Rate of Weight Loss
In weight loss, body fat can be hardest hurdle to get past
The Bod Pod can determine body composition and lead to effective weight loss.
By Kevin Lamb
DAYTON | Working out and cutting calories are hard enough when they push down the numbers on the scale. When that scale keeps refusing to budge, stubborn as an old cat, more than one budding fitness buff has detoured from the gym for a triple-scoop ice cream sundae.
But there’s a good reason some people lose weight faster than others, said Lloyd Laubach, who chairs the University of Dayton’s health and sport science department.
“If your body fat percentage is in the 90th percentile, you can lose 10 pounds in three months pretty easily. In the 75th percentile, maybe not.”
Everybody can keep track of his or her weight, but body fat is another matter. That’s why Laubach hopes couch potatoes as well as athletes will take advantage of UD’s new Bod Pod. It measures the amount of air a person displaces to calculate fat percentage within a 2 percent error rate, and without the cost or inconvenience of equally accurate techniques.