Week 81: Weigh-in Results

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  1. Losing Larry says:

    I will start tracking my body fat as well. The scale isn’t moving as much as i thought it would….. I know some of it has to be muscle!!

  2. Alisha says:

    Whats your opinion on scales that track body fat? I dont really feel like pinching my skin all over…

  3. Tyler says:

    I’ve heard they’re really inaccurate.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hi Tyler,

    I have read over and over again how inaccurate calipers are- I gues if you use the same set and measure the same places every week you can use them as a guideline to monitor the changes that have occurred, but have you considered DXA (DEXA) or other testing types?

  5. Jennifer says:

    BTW – I forgot to say congratulations on the loss (somedays I am such a lunkhead!)

  6. jollyreaper says:

    All of the electricals are highly variable and inaccurate. You have scales, you have handheld devices, grossly inaccurate.

    My trainer just gave me my results. I broke the 30% fattie barrier! 2 more inches off the waist.

    Legs are looking really toned. Arms are looking nice, too. Just gotta keep working on the giant pouch of a belly. That’ll be the last to go.

  7. jollyreaper says:

    The problem I’ve seen is the same as with tape — you can pull too hard and squish the tape tighter, not measure at the biggest part consistently, etc. The measurement is only as good as the person doing the measuring.

  8. Rachel says:

    Thinkin’ ’bout getting myself summa’dose calipers… damn you!

  9. Msh3ll says:

    Good job Tyler! 26% body fat isn’t too bad though, it could be much much much worse.. so be happy about that!

    I look forward to next week 🙂

    on a totally different subject: I will be traveling down south in a month and I got a tetanus shot 2 days ago, my arm is killing me, you’d think I did weights all night. Ba-hum-bug 🙁

  10. Nick T says:

    Grats on the loss. Calipers, scales, they may be inaccurate, but as long as your consistent in their use they will be useful. If its an inaccurate measurement, it will always be inaccurate, but you can tell if your going up or down.

    For example when I was 200 lbs I was at 22.5% bodyfat on my scale. Now im at 181ish lbs and im at 13-16% bodyfat. Science? No. Estimate? Yes.

  11. Dave says:

    What was your percentage of bady fat when you started this journey? Did you have it measured at the start of your program?

    I agree that consistency is very important. Even with the scales that measure BF, even if they are off a bit you can live with it. Weight and measure the weight and the BF thre times and average and it will be pretty consistent.

    No scale is the same and no BF measurement is going to agree.

  12. Kim says:

    Don’t know if your gym has a Powerpump class (mine called it Powerflex) – but I found it was a great way to do both things you are trying to accomplish 1) burn fat, and 2) tone muscle. I saw a difference in just 3 classes, and had pretty much transformed myself in 3 months. I highly recommend it.

  13. Aaron says:

    I weigh myself once a day…in the mornings. So in a sense, I disagree with you in those terms…

    I’m a “foodie” and frankly…I need a daily reminder of why I’m doing this.

    I don’t view a higher number on the scale as discouragement…it’s motivation for me more than anything. When the number goes up (for right or wrong reasons) it motivates the hell out of me to get up and get after it.

    I’ve seen the scale smack me in the face for some bad eating…one weekend it told me I “gained” 12 pounds (vacation weekend). But the next day (after a great day of diet and exercise), I was already down 6…the day after that, back to normal. Vacation weight…gone.

  14. Steve says:

    Mine seems to be very inaccurate. Mine is supposed to measure water % and body fat… The only way either figure moves is if my weight goes up or down. I know I have to be gaining some muscle somewhere even though I’m not losing consistently so the body fat number should decrease.

  15. Tara says:

    I’m gonna ask Godfather to check on Thursday!

    And SHAZAM on the loss this week. I know you’re gonna go balls to the walls on this body fat stuff. That’s why I stinkin love you Tank. You say, you do. Period. End of story!

  16. TwMi says:

    NICE going with the weight loss this week! I am going to try and measure body fat but I am not entirely sure the best way to do it– it will take some researching, thanks for the push!

  17. Campbell says:

    You should look for a Bod Pod or pool testing facility near you. Both are much more accurate than calipers.

  18. Jill says:

    I’m looking into underwater assessment at the local university. I don’t know how much they charge or how it’s set up, but I know they have a facility to do it. I think that is probably the most accurate reading, though probably the most uncomfortable since you have to blow out as much air as possible while under water!

  19. David says:

    You should also find that as your body fat % decreases, so does your loose “skin”. Most of the loose skin is not really skin, but subcutaneous fat. Skin is only 1-2mm thick. Those of us who were 300+ pounds had so much body fat that even despite losing a hundred or more, we simply have a long way left to go. Work on getting that percentage down, and you will find your actual skin will get right back to normal as you lose fat. I’ve seen a guy that was 330 pounds jump down to 7% body fat, and aside from stretch marks you’d never know he’d been fat at all.

  20. Paolo says:

    Hell yes.

    This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I’m going to order a pair of those digital calipers as soon as I get my check tomorrow. I’m starting to reach a point in my “journey” (for complete lack of a better word) where measuring my achievements in just pure pound for pound weight loss are starting to become irrelevant. I need another metric to measure myself up against. Body fat percentage seems like the best way right now.

    Also, I’m so glad I’m the not only one that has problem with the one big meal = baffling weight gain on the scale problem. I read Rachel from Body By Pizza had the same thing as well. That phenomena always confused the heck out of me. Completely agree with you about it being discouraging as all get out. I look the same, I feel the same, why does the scale have to say different? Calipers, here I come.

  21. Sean Nelson says:

    I don’t check mine with calipers, and have meant to pick one up. My scale has a bodyfat percentage reading, but I’ve also been led to understand that the accuracy is questionable. Regardless of true accuracy, the fact that it has gone down with time has been informative, at the very least. The price seems reasonable on the digital calipers you listed… maybe that will be my choice, as well.

  22. Bill says:


    Looking at your pics I find it hard to believe you are at 26.9 percent body fat. That seems way too high to me. I seriously think the calipers are thrown off do to the loose skin you have (I have the same problem). I don’t how how accurate calipers are, but here is what I use to take my body fat: http://bodpod.com/. A lot of athletes use it for weigh-ins for teams, etc. It is supposed to be the most accurate way of measuring body composition outside of hydrostatic (underwater) weighing. The error margin is only +/- 1 percent! Click the “find a bodpod” location button on the site and see if there is one near you. The place I get mine done only charges $25.00 and it is the best $25 I have ever spent in my life. Good luck!

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