As we have gone through the quest together to be leaner, more nourished active members of society, we have many people lose over a ton of weight. Weight is a great measure and gives most a real boost when they come out of the gates.
The problem is the minute we add exercise to The Leanergetic Program we gain muscle. Why? Being that the program is slightly ketegenic, extremely protein rich, and the fact we bring ourselves out of the catatonic state into anabolic so quickly each day, weight becomes a tricky unit of measure.
In order to be successful you have to measure though a “portal” into what is really going on in your body. For instance, I have a subject who is losing body fat % but not weight at the rate he would like. He knows he is gaining muscle but still must live in a posture of doubt. And really, weight loss game theory sort of goes out the window if you are having a competition to get jump started. Muscle takes up less space but the scale says different. You get it.
You must know your body fat percent because I believe your body fat tells you more about your body than any other test outside of huge set of chem screens. Body fat percentage tells you of course how much blubber you have (I have 17.2 right now), your muscle mass and what exactly you need to gain or lose. All this being said, here are couple of ways you can accomplish this measurement.
- Go to your gym and get a body fat measurement.
- Find a bod pod near you. – Submersion tanks if you are the Altered States type.
- Buy a body fat caliper – try Walmart or your local gym outfitter.
- Because we have a love hate relationship with Tony at P90x – click on the link below: