My wellness journey has reached a new level. I decided to take the science more seriously than ever before. That is where the InBody system comes in. I will briefly explain the system before I reveal the results. If you already understand how InBody works, just jump ahead.
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What is InBody
The machine takes about 60 seconds to run the electrical current through your body. After it measures your weight, you enter your height, age and gender. Electricity runs from your thumbs.
What is measured
You should know I am 29 years old and I stand at a towering 5 feet, 10 inches. At that time of my first test, I weighed 202.9 pounds. Right off the bat you may guess I was overweight; at least as far as the raw data showed.
For the sake of brevity, I won’t tell you everything the test measures. I will limit the results to percent body fat, lean body mass and water weight. The test also breaks down how much fat is contained in different parts of your body.
On March 8, 2017, I weighed 202.9 pounds. That breakdown was:
Intracellular Water: 68.6 pounds
Extracellular Water: 38.8 pounds
Dry Lean Mass: 39.7 pounds
Body Fat Mass: 55.8 pounds
68.6 + 38.8 + 39.7 + 55.8 = 202.9
The 55.8 pounds of fat broke down in five body segments.
Right Arm: 3.3 pounds of fat
Left Arm: 3.3 pounds of fat
Trunk: 31.7 pounds of fat
Right Leg: 7.1 pounds of fat
Left Leg: 7.1 pounds of fat
After four weeks of purposeful diet and consistent exercise, my numbers changed. I knew they would, but the changes were unexpected.
Four weeks later
On April 10, 2017, I weighed 202.2 pounds. That total breakdown was:
Intracellular Water: 70.1 pounds
Extracellular Water: 40.6 pounds
Dry Lean Mass: 40.6 pounds
Body Fat Mass: 50.9 pounds
70.1 + 40.6 + 40.6 + 50.9 = 202.2
Right Arm: 2.9 pounds of fat
Left Arm: 2.9 pounds of fat
Trunk: 28.9 pounds of fat
Right Leg: 6.6 pounds of fat
Left Leg: 6.6 pounds of fat
Despite losing less than one pound overall, the distribution of that weight was dramatic. I lost five pounds of body fat! But, by simply stepping on a scale, I would have never understood my body transformation. More than likely I would have seen a 202.9 pound to 202.2 pound difference as a sign that I wasn’t working hard enough.
I have way more work to do but I’m definitely on the right track. Better yet, I feel great.
The numbers tell the story. If you can, I encourage you to measure your body mass. The numbers will empower you toward the right decisions.
Stay tuned as we continue our Fitness by the Numbers series.