In the spirit of John’s post on soy, the last few days of reading the Forum have made it obvious that perhaps something similar should be said about calculators, calculations and measuring devices.
If you’re like me (“skinny fat/fat hardgainer”) , you BETTER be following your body composition closely. If you don’t, that “re-feed” you’ve begun can cancel out weeks of work or you’ll have NO IDEA what effect your diet and resistance program is having on your body composition. For the genetically gifted…fine…just “look in the mirror”…and shut the hell up…
Now…with that being said…ALL CALCULATORS, CALCULATIONS AND MEASURING DEVICES (Bio-impedence, calipers, lasers, Bod Pods, underwater measurements, calculations, etc.) ARE ONLY TOOLS! You should use them as such in order to measure REALTIVE progresss and the effectiveness of your program and diet. If your desire is to “brag in the gym” about the size of your guns or your “0 %BF”…then brag…don’t look at any analytical methodology to boost and support your ego. By the same vain, don’t say something is “crap” just because it didn’t support that ego, okay?
So…use calculations and measuring devices as TOOLS…use them to monitor RELATIVE PROGRESS…monitor your program if you either tend to gain fat easily OR are a “true” hardgainer…eat good…and finally; work and play hard!