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  • Hello -

    What advice would you give to a young man wanting to gain muscle and lose weight?  Are there any handouts regarding this issue?  I didn't see this specifically addressed on the site.  Thank you for any guidance that you have, Alana

  • Thank you so much - this is all very helpful! I think it will reassure my client.

    Best to you,


    ShawnaMarie Woodward replied:

    Posted: 12/19/2011 3:47:02 PM

    Great! I hope she continues with what she is sounds like she is on track. Have a wonderful holiday! ~shawna marie
  • Hi ShawnaMarie, thanks for getting back to me. I'm probably not navigating the site very well. But I asked RDs with the CSSD certification, and no, my question hasn't been answered yet. Thanks! -Deborah

    ShawnaMarie Woodward replied:

    Posted: 12/19/2011 3:17:15 PM

    Ok. I am new to using the site this way as well. The answer I provided is brief, but may provide some direction. Let me know if you would like me to take it further: Skin Fold Calipers are one of the least reliable and least accurate methods to assess body fat, due to a few things. Most often, it is human error. Having a degree in exercise physiology, we were taught that it isn’t until we had done hundreds of measurements that we should consider ourselves accurate or skilled. Also, there are different calculations that can be used. They take into account age, sex, etc and have specific sites for each test/formula. Another consideration is repeating the test sites. Each site should be tested twice (not in a row, but in sequence) and if there is a significant difference (I can’t remember what the difference would need to be), the measurements should be taken again. With that said, I was always taught that Lang was one of the best skin fold calipers. The calipers should also be well cared for and calibrated on regular basis. Underwater weighing and DXA would be the most accurate way to access her current percent of body fat. However, they may be difficult methods to endure or obtain access to. Bioelectrical impedance scales may be helpful for long term monitoring. They may not be exact, but they would show trends. The individual should way first thing upon waking, as hydration can change the results. As I mentioned, it may not be as accurate as hydrostatic weighing or DXA, but it would allow the subject to observe trends. I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any further questions.
  • Hi  - I'm actually an RD, fairly new to SCAN and sports nutrition. I'm working a  few hours a week at a health club. I had a client I was seeing for weight loss report something to me I found disturbing. Although she has lost 30 lb, gone from a BMI of 33 to 29, and a waist circumference of 35 inches to 32 inches, she was told by one of the trainers that her percent body fat was unchanged  (40%) since her first set of measurements. She was very discouraged by this. I reassured her the best i could, but i think shes confused now.The trainer apparently used calipers and tape measure, but I don't know how accurate these measurements are. I know they can be subject to a lot of error. My question: have you ever run into this? Do you use anthropometrics to estimate percent body fat, and if so, what method do you use? How much training do you think is needed to do this accurately, and where can I get this training? Are there calipers you use/recommend? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Deborah Brooks, MSRD

    ShawnaMarie Woodward replied:

    Posted: 12/19/2011 2:03:47 PM

    Hello Debroah, I wasn't sure if this was sent out to the group or me, individually. Are you still looking for this to be answered?