Health parameters

I have been watching my diet, exercising regularly and monitoring my body parameters with the Withings Body Cardio scales for over 6 weeks now. Being able to observe the improvements over this time, as recorded by the Body Cardio scales, serves to reassure me and motivate me that I am doing things right. Here in the post I will share the progress in the body measurements as recorded by the Body Cardio on the Withings Health Mate App.

  1. Weight – My weight has fallen consistently since I started watching my diet and exercising more regularly. I am aiming for about 200g weight loss per week (depicted by the solid red line in the graph below). My weight has consistently been below the curve, although the mornings after having carbohydrate for dinner I have always observed a weight gain. But it is not all about the weight, as I am also taking protein supplements which does increase my calorie intake.
Weight is progressing downwards and keeping below the target weight
Weight is progressing downwards and keeping below the target weight

2) Body fat – This is one body parameter which is important to look at. As can be seen in the graph below, the body fat as recorded in the mornings has fallen from 23.0% down to 19.9%. This is a good indication that the diet control and exercise is paying dividends.

Body fat has climbed down dramatically from 23% to 19.9%
Body fat has climbed down dramatically from 23% to 19.9%

3) Muscle mass – With the increased protein intake and exercise, I am observing an increase in muscle mass from 73.2% to 76.1%. As my wife keeps reminding me, muscle is heavier than fat and hence as my muscle mass increases, even if there is a drop in body fat, I may not necessarily see a dramatic fall in body weight.

Muscle mass has increased from 73.2% to 76.1%
Muscle mass has increased from 73.2% to 76.1%

4) BMI – My BMI was 24.4 back in the beginning and has now falled to 23.0. My wife has definitely noticed the difference.

BMI has fallen from 24.4 to 23.0
BMI has fallen from 24.4 to 23.0

5) Pulse wave velocity – This is supposed to be a good indicator of heart health. When I first started, it was consistently reading about 9.0 m/s which is not optimal. But with the diet control and exercise and weight loss, the pulse wave velocity has improved significantly. And when there is a slight upward blip like on 2/11/16, then I can look back at what may have triggered this; in this case, it was the morning after I had a glass of red wine to go with the food I had cooked (I normally do not drink wine otherwise).

Pulse wave velocity blip to 8.2 m/s recorded the morning after having drunk one glass of red wine with the dinner I cooked
Pulse wave velocity blip to 8.2 m/s recorded the morning after having drunk one glass of red wine with the dinner I cooked

On 12/11/16, the Pulse wave velocity was slightly up again as I had a little sinusitis. So I do feel that this measurement is useful to indicate to me when my health may not be as optimal, I have had a glass of wine, or that I am under significant stress e.g. on-call for the hospital.

Consistently improved pulse wave velocity, but was 8.0 m/s as I had sinusitis
Consistently improved pulse wave velocity, but was 8.0 m/s as I had sinusitis

In general, I am pleased with how my body measurements have progressed, and this has helped me to figure out which things may hamper weight loss (e.g. eating rice at night), and what things aid my weight loss (e.g. I have noticed the mornings after I’ve had lamb chops for dinner without any carbohydrates, I have had at least 200g of weight loss).

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