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Bonehead …

“ゆりかごの歌”, William W. Spearman IV and Tomoko Okada, from the album “Beautiful Japanese Songs”, (2006)

Here is a Body Composition Dexa Scan of ME!  Joe the bonehead! This is AFTER loosing 35 pounds of fat by fasting.  What is a DEXA scan some of you may be asking? Some folks may even be asking where they can get one if they are following my fasting saga, or Jason Fung, or Bert Herring, or the Keto Dudes.

Body Composition DEXA Scan

Body Composition DEXA Scan

The DEXA (duel-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan provides one of the most highly accurate measurements of body composition available, registering fat and lean mass distribution throughout the entire body.

In simple terms, it is capable of detailing overall, as well as regional, fat mass, lean mass, and bone mass – all for the relatively inexpensive price of around one hundred dollars. I pulled this information from”Breaking” by a writer in Austin, Texas, USA.

Most major universities with solid exercise physiology research programs have these units, and will gladly provide evaluations to the public.

(This may be true in Texas, but I seriously doubt that Canadian Universities would welcome the public unless you were part of some government funded program or some high profile celeb with high level political ties ed.).

Otherwise, some healthcare facilities (Like Glenwood Radiology in Edmonton) have these units as they are used (and were originally developed) to measure bone mineral density.

And the scan itself is no more invasive than an X-ray. Which, in fact, it is – imparting about as much radiation per scan as a TSA body imaging device.

The scan involves little more than lying face-up on a table while dressed in snug fitting clothing – cycling shorts and, for the ladies, a sports bra work well – while the scanning device makes a single pass over the body.

The results are immediate and, at least at the University of Texas in Austin, where I’m located, come with a personal, detailed results debrief from a knowledgeable staff member (mine too at Glenwood Radiology) .

I got my scan at a radiology clinic in Edmonton Alberta. My scan cost me $75.00 Canadian and could have been $65.00 if I was willing or able to fit myself into the clinic’s slack periods, which unfortunately I was unable to do.

Still $75 bucks for anything health related in Canada is nothing short of a miraculous deal any way you look at it.



And what did it tell me?

The image at top left in this post shows the the body regional distribution of bone (white), lean muscle mass (orange) and fat (yellow) for my body. My first thought when I looked at the image was “TRICK or TREAT!!!”.

Then I thought “Hmm-mm … bone is white, right?   What the hey!  Are they trying to tell me I’m a bonehead?  Maybe that little grey dot in the middle of my head is my brain?

Seriously, the important takeaway for me was 150 pounds lean body mass and 75 pounds of fat, and the fat is mostly in my belly around my internal organs and waist. Bone density and strength were calculated at the high end of average  and so was the fat – clinically obese according to BMI but I knew that already.

The calculations also told me that my daily caloric  intake to maintain my current weight is about 2100 calories per day and since that is about what I am eating with my 1 meal a day fasting diet I won’t be loosing any more weight any time soon unless I switch over to full fasting mode a few days at a time.

So intermittent multi-day full fasts and 75 pounds of fat to kill – I guess I have target data and mission parameters laid out, now it is just an exercise in will power and self discipline … and my wife will be happy that adding an exercise routine like walking and so on, increases the caloric requirements so I can reasonably assume that keeping the same diet and exercising more will be a good route to fat burning and more weight loss.

So here is Fat Bonehead, signing off for the day – time to get walking …



Common Sense Revolution

Common Sense Revolution

It’s just common sense, right? Eat less, exercise more … now where have I heard THAT before?