Because all international supermodels and aspiring cyclists have to worry about the same thing – being rake thin – I have invested in a pair of skinfold calipers.
No, not a taser for the kinder, gentler police state – this is a little device that measures your fat. There seems to be a few different methods that can be used to get an overall fat %, but I am using 4 measurements:
- Suprailiac (love handles)
Punching the resulting numbers (plus age and weight) into a pre-made calculation chucks out the following results:
- % Body Fat
- Fat Mass (in kg or lb)
- Lean Mass (in kg or lb)
I had my doubts as to the efficacy of these things, but after using them now for the past 5 weeks, I’m sold. Just like any other measurement (weight, speed, heart rate, etc.), this plastic pinching device can be a great motivator. I am watching with delight my weight and fat % drop week by week. I should also mention that these things work much better than the fat meter on my scales, which tend to jump all over the place.
You want numbers, you say? Well, it’s early days, mind you, but here you go:
- First measurement (Feb 7): 69 kg; 16.3% body fat
- Latest measurement (Mar 7): 67.5 kg; 15.1% body fat
No, it’s not a science, since it’s all too easy to ‘adjust’ your pinch if you don’t like the first number you see, but I figure that, over time, there should be some consistency, plus I am working towards a goal (around 11%), which is always motivating. Like Coach Rob said in a recent email, ‘if you can measure it, you can manage it’.
Is that why I have so much trouble managing my drinking habit…?