I have been using the same Tanita Body Composition Analyzer (the big one located at my local pharmacy) for about 3 years now. It apparently works by sending and electro-current through the body, entering the body through by way of the bare feet being in contact with two metal pads (looks like a sophisticated scale). While I am a wee bit skeptical of it's accuracy, it's the best thing I've got to go by for now (well, that and checking for abs every day!). 1 year ago, Tanita read me at 119lbs, and almost 22% bodyfat! (That was with just over 93lbs of lean bodyweight).
I just started a more serious approach to my training and diet, especially, early this June. After 4 years of consistent training and eating fairly clean (nothing compared to what "clean" is meaning these days...) I felt frusterated by the lack of progress I was seeing in my body. I still felt thick and lacking definition - I hated my tummy.
So early June, I started tweaking and tracking my diet. I am still amidst the guesswork stage and could use some guidance but I am seeing results already! Thank God, literally, cause I have been hungry and praying to keep my hands away from the next big carb binge.
5 years ago (when I re-discovered fitness) this was my Tanita reading:
- Female, 27 years old, 5'3. (126.61 lbs)
- 25.9% bodyfat
- 32.9 lb fat mass
- 93.8 fat-free mass
- 63.6 lb total body water
Another two years later, here is where I was:
- Female, 29 years old, 5'.3", (126.21 lbs)
- 24.5% bodyfat
- 31 lb fat mass
- 95.2 lb fatfree mass
- 69.6 lb total body water
And another 2 years later, and well into more vigorous training...
- Female, 31 years old, 5'.3", (128.4 lb)
- 19.6% body fat
- 25.2 lb fat mass
- 103.2 lb fatfree mass
- 75.6 lb total body water
There was some yo-yo'ing with a couple pounds lost and then gained that year (mainly muscle loss and some fat). This is where I started to get antsy and wanted solid results I could count on.
Jump to late-June, since I can't find the early-June readings:
- June 23rd - Female, 32, 5'.3", (119.8 lb)
- 18. % body fat
- 21.6 lb fat mass
- 98.2 fat free mass
- 71.8 lb total body water
- July 1st - Female, 32, 5'.3", (121.2 lb)
- 18% body fat
- 22 lb fat mass
- 99.6 lb fat free mass
- 73 lb total body water
- July 7th - Female, 32, 5'.3", (119.6 lb)
- 18.3% body fat
- 21.8 lb fat mass
- 97.6 lb fat free mass
- 71.4 lb total body water
- July 19th - Female, 32, 5'.3", (120.6 lbs)
- 16.7 % body fat
- 20.2 lb fat mass
- 100.4 fat free mass
- 73.6 total body water
Like I said, I am a wee-bit skeptical about the accuracy since I see that there are 1-2 lb fluctuations in my body-water which seems to fit the discrepencies in the 1-2 pound body weight fluctuations too...
Has anyone else tried the Tanita? Any thoughts?