Fat (body fat)
The gym I go to offers its members a consultation with an InBody scanner. This machine is not just a scale, but a "body composition analyzer that goes beyond traditional body composition analysis, measuring fat, muscle, and total body water."
Have you ever heard of something quite so terrifying?
I decided I was curious and signed up for a consultation, because YOLO. The results did not shock me and I was glad to see that I was within the normal-healthy range in each category given my height and age.
One concern though...
The line on the body fat chart is starting to creep in the wrong direction. In fact, the InBody machine suggested that while I am in a healthy weight range, I could stand to lose 9 lbs. of body fat.
It could be worse, I know. But it could be better, too.
Rather than thoughts of self hate and disappointment running through my head, or grand plans to reverse the direction of that line on the chart and getting my fitness on, I couldn't help but wonder...
Christ, how much do my boobs weigh?
All kidding aside (no really, how much do my boobs weight?), I'm interested in trying to lose some of the body fat. Not only for my health, but also to see if I can do it. I like a challenge.
I'm already getting plenty of exercise (read about that here). Adding more exercise might not be the best idea for me only because my ballerina days did a number on my knees and hips and I don't want to push myself into serious injury.
That leaves my diet. This is unfortunate timing for someone who started a food blog few weeks ago, but here we are.
I'm not a nutrition expert, but in my opinion and in my personal experience, a diet that makes your body happy is a diet without all the processed shit.
I'm talking about the added sugar that is practically everywhere, the bread, the pasta, and sadly, the alcohol. For me this includes limiting dairy too. I'm not lactose intolerant, but I feel better and my skin looks better if I don't have a lot of dairy in my diet. Plus, a lot of it is processed, and why are you drinking milk if you're not a baby cow?
I feel better inside and out when I stick to fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Honestly, it's not hard if you don't let it be. Just eat real foods. No ingredient lists.
I'm going to take this one week at a time, and just go from there. Longer time frames can be daunting, so for me it is best to just keep the goals small. I can step on the InBody scanner again in 2 months or so, so we will see how I do. I might also give myself some leniency and allow 1-2 slips per week. Could be a burger, could be a beer, but certainly not an entire day of poor choices. Hey, sometimes you just need a burger and/or beer, and it's okay to enjoy the hell out of it... I am a foodie after all.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Anyone want to join me? Accountability is fun! Maybe we could share ideas and recipes over a plate of fries and mozzarella sticks... or coffee and smoothies.