your fat. A review on the monitor above stated they tested the electronic one against the caliper one and it was only a .4% difference.
I’m loving the lifting program I started last week and need to actually start tracking what I’m lifting because I spend time with every exercise trying to figure out what weight I should use. I think I’ll just bring a notebook and write things down as I go. That’ll also help me track week to week, increasing over time instead of just doing what I think that specific day. I love not spending most my time doing cardio and like how strong I feel after lifting.
I found pictures on a website of what body fat percentages look like and I’m not sure if it’s right or I’m wrong. I feel like my body looks closer to what the pictures of 35-40% look like, and that I would like to better look like what the picture of 30% looks like but I guess every body is different and shows differently? So tell me – what is everyone’s thoughts on body fat percentage? Is that much better to use then weight or BMI? I’m not sure I want to be in the Fitness level and for sure do not want to be in the athletic range. I’m not trying to be skinny because the truth is, I don’t want to maintain a diet to stay that low.
I want to be normal, healthy and EAT!