Health parameters

Recently I had been very busy at work with quite a few days when I have been on-call at the hospital. Hence there has been times when I’ve not been able to post on my website – apologies to my readers. But now that I have some spare time again, I will be posting about a few things. The first I thought I would do is reflect my analysis of the health parameter data that I have accrued from my Withings Body Cardio over the last few weeks.

Now whenever I am home and able to weigh myself in the morning, I tend to do this as it gives me an idea of how the various body parameters have changed each day and over time. I tend to weigh myself up to four times in a row, as it enables the Body Cardio to measure my Pulse wave velocity as well. But as you can see below from the screen grab of the Withings app, my weight has dropped down to 73.6 kg today (so down by 3.8 kg since I started trying to lose weight over 5-6 weeks ago).

Weight now 73.6kg. Pulse wave velocity 8.4 m/s
Weight now 73.6kg. Pulse wave velocity 8.4 m/s

The weight graph shows it even better, as there is a general trend downwards with the weight – this is my lowest weight so far. Credit has to go to my wife, who has been cutting out carbs in my diet and increasing the protein – as a matter of fact, yesterday she cooked lamb chops for me with pan-fried sea bass and vegetables. You will notice that there are measurements in between which have peaked up a little, and these are the mornings following an evening meal where my wife cooked rice or noodles. So it looks like I do need to cut down on carbs whenever possible.

Weight graph on downward trend
Weight graph on downward trend

As the weight is going down, as would be expected the BMI is also showing a downward trend, which is great.

BMI graph - on downward trend
BMI graph – on downward trend

But more importantly, you can see from the graphs below that the body fat % is on a downward trend, while the Muscle mass is increasing, which was my main aim in the first place. But you will notice that there are ups and downs – the really low levels were when I measured myself in the evenings as I wanted to see what the trends were. And it does make sense that the body fat % will be the highest in the morning, as fat is laid during the rest at night, but is used up a little during the daytime as your energy reserve.

Fat mass reducing (highest in the morning, lowest towards the evening)
Fat mass reducing (highest in the morning, lowest towards the evening)
Muscle mass on the rise (slight decrease recently due to work and lack of exercise)
Muscle mass on the rise (slight decrease recently due to work and lack of exercise)

Lastly, we look at the Pulse wave velocity which is a good indicator of how stiff the arteries are in the body. As you can see, there are times when my Pulse wave velocity had exceeded the optimal range i.e. >8.98 m/s. That high reading was after two nights of on-call, with the stress of work and reduced rest and exercise, all of which culminated in a sub-optimal reading on Saturday morning. So in a sense it is a good measurement of how stressed I am or the lack of rest due to work commitments.

Fortunately as I am now on leave and have finished my stint of on-calls, I am clearly more relaxed this morning and able to record a much better 8.4 m/s Pulse wave velocity.

Pulse wave velocity 9.0 m/s - in non-optimal zone on Saturday morning (after 2 days on-call)
Pulse wave velocity 9.0 m/s – in non-optimal zone on Saturday morning (after 2 days on-call)

So as you can see, the Withings Body Cardio has provided me with good records of my body measurements to hep me consider if things I am doing for my health are making a difference e.g. exercise routine, changes to diet, and looking at how my work may be a source of stress or lack of rest/reduced time for exercise. All of which should aid me in adjusting my lifestyle to improve my overall health.

Boon