Lucy is a client at CBT. In her first month she followed my nutrition, cardio and weight training program precisely. Unfortunately at the conclusion of our month long program Lucy was not quite happy with her weight loss, she had only lost 700g of scale weight. I asked her how she felt and how her clothes were fitting. Lucy acknowledged that there was a considerable difference in the mirror, she had dropped a dress size and a number of her friends and family had complimented on her change. We compared before photos with current photos to also find a dramatic difference. Upon measurement of Lucy’s body fat percentage we made a few discoveries.
Lucy Week 1
Lean Body Mass: 44.6
Fat Mass: 27.8
Body Fat Percentage 38.5%Lucy Week 4
Lean Body Mass: 45.7
Fat Mass: 25.9
Body Fat Percentage 36.2%
Lucy lost 1.9kg of fat as well as gaining 1.2kg of muscle, a great achievement. By measuring a loss in fat as opposed to weight we can provide a more accurate measurement of a client’s success. This is critical, particularly when resistance training is used as a tool in programing.
In the next article I’ll discuss the best methods to measure body fat %.