How does Alcohol affect our body composition measurements?

Week 2 Stat update!

The initial plan was to wait 1 month and re-measure stats but I’ve decided to do it at the two week point because i am impatient. I do agree with the common consensus that you shouldn’t measure changes very frequently, but i think the reason for that is that changes don’t happen very quickly and people can be put off or de-motivated if they’ve been slogging for a couple of weeks and don’t see dramatic gains. But i’m in this for the long haul and so i wont be put off, and as i said, I’m impatient. 🙂

So i’ve compiled a spreadsheet and i’ve also included my 6 month goals on there so that its out on show. ‘Burn the boats!’


You can definitely see improvement already, and the direction of change is certainly towards the goal in all the key areas. Although the metabolic age has not moved at all. Still worrying. Though I’m sure it will improve over time.

The scales i use were fairly expensive, but i figured that if I was going to do this properly then i might as well get the best kit. Plus you can link the scales directly to the Garmin watch for when i go out running so they fit my needs and goals. I obviously will be using these scales all the way through, to avoid any potential variations in read outs. The scales can be seen here.

Tanita BC-1000 Body Composition Monitor with ANT+ Wireless Data Transmission

However if you do not have a Garmin watch you do have to purchase the digital read out separately. I don’t recommend purchasing this whole package unless you are serious about tracking your results. Purely because of the expense, and there are plenty of other scales on the market that will give you consistent results. The read out device is here.

Tanita Remote Tabletop Display for Tanita BC1000

As I said there are cheaper ones out there. To make sense of all the read outs on the Tanita one however, see the info-graphic below which explains the specific read outs and the healthy ranges for males and females:


So at this stage i am way off the mark in most areas. I’m very pleased to have seen an improvement however, this is amazing considering the the only real lifestyle change has been to quit drinking.

Normally at this stage I would celebrate my mini success and improvement with a couple of beers. Writing this now I can see how nonsensical this is! The cycle has been broken now and i’m looking forward to a sustained period of training, dieting and just seeing myself push into the healthy brackets with all these stats. Its a sign of how much damage alcohol has done, to think that the total focus and effort at this stage is just to get to a ‘normal, healthy range’.

I’m more determined than ever now to ride the waves of ‘thinking about drinking’, to the other side and am determined that 2018 is going to be the healthiest, happiest and most wholesome year yet!


Onwards and Upwards!

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