Where do you measure?
Hi, first off, I'm new here. I'm 28, married and a mother of 4. I am an RN by profession but right now I'm taking some time off to take care of my kids (ages 19 months to 7 years). I have been lurking here for a bit and decided to join here because you all seemed to be the best choice out there for a newbie to body building. Particularly a woman. I have a few questions that I was hoping someone here might be able to answer to point me in the right direction to the answer.
First, I want to get an accurate (I know the only true accurate method is autopsy) beginning body fat measurement. I have used two methods, my Tanita body fat scale and the Acu-measure calipers. They give me VERY different readings. The Tanita scale gives anywhere between 28 and 37% but usually around 30-33%. The Acu-measure calipers consistently give me a reading of 19-20%.
I am 5'7" and 138lbs, I do cardio interval training 7 (60 minutes) days a week (last 3 months) and have maintained a cardio routine that consists of at least 4 days per week of walking 4 miles in an hour for the last year and a half. I have just recently started weight training.
I'd like to know what method to trust so I can plan my whole diet/exercise plan accordingly. 19 and 32 are a BIG difference!
Next, where do you measure your hips? I have always measured around the widest part, which is actually the top of my legs (just over the pubis area) but I keep seeing references to measuring hips right at the top of the iliac crest (your hip bones you can feel just under the skin near your belly button)? Any ideas on that?
Anyway, of all the body building forums I have lurked at over the past month, this seems the friendliest...