What are you manufactured from? Now after all I had all the time been advised that it was snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. However there comes a degree in your weight reduction journey the place the physique composition feels extra essential than your precise weight.
You see, the reality is that we don’t wish to shed extra pounds. The location isn’t known as MAN v WEIGHT. We wish to lose fats. And to try this, we have to know the way a lot fats there’s and the way low we wish to get it.
Within the early days you will be relaxation assured that in case you are dropping not more than 1kg (2.2 lbs) every week, you might be in all probability not dropping that a lot lean mass (AKA the great things – muscle) and so that you’re simply dropping fats. Weighing scales are greater than appropriate as a way and you may simply depend on watching the needle drop every week.
However what if you wish to know the way a lot fats you have got in your physique? Properly, your weight received’t inform you that. Bioelectrical-impedance is the most typical technique used at present, which have helped shift hundreds of thousands of sensible FitBit and Withings scales. The reality is that bio-impedance is usually no extra correct a measure of physique composition than the discredited physique mass index (BMI). That’s why we advise utilizing it as a metric, however being conscious that it may be erratic and sometimes a approach off the mark. The old-fashioned gym-goers will attain for the calipers, however simply small variations in measurements can result in wildly completely different outcomes. Important expertise is required.
At MAN v FAT, we now have raved over Bodpod (costing ~£50 per time – proven beneath) to present you an correct physique fats measurement. Utilizing air displacement plethysmography, it gives a fairly correct physique fats share (tends to barely overestimated) however I discovered it missing intimately.
The Gold Commonplace of physique composition is known as DEXA. Till earlier this week, it was not possible to simply ebook a DEXA within the UK.. You needed to have a medical purpose (dropping pounds isn’t acceptable) and be referred by a GP, partly as a consequence of the truth that DEXA makes use of low doses of x-rays.
DEXA, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry is a medical scanning know-how used for measuring bone mineral density and helps diagnose osteoporosis. It passes a really low dose of x-rays via the physique to supply a extremely correct and exact measurement of physique composition – particularly bone, fats and lean muscle. Sure, that basically is my skeleton above.
It’s fast (about three minutes), painless and non-invasive. You’ll lie flat on a padded desk, staying very nonetheless, together with your ft in a barely unusual place after which your report can be prepared. The radiation is equal to being on a airplane for about 30 hours, or 10% of a chest x-ray.
BodyScanUK (https://www.bodyscanuk.com) have launched this in a number of places within the UK at a price of round ~£119. Within the background after you have got crammed within the types, they get you a physician’s referral and thus you flip as much as a clinic or hospital and full the scan.
The element of the report is superb. You obtain statistics on each gram of your physique, whether or not your proper arm muscle actually is larger than your left? Is that fats primarily round your trunk or in your legs? How a lot visceral fats (the fats that does probably the most injury) does your physique have? The way you evaluate to twenty,000 US Residents? I don’t suppose this can be a spoiler to say that you would possibly properly be thinner than all of them!
Over time I’ve misplaced all religion in bio-impedance (Fitbit, Tanita or Withings). I’d by no means do a BodPod once more now that I’ve discovered DEXA. If you will pay costly cash for a scan, then there is just one winner in my view. Additionally, after I final checked, you may get £20 off a DEXA utilizing the code ‘BODY20SCAN’