Our office is having one of those "3 months challenge" to see who can lose the most body fat over this peroid. This coming Monday will be the end of the competition. The only form of measurement we have is a Tanita Scale.
At the beginning competition I weighed in at 71kg, 34.5" waist and a body fat of 24%. I am now at 68kg with a 31" waist. I can also see a "4 pack". HOWEVER, the Tanita scale still show my body fat to be 20%, what give ?
I am sure this number is too high, as I have been working out 5 times a week for the past 3 months (3 weight days and 2 cardio days, for cardio I run 45 mins at ave heart rate of 150-160/mim). My maintenance calories is approx 2000 cal, during these 3 months I am taking in around 1600 per day (50% Protein, 30% fat (flax seed oils mainly) and 20% carb). I change back to a more ?normal? diet 1 week out of every 3-4 weeks, but still eating clean.
Can anyone tell me how I can bring down the reading on the Tanita scale? I did some reading on Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) and the bottom line is more muscle traps more water, which leads to lower resistance to the electrical signal. Does that mean, if I want to ?simulate? more muscle all I have to do is load up with creatine and drinks lots of water to bring my body fat measurement down ? In practice however, I found my body fat reading on the scale to be lower when I am dehydrated, but this is only 7 out of every 10 occasion.
I know the ultimate test is to use a mirror but I really do want to win this competition. If I can ?lower? the reading to 14-15% then it is in the bag. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanking you in advance.