The Body Composition Study

Fitpacking is engaged in an ongoing study to scientifically determine a causality between backpacking and body composition change. Fitpacking's observed results can be perused by filling out the query form below.

You can use these results to get an idea of how much you might reasonably expect to alter your body composition. There is of course a lot of unaccounted for variability introduced from things like pack weight, trip length, contour and temperature, amount eaten, medications such as thyroid, and water retention for women.

Body metrics monitored:

  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Percent Hydration Level (higher is better)
  • Visceral (stomach) Fat
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Skeletal Weight
  • Calories your body burns daily
  • Metabolic Age

We do not track BMI as it can be a grossly misleading measurement for the muscular individuals we become (however, we can provide this information to participants who request it.)

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Trip Length (Days)

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