My Fit3D Scan of My Body

I posted previously about my testing at Dexafit on Monday. I did an initial post before hand about what I was planning to do.

I had body composition testing using the dexa (DXA scan) which is here.

And, I had my resting metabolic rate tested which is here.

The final thing I had done was a scan of my body using the Fit3D scanner.  This scanner takes pictures of your body and takes hundreds of measurements.  From this, a 3D avatar is created of your body.  The information is sent to you privately at Fit3D.  You can log in and get a lot of information, including measurements of core body parts.  In addition, you can download a spreadsheet with lots of other measurements. You can also download your 3D avatar.

Under my Dexafit plan, I can get a Fit3D scan once a month.

I actually really like the scan and think it will be very motivating to me to want to improve my avatar and my measurements each month.  I will go into some detail here about the Fit3D scan as I didn’t find much online about it beyond basic information.

The Scanning

The scan is done in a room privately.  I went in and first created a Fit3D account on a touchscreen by the scanner.  For the scan, you stand on a round disk, hold handles with arms straight and then simply stay still while you rotate around for 40 seconds.  At that point, you are done.

Here is a photo of me on the scanner before I did the scan.

If you look at my feet you can see 2 white feet shapes on the round base.  You stand on those (without socks) for the machine to get your current weight. [Read more…]

Dexa Scan Body Composition Test Results

Today, I visited Dexafit and had 3 things done.  First, I had a dexa scan (DXA scan) done to determine my body composition, including body fat percentage.  Then, I had my resting metabolism tested.  Finally, I had a Fit3D scan which made lots of measurements of my body.  The whole thing was incredibly interesting and informative and I think getting updated results over time will be very motivating.  Since this is all long I will do a separate post for each procedure.

Here is the post for my resting metabolic rate testing.

And, here is the post for my Fit3D scan.

The Dexa Scan

I will start with the dexa scan.  I described the dexa scan in my prior post talking about the upcoming testing.  The scan was pretty much what I expected from the scans I had previously had for bone density purposes.  You lay on a table very still.  I took off and my shoes and my ankles were actually strapped together and I was told to put my hands underneath my posterior.

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Weight Watchers and the Anti-Dieting Age

I recently read a fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner called Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age. The article covers a lot of ground dealing with weight loss in general with some specifics about Weight Watchers.  It is a mixture of general information about weight loss in the current age, along with information about the personal struggle of the author.  Under the title of the article is written, “The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.”  The author is the primary example in the article of the overweight person and Weight Watchers is the diet company.

The article starts with an anecdote about Weight Watchers in January, 2015.  At that time, Weight Watchers had started doing some new and really honest ads about weight loss with a marketing campaign, called “Help With the Hard Part.”  I loved those commercials as I posted way back then.  However, as it turned out, most people didn’t love them.  In fact, Weight Watchers had a terrible January, which is normally when it has its best sign ups. It turned out that people didn’t like hearing, well, honesty about weight loss and how it is hard.

Weight Watchers started looking into why people didn’t like the new approach. The article details what happened when Weight Watchers head of consumer insights started talking to people:

Benovitz got to work. She traveled the country, interviewing members, former members and people they thought should be members about their attitudes toward dieting. She heard that they no longer wanted to talk about ‘‘dieting’’ and ‘‘weight loss.’’ They wanted to become ‘‘healthy’’ so they could be ‘‘fit.’’ They wanted to ‘‘eat clean’’ so they could be ‘‘strong.’’

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Swelling Update (Post Liposuction)

I went in today for a follow up appointment with my plastic surgeon post eyelid revision and liposuction.  I had posted a couple of times about the huge amount of swelling I had the last few days.  Basically as of 3 or 4 days ago, I was up 7 pounds!  Yes, I know that some of it (from a pound to pound and a half) is actual weight gain.  I was sick for about 10 days and didn’t move much during that period and ate differently and ate more.  So, yes, some gain was normal.

But, on Monday I noticed that I seemed to have huge upper abdominal swelling.  At the worst my waist line up almost 4 inches from what it was last week.  Since then, I went back to wearing the medical grade compression garment and some of the swelling has gone down.  I’m down 3 1/2 pounds from Monday.

But, I was eager to discuss this with my surgeon.  At the absolute worst moment, I had this fear that I had overeaten and that I had new fat in my upper abdomen and didn’t have swelling.  In my worst thoughts, I worried I had totally undone the liposuction by overeating that week I was sick.   [Read more…]

Overeating When Sick (and an Update)

I haven’t posted since my mid-June weigh in.  And, that is because I’ve been sick most of the time.  At the time I was glad I seemed back on track and I had a good weigh in.  And, the next several days were fine.  I was starting to get more active.  I added steps every day and was getting ready to start going to the Y to work on strength training after a week or so of steps.

Then, on Wednesday evening (two Wednesdays ago) I started feeling bad.  I had gone out during the day and had been in a building that was freezing.  I never really feel that cold causes sickness, but I had to wonder this time.  That evening my throat started hurting and I started aching all over.  Now, I don’t usually get sick.  In the last 5 years, I’ve maybe had a sore throat or cold a few times and usually it lasted a day or two.  And, even then it is usually something where I just feel bad but I can mostly follow my usual routine.

Well, not this time.  Within a day I was basically living in the bedroom.  I wasn’t sleeping all day, but sitting upright in my desk chair was out of the question.  And, I didn’t feel like doing anything.  I basically spent several days just using my iPad in bed or watching TV.  And..well…eating. [Read more…]