Body Composition Scan – Results

This is the third in a three part mini-series/docu-drama in which I go to an exercise physiologist and take some test and she tells me what I can do to break through a weight plateau. The first installment were the results from my resting metabolic rate test. Read about how I found out that I am starving myself.  Then the second post were the results from my VO2 Max test. That is where I find out that I am not very fit. In this last installment you will see the results from my body composition scan. Bottom line: I’m fatter than I thought I was…

The third and final test that I will be talking about in this series is the body composition scan. In actuality (as you will see when I finish editing the video), I had this test performed second. But, hey. Do you really care about the order of things? I didn’t think so.

Body Composition Scan
The machine that FitMed uses to test body composition is the GE DXA  which is actually a low-grade x-ray machine that was originally developed to test bone density (this may or may not be something I made up…if it matters, please verify.) The machine is very accurate in scanning for body fat percentage and lean mass percentage as well though.

Anne brought me into the “x-ray room” and I lied down on this thing that almost looked like a regular patient table like you would find in the doctors office, except there was this arm over the top of it. It looks sort of like this…

Ok. It looked EXACTLY like that. The machine swept over me with the fury of a flatbed scanner from 1999. In other words it was SLOOOOOOOW. But then came the results. Dunh, dunh, dunh!

Let me start by saying that the floor scales that calculate body fat percentage are in NO WAY accurate. Not even close. Mine has been telling me for weeks that I am around 20-25%. WRONG! This is where I realized that I am still A LOT fatter than I should be.

My total body fat percentage came in at 31.5%.  My Gynoid fat percentage (hips, thighs, buttocks) was 31.8% and my Android fat percentage (abdomen and trunk) was 42.2%.

That is not the droid I was looking for.

<— This is actually me by the way

High Android fat has been associated with higher incidences of coronary artery disease and also with increases in peripheral fasting insulin levels. There are even studies saying that this fat can have negative hormone effects. One of these negative effects might possibly be lowered testosterone in the male species. This is for another post, but I will tell you that I have suspected for a while that I might have a testosterone issue. I will follow up on that later.

So bottom line here is that I have to much Android fat. You don’t have to be a psychic to figure that out, but at least now I know medically and specifically.

My lean mass came in at 174 pounds and my fat weight came in at 80 pounds. How weird is that, that I am still carrying as much fat as I have already lost. This is also very disconcerting because when I first got checked out during  my biggest loser fail, my lean mass was measured at 219 pounds! I have lost WAY TO MUCH lean weight over the past three years.

The good news is that this all proves that my body has not given up on weight loss and that I have A LOT more room to lose.

When I go back and have this body scan done again in 12 weeks, I SHOULD show much improvement. The goal will be to raise my lean mass and lower my body fat. With the information I now have from these three tests, I have plenty of ammunition to fight this battle.

And I plan on it being a knock-down-drag-out War of the Worlds.

I am glad you are here to participate in this battle. Thank you for being here for me. I truly appreciate it.

I think that this post has gone on long enough now. We have all the results from the fitness test in and the numbers are crunched. Now it is time to put the plan into action.

(PS- The video evidence of this whole process will be out in a day or so. Editing takes a while…)

Holla atcha boy.

 

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6 comments to Body Composition Scan – Results

  • Mission Meltdown (Dre)

    Hank,

    I’m very intrigued by this study. Especially, this part. Would you say that this means your body still loses lean muscle mass despite all of the weight training you do? I’m curious because I’ve been wondering if I should focus more on cardio and worry about hardcore weight training later.

    I’d hate to do that simply because I love lifting. But I also wonder if I’m still burning muscle tissue because of calorie deficit and lack of protein (one gram for every pound is a lot). Anyway, would love to hear what you think. Thanks for sharing these results. As always, your posts are inspiring and thought-provoking. I’ll holla.

    • hank

      Dre if I were you I would check into talking with an exercise physiologist and maybe look at getting these tests done too. I am not a professional so I would hate to steer you in the wrong direction. I THINK that they would tell you to never give up the weight lifting so you dont lose lean mass, but who am I? Find a professional for realz.

  • Scott @ Your Inner Skinny
    Twitter: yourinnerskinny

    I gotcha back, Jack!

    I’m inspired to try and get these tests done myself, now. You’ve learned some very valuable information. I hope it treats you right!

  • Lisa
    Twitter: lisaeirene

    This is so cool! I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile but haven’t found a place in Portland that does it.

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