Fitpacking is body composition change. Do not come fixated on one number -- weight.
Your body is comprised of fat, muscle, water and bone. You will lose fat and gain muscle and water.
You may lose 6 pounds of fat (yay!)
but put on 4 pounds of muscle and 1 pound of water for a net loss of 1 pound.
People are crushed by losing only 1 pound, even though they may have lost fat, built muscle
and took an inch or two off their waist. You still lost weight, but maybe not as much as
While weight is not meaningless, it's sometimes misleading. If you drink say, a liter of water you gain 2 pounds.
But should the extra 2 pounds really concern you?
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.
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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