Has anyone had Nutrisystem raise their blood pressure?

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First off, Has anyone had Nutrisystem raise their blood pressure? Thanks for any response. Second question.. I'm sure most of you know this already, but for those of you who might be evaluating where you should set your goal, and if you should use BMI as a guide, I say don't! If you need something other than how you look and feel use BF % instead, and actually go have it measured..

My gym uses a device called a BodPod, or "egg" to measure body fat %. It's dry, you sit in this thing that looks like a big egg, but it's supposed to be as accurate as an immersion test..

At 6'1" and change and 38 years old, (I'm shrinking!), my BF% as measured this morning is 22.4%, which is just barely over "recommended". But my BMI is over 29, which is very nearly "obese". So, I guess the moral of the story is, ignore BMI...

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Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

Wow, I wish my gym would buy an egg..

I'm forced to step on the scale 3 or 4 times, let it return a BF %, then average the results. None too accurate...

Comment #2

I would think waist size is a pretty good indicator. When I was trim in 20s, I was 30". Even if I'm more muscular than then (and I doubt that, but you never know), my waist should be similar..

The USN has a regression-derived BF% estimate based solely on neck, waist, hieght, and weight measurement (plus hips for women). I find it works pretty well also. It has a bunch of weird constants and logarithms and such..


Comment #3

Put me at 30%, which I think is pretty spot-on... scale generally reports ~31%..

Comment #4

Yea, I noticed that the BMI on the website if off from the scale that I have, like around now it will saying that I have around an 46 BMI, but when I get on my scale and it measures my fat and water content, it will say my fat content is around 48 or 49...

Comment #5

Yuppers! And I just did it! Feels good to be a member, next step is to be a senior one! Heh...

Comment #6

My scale was telling me that I have a 100% body fat. My wife asked "why is it only measuring your head?"..

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Very funny and familiar. Do you suppose our wives might be sisters?..

Comment #8

I could imagine being at a BMI of 25, but in no way could I see myself at the low end BMI of 18.5. I'm 5'10" and would weigh 174 at the top end. But I would weigh 130 if I were at the bottom end of the BMI chart! I don't think there would be anything but bones left at that weight...

Comment #9

I've been struggling to figure out a solid goal end weight as going by BMI would put me at at under 155 to be barely not overweight. Body fat percentage however seems to be much more sensible...

Comment #10

It was a tough decision but I went with the new scale...

Comment #11

We look like we are on a similar path, jwiv, poundswise..

My plan is to use waist size (30") as a judge. Also appearance in mirror. Also will try to get BF measured at about 170..

I think people get too wrapped up about "goal" as the weight you put down here. Some people are too soft on themselves. But can say "I'm under goal" just because that is...a number entered in the computer..

If you find out you need to be at 150, revise the goal then. If you find you need to be at 165, revise the goal then..

I think this stuff gets clearer as we near the end. Right now...I still have a pooch. Now is it a 28 pound pooch? Or less, more? I donno. But I will when I get close...

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