Monday, March 30, 2009

Biometrics trois

To finish out the series of posts on these numbers, here are the changes that I went through after 25 weeks of diet and exercise:
  • Weight: -61 pounds
  • Blood pressure: -25/-10
  • Chest: -8 inches
  • Waist: -10 inches
  • Hips: -7.25 inches
  • Arms: -3.5 inches
  • Thighs: -9.25 inches
  • Body Mass Index: -7 BMI
  • Body fat: -16.6%
In particular, my blood pressure is actually pretty good now, and while my arms initially shrank down after losing the initial flab, they've started to increase in size, which I'm taking as a good sign.  My lean body mass—the amount that I would weigh with zero body fat—has been re-estimated pretty dramatically since last time: before, it was estimated at 199 pounds; now it's down to 181.  A lot of these numbers become more and more accurate as your body becomes healthier, so it's much more likely that the 181 number is the accurate one.  That would mean that I would have the same amount of body fat as Michael Phelps (8%) at 196 pounds, which is a pretty decent indication that 200 pounds would be a pretty unreasonable goal if I were a goal-setting person.  But, I'm only 17 pounds away from that point, which is only a little over a quarter what I've already lost, which is somewhat encouraging.

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