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Benchmarking -- what to have tested (?)

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  • Benchmarking -- what to have tested (?)

    I swear I saw a post asking this very thing a while back, but my search-fu and manual page flipping didn't yield any results.

    Basically, I'm going into the doctor today or tomorrow to do a "before" benchmark; I'll return on Feb 2 and then 2 and 5 months later to do "after" ones. Or should I not do it those as often? Is it too much to do a 1-month, 3-month and 6-month benchmark?

    Anyhoo... What sorts of things, other than body fat %, should I have looked at?

    In looking at Griff's primer on cholesterol, I'm thinking VAP and ensuring measurements in Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides (with the three ratios: Total/HDL, Trig/HDL and LDL/HDL). Is there a way to measure blood sugar, or does that fluctuate too much to be concerned with it?

    Let me know what you think. If another thread answered this very thing, please just link it. As I said above, I tried to find something on this but didn't.
    August 2010: 207 lb, 37" waist, 25+% BF | Currently: 177 lb, 33" waist, ~15% BF

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