I lost ten pounds over the last eight months following Atkins diet, but was hungry all the time and I am still "skinny fat". During this time I began exercising for the first time in four years--I was barely able to walk around the block and by December I was running 21 miles a week and resistance training twice a week. I have seen slight improvement in muscle tone, but I still have a lot of fat to lose. I was very frustrated by this flabbiness and had been thinking that maybe I was too old to significantly change my body composition.
After stumbling upon the PaNu website, I was amazed at how much I did not know about fat and the role it plays in health. Wow do I feel duped! Since I already did not eat breads, grains or sugar, I decided to eliminate the industrial oils, increase my saturated fat intake, and finally ditch the artificial sweeteners (two weeks and counting). Three pounds gone and no more cravings either--I feel as if I have been snatched back from the brink of an eating disorder!
I keep seeing user posts that say they have gained "x lbs of muscle" or "lost x number of pounds of fat" and I am curious as to how I can track this as well. I am a 38 yo female 5'4" currently weigh 133. I am not concerned with weight loss as much anymore but I definitely need to lose a number of pounds of fat and gain a number of pounds of muscle--I do not want to be "skinny fat" anymore. It would be so motivating to be able to track my progress, and and being an accountant it is in my nature to get all warm and fuzzy over numbers and charts.
I have heard Tanita scales mentioned and have found they range in price from $60-$300 fully loaded. I currently have a ten year old scale that supposedly does body fat measurement but it has consistently said I have 31% body fat even when I weighed 145 lbs and was sedentary last year, so I do not have much faith in it.
I would like to know what my body fat % is at the beginning of my paleo lifestyle journey, as accurate as possible using "at-home" equipment. Since it is time to upgrade my scale anyway, I am asking if anyone has any recommendations on at home methods (electronic scales or otherwise) for tracking body fat percentage.