So... here's the confusing part... when you do the analysis they ask you your age, height, and body type (standard or athletic). Of course, my age and height haven't changed and in the beginning I definitely wasn't "athletic", so I've always gone with standard. Today I asked what constitutes "athletic" and 2 of the trainers had different ideas of what that meant. So, I asked them to do my analysis both with standard and athletic to see what the difference is. With standard build my body fat % is 33.4% (as listed above), but with athletic build, my body fat % is 25.7% (42.5 lbs of fat instead of 55.5 lbs). That's a HUGE difference! When I got home, I looked up what tanita defines as "athletic" on their website and they say that if you do "intense activity" for 10 hours or more a week, then you're athletic. That's me. But... did I become athletic in a week just because I worked out a bunch beginning 4 weeks ago? Seems like there should be some kind of gradual line there. Supposedly they use some kind of electrical current to determine your body fat, so I don't see how the whole standard vs. athletic thing even comes into play, and I couldn't find anything on that during my quick online search either. :S
I wish there was somewhere to do the real underwater body fat test so that I could tell what my body fat percentage is for real. I imagine it's somewhere in between because it makes sense that I would have gained muscle weight (11.5 lbs gained if I'm athletic now), not just lost it.
So, here I am, scratching my head. Maybe I should just forget all of these numbers and go try on some of my old clothes. :)