Draglist's Journal, 03 Jan 17

Woke at 220.8 and ended the day at a gratifying 214.6 before dinner (fasting until dinner each day). See my other 1/03/17 post for additional details. Ended up eating about 80 additional calories, mostly due to 400 calories of post-midnight snacking that I tacked onto today’s totals. Must. Stop. Doing. That. Bought a new “Skulpt” device, a $99 tool that measures 16 different areas of body fat and muscle quality. Works great, but (as a 35 year software tester) I think I found a few minor bugs I’m working with the company to fix. Look for a full report on my efforts with that tool soon. Spoiler: I love it and I think it’s a game changer… just needs a few tweaks before it gets my full endorsement. Happy New Year!

1/03/17 Tanita Numbers (before dinner, after 4 mile walk):
Weight - 214.6 (est. goal at 10% BF - 183.0) - 31.6 lbs. to lose
Total body fat % - 15.7 (goal is 10.0) - +5.7%
Total body fat lbs. - 33.7 (est. goal at 10% BF - 18.3) - +15.4 lbs.
Total body water % - 58.5 (balance is 62.5%) - 4.0% dehydrated
Muscle mass lbs. - 172.1 (est. goal at 10% BF - 156.7) - +15.4 lbs. (water)
Bone mass lbs. - 8.8 (est. goal at 10% BF - 8.0) - +.8 lbs. (water)
RDI - 2383 / Visceral fat rating - 11 (goal is 8) / Metabolic age - 20

Macros (in grams, rounded) (updated for January):
Targets: 120 fat, <60 carb, >23 fiber, <30 net carb, 110 prot, 1640 cals
Ate: 89 fat, 84 carb, 42 fib, 41 net carb, 103 prot, 1723 cals (3398 used, 1675 deficit)
Running avg: 93 fat, 89 carb, 97 prot, 1669 cals (3074 used, 1405 deficit)
97.3 kg Lost so far: 50.1 kg.    Still to go: 4.4 kg.    Diet followed: 100%.

View Diet Calendar, 03 January 2017:
1723 kcal Fat: 88.87g | Prot: 103.30g | Carbs: 83.51g.   Dinner: Baked or Broiled Salmon, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame - Lightly Salted, Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine, Red Table Wine, Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Green String Beans, Celery, Smucker's Natural Chunky Peanut Butter. Snacks/Other: Sargento Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar Snack Bites, Smucker's Natural Chunky Peanut Butter, Brazil Nuts, Celery. more...
3398 kcal Exercise: FitBit Tracker - 24 hours. more...
Losing 9.5 kg a Week

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I'm a big fan of the Skulpt. I concur that there're a few bugs, at least in the Android software. I have both the Aim and the Chisel and get consistent variation between the two readings. I also got a Dexa scan an hour after talking a full body measurement and (to my delight) it told me I was leaner than the Skulpt. That said, I measure every morning after my shower and the results from a single device are beautifully consistent when trending. I also find it extremely useful for targeting "the weakest link" and knowing where to focus my efforts.  
03 Jan 17 by member: Jamrobin
Thanks, Jamrobin! Great to hear some backup experience. Personally, I was getting body fat readings of 5 to 20 percent on different areas of my body (with a highest reading of 20.4) but I got an overall 20.6 body fat rating. I'm not disputing it because I have been a tiny bit dubious of the 15.5 Tanita BIA reading, but I asked them to explain the math. Working with the Skulpt folks to iron it out now...  
03 Jan 17 by member: Draglist
They have some algorithm that only accounts for the tricep, abs, and quad (the same as their "quick measure") to estimate whole body... I sent them my entire Dexa to compare the readings.  
03 Jan 17 by member: Jamrobin
Draglist Yes, that is exactly what they responded to me with tonight. But all three of those measurements were considerably better than the overall score. And... the overall score for muscle quality and fat percentage did not update after my last full scan. Going to try the three-point scan tonight to see what happens. 
03 Jan 17 by member: Draglist
Yeah that's my experience too. In some cases the overall body fat percentage from my Skulpt is higher than any single measurement. The MQ seems to me to track somewhat better but maybe that's just optimism and ego on my part since I usually read around 98 LOL  
03 Jan 17 by member: Jamrobin
That's great. I have to day that I was amazed at my own readings. Great numbers on the below the waist stuff (which I expected) but better than expected numbers for my abs (as I have a lot of loose skin from my 350 lb. days). And lower numbers on my arms and shoulders, which I agree with. But I am "cautiously" optimistic! 
03 Jan 17 by member: Draglist
Bill, I'd love to actually hear from you on a cross comparison between the Skulpt and a simple Accumeasure caliper with 1 point of measure if you have one. So much of what I've read is that the caliper is just fine, but you always have to wonder how many authors are paid advertisers. 
04 Jan 17 by member: Timg2500
Hi Tim. I have a caliper here somewhere. I always thought it did not work well for me because I have excessive loose skin from a relatively rapid 140 pound loss. But I can take a look one of these days. 
04 Jan 17 by member: Draglist
So in case it helps your Skulpt evaluation I have another observation for you. They claim that hydration does not influence their readings but I beg to differ. The past 3 mornings I have been down about a pound a day. I am certain it's water as my workouts aren't changed, my intake is stable (and I count every gram of food and drink) but I started taking dandelion root caps again as a mild diuretic... I can easily see the difference in the mirror and on the scale... definition as the sheet of subcutaneous water drains away. (also the big increase in urinary output!) My Skulpt actually shows an INCREASE in fat each of these same 3 days.  
04 Jan 17 by member: Jamrobin
@Jamrobin -> I would agree with you. From what I read on their site, this technology is the same technology as the "smart" scales using bioelectric impedance. The downfall to those scales is both hydration and that electricity takes a path of least resistance and can only measure one area of your body. It seems like the Skulpt tries to counter this by taking multiple readings all over your body and then averaging them. While this might help resolve the issue the scale version had of only measuring one spot (i.e. lower body), it does not solve hydration. 
04 Jan 17 by member: Timg2500
the reason it's showing an increase is the lack of water. It's not saying you have more fat, it's reading that you have less muscle (there is less water in the muscle fiber to conduct electricity). It could probably help if you trying to keep your fluid intake per day as constant as possible in order to get good readings.  
04 Jan 17 by member: Timg2500
Nice drop!!! 
04 Jan 17 by member: John10251
Thanks, Jamrobin, Tim, and John! Yes, I have a Tanita BIA scale and I see a 2-3 pound drop each day depending on water levels. I did my last scan with the Skulpt this morning and I will do it again before dinner. I also do the Dandelion caps in an attempt to lose all this extra water. Not working as well. Maybe I'll double the dose. 
04 Jan 17 by member: Draglist


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