November Fit3D Scan

I just had my November Fit3D scan a couple of days ago.  I posted about my in initial Fit3D scan in September.  Then, I updated the scan in October. I can get a scan monthly as part of my plan at Dexafit.  I wasn’t sure if I would have much difference.  Up until about a week before the scan I wasn’t really down very much from last month.  But, the last week or so, my weight has really dropped (I think due to my trying to follow the new Weight Watchers plan that was unveiled in the UK). At Dexafit, I weighed 2 pounds less when I was scanned there in October.

I was a little concerned I wouldn’t have much change in measurements because I hadn’t exercised much the last couple of weeks mostly due to having a houseguest due to Thanksgiving.  I have done some walking, but had missed about a week and a half of strength training. So, even though I was done 2 pounds I wasn’t sure if I would have much difference in measurements.  As it turns out, I was happy with my November results.

To do the Fit3D scan, you basically get down to your underwear, then stand on this pedestal that spins you around for 40 seconds taking tons of measurements.  From that, a 3D avatar is created.  This is the one from this past Wednesday:

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Fit3D Scan for October

 

Last month I posted about my Fit3D scan. It is a month later so I went and was scanned again.  I can do this monthly as part of my plan at Dexafit.  I wasn’t really expecting much difference.  I was down about 2 and a half pounds from last time.  That is on my scale at home.  At Dexafit, I actually weighed over 3 pounds less today that I weighed there last time because last time I had a soft drink (cherry coke zero) on the way over there and today I didn’t. So, some of that I didn’t feel was real loss.  I also felt I had a little water retention when I did this before.

I have been exercising since then and really working on the strength training.  Still, I didn’t really expect to see much change in measurements.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

To do the Fit3D scan, you basically get down to your underwear, then stand on this pedestal that spins you around for 40 seconds taking tons of measurements.  From that, a 3D avatar is created.  This is the one from today:

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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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