Draglist's Journal, 19 Dec 13

Biting the bullet and converting to my new Tanita scale for weight tracking up here although it records one to two pounds heavier than the trusty old sliding scale I've used for years. Weight is up after several big eating days with my son in town including an amazing meal at the Kennedy Center in DC last night. Will use today as a low cal fasting day to get back on track. Should recover some of the weight loss by later today. Tanita numbers for 12/19/13: Weight - 215.8 Total body fat pct - 19.7 Total body water pct - 55.8 Visceral fat pct - 11 Muscle mass lbs. - 164.8 Physique rating - 6 Bone mass lbs. - 8.4 Daily Calorie Intake - 4082 Metabolic age - 34
97.9 kg Lost so far: 49.5 kg.    Still to go: 4.9 kg.    Diet followed: Reasonably Well.

View Diet Calendar, 19 December 2013:
1070 kcal Fat: 51.40g | Prot: 85.74g | Carbs: 62.69g.   Breakfast: Jimmy Dean D-Lights Canadian Bacon Honey Wheat Muffin. Lunch: Safeway Cafe Bowl Cranberry Walnut Salad, Dr. Pepper Diet Dr. Pepper (Bottle). Dinner: Beef Steak, Nachos with Chicken or Turkey and Cheese. more...
2578 kcal Exercise: Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 43 minutes, Sleeping - 5 hours and 45 minutes, Resting - 17 hours and 32 minutes. more...
Gaining 4.6 kg a Week

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Glad you had a great time last night. And it hurts to have to record that much of an 'up tick' but now it's done, it will be downhill from here.  
19 Dec 13 by member: sarahsmum
Let us hope! I still need to get a handle on what is 'true' on the new scale because the differences in fat percentage are so wide that they are radically affecting my planning for the calorie deficit I have to maintain. Right now it's somewhere between 999 and 1278 and that is a huge difference! Have a good day... 
19 Dec 13 by member: Draglist
I like the old 'doctor's' scale, the sliding one that it sounds that you have. I don't geek the numbers like you guys, I'm just happy to see a loss. I know I should likely be worried that it's muscle I'm losing and not fat but I just don't have the energy to deal with all that calculation. Just losing weight is enough for me. Good luck with everything. As always, I'm following, even if I don't understand. 
19 Dec 13 by member: sarahsmum
Thanks, Isabel! Making it a math problem made it fun for me to track and achieve the weight loss. Now that I am down closer to where I need to be, I need to fine tune my plan... The information that my muscles and bones together weigh between 173 and 181 pounds is great info that I didn't have... I was thinking of getting to 180 and that does not seem likely or even wise now! 
19 Dec 13 by member: Draglist
What will your new goal weight be, or are you still figuring that out? I took note of Keld's macro website and hope to have time this week-end to have a look at it. It's gonna be a busy week-end but thankfully got some time off over the holidays, not the full 2 weeks I usually get but at least a few days. :) 
19 Dec 13 by member: sarahsmum
Dinner at the Kennedy Center HAD to be worth the extra calories - unlike the Christmas donuts that are in our conference room today...:) 
19 Dec 13 by member: Neptunebch
Bill, it does take a while to get used to all the numbers, and to learn how to read them. One number goes up, others HAVE to go down. What did you do to make that change? Was is a fat loss or a water gain? Don't worry, you'll get it. :) 
19 Dec 13 by member: kingkeld
I also have a Tanita weighing scale. wow your body water pct is good - mine is 45.5 pct. What is real age? 
19 Dec 13 by member: Jenfar
Hi everyone. Thanks! I'm 55 so really happy with those metabolic numbers. My resting heart rate is indeed usually lower than 60 so I knew I was in good shape there but surprised at those numbers (which even awarded me an age of 21 the other night!) I think the differences I'm seeing all have to do with the dehydration that occurs overnight but still working it out. I would not mind even staying the same weight of 215, Isabel, so long as it was muscle instead of fat! With everyone's help, I will figure this out. Cheers! Bill 
19 Dec 13 by member: Draglist
Hey, Bill. You're not 55, you're 34! Your scale said so! :D Hey, enjoy it. And I'm glad to hear you just cut-over. It would be easier than tracking it all twice with two different scales. I ended up doing that too. My other scale is about 2 or three pounds lighter too. Hey, I think your issue with the Tanita may be that you're doing it different times of the day after / before meals and stuff. I think those fat scales don't handle that as well as normal weight. You might consider recording data for different times of the day (if you wnat to do it that way) in different spreadsheets. That way, you're comparing apples to apples. Or only record that stuff at your first weigh-in in the morning, or something, and just go with the weight recording the rest of the day. Just a thought. 
19 Dec 13 by member: Rob.c.weiss
Thanks Rob. Will do that but would love to know which of the two is the most accurate... 
19 Dec 13 by member: Draglist
The morning one, after you (ahem!) clear things, but before eating or drinking anything... that's the one I've heard is the most accurate, as it is least affected by incidental fluid or food in your digestive system. 
19 Dec 13 by member: Rob.c.weiss
Thanks, but I have to nail down the body fat percentage. That was the primary reason I got this scale. If I'm truly at 19-20 percent then I have a lot of leeway to continue going for a lower average calorie total of 1350 or so. If I'm truly at 15 percent, then I'd better bottom out at about 1600 on average or I'm eating into muscle... So a huge difference in strategy. Maybe I'll go for a caliper measurement and then choose the Tanita measurement that's closest to that.. 
19 Dec 13 by member: Draglist
Thanks to Rob for forwarding this info from Tanita: "[for measuring fat] Early morning is not recommended because the body is often dehydrated after a night's sleep. Once you have established your baseline, monitor body fat about twice a month. Checking body fat more frequently is not beneficial as changes occur slowly over time." This tells me that my thoughts on dehydration affecting the fat percentage numbers were correct. I will use the evening weigh ins to track fat percentage and will monitor weight separately (discounting the fat percentage numbers generated in the morning). Thanks, Rob! 
20 Dec 13 by member: Draglist


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