Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing Part 3

Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing Part 1
Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing Part 2

Photo-Jul-20,-8-16-37-AMIt’s that time again! My time slot was at 7:30 this morning, but I uncharacteristically slept right through it and didn’t wake up until 7:45. I mulled over getting up and going, or just waiting another month till they came back to my hood, eventually deciding to go. I felt bad for missing my appointment and then just dropping by, so I didn’t mind letting two other people go ahead of me even though I was there before them. They probably had appointments they didn’t sleep through.

That dunking in the water after expelling the air in my lungs thing? Never gonna get easier for me. I was already panicking and felt like I was drowning after just making the appointment. I think the test operator’s patience is wearing thin with my shenanigans. I should start practicing in the pool.

Date
Weight
Fat (lbs)
Lean (lbs)
Fat (%)
Lean (%)
8/16/06
271.6
128.7
142.9
47.4
52.6
3/1/07
209.7
86.8
122.9
41.4
58.6
5/2/11
280.1
136.1
144.0
48.6
51.4
7/18/12
162.0
49.0
113.0
30.2
69.75
11/3/12
148.5
38.55
109.95
26.0
74.05
7/20/13
147.5
38.0
109.5
25.8
74.25

If you have been following along for a while, you are already aware of the stellar “maintenance mode” (HA) I’ve been in for a long time, so I’m just glad my numbers went in the right direction, as minuscule as they may be. The mobile lab was testing at the Pasadena Marathon expo that I attended, and I’m torn as to whether I should have set a baseline for pre-Whole30 stats or not. Maybe it’s good I didn’t because I know the numbers would have been bad. But that’s neither here nor there and I’m happy with my results today.

According to the American Council on Exercise chart, I’m average. I can deal with average!

Ideal-Body-Fat-Percentage-Chart1

According to the Jackson & Pollock chart, I’m ideal. Ideal is even better! Jackson & Pollock seem like pretty cool dudes if you ask me.

Ideal-Body-Fat-Percentage-Chart3

If I look at the chart on my test results, it says what my goal weight SHOULD be, provided I only lose fat and not lean mass. Unless I’m being really, really diligent about my diet, it’s hard to lose fat poundage without losing a tiny bit of muscle with it. BUT, as long as I eat enough to complement my workout regimen, I should be okay, and Whole30/paleo definitely helps with that.

Photo Jul 20, 10 19 06 AM

When I took my first dunk tank test, Linda (the operator) told me I should aim for 22%. That is a very attainable goal for me, but would I be selling myself short? Maybe after I pass that hurdle, I’ll make it a fun game to chase 18-20% so I don’t get complacent.

Skin removal surgery will help a little with that. A super long and detailed post about that exciting topic will be posted some time this week. Fun times.

4 thoughts on “Hydrostatic Body Fat Testing Part 3

  1. July 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I was talking about body fat testing yesterday, so interesting you posted this, I love how your numbers have been changing.
    Not too sure I like the sounds of the water part though 🙁

  2. Lisa Go
    July 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Ooh you’re doing the surgery? Did I miss a post somewhere?

  3. Ashley
    July 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I wonder if they have those in Texas?