Sunday, November 22, 2009

...meanwhile, in the world of moifs

Mette and I passed by the big chemist on Stortorv on friday, and we both weighed ourselves on the scales there. Curiously neither of us appear to have lost any weight what so ever, though taking clothes into account, we probably have. The last time I weighed myself was 21st Sept, at which point I was 96.5kg in t shirt and jeans.

On friday, with full outdoor gear on, I was 95.2kg, so probably about 94kg, which is an approximate average loss of 40 grammes per day. I have no way of knowing how accurate the scales in the chemist are, or how accurate the scales at my doctors, which I had used previously, are. I don't weigh myself very often as I think weight is not the best way to measure progress.

According to this site;
Muscle density is 1.06 g/ml and fat density is
(about) 0.9 g/ml. Thus, one liter of muscle would
weight 1.06 kg and one liter of fat would weight
0.9 kg. In other words, muscle is about 18% denses
than fat.

I take this to mean that if I've lost 2 kg due to my diet, then I could have easily have gained a kilo or two due to cycling and training at the gym and I wouldn't know the difference. I have no way of measuring the exchange of muscle to fat process. The only thing I can take for granted is my dimishing waist and the fact that the 38 inch (waist) trousers I bought in the beginning of September are now too big for me, and make my bottom look like an elephants. I'm curious to see if I can find the same trousers again and see what I fit now. I bought a T shirt the other day and it was an XL instead of the previous XXL sizes I have grown accustomed to. Since more clothes are sold in XL sizes, suddenly, there are far more clothes at my disposal. I still wasn't able to find much I cared to wear, but it was pleasant to know that I could buy almost anything in the shop rather than just the pitiful few items available to fat men.

On Wednesay 18th, I was at the hospital for a routine check up. I'd been by the week previously and had a blood sample taken, so the results were already available. My blood test showed I was very healthy, but one thing stood out on the screen. One number was highlighted in red; my albumin registered at 5.0, which caused my doctor to remark that I was "apparently very well nourished". I told him I was on a diet, to which he replied I should be careful to drink plenty of water. Duly noted. I don't fancy dehydration.

3 comments:

Grimsby Mariner said...

Muscle weighs considerably more than fat so don't worry. I dislike the modern reliance on things like bmi because this false standard means that the entire England rugby team are obese. They may run like they are out of condition but they are not fat.

moif said...

I found it odd when I looked up my own BMI and found I was clinically obese...

mlj said...

I've always found weight to be a ridiculous way of determining your degree of fitness or whatever. You could instead use a measuring tape to keep track of the key measurements - chest, belly, hips, thighs. Much more reliable and much more encouraging :.)

BMI is NOT a measurement to rely on. You waist to hip ratio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist-hip_ratio) is far more accurate when it comes to relating the number to your overall health and fitness.

Keep up the great work. 40 grams a day is awesome! continue over a year and you'll lose 14,6kg!