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Scales that measure body fat %

Postby fi_112 » Mon May 18, 2009 1:09 am

Hi guys,
does anyone know if the scales that measure your body fat % as well as weight are actually accurate? I've heard they can be a bit dody. Don't want to fork out $$ for them if they aren't going to be accurate :)
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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon May 18, 2009 2:40 pm

I've heard they're not very accurate so when I bought my digital scales I made sure they were just the plain vanilla kind.

I think fat calipers are the only accurate way to find out body fat percentage, and you have to be properly trained to use them.
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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby fi_112 » Tue May 19, 2009 11:57 am

Thank you!
my boyfriend's sister is a qualified PT so I may ask her to do it with her calipers. It's a bit awkward having someone pinch your love handles with tweezer things though hey haha :)
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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby court » Tue May 19, 2009 12:18 pm

I have a set of Soehnle (spelling?) scales and they measure fat % water % and weight. I dont find them entirely accurate but they give me SOME idea of where i am at. They can change up to like 400 - 600gms in the space of ten minutes and I have lost 10kgs and my fat % has remained around the same but my water has increased... the also used to confuse me with my BF and give me his calculations ( i dont mind 11% body fat! :lol: ) I am much lighter than him now so dont have that problem!!!!! :D :lol: 8)
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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby [email protected] » Thu May 21, 2009 12:03 am

Measuring body fat is like any test that is conducted regularly. To be accurate it needs to standidised and with the same exact parameters each time.

Using scales: Same time of day, morning is best, with the same clothing (suggest none). Ensure your bowel movements, fluid and food intake was the same the previous night. If something changes such as going to the toilet in the middle of the night then you will have account for that. As a persoanl trainer and when a specific fat loss goal has been set, I suggest clients weigh themseleves each morning. At the end of the week we take the average. That is then your weight.

Scales with body fat calculation: We never use them, the measuring of an electrical impedance through a system made up of fluctuating fluids and salts just does not make any sense. Again if you use these type of measuring devices it is important to standise the testing. Remember it is predicting your body fat, I think I can give you a better prediction without even using them.

Calipers: There are a few different calipers available, cheap ones (commonly plastic) or metal ones. The cheaper ones are a bit flimsy for use and can be inaccurate. When I do a skin fold I only ever use the metal type with a dial face (Harpenden Skinfold Caliper) these are not cheap and really only for professional use. You do need someone skilled to take the measurements, you also need to know where to take the measurements and ensure that each and every time the same exact place is measured.

I would ask the question why do you want to know your body fat percentage? Will it make you look or feel any better knowing you have dropped a percent?

A lot of people put too much emphasis on their weight instead of thinking about how they look. Would you prefer saggy arms with no definition or shapely arms and weighing the same?

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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby fi_112 » Thu May 21, 2009 1:32 am

I want to know my body fat % because I have never been this fit before in my life, I have abs showing and everything so I'm hoping my % will have gone down. Despite looking my best, I am not at my lightest and I'm guessing this is because I have more muscle mass. So I was just wanting to see if I had dropped body fat %, but I guess I'd have to track down the scales that measured by BF % all those years ago huh? haha :)
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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby [email protected] » Thu May 21, 2009 2:05 pm

Fi,

Females will generally begin to show abdominal definition around the 15% mark, stripping down to 14 or 13 will really show them up if they are not heavily trained. Being this lean (unless you are naturally lean) isn't always healthy. When preparing someone for a comp we take them lower but it is only for a few weeks as it is unhealthy for females.

Well done on your hard work, I bet it has been worth it.

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Re: Scales that measure body fat %

Postby fi_112 » Sun May 24, 2009 4:33 pm

I don't think it's that low, I work them out a lot. Like every second day and I do core work haha! but nice thought that it could be that low!!

thanks for all ur help dane :)
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