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    Clueless Old Man – Body Re-composition

    I’m 75 and started lifting about a year and a half ago. I didn’t know what a body recomp was a year and a half ago but, apparently, that is what happened.

    I was 5’ 2” and weighed 143 lbs. and that is what I am now (but things have changed). When I started I plugged my numbers into a BMI calculator and up comes 26.2 – Overweight!

    Nah, I thought, I don’t have that much of a belly so I looked in a mirror (something I normally avoid at my age). No, not that much of a belly but there were definite “love handles” that wrapped around my back. I then remembered the “pinch an inch” rule and pinched a solid two plus inches. Damn I thought, I guess the BMI was right.

    My first thought was to lose about ten to fifteen pounds but then I thought about it. At my age a little extra weight is like money in the bank. You get sick and then you look emaciated so I thought the extra weight would be a good thing (as long as I kept my shirt on :-)

    So I joined a gym and started weighing myself every coupla days. If I noticed a downward trend I’d add a snack and if I noticed an upwards trend I’d take away a snack.

    Now I’m no nutritionist and I’m too lazy to count calories but I did take a look at my eating habits.

    Before I joined the gym I noticed I was skipping breakfast and if I had lunch it was beers and bar food at the local pub. On the flip side dinners were reasonable but only because my wife is an awesome cook. I tended to fill out the rest of the day with cookies, chips and candy.

    After I joined the gym I made it a point to have breakfast (a couple of eggs and/or a cup of yogurt) and lunch (usually a simple sandwich and a glass of milk). Dinners remained the same. Snacks became a cup of yogurt or a 25 gram protein shake and beers became a glass of Kefir over cracked ice. So I went from 2 or 3 beers a day down to 3 or 4 week.

    Like I said I try to stay away from mirrors but I was noticing changes. I wasn’t unbuttoning my pants when I sat down anymore. I was pulling my belt in one notch tighter yet my shirts were a little tighter around the chest.

    I was trying on some new clothes and noticed that the “fat back” was gone. The love handles? If I stood tall they were gone but if I slouched they were there, smaller but there. So I tried the pinch an inch. How ‘bout that – less than an inch!

    So there it was, a body recomp by a clueless old man. (Now I’m thinkin’, if I ever see an uptick in weight again I might just leave it be and NOT take away a snack).
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    Not clueless at all. You found out what works for you.

    The BMI isn't applicable if you have some muscle. It labels me overweight at 6'4" 206.
    6'4" 204 lbs

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    Originally Posted by PaulJerome View Post
    The BMI isn't applicable if you have some muscle. It labels me overweight at 6'4" 206.
    Totally agree. It was applicable last year but it's not this year.

    But, to elaborate on your point, when you have muscle a high BMI almost becomes more of an indicator as to how much muscle.
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    Good work! You've come a long way!
    I'm 18 months into my (re)commitment to health, in particular making many of the same changes to my eating as you have been - that I was never willing to do before.
    I started at 215, got down to 192, and am now almost up to 220. My BMI is 35.5 - but I'm healthier than I've been since high school and have more lean muscle mass than I ever have had!

    You are doing some thing right!

    Also as I've been saying a lot lately: It's NEVER too late!
    It's never too late!

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    Recomp is a great thing. Fitness is wonderful, good for you for your positive changes.
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