|Start Weight:||(03 Mar 14) 198.3 lb|
|Current Weight:||(18 May 15) 186.8 lb|
|Goal Weight:||180.0 lb|
following: pmjeff21's own diet
performance: gaining 1.2 lb a week
43yrs. old, 5'8", and started at 198 lbs. On my way from 26% body fat to 10%. Intermittent gym attendance over the last 20 years. I'm a project manager and some months I made it to the gym and some I didn't, depending on the project and where I was in the city. At the start of the competition below I had not been to the gym in almost a year.
We started a body fat % competition at work with $500+ dollars at stake. I started on March 3, 2014 by just watching sugar. No exercise, no "diet", just using MFP to track sugar and keep it below 15g for the day. You can see my history on MFP to see the up and down effect.
Then on March 22, 2014 I switched to the Total Six Pack Abs (TSPA) program, the diet and workout routine from musclehack.com. I had done the workout from time to time, but never the diet.
I was not getting the 1.5 lbs. of fat loss per week that the program promised. I did a little research and found out how inaccurate the FitBit and other BIA scales can be. (I recently discovered the scale has a "lean" setting, which I have now switched to and the readings are only about 2% off of the calipers.)
Then I bought $15 body fat calipers from The Vitamin Shoppe. The calipers agreed with my Health-O-Meter BIA scale at the house, that I wasn't at 28-29% body fat, but at 26%. I redid the TSPA formulas with the correct body fat percentage, and lo and behold, I started dropping fat and gaining muscle.
The FitBit numbers had me eating 2,200 calories per day, which was just maintaining where I was. The corrected numbers have me eating 1,950 calories.
I also switched to FatSecret.com to track my eating on April 20 because their Windows Phone 8 app works and MFP's app had to be reinstalled all the time. I like FatSecret better now anyway.