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To DEXA or not? Brace yourself for truth.


To DEXA or not? Brace yourself for truth.

The first time I got a DEXA scan was in 2012 when I was 51 years old. I was the leanest and most fit I’d ever been in my entire life. My total body weight was 124.2 pounds. My LBM (Lean Body Mass) was 104.5 pounds. My total body fat was 14.2 pounds.

I’ve had hydrostatic, bioimpedance, tape measure, and caliper tests but none of them hold a candle to the DEXA scan. A DEXA scan is the gold standard and is the most accurate. It’s also quite reasonable in price. I got one again this past June at UC-Davis California for $75 dollars. More information can be found on where you can get DEXA scans in your area.

The advantage of the DEXA scan over other methods is that it’s measuring your body fat and giving you precise measurements.

DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It can show you overall body fat, lean tissue, bone weight, and percentages. It breaks down values for both legs, both arms, and your torso. It can show you the visceral fat around your organs that is dangerous for health, as well as your bone density.

What are the reasons someone would want to get a DEXA scan?

Weight loss

DEXA helps you monitor your progress. Just using a body weight scale often hides progress. When you embark on calorie deficit nutrition plan combined with exercise, you can mistakenly think you are getting minimal or no results. The DEXA can help show you true progress by showing you actual body fat and Lean Body Mass.

Aesthetic fitness goals or body building

If your goal is to lose body fat and build muscle, the DEXA scan shows you the truth regarding how much gain is muscle or fat, which can help you dial in your calories and macros, as well as your exercise routine.

Athletic and Fitness enthusiasts