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Old 12-01-2016, 03:36 AM   #35
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BMI is the easiest method.

I am sure there is a different name for this but I think the most accurate is considered to be a density test. They take your weight. Then you sit in a tank with water up to your neck. They measure how much the water rises once you are in the tank. I think this is really only done on professional athletes, to help monitor optimal nutrition for the athlete. It’s rare.

I gave up on any faith in BMI when I was about 22. I went to see my doctor for my yearly physical. I don’t remember my exact weight at the time, probably around 170-180. A week early I used the caliper test (involving pinching and measuring certain fatty areas of the body), which said I had 6% body fat. I had a six pack, that was clearly visible even when sitting down and not flexing my stomach muscles. I am sitting in the room without a shirt on. My doctor doesn’t really look at me and is just staring at my chart. After a bit of silence, he says to me, “did you know that you are clinically obese?” So, after a pause, I asked him, “How much weight do you think I should lose?” Still not looking at me, he said, “I think you will be okay as long as you don’t gain any more weight.” I was severely controlling my dietary intake, to the point where I was always hungry. I think the easiest way I would have lost weight then would have been to stop weightlifting. I think it would have really been unsafe for me to have lost more body fat at that point.
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